Pretty much everyone agrees that Breaking Bad is one of the best TV shows ever made. But it’s undeniable that beginning to watch it from scratch, or even to re-watch it, can seem a pretty daunting task.
There are 62 hour long episodes in total, so it’s a lot of time to set aside for the notoriously slow-paced show.
‘If only there was another way to watch it, all in one go,’ I hear you say.
Well lucky for you there now is, as somebody has edited the series into a movie.
Check it out here…
Here’s what the creator of the re-edit had to say about it: “After two years of sleepless nights of endless editing, we bring you the answer to that very question.
“A study project that became an all-consuming passion. It’s not a fan-film, hitting the highlights of show in a home-made homage, but rather a re-imagining of the underlying concept itself, lending itself to full feature-length treatment.
“An alternative Breaking Bad, to be viewed with fresh eyes.”
What a cool project.
Man, just thinking about the show, has me reminiscing on Bryan Cranston’s career.
Bryan Cranston – The Man, The Myth, The Legend
Cranston i seems to have been everywhere over the past few years. Mainly down to his performance as Walter White in Breaking Bad.
Last year published his memoir, A Life in Parts, which talks about when he was investigated for murder, and also the time he lost his virginity to a prostitute.
In his early life, his family nicknamed him ‘Sneaky Pete’ because of his tendency to look for the shortcuts in life. He admitted this in an award acceptance speech at the 2014 Emmyswhen he won ‘Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series’. Despite his lust for the easy way out, he did find that acting was the one thing that made him passionate. That planted a seed which steadily grew.
Cranston grew up in Hollywood, California, but his childhood was a bit broken. He admits his parents were “broken people” and that they were ‘incapacitated as far as parenting [is concerned]’. His mother was a radio actress and his dad was an actor and former amateur boxer, but he wasn’t particularly successful in either field.
Failing to secure enough roles, his father couldn’t provide for his three children and eventually left the family when Bryan was aged 11. It would be another 11 years before he and his dad would meet again, after the actor and his brother tracked him down. They maintained a relationship until his death.
The time he and his brother spent looking for their brother was during a road trip which came just after Cranston had finished college. The pair apparently jumped on his motorcycle and left California with hopes to travel the country. Unfortunately they had run out of money by the time they got to Texas and so they started taking any jobs they could, including operating the game booths at carnivals.
During the trip, which happened in the mid-1970s, Bryan was genuinely investigated for murder. He and his brother had taken up jobs at a Polynesian restaurant called the Hawaiian Inn. While there they came to hate the chef who was called Peter Wong. They often joked with co-workers about killing him but by unfortunate coincidence it just so happened that they left the town at pretty much the same time as Wong’s death.
Obviously, he wasn’t guilty. But the police’s timeline checked out, so he was a legit suspect.
Following the road trip he dipped his toes in the acting circle, performing at local and regional theatres. Unfortunately, since both his mother and father had been involved in the Hollywood life, his dear old mum preferred that he didn’t pursue a career in acting. Who says mums know best? He heeded his mum’s advice, and wouldn’t return to acting for a few years. In the mean time he got ordained as a minister by the Universal Life Church and found himself conducting wedding ceremonies for $150 a service to help with money.
Throughout the 1980s he appeared in advertisements and minor roles, before jumping into a few voice acting roles. His most notable voide role probably came in 1993 when he took on the voice of one of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. He put in so much work, and was such an important part of the plans, that the creative team are rumoured to have decided to name the Blue Power Ranger as ‘Billy Cranston’.
In between ’93 and ’98 he would mostly pick various temporary roles in TV series, even one in Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and a slightly longer role which saw him appear in five episodes of Seinfeld.
In 1998, though, he’d get what actors would consider as their ‘big break’, featuring in Saving Private Ryan as the one armed colonel who insists that Private Ryan must be saved.
His biggest TV role would eventually come in the form of popular sitcom Malcolm in the Middle. He played Hal, the dad of the main character. Cranston was in the part until the show’s conclusion in 2006 and he was nominated for three Emmys along the way, as well as directing several episodes.
His role in Malcolm in the Middle stayed with him for a very long time, with one fan theory asking whether or not Breaking Bad was the prequel to the sitcom. The theory reckons that Walter White started a new life and family as ‘Hal’. For many different reasons, it doesn’t fit. At all.
Following his role as Hal he landed a lot of guest appearances on other sitcoms and television series, but his biggest role to date came in 2008.
Vince Gilligan, who’d previously worked with Bryan on The X Files, cast him as Walter White in Breaking Bad. The character was a high school chemistry teacher who begins to manufacture crystal meth after being diagnosed with lung cancer.
From 2008 – 2011 Cranston was noted as turning ‘acting into art’, managing to make us all fall for Walter White, but eventually making us hate Heisenberg. Even after the fifth and final season of Breaking Bad¸ we weren’t really sure whether we should ultimately hate or love the character.
My favourite moment in the series came not from cooking meth, blowing up Mexican cartel members or smoking a joint in Jesse Pinkman’s kitchen, no no, it came because of a pizza.
After Walter and his wife, Skyler, decide to get divorced, he tries perilously to win her back and at one point brings a big takeaway pizza to her home. When she rejects his advances he throws the pizza onto the garage roof, with the box flying away and the pie landing and sticking on the tiles. How many takes did it take to get the shot? Just the one. Mega.
Throughout the series he won many awards, collecting the ‘Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series’ in the first three seasons, receiving nominations for the same category in seasons four and five, and winning the same award for the latter half of season five.
Due to how much he and his co-star, Aaron Paul, loved the show, they both got matching Breaking Bad tattoos on their fingers, pledging their allegiance to the series that gave them so much.
Since its finale, he took up a few roles in film and none of them are to be sniffed at. He starred in The Lincoln Lawyer, Drive and Contagion in 2011, as well as appearing in a number of films and series in 2012.
More recently he’s been reportedly working with Sony, developing TV projects, as well as starring in Godzilla, Kung Fu Panda 3 and The Infiltrator.
Cranston is set to star in 2017’s reboot of Power Rangers, which is fitting considering he had one named after him all those years ago. The guy is a living legend.
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