About That Time Hannibal Lecter Wrote a Fan Letter to Walter White…

Sir Anthony Hopkins wrote a fan letter to Bryan Cranston after marathoning all five seasons of 'Breaking Bad,' and it is MAGNIFICENT. Read it here!

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You guys. Hannibal Lecter wrote a fan letter to Walter White, and it is MAGNIFICENT.

No, really. A letter Anthony Hopkins wrote to Bryan Cranston after marathoning all five seasons of Breaking Bad just surfaced, and it’s all kinds of wonderful.  Wrote Anthony, “A total of two weeks (addictive) viewing. I have never watched anything like it. Brilliant! Your performance as Walter White was the best acting I have seen—ever.” He also had great praise for the rest of the cast and crew:

“What is extraordinary, is the sheer power of everyone in the entire production. What was it? Five or six years in the making? How the producers (yourself being one of them), the writers, directors, cinematographers…. every department – casting etc. managed to keep the discipline and control from beginning to the end is (that over used word) awesome. 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.”

Awwwww!

According to Gawker, the letter first appeared on the Facebook page of Steven Michael Quezada, who played DEA agent Steve Gomez on the show; although the post featuring the letter has since been deleted, the Hollywood Reporter confirmed that the letter was indeed written by Sir Anthony.  Guess Bryan did pass on Anthony’s praise to the Breaking Bad team!

For the curious, here’s the whole letter:

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Dear Mister Cranston.

I wanted to write you this email – so I am contacting you through Jeremy Barber – I take it we are both represented by UTA . Great agency.

I’ve just finished a marathon of watching “BREAKING BAD” – from episode one of the First Season – to the last eight episodes of the Sixth Season. (I downloaded the last season on AMAZON) A total of two weeks (addictive) viewing.

I have never watched anything like it. Brilliant!

Your performance as Walter White was the best acting I have seen – ever.

I know there is so much smoke blowing and sickening bullshit in this business, and I’ve sort of lost belief in anything really.

But this work of yours is spectacular – absolutely stunning. What is extraordinary, is the sheer power of everyone in the entire production. What was it? Five or six years in the making? How the producers (yourself being one of them), the writers, directors, cinematographers…. every department – casting etc. managed to keep the discipline and control from beginning to the end is (that over used word) awesome.

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

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.

Thank you. That kind of work/artistry is rare, and when, once in a while, it occurs, as in this epic work, it restores confidence.

You and all the cast are the best actors I’ve ever seen.

That may sound like a good lung full of smoke blowing. But it is not. It’s almost midnight out here in Malibu, and I felt compelled to write this email.

Congratulations and my deepest respect. You are truly a great, great actor.

Best regards,

Tony Hopkins.

Love it. LOVE. IT.

Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s senior editor.

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