Bryan Cranston seems like the nicest guy in the world, while his “Breaking Bad” character Walter White is anything but. However, in a new interview with GQ, Cranston reveals that he might have a bit more Heisenberg in him than meets the eye.
According to the 57-year-old actor, there was one woman he dated who nearly pushed him to murder. They were together not long after his divorce from Mickey Middleton in 1982, and the woman is described in the GQ cover story as a “drug addict” and “terribly unstable.” She apparently stalked Cranston from Los Angeles to New York, and sent him threatening messages like, “I’m gonna kill you. I’m gonna cut your balls off. I’m gonna have your dick sawed off.” One day she showed up at his apartment, and that’s when he snapped.
“I envisioned myself killing her. It was so clear,” he tells the magazine. “My apartment had a brick wall on one side, and I envisioned opening the door, grabbing her by the hair, dragging her inside, and shoving her head into that brick wall until brain matter was dripping down the sides of it. Then I shuddered and realized how clearly I saw that happening. And I called the police because I was so afraid. I was temporarily insane — capable of doing tremendous damage to her and to myself.”
No wonder he finds it so easy to relate to Walt’s downward spiral over “Breaking Bad’s” five seasons. He’s learned that anyone can break bad over the course of their life, not just the AMC series’ hero-turned-villain.
“What happened to Walt is something I related to, if I’m truly honest with myself,” he says. “I’ve come to realize that I think everybody is capable of that. If you came into a condition where you were under tremendous stress. And if I knew what buttons to push that threatened you and yours … You could become an extremely dangerous person.”
What about how “Breaking Bad” should end? Audiences won’t find out until the series returns on Aug. 11, and Cranston had as much trouble trying to puzzle it out as the rest of us are.
“I had notions. Like, ‘What if he created this toxic world around him and, because of his actions, everybody he loved died and he had to stay alive?’ But then I’d think, ‘He’s wrought so much, he has to die. Doesn’t he?'” Cranston says. “But if he dies, what does he die of? Maybe he dies of cancer. After all this other danger! But my true answer of how I wanted it to end, my honest answer, is this: however Vince Gilligan wants it to end.”