Being praised by such veteran actor as Anthony Hopkins must be a great compliment to "Breaking Bad" star Bryan Cranston. Thus, the Walter White depicter decided to share a letter penned by the "Red Dragon" actor, who admitted to have binge-watched the AMC series for two weeks, with the cast.
The letter later went viral after posted by "Breaking Bad" co-star Steven Michael Quezada on his Facebook page last Sunday, October 13. In the fan letter, Hopkins raved over Cranston's performance as the chemistry teacher-turned-meth cook as well as the entire crew's work.
"A total of two weeks (addictive) viewing. I have never watched anything like it. Brilliant!" so the Academy Award-winning actor wrote. "Your performance as Walter White was the best acting I have seen - ever. I know there is so much smoke blowing and sickening bulls*** 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," he continued gushing. "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."
The fan letter has been removed from Quezada's Facebook page, but Arnold Robinson, a publicist for Hopkins, confirms that the letter was indeed real. A source from United Talent Agency, which represents both Hopkins and Cranston, told TODAY that Hopkins felt compelled to write the complimentary letter because he admired Cranston's work so much. Cranston shared it, not expecting the letter to go viral.
Cranston earned three Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series through his role on the AMC show. The crime drama series ended its run on September 29 with a bang, delivering an average of 10.3 million viewers, with 6.7 million in adults 18-49 demo to become the most-watched series finale ever on basic cable.