‘Breaking Bad’: John Cusack Confirms He Was Never Offered Part of Walter White — ‘That Would Be Bad Karma’

by Jeremy Spirogis
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There’s no query that Bryan Cranston was the proper actor to play Walter White on Breaking Bad. However, he wasn’t the community’s first and even second alternative for the function. Casting brokers feared audiences wouldn’t consider Cranston within the function after his run because the goofy father on Malcolm within the Middle.

Ultimately it was showrunner Vince Gilligan who satisfied AMC execs that Cranston was perfect taking part in Heisenberg. But earlier than that, a number of different actors had been vetted and thought of for the main function. A longtime rumor held that Say Anything alum John Cusack auditioned for the half. He just lately confirmed that was a complete lie.

‘Breaking Bad’ was conceived throughout Vince Gilligan’s midlife disaster

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Walter White, Jesse Pinkman, Mike Ehrmantraut | Gregory Peters/AMC

The thought for Breaking Bad occurred whereas Gilligan was feeling caught in his profession. After a number of profitable writing stints, together with time on The X-Files, the director determined he wanted to make a daring change. That’s when the thought for Breaking Bad occurred.

He defined to Vanity Fair: “[A friend and I] were just joking around on the phone about what we should do next: Should we be greeters at Wal-Mart? Should we put a meth lab in the back of an R.V. and cook meth and drive around the southwest? And that image…I don’t know, it just stuck with me.”

Fans are so glad it did. Gilligan’s random dialog led to one of the well-received tv dramas of all time.

John Cusack was not a high choose for Walter White

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Rumors persevered that Hollywood A-lister Cusack was a best choice for the lead function in Breaking Bad. But he just lately set the report straight on that widespread perception.

“No, I never was, and it was one of those things where I heard it so many times I started to think maybe it was true,” the actor advised Variety in an interview. “And I bumped into the creator of Breaking Bad [Gilligan], and I stated, ‘Am I crazy or did you offer me Walter White? He’s like, ‘No,’” Cusack continued.

He’s glad Bryan Cranston nabbed the lead function in ‘Breaking Bad’

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Bryan Cranston as Walter White on ‘Breaking Bad’ | AMC

With how widespread the sequence grew to become, any actor would most likely be thrilled to have the function of Heisenberg. Cranston even took dwelling three consecutive Lead Actor Emmy awards for his work on the present. So does Cusack have any regrets about not auditioning?

He advised Variety no method. As a fan of each Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, the High Fidelity star claims every part labored out precisely the way in which it was alleged to.

“I don’t even want to think [playing Walter White] because the absolute perfect actor got it,” he advised Variety. “It was the perfect actor for the piece, so like why would you want to take away Bryan Cranston’s performance in that? That would be bad karma.”

Cusack’s most up-to-date undertaking is a dramatic function of his personal. In Amazon Prime Video’s Utopia, the actor performs a corrupt CEO holding darkish secrets and techniques in a dystopian future. Will it grow to be the following Breaking Bad? Only time will inform.

Utopia premieres on Amazon Prime Video on Sept. 24, 2020.

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