Anthony Hopkins Writes Wholesome Letter To Bryan Cranston Over 'Breaking Bad'

Mason Joseph Zimmer
Anthony Hopkins sstaring with pensive facial expression in seaside selfie
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Legendary actor Anthony Hopkins spontaneously sent an incredibly heartwarming fan letter to Bryan Cranston after sitting down to binge watch Breaking Bad.

For at least a decade at this point, it hasn't exactly been a controversial opinion to name Bryan Cranston as your favorite actor. Not only has he proven himself as an incredible talent in both comedic and dramatic roles, but he's also struck a public impression as someone who keeps close with his co-stars and is enthusiastic to support righteous causes.

But while those latter two aspects may make him more lovable to us, it was clear that his fellow consummate professional Anthony Hopkins was awed by how he performed in his landmark series, Breaking Bad.

And in a move that would be sure to excite and touch the heart of anyone who's seen Hopkins in action, the veteran thespian made that appreciation known in the most adorable way possible.

Just two weeks after 'Breaking Bad' ended, Vanity Fair published a heartfelt letter Anthony Hopkins sent to Bryan Cranston after binging the series.

And while they noted that the way AMC split up the fifth season gave Hopkins the impression that there was an extra one, they left his main message alone.

As he said, "I have never watched anything like it. Brilliant! Your performance as Walter White was the best acting I have seen - ever."

He was also clearly impressed by how the entire production came together and never lost focus as it went through its seasons, which is often a pitfall with a TV series.

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

Brystan Cranston looking confident with shaved head in the New Mexico desert as Walter White in 'Breaking Bad'
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Hopkins also wanted to stress how sincerely he meant his words, as just about everyone knows how fake Hollywood can be.

In his words, "I know there is so much smoke blowing and sickening [expletive] in this business, and I've sort of lost belief in anything really."

But he wanted to cut through all that and recognize Cranston as "truly a great, great actor."

And in a move that he also assured Cranston wasn't smoke blowing, Hopkins wanted to extend that same consideration to the rest of the heavy-hitting cast.

As he put it, "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."

And according to HuffPost, that's exactly what Cranston did as the only reason we know about this letter at all was because Quezada shared it on Facebook.

Unfortunately, that wasn't something Hopkins wanted to happen and he said it taught him not to write letters to people anymore.

Anthony Hopkins sstaring with pensive facial expression in seaside selfie
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And while Cranston reported feeling astonished, honored and humbled by Hopkins' letter, the fact that it went public against the actor's will put a damper on the celebration for him too.

In Cranston's words, "In this new age, I didn’t anticipate someone posting that. I didn’t anticipate that someone would then take the letter and show it to the world. It was an oversight of mine, so when it happened I thought, ‘Aw crap.’ I now have to realize that.”

h/t: Vanity Fair, HuffPost