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I hope I can visit India and work there someday: Bryan Cranston

Actor Bryan Cranston talks about his career defining role as Walter White in Breaking Bad and his admiration for India.

hollywood Updated: Feb 18, 2018 17:01 IST
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Bryan Cranston says he has seen a couple of Indian films and that they were really entertaining to him.(Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Actor Bryan Cranston started his career in the late 1980s, and his work in films such as Argo (2012) and Trumbo (2015) as well as the TV show, Malcolm in the Middle, has made him a part of Hollywood’s elites. But what got him a place in the history books was his portrayal of Walter White, a chemistry teacher-turned-drug lord, in the American drama series Breaking Bad. The show, which aired on AXN, turns 10-years-old this February, so we caught up with the Golden Globe-winning actor to talk about his career, his plans to visit India, and more.

Have you ever been to India? Any plans to visit the country anytime soon?

I would love to come to India, and not just for a short trip. I want to visit to experience the culture, meet the people, travel and try the food. As of now, I have no idea when I would be coming to India. Honestly, I don’t allow myself to have any great holidays. I hope I get the benefit of coming to India someday to work and be able to stay there and explore the country. I have also seen a couple of Indian films; they were really entertaining to me.

You voice acted for an Indian animated film called Ramayana: The Legend of Prince Ram back in 2001; how was that experience like?

Yes, I did the English translation of that film; it was very interesting. I enjoyed the storytelling, and from an actor’s standpoint, to be able to tell a story only through your voice as opposed to being on camera was very challenging. But I really enjoyed doing that.

When you were offered the role of Walter White, what did you expect from the show?

Eleven years ago, when we shot the pilot, the intention was just to tell a good story. It was impossible for me to know whether anything could be successful. I didn’t even know whether we could go beyond the pilot episode. It was very possible that we may have not got the go ahead. I knew this, because we were attempting to do something that was unusual and unique. We are very grateful that we got a chance to go on for six years to tell this story.

The show ended perfectly but given a chance, do you ever think about an alternate ending that Walter White could have met with?

No I think, it was the perfect end. The way Vince Gilligan (director of the show) created the characters and developed them, it was a very fitting end to them and it was a very satisfying experience for me to go through that process. I am really glad with the way it ended and I am very happy that it is being appreciated.

Did you find any similarities between your character in Breaking Bad and the characters you played before and after the show ended?

There is one big similarity between Hal Wilkerson (his character in Malcom in the Middle) and Walter White, they both wore tight white underwear (laughs). When it comes to the characters that I have played since the show ended, I think no, the roles that I played after the series ended were very different from the role I played in Breaking Bad. Once you play something for years as I did in the show you feel the need to get away and experience other things and characters, which became my goal.

How has your relationship been with Aaron Paul and the other cast members since the show ended?

Aaron Paul is one of my dearest friends with whom I have a really special connection. I am glad that I got to work with him in the show. I do follow the work he has done, he is doing a terrific job and he has his show The Path and I am a big fan of that show and of him, and it is great. Actually all the cast members’ form our show are doing terrific work I believe. We are a family and we continue to remain close.

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First Published: Feb 18, 2018 16:58 IST