Bryan Cranston has spilled the beans on the ‘surreal’ experience of reprising his role of Walter White, for a surprise appearance in Better Call Saul.
It was recently confirmed that the legendary Breaking Bad actor would be returning to the small screen alongside Aaron Paul (Jesse Pinkman), for the final season of the hugely popular spin-off.
Bob Odenkirk, who plays sleazy lawyer Saul Goodman, recently teased that their cameos will be bigger than fans assume – but little else is known about the upcoming episodes.
In a new interview, Bryan admitted that the whole thing had been shrouded in the utmost secrecy for months beforehand.
‘It was [surreal],’ he recalled. ‘Aaron Paul and I, we had to coordinate our schedules to make sure we were available when they were in production. So a year ago, April, is when we shot it. And because it was a separate section of us shooting the scene, I don’t know what actual episode it’s in. Because it wasn’t done in order.
‘We were flown into New Mexico secretly and they created this shroud of privacy – we were sent right away to an Airbnb house that we were not allowed to leave. There was all this stuff going on, it was exciting! But also a secret and we kept it secret for a year.
‘And then when Better Call Saul premiered, they announced it, and Aaron and I said, “Oh, well, I guess we can talk about it now!”’
Breaking Bad follows the story of school teacher Walter as he is diagnosed with cancer but learns that his insurance won’t cover his treatment.
He takes matters into his own hands and jumps into a wild world of crime, setting up his own meth lab with former student Jesse – with the pair going up against shady characters to protect their drug empire.
The critically acclaimed series ran for five seasons from 2008 until 2013, before 2019 film El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie picked up where the finale left off.
Saul’s back story was explored in hugely popular prequel series Better Call Saul, with part two of the final series landing on Netflix next month.
Bryan, who is currently appearing in new flick Jerry and Marge Go Large, explained that he took a much-needed step back from all TV projects for three years after the drama finally came to an end.
‘I didn’t do any television for three years, I went and did theatre. And so I was able to still do what I love but in a different medium. And to be able to take on different characters and help wash away the Walter White iconography of it all,’ he added to Radio Times. ‘My face is still on T-shirts and tattoos and things – and that’s kind of strangely bizarre when I see those things.
‘But it’s my job to not lean into it. It’s my job not to embrace and keep generating interest along those lines, but to go elsewhere. And forge new ground.’
Bob recently spoke to Metro.co.uk on the final episodes of Better Call Saul, which are landing on Netflix next month after that almighty cliffhanger that we were all left on.
Reflecting on Bryan and Aaron returning to the fold for a ‘full-circle moment’, he told us: ‘[It was] so good. Seeing Bryan and Aaron playing Walt and Jesse…
‘It’s not just one time… And it was great.’
Discussing where Saul could end up when the end credits roll, he told us: ‘Well, I know what happens. I can’t tell you. If I were to tell you where he is today, you’d know…
‘But it’s sad to see him go. He’s still alive in my heart and I’ll see what happens over the next few episodes. You’ll see…’
‘The variety. The variety of this character,’ he added of what he’ll miss most about the universe that they have created. ‘I get to do pure comedy, and then two pages later, intense drama. It’s all mixed together.
‘There’s never going to be a part that has this much dynamic range in it. I was very lucky. I didn’t deserve it!’
Better Call Saul is available to stream on Netflix now, with new episodes releasing on July 11.