Breaking Bad actor Bryan Cranston has recalled a time in his youth when he was wanted for murder.
Cranston, who starred as high school chemistry teacher-turned-drug kingpin Walter White in Breaking Bad, appeared on ITV’s This Morning to promote his new book, A Life in Parts, which sees him detail his life in a series of short stories.
On the morning show, Cranston remembered when he and his brother were “broke and travelling around the country on motorcycles. We got jobs as waiters in this Polynesian restaurant.”
“The chef there, Peter Wong, was this horrible person, he hated everyone,” he went on to explain. “When the waiters got together before a shift we’d all talk about how we’d kill Peter Wong. I’d chop him up and cook him in his wok. We were just goofing around, but someone there wasn’t goofing.”
Cranston said that at the end of his stint at the restaurant, “someone actually did kill Peter Wong and dumped his body in the back of a trunk”. After he and his brother left town, police went to the restaurant and asked if there anyone who spoke about hurting Wong.
“So they put out [wanted posters] for the Cranston boys… They made us [sound] a little bad.”
Cranston confirmed that police eventually caught the real killers, before winking to the camera. Watch above.
Cranston recently said that he would be open to starring in Breaking Bad spin-off show Better Call Saul.
Speaking about a possible cameo, Cranston said on the Rich Eisen Show: “I owe [Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul creator] Vince Gilligan so much. He was my champion to get this role. If they were to call me and say, ‘We have this idea, we’d like…’ I would say, ‘Yes, you don’t have to finish the pitch. I’m there, what do you want me to do?’ I’ll do whatever they want because I know how careful they are and proprietary they are with those characters and storylines and it wouldn’t be something, ‘Oh, isn’t that kind of a stunt casting kind of thing.’ It would be something kind of unique and obscure and creative, and I’m all in.”
“I have an opportunity to direct an episode of Saul and I’m debating whether I want to or not because I’m a fan of the show, and in order to direct I need to know what no fan knows,” he added. “I need to go back and they’ll tell me what’s going to happen leading up to the episode and there’s a part of me that says, ‘That would kind of kill it for me as a fan to peak behind the curtain.’ So, I don’t know if I am or not.”
Cranston was then asked whether he misses Breaking Bad, to which he answered: “Surprisingly, I don’t, and I think the reason is because Vince Gilligan crafted just what I think is the perfect beginning, middle, and end to a story. So because it was so complete I had a total completion.”