Better Call Saul: Bryan Cranston addresses possible appearance
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The first two seasons of Better Call Saul have featured a number of familiar Breaking Bad faces, and now Bryan Cranston says that if called upon he’d be “all in” to bring Walter White back to the small screen.
While appearing on Tuesday’s episode of The Rich Eisen Show, Cranston was asked if he’d be interested in appearing on Better Call Saul, the prequel to his Emmy-winning hit Breaking Bad.
“I owe Vince Gilligan so much. He was my champion to get this role,” he told Eisen. “If they were to call me and say, ‘We have this idea, we’d like…’ I would say, ‘Yes, you don’t have to finish the pitch. I’m there, what do you want me to do?’ I’ll do whatever they want because I know how careful they are and proprietary they are with those characters and storylines and it wouldn’t be something, ‘Oh, isn’t that kind of a stunt casting kind of thing.’ It would be something kind of unique and obscure and creative, and I’m all in.”
Cranston hasn’t gotten any such call yet, but he has been offered a chance to direct an episode of Saul, something that has left him very conflicted. “I have an opportunity to direct an episode of Saul and I’m debating whether I want to or not because I’m a fan of the show, and in order to direct I need to know what no fan knows,” he said. “I need to go back and they’ll tell me what’s going to happen leading up to the episode and there’s a part of me that says, ‘That would kind of kill it for me as a fan to peak behind the curtain.’ So, I don’t know if I am or not.”
Despite the actor’s interest in Saul, he told Eisen he doesn’t miss Breaking Bad, the show that won him four Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama, as well as a Golden Globe. “Surprisingly, I don’t,” he shared. “And I think the reason is because Vince Gilligan crafted just what I think is the perfect beginning, middle, and end to a story. So because it was so complete I had a total completion.”
Cranston can next be seen in a drug story of a different kind, The Infiltrator, which hits theaters on July 13.
Watch Cranston’s full Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul discussion above.