"'You chicken?' he asks, freshly razored scalp gleaming under a distant streetlight. 'You a scaredy-cat?' He's not even Walter now..and in his pitiless blue eyes, I'm everything weak and human... "He's just Bryan Cranston, an avuncular 56-year-old actor at the end of another 13-hour day of playing what he calls 'the role of my life' - the one that's won him three Emmys and counting."
That's Rolling Stone's writer Brian Hiatt describing an interview with the cast and company of the hit show "Breaking Bad," which is seen on the AMC network.
I will quote writer Hiatt again who presents it as " "TV's Most Twisted Show." He says,
"'Breaking Bad' is, at its core, a story of transformation - unlike nearly every character in the history of television, Walter White is changing beyond recognition over the show's 62 episodes. It's less a character arc than a plunge down a moral elevator shaft."
I don't quite know what to say about folks who don't seem to know how great an actor Bryan
Cranston is, or how good are his co-actors (Aaron Paul, to name just one) or how gifted the show's creator, Vince Gilligan. People who just get TV from the big four networks are really missing out. There are moments in "Breaking Bad" that are so startling that you simply never can forget them. A teddy bear floating in an Arizona swimming pool...a villain being killed by a drug lord, slowly, with a box cutter ... a shootout between a detective and two Mexican drug thugs in a parking lot...a wife very very afraid of her mild-mannered husband...in-laws, druggies, handicapped children, a new baby, a poisoned baby. Yes - get on board!
"She is a monster of staggering charmlessness and monumental lack of humour...I am coldly
sarcastic with her to the point of outright contempt but she hears only what she wants to hear...She is a tired old woman and lives entirely on that weekly show which she has been doing and successfully doing for 19 years. Nineteen solid years of double-takes and pratfalls and desperate upstaging and cutting out other people's laughs if she can, nervously watching the 'ratings' as she does so...I loathe her today but now I also pity her. I make a point of never seeing her again...Milady Ball can thank her lucky stars that I am not drinking. There is a chance that if I had I might have killed her. Jack Benny, the most amiable man in the world, and one of the truly great comedians of our time, says that in 4 days she reduced his life expectancy by 10 years."
And he goes on and on. Well, I do love one of Lucy and Desi's children, the talented Lucie Arnaz, but I didn't love Lucy either. In fact, she is one of the rare big stars I was sorry I ever met. It's always horrible when the stars disappoint and disillusion us. What we do, is, I suppose equally bad. At least so many of them think so.