LIFE OF BRYAN

The star of Break­ing Bad re­veals how he be­came drug dealer Wal­ter White…

Crime Scene - - CASE NOTES - By AN­DRE PAINE

For fans of Break­ing Bad, Bryan Cranston’s new au­to­bi­og­ra­phy, A Life In Parts, pro­vides a re­veal­ing in­sight into how the co-star of fam­ily favourite Mal­colm In The Mid­dle trans­formed him­self into a crys­tal meth king­pin. Not to men­tion how, along with ’ Bad cre­ator Vince Gil­li­gan, he in­ad­ver­tently changed how peo­ple ac­tu­ally watch TV.

“When Vince told me he was go­ing to take the cen­tral char­ac­ter from good to bad, to be hon­est I won­dered whether au­di­ences would go for it,” he writes. “In the end, they didn’t just go for it. They were ad­dicted.”

When it first aired in 2008, the show was a crit­i­cal but not a rat­ings suc­cess, yet in­ter­est soon snow­balled and it be­came a ma­jor box-set binge­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. It’s now one of the most ea­gerly de­voured se­ries on Net­flix.

“The ma­nia the show in­spired was un­like any­thing I’d seen,” Cranston writes. “The ad­vent of stream­ing ser­vices like Net­flix cre­ated the op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple to shoot Break­ing Bad right into their veins.” Al­though he faced stiff com­pe­ti­tion for the role, from ac­tors in­clud­ing Matthew Brod­er­ick, Cranston says he was des­per­ate to be be­come Wal­ter White: “I’m not sure I knew what the ti­tle meant then, but the script was oh-my-god su­perb, the best hour-long drama I’d ever read.” Cranston worked hard af­ter get­ting the part, and de­scribes gru­elling shoots start­ing at 5.30am, which also in­cluded a daily head shave, to main­tain the Heisen­berg look. To get into the char­ac­ter, Cranston writes that he even imag­ined the death of his own daugh­ter, to power a scene where White fails to save a char­ac­ter from chok­ing. Cranston also ad­mits to a spat with Gil­li­gan af­ter the star changed a scene, re­veal­ing “We smoothed things out later in per­son”, and that he was re­luc­tant to be filmed wear­ing those fa­mous Y-fronts, un­til Vince ex­plained, “Tighty-whities are fun­nier than boxer shorts.”

A Life In Parts (Orion) by Bryan Cranston is out now.

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