Hear the full interview here.
Actor Bryan Cranston tells Fresh Air’s Terry Gross about how his appearance is an asset:
I have a very fortunate look for an actor. You can’t really categorize me. My looks aren’t striking, so therefore I’m more capable of sliding into looking like other people, more chameleon-like, as opposed to let’s say, Jon Hamm, who is this handsome, striking, black-haired, chiseled-looking guy. That’s great for Jon, and he’s a friend and I love him, but I don’t know that you would buy him as Walter White. He would have to fight against his looks in order to do that. So there’s a larger range of roles that are available to me than are available to Jon Hamm, simply because of physicality. And I love that.
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From ‘Middle’ to ‘Bad,’ and the questionable stand-up comedy before it all—Bryan Cranston joins us tomorrow.
David Bianculli on the most exciting recent TV offerings on DVD —-
"The best — and biggest, and most recent — of the bunch is Breaking Bad: The Complete Series. Vince Gilligan’s AMC drama, starring Bryan Cranston as a high school teacher turned criminal mastermind, arguably is the best TV series ever made — so getting or giving it in one gulp is about as good as it gets. Especially with Sony Picture Television’s mammoth set providing so many extras, including a documentary on the final season which, among other things, allows us to peek in as Cranston hosts his co-star, Aaron Paul, and the two of them read the show’s final script for the first time.”
Looking for a show to dive into over the vacation period?Check out the rest of Bianculli’s recommendations here.
Terry’s dear friend, Paula, took this photo of her “baby blue” parakeet, Willie, and dressed it up a bit. We loved it so much that we just had to share it with you.
Here’s a link to yesterday’s Fresh Air interview with Breaking Bad writers Thomas Schnauz and Peter Gould. Enjoy.
Photo courtesy of Paula Randolph
One of the famous scenes of Breaking Bad is when Walter White throws a pizza on the roof out of frustration with his wife.
Here’s the behind-the-scenes extra of how the scene was shot. Peter Gould and Thomas Schnauz mention this scene on the air in today’s interview:
PG: I’m always thinking, “Is this something that the character can say?” and “Does it sound good enough to be on Breaking Bad?” That was usually my concern.
TS: Not until I see it on the air sometimes do I realize that, “Oh wait a minute. That sounds like something that’s going to catch on and people are going to quote back.” But I’ve never written a line and thought, “Oh this is great, people are going to repeat this and put it on posters.”
PG: The things that people catch onto are kind of unpredictable to us. I would’ve never expected the pizza on the roof would’ve been something that we’d still be talking about two seasons later.
Like every episode we all sit together in a room in Burbank and we talk about every single beat and we write them down on index cards and pin them to a board and figure out what each episode is going to be. It was that same way for the final episode except for the absolute sadness after we were done, that we were like, ‘This is it, there’s no more.’ So I remember us pinning that final card to the board, Genny Hutchison got the honors to do it, and it was over.
- Thomas Schnauz, writer for Breaking Bad speaks to Terry Gross about writing the finale.
Schnauz joins us TODAY with writer/director Peter Gould and they talk about everything from the on-going ricin joke, to casting Saul Goodman, to their take on storytelling.
Don’t miss it.
I’ve never comprehended this idea of spoilers, the folks who line up to get the last Harry Potter, and turn right to the last page of the book as soon as it’s in their hands. My favorite time as a kid was not Christmas morning. It was the night before Christmas, and the sense of expectation. Nothing is ever as good as your imagination. That’s how it works. “I wanted a G.I. Joe and I got socks.”
Bob Odenkirk on his contribution to his sleazy lawyer character Saul Goodman on Breaking Bad:
I immediately had the idea for the hair, which is my contribution … Well, it’s a comb over, that’s pretty clearly a comb over, with a growing bald spot, and yet at time, somehow a mullet in back. And so it’s a tricky piece of hair engineering that Saul pulls off, but I think it says a lot about his character: cleaned up on the sides, because he’s all business, and the comb over is to try look younger and the mullet is to try to look like a relaxed dude, but who’s also capable of focusing and being serious.
BOB ODENKIRK, who plays the manipulative lawyer Saul Goodman on Breaking Bad is on the show today.
This video of middle school students performing a musical version of Breaking Bad is entertaining for fans and newbies alike. Just wait until “blue rock candy” sings.
Tomorrow’s guest: The sketchiest lawyer in the land of Breaking Bad —- Saul Goodman (aka Bob Odenkirk)
The second half of Breaking Bad's final season begins this coming Sunday. Tomorrow, Terry talks with one of the stars of AMC's hit show and it's someone who's never been on Fresh Air.
These are the Breaking Bad players who have been Fresh Air guests:
Can you guess who tomorrow’s guest will be?
Breaking Bad’s Dean Norris talks to Terry Gross about why he’s so often cast as law enforcement:
Well, you know, if you stop in any doughnut shop, and you see three cops eating doughnuts, one of them is gonna look like me. I don’t know why that is … but I guess you have a certain look, it’s kind of an authoritative law enforcement-type look, and that look is certainly the first thing that people cast you with before you get a chance to do some acting.
"Well, you know, if you stop in any doughnut shop, and you see three cops eating donuts, one of them is gonna look like me. I don’t know why that is … but I guess you have a certain look, it’s kind of an authoritative law enforcement-type look and that look is certainly the first thing that people cast you with before you get a chance to do some acting."