Actor Bryan Cranston recently appeared on Jimmy Fallon’s late night TV show where he addressed his case of coronavirus, the Breaking Bad movie, and a popular fan theory about Walter White.
The fan theory states that Breaking Bad is actually a prequel to Cranston’s earlier popular show, Malcolm in the Middle. The theory goes that Walter White survives the events of Breaking Bad and then gets a new identity, Hal Wilkerson, from Malcolm in the Middle.
Cranston told Fallon that this is a fun theory, but unfortunately, Walter White is dead as dirt.
“I’m not at liberty to disclose that kind of information without security clearances,” he joked. “I think it’s fun. But Walter White is definitely dead. He’s dead, he’s dead, he’s dead.”
They actually filmed a funny Breaking Bad/Malcolm in the Middle spoof where Cranston as Walter White wakes up from a nightmare where is was a meth dealer. You can check out the silly video below.
The final shot of Breaking Bad shows Walter White suffering from what appear to be life-threatening injuries, but it’s left unclear if he survives or dies. Over the years, Cranston and others have emphatically stated that Walter does indeed die, and this makes sense. This ambiguity has allowed the fan theories to thrive, and even if they are baloney, they’re still fun.
Also in the interview, Cranston speaks about the highly secretive nature of his role as Walter White in the Breaking Bad movie, El Camino. He was secretly flown on a private jet to Albuquerque to film his scenes in the movie, and he was driven directly from the airport to an Airbnb where he was told he could not leave apart from filming. Thankfully, the home was stocked with everything he needed.
When Cranston did go to set for the two days he was there to reunite with Jesse Pinkman actor Aaron Paul, their dressing rooms were marked with the names “Bert” and “Ernie.” He was also required to wear a Star Wars-like cloak while walking around set to limit who knew he was there. And on one of the filming days at the Owl cafe in Albuquerque, the set was marked as a mayonnaise commercial instead of the Breaking Bad movie.
Finally, Cranston reflected on his experience with coronavirus. He said he and his wife, who also contracted the virus, experienced about a week of extreme exhaustion, body aches, and a dry cough, but they didn’t get a fever and they recovered in short time. Cranston also donated his plasma at a center recommended by Tom Hanks to help provide antibodies for those in need.
You can check out the full interview above.
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