Breaking Bad: Bryan Cranston Wasn’t The First Choice For Walter White

Uday Singh
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Bryan Cranston did an amazing job playing the role of Walter White in Breaking Bad. Fans had the chance to see natural and so realistic acting delievered. But what if someone tells you Bryan Cranston wasn’t the first choice to play Walter White? Shocking, isn’t it? Created by Vince Gilligan, Breaking Bad followed the journey of Walter White, a normal high school teacher turning into a drug kingpin in the city of Albuquerque. Walter added Jesse Pinkman, his former student to run the drug business with him. They made real good success with that. The show was full of amazing characters whether a protagonist or an antagonist. Breaking Bad ran for five amazing season which were full of critically acclaimed and well appreciated episodes. Eventually, the show concluded in 2013.

Even though it ended in 2013, AMC Network launched a spin off prequel Better Call Saul which followed the transition of Jimmy McGill into Saul Goodman. It also followed the lives of Mike Ehrmantraut and Gustavo Fring. Now, the characters of Walter White and Jesse Pinkman are rumored to appear in the Breaking Bad prequel. Well, that’s that but we couldn’t have seen the natural and realistic acting that Bryan Cranston brought in the character of Walter White. That’s true, Bryan Cranston wasn’t the first choice for the character of Walter White in Breaking Bad.

Walter White Breaking Bad

But why? The AMC Network and the producers wanted a more famous face to play Walter White. So the producers asked John Cusack and then Matthew Broderick to play Walter White but they refused. Eventually, the role was passed to Cranston as he was already a friend of Vince Gilligan. Not that he wasn’t famous for his roles and cameos in giant’s like Saving Private Ryan and X Files, he just wasn’t the first choice.


Also Read: Ten Shows You Should Watch If You Liked Breaking Bad


Regarding the addition of Bryan Cranston in Breaking Bad, Vince Gilligan told Hollywood Reporter, “We needed somebody who could be dramatic and scary yet have an underlying humanity so when he dies, you felt sorry for him.”

It indeed was a big treat to watch Bryan Cranston as Walter White. He did an extraordinary job playing the extraordinary character. We’re glad that eventually Bryan Cranston was chosen. What do you think about John Cusack and Matthew Broderick as Walter White? Let us know in the comments below!


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