10/24/2012 06:45 pm ET

Bryan Cranston On 'Breaking Bad' And History With Drug Users

There's no doubt that Bryan Cranston makes a perfect Walter White on "Breaking Bad."

And while one could chalk it up to great acting, Cranston admitted in a recent interview with Men's Journal that he drew a lot of his inspiration from personal experience.

"I realized that, given the right circumstances, I was capable of doing very bad things," Cranston said, in reference to a fantasy he had about killing an ex-girlfriend who had drug problems. "Everyone is. It was the most amazing, uncomfortable experience of my life ... When I first met with Vince Gilligan about 'Breaking Bad,' and he said, 'I want to take a sweet, good-natured guy, and I want to make him bad,' I knew exactly how it was going to go, because, at one time, I had broken bad, too."

Still, Cranston manages to find time to relax and break free of is Walter White alter ego.

"For the most part, 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 ... and I completely cover up," Cranston told HuffPost UK of getting out of his "dark place." "And I just sit in the chair, just for a few minutes, and let that steam open up my pores. It’s euphoric and other-worldly sometimes. You take a little mind-vacation at some point. "

"Breaking Bad" returns next summer for its final eight episodes.

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