I interview Bryan Cranston for my MSN series “What’s In Your DVD Player?” and ask him about his role on Breaking Bad.
How do you prepare for a part like Walter White? Did you apprentice in a meth lab?
(Laughs) No. Making meth is just chemistry so what I did do is go to the USC chemistry department and shadowed a professor there for a couple days. I just boned up on it, just crash coursed, on not only the vernacular, but how to handle this equipment and what you do touch, what you have to be careful with, what chemicals do you need to wear protective gear on, just over and over. Actors and writers and directors, we’re all storytellers and we try to get as close to the truth as we possibly can be, but really it’s all a show, it’s not real. Our job is to make it look real.
“Breaking Bad” is like the dark side of shows like “CSI” and “Bones” and “Numbers,” and Walter is the flip side of the scientist hero, a talented chemist who is not using his powers for good.
I often say that he’s cooking crystal meth because that’s the only way he knows how he can make money. If he was a mathematician instead of a chemist, I think he would be counting cards in Vegas, something up his alley to be able to do what needs to do to set his family up for when he’s gone.
Read the complete interview on MSN here.