Anthony Hopkins declares Bryan Cranston “Best Actor He Has Ever Seen. Ever.”…
October 15, 2013
I haven’t been on my blog very often over the last couple months as a precaution not to bump into any “Breaking Bad” spoilers. I hate watching shows during their run and waiting from week-to-week. The better the show, the stronger the anticipation; the stronger the anticipation the more anxious I become week-to-week waiting to see what developments unfold. And the thing I hate worst of all? Are those season finales with the cliff-hangers on the shows that won’t resume for 8-10 months. I hate the wait!
So, what I typically do is when I hear about a series like “Breaking Bad” that is hyped up to be so phenomenal and awesome, etc. is avoid watching during it’s run, and wait until the series concludes, and then watch the entire thing in just a few days to a week or two…
I just started the “Breaking Bad” series last week, and finished up Sunday night – and I feel it lived up to the hype as I enjoyed it thoroughly. The series runs for 6 seasons, and I admit that watching the series so quickly became a bit redundant at times throughout the first 3 seasons, but then somewhere around the middle of season 4 the show took off and went on a whole nother’ level!
I loved the storyline that included a very quiet, seemingly well-mannered villain that relied strictly on his eyes than his words. I don’t want to spoil for those who may not have seen yet, but the actor who played this role pulled this character off immaculately and with great precision in the choices the actor and director made for this character. He practically steals the screen in every scene he is on, and his unpredictability makes him vastly fascinating.
And of course Emmy winner Bryan Cranston was terrific in his portrayal of downtrodden father and husband Walter White. I have no doubt that he will go down as one of the strongest TV characters of all-time…
However, with that in mind, I am not sure I quite agree with Anthony Hopkins’ sentiments that Bryan Cranston’s performance of Walt White is the “best acting he has ever seen. Ever.”
That’s a direct quote from Hannibal Lecter himself.
Of course whenever I hear comments like these my mind starts scrambling around for comparisons and thinking about what other movie or TV performances are equal to, or potentially greater than said performance.
And I do have a few performances that spring to mind – and these are some roles I think Mr. Sir Anthony Hopkins should check out to see what he thinks:
The first performance I thought of was Michael Shannon in “Take Shelter”. (my regular readers will be shocked to learn this I’m sure)
The next was Idris Elba in “Luther”. (as great as the “Breaking Bad” series is, I think “Luther” is even better! And I think Idris Elba is as great in this role as Cranston was in Breaking Bad)
And then Billy Bob Thornton’s immaculate performance of Karl Childers in “Sling Blade” surpasses any performance I have yet to see. Ever.
Think of the way Heath Ledger was able to get so lost in his portrayal of The Joker and how Heath’s actual face was hard to recognize under all the prosthetic make-up:
Now think of how different Billy Bob Thornton was able to look by merely changing the expression on his face.
Billy Bob changes the expression on his face and transforms into a character who looks entirely different. And I have never seen anything like that before.
So to me, Billy Bob Thornton would have to take the “Best Performance I Have Ever Seen. Ever.” title.
Don’t be upset Mr. Cranston – you’re still great, as well!
Do you agree with Anthony Hopkins that Bryan Cranston’s performance on “Breaking Bad” is the best you’ve ever seen? If not, who do you think is? Also, what do you think of the “Breaking Bad” series?