Happy birthday, Bryan Cranston!

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Today we would like to wish a happy birthday to Bryan Cranston, who just reached the age of 62.

He’s been an actor since the ‘80s, but most people know him plainly and simply as Walter White – the main character in the worldwide favourite TV Show Breaking Bad. That role made him famous among all generations from different parts of the world.

We have already paid tribute to the Breaking Bad series, so let’s say something about Walter in particular. Cranston won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for that role, which is an outstanding one indeed.

Walter White is a complex character. It is not unusual that the character is not a good guy but not entirely bad either. However, in most cases, we can decide which side he actually belongs to. When it comes to Walter White, even if we were to sort it out somehow, we might still doubt our own opinion.

At the beginning, we can’t see anything genuinely wrong with him. We may say that he was one of those guys who never dare to do anything unique. Therefore, we might not appreciate him as a person. Moreover, we may feel sorry for him because he works in a high school while he is clearly capable of something more challenging. On top of that, he has to work in a car wash to earn some extra money. But that’s just an average John Doe of our times, and we don’t expect him to actually lose it and become a total badass.

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When he gets into the illegal world of drug-making, we still don’t see him as a criminal, but as a dying man who wants to make sure his family would be financially stable after his death. His motive is right. But the problem is that he starts enjoying it! And that’s when all the fun begins.

The series creators could have made a meek social story about one of those little guys who have to struggle in a gutter. Luckily, they have decided to dig deeper.

That kind of the character development (very well presented in the video below) requires an outstanding actor.

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