It’s not always easy to leave the role that made you a household name behind.
Often, such a role can make it hard to get new jobs. Just look at everyone who starred in Seinfeld besides Julia-Louis Dreyfus. Or look at Jon Hamm, who has spent years veering into comedy as a way of broadening his appeal and stepping outside of Don Draper’s shadow (next up: Fletch!). Of course, not every actor wants to shed their most famous role. We recently learned that Kiefer Sutherland is game to play Jack Bauer in a new 24. Bryan Cranston is joining the cast of Malcolm in the Middle character for a table-read reunion. And the better news is that he’s also more than willing to put on the black hat and play Walter White again. (P.S. Breaking Bad was just voted the best show of the century on Twitter.)
In an interview with Collider to promote upcoming Disney+ movie The One and Only Ivan, Cranston says he’d play the meth kingpin again “in a second.”
The last time we saw Walter White was in El Camino, the Breaking Bad Netflix movie about Jesse’s post-series escape from New Mexico. Cranston appeared in a flashback scene near the end of the movie. There have also been rumors that he will show up on the acclaimed prequel/spin-off series Better Call Saul, (like Hank did) which is steadily approaching the timeline of Breaking Bad and will wrap up next season.
Cranston has already been asked to direct episodes of that show but hasn’t yet been able to make it work.
“I have been asked to direct an episode every single season and it just didn’t work out because of a commitment to doing a play or doing a movie or something, so I wasn’t able to section out the times available. But I do love the show. I think it’s a fantastic show,” he told Collider.
And then he admitted he’d love to play Heisenberg again, perhaps on Saul.
“I would be in it if Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, who are co-executive producers on it, wanted me to be in it. I would do it in a second. But it hasn’t happened yet, I can tell you, and we’ll see. I don’t know. There’s one more season to go and we’ll see what happens!”
So fingers crossed that Saul Goodman runs across Walter White before his show wraps up. I think we’d all love more Walter White in our lives! Thankfully, it seems the man who made him famous does too.