Go ahead and add “Breaking Bad superfan” to the list of things you and Sir Anthony Hopkins have in common.
In a rather incredible fan letter that was shared over the weekend by Breaking Bad actor Steven Michael Quezada (DEA agent Steven Gomez), a person claiming to be Hopkins could barely contained his gushing as he confessed to having just finished a two-week “marathon” of every Breaking Bad episode in existence (he downloaded the last season on “AMAZON”).
“I have never watched anything like it. Brilliant!” writes “Tony Hopkins” in a letter directed at the show’s star, Bryan Cranston. “Your performance as Walter White was the best acting I have seen – ever.”
“I know there is so much smoke blowing and sickening bullshit in this business, and I’ve sort of lost belief in anything really,” Hopkins continues. “But this work of yours is spectacular – absolutely stunning.”
A few hours after it began making the Internet rounds, the letter and the post it rode in on disappeared without a trace from Quezada’s Facebook page (a tweet about the letter was also deleted).
Many were already skeptical of the letter’s authenticity, but Quezada’s scrubbing made the incredible claim even less credible.
Which is why we reached out to a source close to Hopkins who confirmed to us that the letter was indeed written by the legendary thespian in the flesh.
So please feel free to enjoy the rest of the letter, which you will undoubtedly find yourself reading in the voice of Hannibal Lecter:
Dear Mister Cranston.
I wanted to write you this email – so I am contacting you through Jeremy Barber – I take it we are both represented by UTA. Great agency.
I’ve just finished a marathon of watching “BREAKING BAD” – from episode one of the First Season – to the last eight episodes of the Sixth Season. (I downloaded the last season on AMAZON) A total of two weeks (addictive) viewing.
I have never watched anything like it. Brilliant!
Your performance as Walter White was the best acting I have seen – ever.
I know there is so much smoke blowing and sickening bullshit in this business, and I’ve sort of lost belief in anything really.
But this work of yours is spectacular – absolutely stunning. What is extraordinary, is the sheer power of everyone in the entire production. What was it? Five or six years in the making? How the producers (yourself being one of them), the writers, directors, cinematographers…. every department – casting etc. managed to keep the discipline and control from beginning to the end is (that over used word) awesome.
From what started as a black comedy, descended into a labyrinth of blood, destruction and hell. It was like a great Jacobean, Shakespearian or Greek Tragedy.
If you ever get a chance to – would you pass on my admiration to everyone – Anna Gunn, Dean Norris, Aaron Paul, Betsy Brandt, R. J. Mitte, Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Steven Michael Quezada – everyone – everyone gave master classes of performance… The list is endless.
Thank you. That kind of work/artistry is rare, and when, once in a while, it occurs, as in this epic work, it restores confidence.
You and all the cast are the best actors I’ve ever seen.
That may sound like a good lung full of smoke blowing. But it is not. It’s almost midnight out here in Malibu, and I felt compelled to write this email.
Congratulations and my deepest respect. You are truly a great, great actor.