Oct 16 2013
Yesterday, I posted about how Anthony Hopkins wrote a letter to Bryan Cranston expressing that his turn as Walter White was “the best acting I have seen – ever.”
It made me reflect on the entirety of Cranston’s work as Walter White on the show, and how far he had to alter his character from beginning to end, and all the powerful moments he was forced to handle in different ways. Truth is, it’s hard to think of many better performances across all of television history. Yes, there are other great shows out there, and some are probably in totality better than Breaking Bad, but do they have any performances like Cranston’s? I’m just not sure he can be matched.
I’ve been trying to think of other actors who have come close. To me, James Gandolfini’s Tony Soprano comes to mind, though that may be an easy go-to. Maybe Martin Sheen on the West Wing. Glen Close on Damages. These are just folks who come to mind when I’m considering what performances have really made an impact on me, even years later. I’m curious to see who you all might select for your own, so feel free to post them in the comments. Bonus points if its a show I haven’t seen yet, and will now try to check out on your recommendation.
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