Bryan Cranston


V.27 No.14 | 4/5/2018
Isle of Dogs

Film Review

Isle of Dogs

Meticulously animated feature is a fantastic(al) journey

Akira Kurosawa’s scruffy aesthetic is undoubtedly what’s fueling Isle of Dogs’ creative engines. Feel free to discuss at length—over third wave, cold-brewed coffee, perhaps—whether Wes Anderson’s miniaturization of Japanese culture asks audiences to laugh with or at the stereotypes.
V.24 No.16 | 04/16/2015

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The Daily Word in WikiLeaks, an angry gorilla and an uptight health clinic

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The parents of an 8-year-old who died during the Boston Marathon bombing are urging officials against the death penalty for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

I Wish My Teacher Knew” draws some sad and touching responses from third graders.

Police found five adults who apparently died from a shooting at a Phoenix home after a dispute over the family business.

WikiLeaks put over 170,000 emails from Sony Pictures Entertainment on a searchable web archive.

An Ohio man who apparently trained with a terrorist group in Syria has been accused by federal prosecutors of planning an attack in the United States.

An Albuquerque Metropolitan Detention Center officer has been arrested after being accused of raping an inmate.

A Rio Rancho clinic is turning away patients who've had a cigarette less than 30 minutes before their appointment. Say what?

“Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston narrated a video for the series “New Mexico True Stories,” during which he reads from Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian. Yeah, you know you wanna watch it.

Lawyer Randi McGinn has been named as the special prosecutor in the murder case against APD officers Keith Sandy and Dominique Perez for the killing of James Boyd.

Don't piss off this gorilla … obviously.

V.22 No.34 |

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The Daily Word in Gay Marriage in Albuquerque, intervention in Syria, crack in a cavity and change in the South Valley.

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Same-sex marriage is a reality in Bernalillo County.

Voice your opinion on a major makeover proposed for Bridge Boulevard today at 3:00 in the basement (Vincent Griego Chambers) of the City/County building (1 Civic Plaza).

Major improvements are also in store for Goff Road in the South Valley, however the Fourth Street Mall's future is uncertain.

Local Project Runway star Patricia Michaels was accused of stealing her own jewelry.

Monday rush hour traffic was all jacked up due to a driver with a bunch of crack shoved up their butt. Or, possibly, their hoo-ha. Police aren't saying which.

Donald Trump lashes out against everyone in the wake of a 40 million dollar lawsuit being launched against him and his university.

Part of Black Keys singer Dan Auerbach's divorce settlement dictates that the Bob Dylan hair goes to his ex-wife.

Russia is not cool with possible US/UK intervention in Syria. Ostensibly a response to Syria's alleged use of chemical weapons, the US completely ignored its ally Saddam Hussein's use of WMDs in the eighties.

Why wouldn't you expect to get sick after eating something called a "cronut"?

Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston may be playing the part of Lex Luther in an upcoming film.

Watch Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul on The Price is Right.

Oil of Gladness, Pain-Extractor, Pain-Exterminator, Eclectric Oil and other snake oils (gallery).

V.22 No.21 |

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The Daily Word in Amanda Bynes' twitter rant, Navajos saying no to uranium and Buffalo man screwing the IRS

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Okay ... would not have wanted to be on Flight 132 this morning ...

Shootings in Chicago over the weekend leave six people dead.

Amanda Bynes wants to sue NYPD, and hopefully get a new hair stylist.

RIP Karleen Zetina ...

Is that uranium? Sorry, we can't do it ...

So, I know you've passed, but do you still need someone to file your taxes for you? The IRS won't know what's up.

"Breaking Bad" star Aaron Paul got married this weekend.

V.21 No.24 | 6/14/2012
Sony Pictures Television / Ben Leuner

Shameless Self-Promotion

Alibi wins an AltWeekly Award for Sam Adams’ “Breaking Bad” arts feature!

Three cheers for the Alibi’s very own patriot / arts editor, Sam Adams! His fascinating profile on the Albuquerque-centric AMC show “Breaking Bad”—including candid insights from actors Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul and Anna Gunn—garnered a second-place spot in the super-competitive 2012 AltWeekly Awards. Take a moment to revisit “Raising Hell in the Land of Enchantment,” then raise a glass of Sam Adams to Sam Adams.

