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  • sam summer
    sam summer 2 ай бұрын +3295

    Hal is the closest anyone has come to capturing classic Homer Simpson energy in a live action show. Epic performance

    • Anaheim Authentic
      Anaheim Authentic Ай бұрын

      YES! I typed this same comment and just saw yours. Doesn't he! Homer simpson in the flesh 🤣

    • Ghost Plural
      Ghost Plural Ай бұрын

      i never watched the speedwalking bit but when Conan described it i instantly thought "huh sounds like a simpson sketch"

    • Maddolis
      Maddolis Ай бұрын

      @Clutch7 Yeah I'm with you. The dynamic between and family roles of Homer and Marge compared to Hal and Lois should tell it all. Both very different kinds of fools.

    • Joe Jesus Jr.
      Joe Jesus Jr. 2 ай бұрын

      Hal correctly learned skills he takes seriously. Learning shortcuts or facsimiles of what is taught results I scorn. Walter White has the same qualities, but years of accredited proof.

    • Rhys O'Brien
      Rhys O'Brien 2 ай бұрын

      I never looked at it that way, but you're absolutely correct. He is such a great actor with an awesome and diverse skillset. Through his performances I have experienced just about every feeling on the motional spectrum from joy to terror to surprise to fear. I have slapped my thigh, unable to catch my breath from laughter, to sitting with my eyes and jaw wide open in abject shock.
      Amazing actor, really underrated and one of a kind. There aren't many in his generation that can illicit such a wide breadth of emotional experiences through his craft. Absolute pleasure to watch him ply his trade and hone his craft.

  • AJ1430
    AJ1430 2 ай бұрын +3629

    Always loved how positive Bryan is about Malcolm in the Middle. Hal is high art just like walter white.

    • D Jones
      D Jones Ай бұрын

      I think Malcolm in the Middle might be one of the best family sitcoms ever, it was very well grounded and realistic as opposed to other family sitcoms (Full House, Roseanne, Married with Children ect) they really evolved the characters as they grew and I began to realize that they were all technically genius' in their own way, well maybe except Francis, but Malcolm had the high IQ, Reese had a natural instinct for cooking, and Dewey was a natural musician, it was a very well written and hilarious show, I often compare it to King of the Hill as being a very underrated show in comparison to their peer shows when in my opinion they should be the top standard on how to make a comedy show

    • Tan Ya
      Tan Ya 2 ай бұрын

      I probably wouldn't even have watched Breaking Bad if I didn't recognize 'Hal' . Watching both shows made me truly appreciate Bryan's range. He makes you believe he's that character.

    • mcsuibhne005
      mcsuibhne005 2 ай бұрын

      I listen to the podcast Smartless. Every time they have a comedian/comic actor on, who has placed a dramatic role to acclaim, they inevitably say that playing comedy is ten times harder. Respect to Bryan. 😎

    • Nothing\
      Nothing\ 2 ай бұрын

      @Dane Anderson Well said.

    • Dane Anderson
      Dane Anderson 2 ай бұрын

      Anyone can tell a joke. Not everyone can make you laugh.

  • x-F850
    x-F850 2 ай бұрын +3898

    "Dewey, go easy on the orange juice, that stuff doesn't grow on... wait, it does! So why's it so damn expensive?" - Hall Wilkerson

    • jue 435
      jue 435 Ай бұрын

      Best scene

    • goodjoejoe
      goodjoejoe 2 ай бұрын

      Big Homer Simpson energy with that.

    • Matt Carberry
      Matt Carberry 2 ай бұрын +2

      He's not Hal Wilkerson
      he's just Hal
      that's how he's known

    • Lukas
      Lukas 2 ай бұрын

      I’ve watched Malcolm in the middle since I was a little kid and somehow never knew their last name was wilkerson

    • Tony
      Tony 2 ай бұрын +2

      I feel like the writing on Malcolm in the middle is some of the most underrated brilliant timeless comedy gold in existence.

  • Michael
    Michael 2 ай бұрын +1264

    Hal & Walter..... not too many actors today or yesterday would be able to pull it off. Bryan never fails to amaze. Thank you.

    • Ojany Molina
      Ojany Molina 17 күн бұрын

      @Peter Sedesse how was newsroom Jeff Daniels anything like Homer?

    • Stephen
      Stephen Ай бұрын

      Absolutely amazing actor!!

    • caguko
      caguko 2 ай бұрын

      @Peter Sedesse God damn it, I was just about to write this. There's an excellent interview where he talks about the dangers he was told about taking the Role in Dumb and Dumber. On how it could affect him getting serious acting gigs after doing a comedy of this proportion.

