Rich Eisen is a sports guy and he has a show called The Rich Eisen Show, which is a radio show but a show that also airs as a video type of thing on a network called Audience, which implies some sort of democratic process as far as determining the channel’s programming. That’s most likely not true, but it would explain why Bryan Cranston appeared on the show, and also why Eisen decided to ask him about what all of us would ask him about: would he ever make an appearance on Better Call Saul? The answer? Uh, sure!
Cranston begins the interview by talking about his time on Breaking Bad, and how, because the show told such a complete story, he really doesn’t hunger for playing that character anymore. It’s kind of like a fine dinner, he says, and the way you would regret eating another entree after having just eaten dessert, or something, as if that weren’t a thing everybody did. After finishing his dinner, he went on to talk about the show a little more, as well as the show’s creator, Vince Gilligan.
“I owe Vince Gilligan so much. He was my champion getting this role. I was a guy coming off Malcolm in the Middle, seven years playing this silly dad. And he said, ‘He’s my guy, this is the guy I want.’ And without that, it might not have happened.” That said, he maybe feels he owes Gilligan too much, because he goes on to say that he might do anything Gilligan wants him to do: “If they were to call me, and they said ‘We want you to come back —’ they wouldn’t even have to finish the pitch. I’m there. I’ll do anything they want me to do. I know how careful they are, and how proprietary they are with those characters and those storylines.”
Chances are, of course, that Walter White would never show up in Better Call Saul, if only because it would do a disservice to the character of Saul and the show built around him. If Cranston suddenly showed up he would most likely eclipse the rest of the show, even if it were just a cameo as a car wash employee washing Saul’s car at some point. Still, it’s fun to think about.
Of course, Cranston doesn’t really need the work, considering his acclaimed projects like Trumbo and All the Way, as well as the nine in-production/to-be-released projects on his IMDB page. That includes, of course, Zordon in the Might Morphin’ Power Rangers movie, which is expected to eclipse Walter White as Cranston’s signature role.
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