Over five seasons of Breaking Bad, Bryan Cranston was privy to — and, as Walter White, responsible for — numerous unsightly things, including Gus Fring’s blown-up face, Jane’s overdose and Saul Goodman’s shirt-and-tie combos. But during a Tribeca Talks panel at the Tribeca Film Festival (aptly titled “Psychos We Love”) the actor singled out a heinous moment from Season One, episode two as his choice for the show’s grossest scene, Indiewire reports.
“Early on, there was a scene where I instructed my young protege to buy a particular kind of plastic container to dissolve a body and he said, ‘Why do we have to do that when we have a perfectly good bathtub upstairs?’ But this particular chemical eats away at porcelain, so the whole ceiling came down with all the liquified body parts and we had to clean it up. Even though it wasn’t real, I found myself gagging.”
Cranston also drew some interesting, unexpected parallels between Walter White and his latest character, President Lyndon B. Johnson, whom he portrays in the new Broadway show All the Way. LBJ was a man “who damned the means justifying the ends,” Cranston said. “He would do anything in his arsenal to be able to accomplish what he wanted to accomplish. He would throw someone under the bus who was an innocent if need be… If he was not that type of a person, would he have been able to accomplish these things? It’s a sad statement on humanity.”
The actor also discussed the allure of complex villains like Walter White who challenge the traditional, one-dimensional notion of the “man in the black hat.” “It’s easy for the audience to cast them aside,” he said, “but a more interesting complex character is someone who — I’m not sure if he’s good or bad. I’m uncertain. That I think is what strikes the heart of [Boardwalk Empire’s] Nucky [Thompson] and Tony Soprano and [Walter White]. There’s a mixture. That’s what human beings are.”
Cranston will certainly be sharing more Breaking Bad tales in his upcoming memoir, which is scheduled to be published in 2015 by Simon & Schuster imprint Scribner. The actor is also set to appear in the remake of Godzilla, which opens on May 16th.