1. He almost didn’t get the part of Walter White
Both John Cusack and Matthew Broderick were first offered the part of Walter White, but both actors turned it down. AMC was initially cautious about casting Cranston because of only knowing him from his comedy background with Malcom in the Middle, but after Vince Gilligan showed executives an episode of The X-Files, in which Cranston plays a conflicted racist, whose head may explode, they changed their minds. Gilligan had written the episode that featured Cranston while working as a writer and producer for The X-Files during its run.
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