Breaking Bad News: Bryan Cranston Earns Spot on Time’s Most Influential People List & The Cast Meets to Discuss the Last Episodes with Conan O’Brien

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Bryan Cranston in his Breaking Bad role

This past week, Time Magazine named Bryan Cranston, aka Walter White, as one of the world’s 100 most influential people. Cranston’s tribute was written by none other than Jon Hamm, who plays Don Draper on AMC’s other wildly successful show Mad Men. Hamm describes his first time meeting Cranston on an AMC photo shoot years ago. At this time, both their shows had not even premiered yet, and AMC had not quite taken on the popularity and fame that it has gained now, in part because of the success of Breaking BadMad Men, and some of its other hits over the past few years.

In the tribute, Hamm describes being intensely impressed by Cranston’s performance in Breaking Bad as well as by the twists and turns in the show himself. You can immediately tell that Hamm is not only a huge fan of Cranston’s, but also of the show.

Hamm writes, “I’ve marveled at Bryan’s ability to turn Breaking Bad’s Walter White from a feckless, terrified father and husband to a ruthless, terrifying father, husband, and crime lord. The transformation is mesmerizing. The performance is fearless. Bryan is that good.”

Click here to read the full tribute: http://time100.time.com/2013/04/18/time-100/slide/bryan-cranston/

In other Breaking Bad news, Conan O’Brien acted as moderator in a panel with the show’s creator, Vince Gilligan, and some of the main stars of the show, including Cranston, Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt, RJ Mitte, Bob Odenkirk and Jonathan Banks. The conversations that arise in the panel are extremely interesting, but also avoid giving away spoilers for the final episodes which premiere this August. Watch the video below to see the panel discussion.