    • Marc Gorter
      Marc Gorter 2 ай бұрын +3

      John Lithgow. 3rd Rock vs Dexter. He's the same caliber as Cranston.

    • The Rotten💯
      The Rotten💯 2 ай бұрын +3

      @renslo689 The difference with most of the examples in this thread are they are movies. A role someone plays for a few months. I have to think it's not only infinitely more difficult to maintain a persona for a decade and then doing a 180, but also the type casting and being able to win over an audience who only sees you one way for 10 years. In order for the audience to be able to move past that preconceived notion, an actor has to be damn good. That's not something movie stars have to worry about nearly as much.

    IW_LEGENDARY_SAYaiN22 2 ай бұрын +504

    There’s one Hal moment that always stood out for me. The one where he’s in the boy’s room. He’s sitting there having a real fatherly moment while he’s caressing supposedly Malcom’s head which was a monster mask. And Reese’s head which was a balloon with a smiley face drawn over it. (I’m smirking like an idiot as I type this) Anyway he leans in to kiss Reese goodnight but the balloon explodes in his face causing him to freak out. All the while this wakes up Dewey, as he looks over to see the monster mask looking dead back at him. Dewey starts screaming which causes this domino effect of comedic writing. Which in turn causes Hal to scream even louder and more frantic 😂😂😂

    • Larry Swishamane
      Larry Swishamane Ай бұрын +1

      u choreographed that perfectly. but, forgot one small detail that, tbh, we come to love & wish we all could have in our lives. the fade to black + door slam transition!

    • Nelson Rubio
      Nelson Rubio 2 ай бұрын +2

      The first time I watched that episode I thought I was gonna die from laughing so hard lmao

      MODESTOKID420 2 ай бұрын +2

      @heliopyre "if anyones stupid, they get ground up for food" "live, live, live DIE" "daaaddd youre embarrassing me in front of my men" loved that episode. appreciate your comment reminding me of it

  • Wayne Ivers
    Wayne Ivers 2 ай бұрын +748

    MITM is one of the greatest shows of all time. It smashes every sitcom trope going. The cast is perfect, there's never a dull moment and it works on all levels for adults and kids.

    • tungflava
      tungflava Ай бұрын

      @Penny at the Park married with children was more 80/90’s sitcom and an other type of humor. A lot of jokes won’t work today but MITM is timeless.

    • Not Available
      Not Available Ай бұрын

      @Juju on that queef They lived in a typical suburban house in a typical suburban neighborhood and drove two typical suburban cars. This show is from the late '90s and 2000s. I can assure you that cars looked like that in '99. They also wore clothes that were considered middle class and stylish back then. Their schools were suburban as hell.
      Nothing about them said lower-income except for Lois' job and their money management and poor upkeep of their decent home.

    • Juju on that queef
      Juju on that queef Ай бұрын

      @Not Available yeah they arent tho look at there clothes and car,

    • Not Available
      Not Available Ай бұрын

      @Juju on that queef It's not semantics. They're by definition solidly middle class.

    • Juju on that queef
      Juju on that queef Ай бұрын

      @Not Available I’m not interested in arguing semantics homie

  • William W
    William W 2 ай бұрын +507

    It's really bizarre yet amazing how Bryan is able to change his facial expression and look like a completely different person altogether, almost as if a different aura is felt.

    • Snoozy Q
      Snoozy Q Ай бұрын

      @Mild Misanthrope yes that was awesome that show! Playing all those characters was such a big undertaking

    • Turul☯️🦅
      Turul☯️🦅 2 ай бұрын +2

      He has mastered the art of shape shifting.

    • Nic
      Nic 2 ай бұрын +3

      @Mild Misanthrope she’s really a great actor. Unfortunate the hate she gets cause she hulk

  • Emu
    Emu 2 ай бұрын +430

    Malcolm in the middle is one of the best comedies ever created. Just pure hilarity from start to end.

