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

October 15th, 2013 // 29 Comments
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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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  1. boof

    Hannibal Lecture

  2. rantatonne

    real recognizes real

  3. banner man

    You have to admit, as cynical and contrived most of what “Hollywood” does this letter is a cool piece of just a guy praising something/people who made that something that he has enjoyed and found compelling

    Hopkins has been around that place for decades yet he went out of his way to go all fan boi for BB…..I can’t fault him for that.

    PS does anyone else find that idea of Anthony Hopkins downloading shit weird?

  4. The real unanswered question here is whether or not he was watching the show while drinking Chianti.

  5. It’s refreshing to see an actor have the confidence to praise another actor and isn’t an arrogant a$$hat.

  6. Mike

    As of this time last year, , I had never watched one second of Breaking Bad. The premise just didn’t sound appealing, like anything I would care for. One night last summer I was on Netflix totally out of things to watch, and thought what the hell.

    Four days later after watching every episode available to that point, I took a breath. I can totally understand Hopkins feeling, because over the entire span of that show, the quality and the acting never dropped off and never waivered. Hopkins isn’t blowing smoke (no pun intended) the show was that fucking good. The only series I’ve ever watched that had the same level of excellence from the start of episode one, till the final second of the finale. Bravo BB!

  7. Boobooloo

    Figures that the one guy who leaked the letter is by far the worst actor of the show. Surprised Hopkins had his name on the list.

  8. p.s.
    and also, mr. cranston, i do so hope that you can be my guest at my house on oct 31.
    i would so much love to have you for dinner.
    i have a wonderful chianti i am reserving just for the event.

  9. I’m gonna have to start watching this show.

  10. I think Anthony Hopkins is was one of the best actors alive. If he wrote me a little note telling me that my writing or acting was “pretty good” or “managed not to suck too badly” I would frame it, hang it on my wall, and spend the evening weeping onto my raging boner.

  11. Did anyone else read the letter in Anthony Hopkins voice? I know I did, and what an honor it must have been for those actors to read it and know it was for them. I’m a big fan of Anthony Hopkins and a huge fan of Breaking Bad. Mixing the two together, well crap it seems I’ve soiled undergarments. Sorry, have to go.

  12. Beer for thought

    THIS was one of the best things I have ever seen about the best thing I have ever seen.

  13. The man is a boss, I tip my hat to him.

  14. The man is truly a class act. Very few left in the world and even rarer in Hollywood.

  15. “What has two thumbs and loves blowjobs…???…this guy!”

  16. sobrietyisacrutch

    This? Just makes me miss BB even more

  17. Everyone was raving about Breaking Bad for long enough and I just ignored it as yet another one of those things that keep the retarded majority entertained, but now, I just have no choice, do I

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