Holy Shit, That Letter From Anthony Hopkins To Bryan Cranston Was Real?

The Superficial / October 15, 2013

Yesterday, Steven Michael Quezada (Gomie from Breaking Bad) posted a gushing letter to Facebook that Anthony Hopkins had written to Bryan Cranston after binge-watching the show, only to delete it after it began making the Internet rounds leading many people to believe it was fake. Except both Gawker and Buzzfeed got a hold of Anthony Hopkin’s publicist who confirmed it’s authenticity. So here’s the letter in its entirety where you can enjoy learning Anthony Hopkins is just like us right down to throwing shade at Netflix for not having the final eight episodes yet. On that note, if he says Orange Is The New Black is overrated at the end of this thing, I’m gonna need new pants:

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.

Of course, some people might say this is just a publicity stunt for Thor: The Dark World which might make sense if Anthony Hopkins didn’t just describe everything in Hollywood as “sickening bullshit” that’s caused him to lose “belief in anything.” I mean, I guess you can promote a movie that way.

Thor: The Dark World: ‘Acting in it made me wish for death because I can’t feel anything anymore,’ raves Academy Award winner Anthony Hopkins.”

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