  • Manvir Shergill
    Manvir Shergill 2 ай бұрын +458

    This man cemented Walter White as the Greatest tv character of all time by giving us an amazing, spellbinding and a truly unforgettable performance. 4 Emmys for playing one Character Wow!!! Truly of one the greatest actors out there, Bravo Bryan 👏👏👏👏

    • K Raw
      K Raw 2 күн бұрын

      Greatest is Tony Soprano

    • Yosef X
      Yosef X 2 күн бұрын +1

      Tony Soprano

    • Hey
      Hey 2 ай бұрын

      Imagining thinking Emmys matter

    • JessTube
      JessTube 2 ай бұрын

      sadly u haven’t watched the sopranos

    • Dave Nunya
      Dave Nunya 2 ай бұрын +2

      Second best, everyone knows Tony Soprano is the greatest character of all time

  • Sgt. Yarp Yarp
    Sgt. Yarp Yarp 2 ай бұрын +164

    Probably one of the best examples of an actor with incredible range Hal and Walter are so totally different but extremely memorable characters

    • Urukosh !
      Urukosh ! 2 ай бұрын +1

      Or his family on BB abandoned him because cancer split them apart but the he got cured and found a new family in MITM 😂

    • Urukosh !
      Urukosh ! 2 ай бұрын +3

      Hal is the future traumatized version of WW after BB

  • Dilly Diamondz
    Dilly Diamondz 2 ай бұрын +137

    I really like that Conan pointed out the comedic aspect of BrBa. I feel like people forget how absolutely hilarious certain moments were in that show!

    • St T.
      St T. 16 күн бұрын +2

      @Eduardo García I completely disagree, the first 3 seasons had a lot of comedy, think Jesse, Hank, Saul, Skinny Pete and Badger.
      "this is my private domicile and i will not be harassed ... Bitch"
      -Jesse Pinkman

    • Andrew
      Andrew 20 күн бұрын +1

      @Eduardo García It's labeled as a Dark Comedy/Drama the comedy is subtle and satirical that's why a lot of people don't pick up on it, there's actually comedy within every episode even the finale.

    • Andrew
      Andrew 20 күн бұрын +1

      it's even labeled as a dark comedy, to be fair, it's satire and not everyone picks up on dark comedy it's supposed to be subtle and not slapstick

    • bennosparigus
      bennosparigus Ай бұрын +4

      @Eduardo García what? It’s super comedic even without saul. Mainly in the earlier seasons

    • RICK da RULA
      RICK da RULA 2 ай бұрын +12

      "Ahhhhh wire! "

  • The Lone Wolf
    The Lone Wolf 2 ай бұрын +95

    Malcolm in the Middle is a masterpiece. The writing is genius! I watched it as a kid when it aired and loved it. But now rewatching it as an adult, there’s more layers to the humour and you understand the hidden jokes. I laugh even more watching it now. Genius acting, writing and directing. Credit to Bryan, absolute legend!

  • Trev Logie
    Trev Logie 2 ай бұрын +231

    Bryan is always hilarious. Someone you wouldn't mind being stuck in an elevator with.

    • Hafidz Murshidie
      Hafidz Murshidie 2 ай бұрын

      Bryan can be someone who you don’t mind being stuck in an elevator with, and he can also be the last last last last person who you don’t want to be stuck in the elevator with..

    • michael reardon
      michael reardon 2 ай бұрын

      Or a Safe Room at Ed’s

    • Glurbschnurb
      Glurbschnurb 2 ай бұрын +26

      Unless you saw a lily of the valley in the lobby missing some petals..

  • Buckbeak's Garden
    Buckbeak's Garden 2 ай бұрын +322

    Bryan Cranston is my favorite actor. He is incredibly talented and riveting.

    • The D
      The D 2 ай бұрын

      @Orlando Trustfull You should leave your cave.

    • Malay Joshi
      Malay Joshi 2 ай бұрын


    • WhatThe
      WhatThe 2 ай бұрын +13

      @Orlando Trustfull and if you think playing a character like Walter White wouldn’t be difficult, then I need to know what flavor crayons you ate this morning

    • WhatThe
      WhatThe 2 ай бұрын +1

      @Orlando Trustfull is that why you’re here listening to an actor talk about his craft?

    • Orlando Trustfull
      Orlando Trustfull 2 ай бұрын +5

      Let's be honest, it's not difficult. Most actors are quite boring, and all they talk about is the "craft"

  • realcoleworld
    realcoleworld 2 ай бұрын +113

    Crazy that breaking bad finished ten years ago but it still feels like it’s talked about just as much now as it was back then.

    • Snoozy Q
      Snoozy Q Ай бұрын

      @French Toast no lol that'd make us all so old!

    • Marko Zbunjol
      Marko Zbunjol Ай бұрын

      x-files also talked to this day, the sopranos also. Thats why this series is all time great with breaking bad. Ah, memories

    • FRAUD
      FRAUD 2 ай бұрын +2

      Breaking Bad is a timeless series, no doubt. And it's always top 3 all time with TV-critics. But I believe the main reason it's still being talked about is because Better Call Saul is a favorite with the TV critics these days. But for the rest of the world, instead of BCS actually hooking people on it's own, it just makes people go back to Breaking Bad.

