Bryan Cranston is a veteran actor who has appeared in numerous TV shows and movies over the years, but perhaps his most notable and recognizable role is Walter White in Breaking Bad. As it turns out, Cranston nearly did not get the job.
He recalled his path to Breaking Bad in an appearance on the SmartLess podcast with Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, and Sean Hayes. Before Breaking Bad, Cranston was known for his smaller roles on shows like Seinfeld and The X-Files before breaking out with his leading role on Malcolm in the Middle as Hal. He explained on the podcast that Malcolm in the Middle network Fox had considered picking up the show for an eighth season, but decided against it.
Had Fox renewed the show for one more season, Cranston would not have been available to film the pilot for Breaking Bad.
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