The Alleged Fan Letter Sir Anthony Hopkins Wrote To Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston [Full Letter]

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For two decades, Anthony Hopkins brought Hannibal Lecter to life on the big screen, earning the actor an Academy Award in 1991 for “The Silence of the Lambs.” The 73-year-old Hopkins most recently appeared in the superhero action film “Thor,” playing Thor’s father Odin.

Although Breaking Bad is already over, its praises are still being sung by everyone, including one of the most legendary actors of our time, Sir Anthony Hopkins. The AMC hit’s series finale created such a buzz that people that have never seen the show before suddenly needed to know what all the commotion was about. According to Vanity Fair, Mr. Hopkins is one of those people.

Hannibal himself reportedly watched the entire series over the course of two weeks and was blown away by the series. So much so, that the 75-year-old Oscar winner felt the need to send his praises over to lead character Bryan Cranston who played Walter White in the series.

Hopkins also asked Cranston to send over his high praises to the rest of the cast including Anna Gunn, Dean Norris, Aaron Paul, and Steven Michael Quezada, whom eventually posted the story of his Facebook page. The letter goes as follows: 

"Dear Mister Cranston.

I wanted to write you this email - so I am contacting you through Jeremy Barber - I take it we are both represented by UTA . Great agency.

I've just finished a marathon of watching "BREAKING BAD" - from episode one of the First Season - to the last eight episodes of the Sixth Season. [Ed note: There are in fact five seasons of Breaking Bad; this might have been wishful thinking.] (I downloaded the last season on AMAZON) A total of two weeks (addictive) viewing.

I have never watched anything like it. Brilliant!

Your performance as Walter White was the best acting I have seen - ever.

I know there is so much smoke blowing and sickening bullshit in this business, and I've sort of lost belief in anything really.

But this work of yours is spectacular - absolutely stunning. What is extraordinary, is the sheer power of everyone in the entire production. What was it? Five or six years in the making? How the producers (yourself being one of them), the writers, directors, cinematographers.... every department - casting etc. managed to keep the discipline and control from beginning to the end is (that over used word) awesome.

From what started as a black comedy, descended into a labyrinth of blood, destruction and hell. It was like a great Jacobean, Shakespearian or Greek Tragedy.

If you ever get a chance to - would you pass on my admiration to everyone - Anna Gunn, Dean Norris, Aaron Paul, Betsy Brandt, R.J. Mitte, Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Steven Michael Quezada - everyone - everyone gave master classes of performance ... The list is endless.

Thank you. That kind of work/artistry is rare, and when, once in a while, it occurs, as in this epic work, it restores confidence.

You and all the cast are the best actors I've ever seen.

That may sound like a good lung full of smoke blowing. But it is not. It's almost midnight out here in Malibu, and I felt compelled to write this email.

Congratulations and my deepest respect. You are truly a great, great actor.

Best regards

Tony Hopkins."

Although this story only alleged happened, for the sake of the entire Breaking Bad cast, we hope this is true. Nobody has spoken out about the letter and whether or not Mr. Hopkins really is such a huge fan, however, the show speaks for itself so we couldn't imagine someone not liking it. 

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