    • Urukosh !
      Urukosh ! 2 ай бұрын +1

      @French Toast Bro Same 😂

    • Urukosh !
      Urukosh ! 2 ай бұрын +3

      Only 10 years? It feels like 20 because it’s nonstop being talked about

  • Vandrefalk
    Vandrefalk 2 ай бұрын +46

    His performance as Hal, and his real life care for Frankie, is what makes me respect Bryan so much. Man, you're a true inspiration.

  • Skywalker Samadhi
    Skywalker Samadhi 2 ай бұрын +93

    “Heavens gonna suck.” - Hal
    Funniest line in the whole show. Destroys me every time. The best thing about Hal was how much he loves his wife. It was just so refreshing.

  • IdiotOnTheInterwebs
    IdiotOnTheInterwebs 2 ай бұрын +199

    I loved Hal and Tim Whatley long before BB.
    The elevator synopsis I heard of BB was “the dad from Malcolm in the middle plays a chemistry teacher that discovers he has cancer and starts cooking meth to leave money behind.”
    One aspect of WW I found on rewatching is he was always difficult to work with and a very insecure narcissist. It’s why he taught a high school chemistry. He can’t deal with equals.

    • Mr. King
      Mr. King Ай бұрын

      @IdiotOnTheInterwebs There ya go

    • IdiotOnTheInterwebs
      IdiotOnTheInterwebs Ай бұрын

      @Mr. King I think you mean “initialism”. Acronyms spell a word. Super heroes also have alliterative names.

    • Mr. King
      Mr. King Ай бұрын

      You sure like initialisms, huh?

    • James Witt
      James Witt 2 ай бұрын +4

      And the character Tim he played on "King of Queens" was great. The "Swim Neighbors" episode is one of my favorites of the show.

    • Ryan Clark
      Ryan Clark 2 ай бұрын +5

      Those aren’t matza balls😏😏

  • Mathias Jameson
    Mathias Jameson 2 ай бұрын +78

    Bryan’s physical comedy in Malcolm in the middle is unmatched ! Goated

    • Nicolas Alvargonzalez
      Nicolas Alvargonzalez Ай бұрын +1

      Jim Carrey vibes when running away after stealing the bag at the store!

  • kevin ryan
    kevin ryan 2 ай бұрын +104

    100% going into breaking bad he was always Hal from Malcolm in the middle and just turned into Walter White/Heisenberg is just amazing just hands down best acting in television since The sopranos.

    • steven kidd
      steven kidd 2 ай бұрын +4

      Watch the alternate MTM ending to BB 🤣

  • This Shameful Life
    This Shameful Life 2 ай бұрын +68

    I don't watch anywhere near the unfathomable levels of multiple forms of entertainment that I once did, but this conversation is one I have been waiting to hear. No disappointment. Enjoyable conversation. Kudos, people.

  • Vishal Mishra
    Vishal Mishra 2 ай бұрын +94

    Conan and Bryan are like one of the most scientifically comedic mind around whose minds just views worlds so differrently

  • Tony Joc
    Tony Joc 2 ай бұрын +77

    It's not just playing both roles. It's nailing them to perfection

  • Nicolas
    Nicolas 2 ай бұрын +8

    Not only is this guy one of the best and most versatile actors of our generation (from being hilarious comically, to bringing one of the best lead dramatic performances we have seen on television) but he also seems from all I have heard like an all around great person. Protect this man

  • Finn Mertens
    Finn Mertens Ай бұрын +7

    I absolutely loved the clip they made where Bryan wakes up as Hal in Malcom in the Middle & talks about having a dream where he was Walter White.

  • EightPieceBox
    EightPieceBox 2 ай бұрын +20

    As soon as I heard Bryan Cranston was going to star in Breaking Bad, I was so excited for that show. It delivered beyond my wildest expectations. Starting Walter out in his tighty whities I always assumed was a nod to Hal.

  • Rafael Paun
    Rafael Paun 2 ай бұрын +11

    Bryan’s performance as Walter white is one of the best performances on television we will ever see in our lifetimes.

    • yalla
      yalla 2 ай бұрын


  • verbalfonders
    verbalfonders 2 ай бұрын +35

    Hal is the great sitcom dad of all time and he wouldn’t be the same played by anyone else except Bryan.

