'Breaking Bad' actor Bryan Cranston theorizes on his perfect response to a real-life confrontation using his on-screen Walter White ego.

By Evan Slead
December 17, 2016 at 06:06 PM EST
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You can take Bryan Cranston out of Heisenberg, but you can’t take Heisenberg out of Bryan Cranston.

Known for his Emmy-winning role of Walter White — who used the alias Heisenberg as the drug kingpin — on AMC’s hit series Breaking Bad, the actor talked with Sunday Today’s Willie Geist in an interview airing this weekend about the chances he would have to reconnect with the persona in his personal life.

“You’ve never had that sort of face to face thing where you had to sort of size the guy up?” asked Geist. “I’m looking forward to that moment of intimidating someone,” said Cranston.

Geist posed the idea that most people confronting the actor would instantly think of his on-screen character’s dangerous means of settling a dispute, instilling fear into them. After asking the former Malcolm in the Middle dad what he would do to instill that image in the moment, Cranston harkened back to White’s chemistry-inspired method for disposing of a body with just a barrel and some chemicals. 

“Oh, it’s real, son. I can dissolve your body in seconds,” joked Cranston. “Just remember that when you’re out on lookout point.”

Cranston will be using his best protective-father intimidation skills on James Franco in the upcoming comedy Why Him? in theaters Dec. 23.

Walter White descends into the criminal underworld.
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