"Breaking Bad" star Bryan Cranston is just now wrapping a Reddit AMA ("...ask me anything") and while an AMA isn't exactly the Rolling Stone or Playboy interview, it can still be a lively, engaging and vaguely anarchic affair. (But, hey, he's doing this for charity - via Omaze.com, it's all part of a benefit to raise money for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children - so anarchy will have to do.) Here are a few outtakes from the AMA - some of them revealing:
Welcome to reddit! What would you be if you weren't an actor at first? permalink [–]thebryancranston[S] 61 points 10 minutes ago
Now? I don't know. But I thought about being a policeman when I was younger. I was pretty close to becoming one too but in college I took some acting classes and I found that the girls were much prettier there than in police science.
If you had to choose between Hal (MitM) and Walter White (Breaking Bad) which role would you prefer to be known for and why? permalink [–]thebryancranston[S] 159 points 23 minutes ago
If I could? That's the great thing about it. I don't have to, it's like Sophie's choice: which child would you like to kill? You think of hypotheticals of things that if they came to it, you'd have to pick and choose but fortunately I don't. I love the differences between the two.
I live in Albuquerque and I love to see our city showcased as a “main character” on such a monumental show like Breaking Bad. I’m curious how you feel about our city overall? Also what were some of your favorite places to frequent while in town? Thanks for the AMA. permalink [–]thebryancranston[S] 91 points 17 minutes ago
Albuquerque became a very important part of the show and I really enjoyed my time there. I look forward to going back at some point. You know, strolling central in Nob Hill, Church St. Cafe in Old Town, El Pinto is another place I go. And I ride for miles along the Bosque.
Bryan! Huge fan and today is my birthday. Would you give us YOUR best look in to WW's mind with a line or scene that maybe most people maybe dont give enough attention to? permalink [–]thebryancranston[S] 18 points 3 minutes ago
First of all, happy birthday. Walt says today you be the danger. There was a moment nobody ever really wrote about in the first or second season...when he was in remission from his cancer and he decided even though his hair was growing back, he decided to shave his head some more. And that was big thing for me because it made a statement that he was truly accepting this new life of his.
Hey Bryan, you've been a hero of mine for years now, so I was wondering who you're heroes are/were throughout your life. permalink [–]thebryancranston[S] 16 points 5 minutes ago
Um... gosh. Sandy Koufax, Vin Scully, my grandfather. As far as acting heroes, Dick Van Dyke, Jack Lemmon, Rod Steiger, and Spencer Tracy.
You seem to be such a funny person on and off set - what's it like for you to switch from doing something so funny like Malcolm in the Middle to something so deadly and serious like Breaking Bad? (From my boyfriend) Do you think you will every top your performance in this:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NN3CvoGi64 permalink [–]thebryancranston[S] 42 points 9 minutes ago
Oh no, they can post those videos... wow. What I discovered is that everyone has a dark side. It might be unrealized, untapped, but if the right buttons are pushed anyone can become dangerous and I just opened up to it. Now I don't want to say that I killed people in preparation for the role... but I can't deny it either.
permalinkparent My coworker Bob claims he is dating your niece. We live in northern California. Can you confirm or deny this? permalink [–]thebryancranston[S] 33 points 6 minutes ago
Bob is a ------- liar. I have a job opening for him.
permalinkparent At certain parts in your life/career, has it ever been difficult to maintain being humble and not egotistical in certain situations? permalink [–]thebryancranston[S] 13 points 2 minutes ago
I think if you were born without promises or come from a middle class or lower middle class environment like I was, you have a benefit of not being entitled. Therefore humility goes along with it. I realize I am very lucky to be doing what I do.
permalinkparent [–]LuisMoncada 1488 points 1 hour ago What are your thoughts on those two infamous Cousins pulling off the Explosion in one take? (I never get tired of hearing from a 3 time Emmy winner ;) permalink [–]thebryancranston[S] 903 points 37 minutes ago
Hi Luis, good to talk to you man. Miss you. And I'm happy to be the first person to direct you on the show. You and your brother really contributed greatly.