    • CurbFeld
      CurbFeld 2 ай бұрын +1

      He & Frank Costanza are my two favourite TV dad's.

    • Joe McKim
      Joe McKim 2 ай бұрын

      Say my name

  • Talaris Watts-EL
    Talaris Watts-EL 2 ай бұрын +9

    Great interview. His ability to go from Hal to Walter White is the most legendary thing since Michael Keaton going from Beetlejuice to Batman.

  • Sam Bart
    Sam Bart 2 ай бұрын +5

    Love seeing Conan like this, just as funny as on late night, but more introspective and truly thoughtful.

  • Jay Williams
    Jay Williams 2 ай бұрын +30

    Sona laughing at Bryan busting Conan’s chops is the the happiest laugh I’ve ever heard.

    • Come See With Me
      Come See With Me 2 ай бұрын +1

      I know, right! I rewatched her laughing 5 times in a row and it made me crack up each time myself. 😂

  • Dark Jedi Knight
    Dark Jedi Knight 2 ай бұрын +45

    He truly is one of the greatest and most versatile actors of all time.

  • DiscordianDisciple27
    DiscordianDisciple27 2 ай бұрын +17

    One of my favorite Hal moments was when he was adding extra sugar and maple syrup to everything Lois ate during her pregnancy. Then adding Dewey into the mix where he was telepathically communicating with the unborn baby

  • jakey
    jakey 2 ай бұрын +14

    Me and my partner (both 22) started watching Malcom for the first time about a month ago we watch it every night and I haven't seen a show where there isn't a single weak link when it comes to comedy every character is a joy to watch but Hal often steals the show and its amazing.

  • Anastasia Beaverhausen
    Anastasia Beaverhausen 2 ай бұрын +38

    Cranston is the best. One of my favorite things ever is Anthony Hopkins' fan-boy letter of appreciation for his sustained brilliance as Walter White.

  • Tennessee Heckler
    Tennessee Heckler 2 ай бұрын +11

    I loved Malcolm in the Middle when I was a kid. Watched it again as an adult and loved it even more. Bryan nailed that role.

  • Christian Aguilar
    Christian Aguilar Ай бұрын +3

    Since we know they have cameras set up in the studio, it would be so cool for Conan and team to upload the full video podcast on KZclip! I love listening to the podcast on Apple podcast, however seeing the guests and hosts is always a fun treat!

  • Marcus Niggeloh
    Marcus Niggeloh 2 ай бұрын +5

    These full of life performances in Malcolm in the middle have been brilliant to see. So much energy, just inspiring. And quite a brave approach for an actor, considering the risk of getting reduced to that special character. Making typical human flaws lovable is a quality thats far beyond laughing at someone. When you see something that exaggerated and still come to the point where you think, "yeah, there´s a little Hal in each of us", cause you gotta like this character, its not only superfunny, its delivering on many layers and provides an unspoken friendly comment on human nature and the ways you might look at it. Giving that complexity to it, combined with a very unique kind of acting and sweating out he had fun to do it in every minute, makes it outstanding for me and a joy to watch.

  • vanivari
    vanivari 2 ай бұрын +30

    That guy in Malcom vs the same guy in Breaking Bad and a couple other roles convinced me that he is one of the greatest actors of all time.

  • JustAnotherDave
    JustAnotherDave Ай бұрын +2

    Hal is unquestionably in my top 5 characters of all time, such an amazing job by Bryan

  • ChrisLDrums
    ChrisLDrums 2 ай бұрын +6

    What I love about watching Bryan Cranston work in an interview is that he shows off his truly world class comedic ability. I don’t know if the world will ever truly grasp the true reach of Bryan’s skills. What a pleasure it has been to exist during the same period of time.

  • Super 80s Gamer
    Super 80s Gamer 2 ай бұрын +10

    This man is one of the greats. Hal was such as amazing character but to then do breaking bad, it’s just on another level! I’ve seen breaking bad 3 times now and like Conan said, you watch is again and still surprised what happens, even though you know what happens.

  • Spoggi99
    Spoggi99 2 ай бұрын +8

    What a terrific actor, definitely cemented himself as one of the best actors to ever do it.
    Bryan Cranston and James Gandolfini (may he rest in peace) are my all-time-favorites - few could deliver performances like these too!

  • Fabricio Sakai
    Fabricio Sakai 2 ай бұрын +10

    Conan is always so genuinely amused and happy when he's with Bryan

  • bradley163
    bradley163 2 ай бұрын +43

    Well, now I have to rewatch Breaking Bad in its entirety for the 10th time.

