Bryan Cranston is ready and waiting to be part of Better Call Saul, one way or another, be it in front of or behind the camera. Cranston played Walter White on Breaking Bad, a role that went on to completely redefine his career. The spin-off series, which centers on Bob Odenkirk's crooked attorney Saul Goodman has proved to be a huge hit in its own right, is heading into its final season. Now, Cranston says he is willing to reprise his role as Walt in a second. It's just a matter of making it work.
The actor is currently promoting his new movie The One and Only Ivan, which is arriving on Disney+ later this month. During a recent interview, Bryan Cranston discussed the possibility of appearing as Walter White on Better Call Saul before the show wraps up its run. Here's what he had to say about it.
"I would be in it if Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, who are co-executive producers on it, wanted me to be in it. I would do it in a second. But it hasn't happened yet, I can tell you, and we'll see. I don't know. There's one more season to go and we'll see what happens!"
This echoes previous comments that the actor has made on the topic. It's tricky, as Better Call Saul is mostly a prequel to the events of Breaking Bad taking place before Walter White traded in his school teacher ways for life as a meth cook. Vince Gilligan likely wouldn't tarnish either show's reputation for an unnecessary cameo. But if Gilligan can find a way to make it work, Cranston is on board.
Last year, Bryan Cranston briefly revived the role for Netflix's El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, which largely focused on Aaron Paul's journey as Jesse following the series finale. Walt appeared in a flashback sequence with Jesse at the height of their meth-making days. Speaking further, Cranston explained that he has been asked to direct episodes of Better Call Saul multiple times in the past. Cranston wants to do it, but scheduling has been an issue.
"I have been asked to direct an episode every single season and it just didn't work out because of a commitment to doing a play or doing a movie or something, so I wasn't able to section out the times available. But I do love the show. I think it's a fantastic show."
Better Call Saul debuted on AMC in 2015. The show recently received five Emmy nominations for its fifth season, which aired earlier this year, including one for Best Drama Series. Season 6, which will be the final season, is currently set to arrive sometime in 2021. Whether or not Bryan Cranston will be involved remains to be seen. But he certainly seems more than willing, assuming Vince Gilligan comes calling. This news comes to us via Collider.