Bryan Cranston Reveals The Secret Inspiration Behind His Role In 'Breaking Bad'

It all started with an ex-girlfriend

One of the most iconic character performances in recent memory, Bryan Cranston's portrayal of Walter White in Breaking Bad saw him transform from a meek teacher staring down the barrel of terminal cancer into a ruthless drug lord with blood on his hands and money in the bank

But how did he prepare for such an intense role?

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According to the man himself, it all started with a strong-willed ex-girlfriend from his younger days, who happened to be a closet drug addict; a relationship that would expose him to the human behaviours surrounding drugs, money and power and become his main inspiration for Walter's morally ambiguous descent into the drug world.

If you've got 10 minutes spare, we'd strongly recommend listening to Bryan discuss it in a bit more detail below.