    • DJ Lizardon
      DJ Lizardon Ай бұрын

      I really need to finish it, I think I'm only 2 seasons in, I started it so long ago too 😵

    • mac Madnes
      mac Madnes Ай бұрын

      Have you watched Better Call Saul yet?

    • breathlessinbedvlogs
      breathlessinbedvlogs 2 ай бұрын

      Just did this. Onto Malcom now

    • Molly C
      Molly C 2 ай бұрын

      I've re-watched it four times now and it really doesn't get old. Best show ever

    • vdoggydogg 39
      vdoggydogg 39 2 ай бұрын +5

      I wish I could go back and watch not knowing a thing

  • Philip Schifano
    Philip Schifano Ай бұрын

    This is the best conversation ever!! Thank you both! Great chemistry! U should BOTH do a show together!

  • Derick Smith
    Derick Smith Ай бұрын

    It is amazing to think about when Breaking Bad came out, I was apprehensive to watch because it seemed too weird for Hal to be cooking meth. Looking back, playing Hal made Walter White's transformation even crazier to the audience. It is interesting how casting from one show can shape your opinion of a character in another. He really is this generation's Jack Lemmon. They have a lot of the same authenticity that matches the skill. 100% legend

  • tiny99990
    tiny99990 2 ай бұрын +1

    Hal was always my favorite in Malcolm in the Middle, and its what made me watch Breaking Bad, because I hadn't seen him in anything since Malcolm, and I just was blown away with just how well he did as Walter White, he has the range to rival even Robin Williams, which is saying a lot, I cannot think of greater examples of individuals with such a range

  • Nicholas Souris
    Nicholas Souris 2 ай бұрын +4

    Can I thank Conan for saying to Bryan Cranston what we all want to say...thank you. Thank you for all the great performances. Compliments well deserved.

  • Helios007
    Helios007 2 ай бұрын +2

    No-one will ever be able to convince me that his best moment as Hal is the cold open where Dewey asks him to get rid of the spider in the bathroom. I cry laughing everytime I watch it.

  • Shane Wade
    Shane Wade 2 ай бұрын +1

    I rewatched all of Malcolm in the Middle last year, and let me tell you - still so damn funny. I still recommend this show to everyone as one of the best series that television ever produced, right alongside Breaking Bad, and that the differences between Hal and Walt are testament to Cranston's skill and range as an actor.

  • Maddog
    Maddog Ай бұрын +1

    Malcolm in the Middle is timeless, I went back and watched a few episodes and it still holds up so well!

  • Anna Czgli
    Anna Czgli Ай бұрын +1

    Remind me again what Sona adds to the conversation other than laughing? This was a great episode - she really shined as a third wheel.

  • Shirinatron
    Shirinatron 2 ай бұрын +2

    I was smiling throughout all of this. All his compliments he gave about Hal were so damn accurate. I'd die laughing at him and Jim Carey as a kid. I always thought Hal was so underrated when I was younger... I guess he wasn't - he carried the show.

  • Cardano Ste
    Cardano Ste 2 ай бұрын +5

    You couldn’t replace any cast member of breaking bad with any other actor on the planet…it’s a masterpiece.

  • D Peters
    D Peters 2 ай бұрын +2

    I maintain that Conan is the best interviewer of our time. So clever, so funny, so quick, so curious...but always willing to let the interviewee shine as bright (or as dim) as they can. He can carry anyone, but truly interesting folks really cut-through when Conan is involved.

  • Sameer Tadros
    Sameer Tadros 2 ай бұрын +2

    Bryan Cranston is one of the greatest actors of all time. He is brilliant in everything he does!

  • Charlie
    Charlie 2 ай бұрын

    Hal Wilkerson is hands down one of the best sitcom characters of all time, up there with the Fraiser Cranes and Jerry Seinfelds of the world in my opinion

  • Prestigious 5's
    Prestigious 5's 2 ай бұрын

    One of my favourite scenes from malcom will always be when Hal burst into the lads room and offers them 5 bucks to take the heat for something he did. He drags one of them like a rag doll out of the room!!

  • Peter Sedesse
    Peter Sedesse 2 ай бұрын +8

    I still think 'Hal' made the first season of breaking bad even better because we all started out seeing him as kinda that character which made the transformation even more stunning.

  • PAB
    PAB 2 ай бұрын +4

    Bryan is great in everything he does but I think his performance as Vince in “Sneaky Pete” was phenomenal. The “Break it you buy it” speech he gives is sooo good.

