Bryan Cranston’s role as Walter White on Breaking Bad showed fans of the actor a dark side they may have never expected, but the 57-year-old recently admitted that he once had murderous thoughts about a stalker ex-girlfriend.
But Cranston, unlike his meth-dealing counterpart, didn’t go through with the scenario he thought up and instead called police because he felt “temporarily insane.” The Emmy winner told GQ that his ex — whom he dated after his first marriage — was a drug addict, and that she followed him from Los Angeles to New York when he went to work on the soap opera Loving. She left a threatening message on his answering machine saying that she was going to kill him and later showed up at the front door of his Upper West Side apartment.
“And I envisioned myself killing her. It was so clear. My apartment had a brick wall on one side, and I envisioned opening the door, grabbing her by the hair, dragging her inside and shoving her head into that brick wall until brain matter was dripping down the sides of it,” Cranston said.
He added, “Then I shuddered and realized how clearly I saw that happening. And I called the police because I was so afraid. I was temporarily insane—capable of doing tremendous damage to her and to myself.”
That feeling was what allowed Cranston to sympathize with Walter White, and he said he believes everyone is capable of Walter-like actions.
“If you came into a condition where you were under tremendous stress. And if I knew what buttons to push that threatened you and yours… You could become an extremely dangerous person,” he said.
Cranston also said that he believes evil is “right next to good, inside every person.”
Are you surprised by Bryan Cranston’s confession? Do you agree that everyone has evil inside them?