10/12/2012 09:19 am ET

'Breaking Bad' Star Bryan Cranston Was Taught How To Cook Meth

It turns out Bryan Cranston's superb meth-cooking skills on "Breaking Bad" aren't just a case of great acting.

In a recent interview with Howard Stern, Cranston admitted he was taught how to cook meth in preparation for his role as Walter White.

“We were taught how to make meth [by] DEA chemists who were our consultants on the show," he told Stern, according to "Today." "We didn’t cook it, but we were told exactly the process at that high level," he said.

When Stern challenged him on whether he'd actually refrained from cooking the drug, Cranston insisted the project was too complicated for him.

"It's extremely difficult," he continued. "There are so many volatile components to it that at any given time, you could literally blow up. So you had to be very careful and very specific to follow this. Most of the cooks are also meth heads themselves. That's why they get themselves in trouble and you see burn marks, or their hands are missing."

Meth lessons aren't all Cranston does to prepare for his role. In an interview with HuffPost UK, he went into detail on how he mentally becomes Walter White.

"I will sequester myself so that I am not around a lot of chatter, and that sort of thing, so I can come in and just focus," he said. "I have worked out a system where after work I go into the make-up and hair trailer and I put make-up remover on my bald head and on my face, and I just put two hot towels, one on my head and one around my face, completely covering it –- I look like the Mummy –- and I completely cover up ... It’s euphoric and other-worldly sometimes."

"Breaking Bad" returns for its final 8 episodes in July 2013.

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