  • Lbaby Tutorials
    Lbaby Tutorials Ай бұрын

    Memorizing lines and being to act with a huge room of people with a lot of pressure to do it right is SO HARD. The breaking bad cast is so talented everything feels so real. All there characters feel so “lived in”

  • TheCatfreaky
    TheCatfreaky 2 ай бұрын +2

    Part of why breaking bad was so amazing to me were the inner expectations connected to this amazing actor after years of seeing the comedic family dad in his face. Of course it's not the same character. But for me this background made breaking bad more monumental, the change of Walter White deeper and more serious or tragic somehow.

  • millzy
    millzy 2 ай бұрын +1

    Everyone lost their mind when they saw Brian in Breaking Bad, but I was like uhhhhhhh, did you not see his absolutely ground breaking role of Hal? It's 11 out of 10. Flawless. Such an underrated role.

  • Sick Lizard
    Sick Lizard 2 ай бұрын +2

    7:38 I think, the reason why the first episode of BB got me instantly hooked was exactly because it foreshadowed this extreme character arc. It was obvious from the start and made me super curious and excited about how Bryan Cranston would pull that transformation off. Going basicly from Hal to Scarface withtin a few seasons. Best thing ever!

  • Still Here
    Still Here 2 ай бұрын +1

    I met Bryan when he and a business partner were opening an indie movie theater in Palm Desert. He absolutely exudes warmth and charm that isn’t the least condescending or fake. I am so glad he’s found the success he deserves.

  • Zeeshan
    Zeeshan 2 ай бұрын +4

    U can tell Conan is a writer with how he never forgets to give them credit and not just give it all to the actor

  • Luke
    Luke Ай бұрын

    His work as Hal is the best acting he's done

  • zz
    zz 2 ай бұрын +2

    his enthusiasm was always so respectable. any role he does he brings so much life and energy to.

  • Sketchnstorm
    Sketchnstorm 2 ай бұрын +7

    One of my favorite Hal moments is when he goes for a job interview and they do a bunch of tests on him. But he's unsure of the job and goes back the next day to decline and the whole building is gone.

  • Ezra Motz
    Ezra Motz 2 ай бұрын +1

    Fantastic and super insightful, laidback interview. It’s what Conan does best when it comes to his job, though he is multi talented and great all around, interviewing is definitely his forte. And it helps tremendously too, of course, that Bryan Cranston is an excellent speaker and quite knowledgeable person who is dedicated 100% to his craft and just has a great way of conveying his thoughts and emotions, especially in these types of public scenarios in front of a camera… 👌🏼

  • payableondeath7
    payableondeath7 2 ай бұрын +8

    I love what Bryan said about a part coming back to you when someone asks you about it or if you end up returning to it. There's a great show on Disney+ called Prop Culture that looks at props of movies from yesteryear, and one episode includes Christopher Lloyd getting to see his costume from Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and he ends up putting it on again and he's right back in to the character, even though it was nearly 40 years ago he was right back in, it's incredible. Highly recommend watching that show, especially if you grew up on 80s and 90s movies.

  • 'se://A
    'se://A 2 ай бұрын +6

    I just loved Malcom in the Middle as a Child and it still cracks me up at moments. It is a pleasure to watch.

    • TDH1990SFV
      TDH1990SFV 12 күн бұрын

      Me too. Him talking about it is nostalgic.

  • Jocco
    Jocco 2 ай бұрын

    Hal’s speed walking episode is still one of the funniest TV episodes of the 2000s. Malcolm In The Middle was my favorite show for a long time, I miss the 2000s and the way the world was then.

  • Greg Falco
    Greg Falco 2 ай бұрын +2

    It's insane that most people didn't realize how good an actor Cranston was until he was well past 40.

  • Matthew Sawczyn
    Matthew Sawczyn Ай бұрын

    Conan was right, there's a lot of Hal in Walter White, especially in the early seasons. There are some legit "slap stick" moments in Breaking Bad.
    And that's what makes Walter's transformation all the more terrifying

  • Kev Edwards
    Kev Edwards 2 ай бұрын +1

    I recently rewatched BB for about the 5th time and it still blows me away how much happens in such short a series, that kind of character development on only 5 seasons is phenomenal.

    • rakuen:Callisto!
      rakuen:Callisto! 2 ай бұрын

      The show is about chemistry, after all. The science of change.
      Every character goes through a traumatic change in themselves and their character throughout the series.

