Bryan Cranston: Malcolm in the Middle to Breaking Bad
Before he was hanging his clothes at a safe distance from noxious meth fumes in the New Mexico desert, Bryan Cranston found plenty of other reasons to run around in his tighty-whities as goofball father Hal on Malcolm in the Middle
. Part of what made Walter White's development of the drug lord Heisenberg persona on Breaking Bad so compelling was the fact that Cranston seemed the exact opposite of the type who would make sense as a crime boss; his work on Malcolm in the Middle
certainly contributed to that cognitive dissonance. Breaking Bad
creator Vince Gilligan has gone on record saying that comedic actors are great at playing serious roles, and with both Cranston and Better Call Saul
's Bob Odenkirk as examples, it's difficult to argue that he's not on to something.