Everyone loves Bryan Cranston, and I think he is good in the lead role, but Broderick would have been great.
don't agree OP. Cranston brings a hardness that Matt B doesn't have.
I could see Broderick starring in "Braking Bad" where the brakes fail on his Irish rental and he has a head on collision with a mother-daughter manned vehicle.
The guy who served zero time 0r consequences for murdering a mother and a daughter And now pretends it never even happened?
No thanks. The less we see of him the better. or his fugly poney-faced wife.
I guess his karma was sjpee!! lol
Oh come on, R4. He faced consequences -- a fine of $175.
true, r5.. I hope the family of those women take comfort in the fact that he has no career and an ugly as all sin wife.
Okay, R3 got a good chuckle out of me.
I don't think Broderick has the gravitas for a role like Walter White. He would have ably depicted the arrogance and pettiness of the character, but I seriously doubt he would have created any threat. Cranston has had scenes where he was truly terrifying.
I used to love Matthew when I was a teenager, and I've seen an awful lot of his movies over the years, but I always knew he was a lightweight in the dramatic world.
Plus, he just doesn't look the part. Too boyish, still, and can you even imagine him as the bald and Van Dyke sporting monster the character evolves into?
I guess if you think about it, casting Cranston was a similar move. Well-liked comedy actor in a dark, dramatic role. Smart move. But Cranston, unlike Broderick, has other, untapped layers to exploit. I don't think I've ever seen Broderick do anything but the one thing Broderick does. Even when given a chance,
[quote]I guess if you think about it, casting Cranston was a similar move.
That's kind of my thinking. Cranston was best known as the goofy dad on Malcolm in the Middle and the goofy dentist on Seinfeld. Broderick, at least at that time, had broader range.
I would have liked to have seen him in the Walter White role.
Broderick seems to have lost the ability to act (and the will to live.) He always seems depressed. Horse allergies I bet.
I have to agree. While Cranston is absolutely perfect in the role, I think Broderick could have pulled it off. Broderick CAN do drama, and in my opinion, he does it well. No one seems to know that he's done quite a bit of drama because they're mostly indie or lesser known movies.
I saw one of his more recent indie drama roles, and his performance honestly blew me away. I was surprised. It was nothing like any character he's ever played before. He has this very unique presence that can somehow be both loud and subdued. And he's crazy good at being intensely quiet. Broderick's persona would have taken Walter White in a different direction, but I can still see him pulling it off.
The horse woman probably wouldn't let him work in LA.
[quote]The horse woman probably wouldn't let him work in LA.
I was wondering the same thing. The series is shot in fabulous Albuquerque, New Mexico. SJP might have given a huge neigh to that idea.
Why is this such news? Almost every role being played in movies and tv are offered to other people in the initial stages. Unless you are A elite status and roles are written for you specifically, this is the way the business works. Imo, Broderick would have been good in the role too, but it all turned out for the best.
[quote]I don't think I've ever seen Broderick do anything but the one thing Broderick does
[quote]Why is this such news? Almost every role being played in movies and tv are offered to other people in the initial stages.
That doesn't mean it isn't interesting to learn who was offered the role first.
I don't know if he would've been able to pull it off or not, but I probably wouldn't have given it a chance if he was in it. I've never liked him or understood his marginal success. He's not cute or charming in any way.
I thought Vince Gilligan always had Bryan Cranston in mind for the role. He'd worked with him before in one of his X-File episodes and thought he was the guy for the role of Walter White. It is possible the network or studio might have considered Broderick.
R15 Seconding "Election".
[quote]don't agree OP. Cranston brings a hardness that Matt B doesn't have.
Did someone say "harness"?
I agree with R16. I thought casting Cranston was an interesting choice and I wanted to see what he would do with the role. He's a very versatile actor who can do almost anything.
I never would have bothered to watch Matthew Broderick. He's always Matthew Broderick.
I can't say who I am, but OP is lying. I was the one who was offered the role, but my schedule...
Sarah's beard is a horrible flat uninteresting actor. Show would have been cancelled out of the gate.
MB is NOT easy on the eyes these days. At least Cranston has an interestingly weathered look/character-actor face. Broderick just looks puffy and dissipated. Is he a drunk?
I couldn't buy into his interpretation of Harold Hill...so I hardly think he could've pulled this one off.
[quote]Sarah's beard is a horrible flat uninteresting actor
Broderick just seems like a mess. Pudgy and out of shape during his last musical (I really don't know how he could dance around a stage 8x a week for a year and not lose any weight) and has had trouble remembering lines for other shows. I'm surprised he ever recovered from that dreadful Odd Couple revival with Lane.
He does still have some appeal for certain audiences but I really don't think he could have pulled off Breaking Bad. Best to stick him in a sitcom a la Two and a Half Men.