Ready or not, the end of Breaking Bad is upon us, and Bryan Cranston has been making the rounds promoting the show's final season. His costar Aaron Paul has already promised that the finale will be epic, but in the August issue of GQ, Cranston is a little more tight-lipped about what fans can expect. On the other hand, the interview offers a lot of insight into how Cranston has been affected by playing Walter White, including his belief that there's at least a little bit of darkness in all of us. (Case in point: Cranston admits that he's harbored murderous thoughts about an ex-girlfriend.) Here are highlights from the interview:
- On reading the Breaking Bad pilot script: "I told my agent, 'Get me in there as fast as you can, because I know other actors are going to want to lift their leg on this.' It's like, 'I want to mark it. I want to spray it with my scent.'"
- On creating Walter White: "I actually thought of my father, how he stands hunched, burdened," he says, slumping his shoulders. "We didn't have Walt stand erect until he became Heisenberg. I said, 'I want his mustache to look impotent. I want people to look at it and go, Why bother?' I thought he should wear clothes that blend into the wall: beige, sand, taupe, khaki. His hair should be a mop. Nothing's remarkable about this man."
- On waiting until the last minute to read the finale script: "I was enjoying it too much. Asking how it ends would have been like saying, 'All right, tell me what you got me for my birthday and then I'll open it.'"
- On how the show ends: "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?' 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."
Read more Cranston quotes and see his dapper GQ cover after the jump.
- On Walt's evolution: "What happened to Walt is something I related to, if I'm truly honest with myself. 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."
- On the murderous thoughts he had about an ex: "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."