Just before you met Walter White, you met Bryan Cranston as Hal — but how’d he get there? HollywoodLife.com has the exclusive first look at his interview on Bravo’s ‘Inside the Actor’s Studio,’ and we learn a lot about ‘Malcolm In The Middle!’
Bryan Cranston, one of the best actors of all time, was known for a long time as Hal, the goofy father of Malcolm on Malcolm in the Middle, with only five lines in the premiere episode. So, how did he make it more? The “exercise” may surprise you — and it worked!
“Hal is a lovable guy. I didn’t know where to go with him,” Bryan admitted talking about his role on Malcolm in the Middle, the comedy that ran from 2000 to 2006. “He had five lines in the pilot! The domineering character is the wife, Lois, who is the sergeant of arms kind of character. I really didn’t know what to do with Hal.”
Bryan then revealed an “exercise” he did to try and figure out how to really play Hal.
“I realized, well what would make a good marriage? Someone who competes with her? No! What about someone who is the opposite of her?” he said. “So, just as an exercise, I wrote down her attributes and her strengths… and then the opposite of that. You know, she’s forceful, I’m submissive. She’s a tigress, I’m a pussycat. She’s afraid of nothing. I’m afraid of everything.”
Of course, Bryan went from comedy to drama two years after the end of Malcolm, heading into Breaking Bad for six seasons. It’s no surprise that he’s now won multiple Emmys. Tune into Bryan on Inside the Actor’s Studio on Bravo on Wednesday, Nov. 25 at 8PM ET.