– Det beste skuespillet jeg har sett… Anthony Hopkins hyller Breaking Bad-Cranston

Det er alltid hyggelig å få skryt. Men noen omfavnelser teller mer enn andre. Eller hva Bryan Cranston?

De fleste har jo på et eller annet tidspunkt opplevd å få skryt fra noen som man på en måte beundrer. Sjefen, læreren eller idrettsutøveren. Men det er tross alt forskjell på hvor mye betyr. Hvis jeg (gud forby) var skuespiller, er det få jeg heller ville fått ros av enn Anthony Hopkins.

Vi snakker LEGENDE. Anthony Hopkins er mannen som spilte kannibal og seriemorder  som ingen andre hadde gjort før ham da ha portretterte Hannibal Lecter i Silence of the Lambs. Selv synes jeg han er spesielt god når han portretterer berømte menn (som han ikke engang likner på). Hvem andre kunne gjort både Richard M. Nixon og Alfred Hitchcock?

Nå har han blitt fan av Breaking Bad. Og ikke nok med det; idag lekket hyllesten av Bryan Cranston og de andre ut på nettet. Og her sparer han ikke på kruttet. Kult brev å lese, og ganske fett å få, tenker jeg. Se bare her:

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.