V.20 No.44 | 11/3/2011
“We are going to make a good product that does what it is supposed to as advertised—no emulsifiers, no baking powder, no bleach, no chile powder.”
Photo by Katy Murphy

PHOTOS

Coolest “Breaking Bad” costume

A friend sent me this photo. It may or may not be the guy I bumped into Downtown on Saturday who gave me a teener of blue meth (i.e., cotton-candy flavored rock candy). Happy Halloween, Burque!

V.20 No.32 | 8/11/2011
Vince Gilligan on set
Sony Pictures Television / Greg Peters

Feature

Vince Gilligan interview: Life after Walt, naming the show, the film incentive

Keeping in this week’s spirit of all things “Breaking Bad,” here are some previously unpublished insights from Vince Gilligan. Last week the brains behind the show spoke to the Alibi from a production studio in Burbank:

On shooting in Albuquerque

I wasn’t aware of what a great place to shoot Albuquerque would turn out to be. And indeed it has become a central part of our show, and I can’t imagine the show taking place anywhere else now other than Albuquerque and its surroundings. It’s just so much more interesting visually than Southern California would be. And I say that because Southern California’s a great place to live and I enjoy being here, as is Albuquerque—actually I own a place now out in Albuquerque. And Southern California’s a fine place to shoot, but you can’t point a camera in any direction around here and photograph something that hasn’t been previously photographed at least 10 times, and not so in Albuquerque. In Albuquerque you set up a shot and shoot in a place that’s likely virgin territory that’s never been photographed before, or on a film. And at least—whether or not that’s true—it feels that way. It has that feeling that when we set up a shot somewhere on a side street or in some desert area or whatnot. And it really adds to our ability to make “Breaking Bad” a sort of postmodern Western, like a contemporary Western.

On naming the show

I’ve since learned that [laughs] that very few people have heard this phrase “breaking bad” before. I come from just outside of Richmond, Va., and back in the South, “to break bad” is an old expression that honestly I thought had a wider rooting within the country, but I guess I was wrong. But I mean back where I’m from, it’s another way of saying “to raise hell”—to break bad is to raise hell. And I just thought everyone knew that term and when I first put that title onto the … title page of the pilot script and turned it into Sony Television, they all looked at it and said, Well we’re enjoying the script but we don’t understand the title. What the hell does the title mean? And I said, Well, you know, that means to raise hell. And they said ... Why don’t you think of a new title? There’s probably a better title. But somehow I never got around to coming up with a better title, so it stuck. Maybe it’ll take root the way I always thought it already had. Maybe it’ll start to take root and more people will use it as an expression. Definitely it’s an old Southernism as far as I can tell and it’s something I grew up hearing all the time.

On relating to Walter White

I think most folks can relate to the idea of feeling sometimes like we haven’t made the most of our lives, we haven’t done all the things that we intended to do when we were younger, and I think Walt is very much in that boat [when] we first meet him. Having said that, as the series has progressed, Walt ... has been further and further defined and refined and honed until he is a person very dissimilar in some ways to most of us—the things that drive him. I think we can all relate to, but we don’t necessarily all see the end results that he comes to in ourselves, but we see some of the motivating factors. You know, the idea of pride, and Walter White is one of the most prideful characters out there [laughs]. So much of what drives him is pride and I think we can all relate to that. I guess I can myself to some extent. And Walter’s also a little bit deluded—he lies a lot, but he lies mostly to himself. Sometimes I think he even lies about the ultimate reasons why he does the things he does, and I think we’re all capable of self-delusion. So I guess those things I’ve seen within myself from time-to-time. And I guess any writer at some point or another uses his own life or her own life as sort of a motivation or a wellspring of ideas.

On Walt’s likeability and the end of the show being in sight

I don’t think the show would end because Walt becomes too unlikeable. I think he already is too unlikeable for some folks, and some folks have tuned out, but other folks have hopefully taken their place. The ratings … seem to bear that out. You know just as long as Walt remains interesting I think he can be unlikeable, but having said that, Yeah, I don’t see the show going on much longer than another season. I can ‘t really see past the idea of a Season 5. And that is because it’s not about Walt becoming too dark, but rather I think it’s about there’s only so dark [laughs]—there’s only so much more a human being can do.

This show to me always was a close-ended, sort of a finite tale, of a man who reinvents himself from a good guy into a bad guy, and it’s not that I think we’d lose too many viewers past a certain point because of Walt being bad. On the other hand it just seems to me there’s only so bad one human being can get. So at a certain point the story should reach a hopefully satisfying conclusion and not go ten years or or 15 years like most shows are designed to do, but rather embrace its purpose-built sort of finiteness, if that’s even a word, and before it wears out its welcome. That’s the way I see it and the way I think in a perfect world it should play out.

