It is no surprise that happy-go-lucky Bryan Cranston has a dark side. I mean, no one could play a character as dark as Walter White in Breaking Bad without having some firsthand experiences with pain and rage.
Sho’ nuff, this month’s GQ has a profile on Cranston preceding the final eight episodes of Breaking Bad‘s run, and in it, Cranston says…this:
It was a woman he dated after his short-lived first marriage. She was a drug addict, terribly unstable, and she followed Cranston to New York when he left L.A. to work on the soap opera Loving. She stalked him, leaving messages on his answering machine: “I’m gonna kill you. I’m gonna cut your balls off. I’m gonna have your d*ck sawed off.” Finally, one day, the woman showed up at Cranston’s Upper West Side apartment, banging on the door.
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.
Then this, to make us feel a LITTLE better:
Then I shuddered and realized how clearly I saw that happening,” continues the actor. “And I called the police because I was so afraid. I was temporarily insane — capable of doing tremendous damage to her and to myself.”