Bryan Cranston played matchmaker when he helped a California teenager get a date to his upcoming prom.
Stefan Montana, 17, encountered Cranston, who played high school chemistry teacher/meth kingpin Walter White (a.k.a. Heisenberg) on Breaking Bad, outside the Broadway theater where Cranston currently appears.
At Montana’s request, Cranston did a send-up of his Heisenberg persona by filming a cellphone message in which the actor said, “If you don’t go to the prom with Stefan, then maybe your best course of action would be to tread lightly.” See embed below. The original tread lightly line was a warning to the ill-fated DEA agent and Walter White brother-in-law Hank Schrader in a key scene in Breaking Bad. Stefan then appeared on screen and enthusiastically asked the young woman in question for the prom date.
With prom season approaching, Stefan, a junior at Los Gatos Highs School (Calif.), was in NYC with his parents visiting colleges and was also trying to come up with a creative technique to ask his friend Maddie if she would got to the prom with him. “It wasn’t a realistic thought at first. But we were waiting (outside the theater) and I asked, ‘Could you please do this?’ He really is the nicest guy in the world. It really is true. He’s not really a celebrity, he’s a dude. He didn’t have to help me out but it was pretty amazing.”
Both Stefan and Maddie are big fans of the acclaimed series Breaking Bad, which concluded its five-season run on AMC on September 29.
Added Stefan: “Even though (the line) is inherently a threat I thought that’s what made it ironic and funny. The way he did (the line) turned it around. I thought it was so cool.”
Maddie did accept his Instagram proposal, which Stefan subsequently announced on Twitter.
Bryan Cranston is currently starring on Broadway in All the Way at the Neil Simon Theater in which he portrays former president Lyndon B. Johnson.
@BryanCranston she said yes!! http://t.co/inZ5h0s74S
— Stefan Montana (@stefonmontana) April 11, 2014