On the show continuing past Walt’s seemingly inevitable death

Well, never say never. That’s an interesting thought. Walt is our central character, there’s no question about that, but having said that he has surrounded himself with some other very interesting characters. We have just a wonderful ensemble in this show … His wife is interesting, his brother-in-law is interesting, and his sister-in-law and his son and some of the people he works with. And chief amongst all these characters is, I think, is Jesse Pinkman, his business partner, who has grown up as the show has progressed. The character has grown up and matured, and seen a lot of terrible things and is a darker and richer character because of it, and also an unhappier one at that. But I think Jesse Pinkman, played by Aaron Paul, probably could probably carry his own show. I think he definitely could carry his own show. The actor could definitely carry a show, and I think the character perhaps could. I’m not saying we’re heading down that path. Now that we talk about it, it’s definitely a new thought to me, but an interesting one at that. You never know what the future will hold. I see “Breaking Bad” and the characters within it existing in sort of a finite space, not an infinite open-ended one, but having said that, part of me would love to see these characters live on in some form.

On the future of New Mexico’s film incentive

That’s a subject of much discussion, the idea of the incentive going away. And it would be unfortunate. It seems to me that it would make it hard for us to come back, to be honest. We are pretty close to the bone as it is, apparently as any TV show is. We take the money Sony Television and the AMC network give us to produce our show and we spend every last dollar of it—put every last dollar of it we presumably can on the screen and sometimes we run short and an incentive helps us to make the show and produce the show.

The incentive definitely drew us to New Mexico in the first place, and it keeps us there, and I’m no accountant, I’m no financial expert to say the least, but it seems to me that it’s good business, this incentive, and that it makes more money for the state—that it takes in more than it gives out, it seems ot me, in no other regard than the fact that it helps ensure that a lot of good, hardworking New Mexicans stay employed. Most of our crew are New Mexicans, live in Albuquerque, live in the surrounding areas. Some come down from places as far as Santa Fe and Abiquiú and places like that and up further north and we employ a lot of really good folks who might not have as many productions to work on if not for this incentive. I think it really has paid great dividends as far as I can tell. And unfortunately I know it’s a bit of a political hot potato right now and some folks say, Well we shouldn’t be putting this money out to support Hollywood, and the way I think of it is, It’s not supporting Hollywood—some Hollywood asshole like me is gonna go elsewhere at some other point, some other place with an incentive. What it’s really supporting is there’s always gonna be some state or some region of the country that rolls out the welcome mat. And Hollywood, quote-unquote, its production, we’re somewhat like gypsies. We travel from one to the other. We go where we’re welcome, but what New Mexico’s doing, which I think is a wonderful thing, is not supporting quote-unquote Hollywood—it’s supporting hardworking below-the-line folks who work in film and television production and live right there in Albuquerque and its surroundings. And that’s in my opinion what the incentive program is doing—it’s drawing business to the area and therefore employing New Mexicans. That’s what it does very well and you know there’s always talk of corporate welfare, but … some folks tend to draw the line and say corporate welfare, it’s bad if it goes to Hollywood, but it’s fine if it goes to the oil and the gas industries [laughs]. You know, where do you draw the line on this thing? All I know from my very limited perspective is that it got us to New Mexico in the first place for which I will be eternally grateful because it’s a wonderful place to shoot in, a wonderful place to own property, which I do now, and pay taxes in Albuquerque proper. There’s some wonderful people who live there and many, many friends I’ve made being there and it was this incentive that attracted us there in the first place, and keeps us there, and I hope that it continues because I see nothing but good about it. I don’t see any downside.

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Feature

Bryan Cranston interview outtakes: Tom Hanks, reputation, diaper fantasies

As promised, here’s some extra material from our talk with “Breaking Bad’s” Bryan Cranston that didn’t make it into this week’s print:

On taking Tom Hanks’ crown as the nicest guy in Hollywood

I don't think I can. I know Tom. ... His career took off much earlier than mine did, and by that I learned a lot from him. I learned a lot of how to behave, how to be a professional, how to show your thankfulness. And honestly I have such admiration and respect for him as a person, as a friend, as an actor. So if I could be in that comparison, I'm proud to have that, but it gets to a point where you go, This is what I do. If I'm not with my family, I'm working. That's what I do. I like to work, I like to create, so if I'm doing that I want to do it in a condition that is fun and comfortable and gets the work done, and everyone respects the other person and other departments. And when you have that, then you develop the reputation, not only personally, but like our show. Our show “Breaking Bad” has the reputation—you talk to crew members, they want to work on our show. They want to work on our show because they've heard the conditions that we work under doing this.

