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Anthony Hopkins Calls Cranston's 'Breaking Bad' Acting 'The Best' Ever

In a letter to Bryan Cranston, Anthony Hopkins raves about 'Breaking Bad' and tells the actor that his performance may have been the best acting he's ever seen.

Hopkins penned the letter to Cranston after binge watching all five seasons of 'Breaking Bad' in two-weeks.

The letter was shared by Steven Michael Quezada, who played Steven Gomez on the series, after Cranston shared the legendary actor's glowing words with him.

Hopkins says the drama was worthy of "a great Jacobean, Shakespearian or Greek Tragedy."

Read the letter in its entirety below:

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.

Best regards,

Tony Hopkins.

October 15, 2013 |

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