Reported by Jessica Hanlon.
Screen legend Sir Anthony Hopkins has become the latest celebrity to jump aboard the Breaking Bad bandwagon. After binge-watching every episode of the Emmy-Award winning show in just two weeks, Vanity Fair reports that Hopkins was inspired to write Walter White’s Bryan Cranston a gushing fan E-Mail full of praise and admiration for him and the cast.
In the letter, the Academy Award Winner described Cranston’s performance as “absolutely stunning” and thanked him and creator Vince Gilligan for “restoring his confidence” with their “epic” work. “I have never watched anything like it”, he writes. “Your performance as Walter White was the best acting I have seen — ever.”
Despite addressing the letter to Cranston personally, Hopkins was full of praise for every aspect of the show – praising every department involved for managing to “keep the control and discipline to the very end”. He also asked Cranston to pass on his admiration to “everyone — Anna Gunn, Dean Norris, Aaron Paul, Betsy Brandt, R.J. Mitte, Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Steven Michael Quezada”, amongst others, noting that “everyone gave master classes of performance”.
If that wasn’t enough, he repeatedly assured the actor that he wasn’t simply “blowing smoke” or peddling the “sickening bullshit” that is well associated with Hollywood. Rather, he offered Cranston his sincere congratulations and respect noting he was “truly a great, great actor”, before signing off with a simple, “Tony Hopkins”. Needless to say, Cranston is probably feeling pretty chuffed with himself right now.
The letter, which was first leaked on the Facebook page of Breaking Bad co-star Steven Michael Quezada has since been confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter to be authored by Hopkins personally.
It can be viewed in full HERE.