On goofing around on set

You know, I take my responsibility very sincerely, but I don't necessarily take it seriously. I'm the number one on the call sheet, which means I'm the lead actor, which carries a lot of strength and weight and—quite frankly—responsibility. I've been in the business 32 years. I've been on sets that are tense, sets that are uncomfortable, sets that are just plain horrible ... and I just don't want to have anything to do with that. So now I'm in a position where I can influence that, and I did it on "Malcolm in the Middle" and I'm doing it here where I'll set up a tone, and along with our producers, and our director of photography—who is really the head of the crew—we set an example of what is a good work place to be in. We're kind to each other, friendly and we have a good time. I think that probably the biggest misunderstanding that people who are not in our business have is [of how hard we work]. We're there five days a week for at least thirteen hours. That's the normal day, thirteen hours. Twelve hours of work and an hour lunch break ... Sometimes it will push to 15 hours, 16 hours, and when it goes there you get tired, or people get cranky and you're not thinking clearly or the mood just drops. And that's when I usually do something to try to turn that mood around—"Come on, we're in the homestretch, let's get our energy up and go," and that's when I'll try to do a prank or a gag or a goof, or something like that.

I've been in all kinds of interesting dress, or lack of dress. I did a scene once where Anna [Gunn] and I were in bed in a love scene, and she didn't know, and she turned around and I'd put on a bonnet, and I already had big diapers on and I had a little pacifier and a rattle, and I got out of the bed, and I looked back at her ... and I said, “Next time can we do one of my fantasies?”

V.20 No.31 | 8/4/2011
Sony Pictures Television / Ben Leuner

Feature

Raising Hell in the Land of Enchantment

Now in its fourth season, the critically acclaimed “Breaking Bad” is about as much a cultural signifier of New Mexico—and Albuquerque in particular—as green chile and sunshine. But sunny the show's theme and direction are not.

Bryan Cranston, creator Vince Gilligan and cast members weighed in on the show’s theme, locality and the role of politics in the film industry.
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Sony Pictures Television / Ben Leuner

Feature Interview

The Colorful Mr. White

Bryan Cranston on seeing red, going black and being a chameleon

He's won three consecutive Emmys for his leading role on AMC's "Breaking Bad." Watching him alternate between the feeble, stomped-upon character of Walter White and a meth kingpin persona known as “Heisenberg,” the dramatic range that brought Bryan Cranston such acclaim is clear. “Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan calls him the greatest talent he’s ever worked with—“an actor who comes along every hundred years or so.”

The Alibi spoke with Cranston about Albuquerque, getting inside the mind of Walter White and why Michael Jordan should step aside.
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V.20 No.17 | 4/28/2011

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The Daily Word with Bryan Cranston, No Circumcision, Expensive Space Flights

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Only 38% of Americans believe that Obama was born in the USA.

Coffee prices are at a 34-year high.

Turn this into a movie! Police arrive at a crime scene to see a man pick up a circular saw and cut off his leg.

More excellent feature film fodder; a sword fight breaks out in a NYC Sikh temple.

“Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston shoots this sweet promotional vid for a celebrity charity softball game at Isotopes Park.

A man is caught on tape peeing on cough drops in a drug store.

A woman is offering a $100,000 after a politically-motivated chihuahua-napping.

Start saving; a trip to space on Virgin Galactic will run you a cool $200,000.

Albuquerque Tortilla Company has been sold to Mission Foods for $8.8 million. :(

Flavor Flav’s chicken restaurant closes after just four months.

A man breaks into a Christian radio station and threatens to rape the host.

A ban on circumcision could be on San Francisco’s November voting ballot.

Thanks to Geoffrey Anjou for some of today’s links.

V.20 No.5 | 2/3/2011
The view of the moonlight lighting rig.
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Film

Breaking Bad! Season 4! Filming!

In My Neighborhood!

The crew from Breaking Bad was filming in my neighborhood last night. (Gus the Chicken Man's house is down the street from us). My son and I took a walk down to check it out.