  • quietastronaut
    quietastronaut 2 ай бұрын +8

    Malcolm in the Middle remains the funniest show I've ever seen, even now that I'm an adult. The entire cast is unmatched.

  • klaxir
    klaxir 2 ай бұрын +5

    Malcolm in the Middle was so underrated. I’m watching it on Hulu rn and it’s hilarious.

  • The Sports Inquirer
    The Sports Inquirer 2 ай бұрын +1

    I was a huge fan of Malcolm in the Middle and the only reason I started watching Breaking Bad from the pilot was because of Bryan. Luckily taking that chance gave me the opportunity to watch one of the greatest shows of all time from literal beginning to end

  • Wrenlin Whitelight
    Wrenlin Whitelight 2 ай бұрын +1

    The past 8 years, Breaking Bad is unparalleled as the greatest show of all time. Bryan is the most capable actors of all time as well. Loved Conan's observation that he runs away badly xD That's such a Conan-type observation - I looove this Podcast

  • Blaise Salazar
    Blaise Salazar 2 ай бұрын +2

    I just rewatched the whole series last fall. The show was even better as an adult than it was as a child

  • Andre Mar
    Andre Mar 2 ай бұрын +2

    So well said by Conan, his performance in Malcom in the middle is outstanding. Like a realistic Homer.

  • stanley ferguson
    stanley ferguson 2 ай бұрын

    Conan has nailed it! I loved and love malcolm in the middle as a kid! Hal's character was so great to watch... the physical comedy was first class. I always wondered why I remembered his character so clearly... and it was because of how funny and great his performance was... I see it more now that I'm older!

  • Hiram Maxem
    Hiram Maxem 2 ай бұрын +9

    Who wouldn't want to see Bryan and Conan start in a Buddy Movie together? Their timing and improv is MASTERFUL!

  • Jeremiah Quinn
    Jeremiah Quinn 2 ай бұрын +1

    This is just delightful. A lovely conversation and a happy, insightful moment in time between two masters of their craft.

  • Jen Emits Light
    Jen Emits Light 2 ай бұрын

    Bryan Cranston is a national treasure. Protect Bryan Cranston at all costs

  • Tiberius Zann
    Tiberius Zann 2 ай бұрын

    Loved waking up and watching Malcom in the Middle! Favorite childhood show.

  • Eleglance
    Eleglance 2 ай бұрын

    This was such an enjoyable listen. Bryan is entertaining and witty and the dynamic with everyone in the room was excellent. Thank you for this enjoyable watch.

  • dermot font
    dermot font 2 ай бұрын +6

    Bryan showed just how great his comedic timing was way back in the 90s being a regular guest as Tim, the dentist on Seinfeld!

  • LycanLink
    LycanLink 2 ай бұрын +6

    Something I always loved about Breaking Bad, but I've never been completely sure was intentional, was that Walter always seemed like he was putting on a facade, because he knew that was the only way he could survive in this business. I always felt like there were flecks of "I don't belong in this lifestyle" peeking through the cracks of every performance he gave in that show as Heisenberg. I dunno if I'm imagining it, or if Bryan is just that damn good.

  • Samuel Stacey
    Samuel Stacey 2 ай бұрын

    He’s is phenomenal in breaking bad and other serious roles BUT while there are other actors that could probably play those roles very well but I don’t think anyone could pull Hal off. It is just pure comical magic and I will always marvel at Bryan Cranstons genius as Hal.

  • Chris Bade
    Chris Bade 2 ай бұрын

    I could listen to Bryan talk about his roles all day

  • Tim Chamberlain
    Tim Chamberlain 2 ай бұрын

    Hal and Bryan Cranston's performance in malcolm is what had me sold on Breaking Bad from it's premier episode.

  • Taylor Brooke
    Taylor Brooke 2 ай бұрын

    Malcom In The Middle is where I was first introduced to Bryan Cranston and WOW! I just love him sooooo much!! I watched the show as a kid when it first came out and then watched it again as an adult and it is HILARIOUS!! I love this man so much!!!! 😂 pure gold!!!

    • Taylor Brooke
      Taylor Brooke 2 ай бұрын

      Also, huge huge fan of Breaking Bad! ❤

  • Not Available
    Not Available 2 ай бұрын

    Hal is one of the greatest TV characters in history.

  • Christopher Ducat
    Christopher Ducat 2 ай бұрын +4

    Utterly adore this man, he makes acting and being a decent person seem so effortless, and yet he works like hell at it. Great interview 👏

  • Ewen Jones
    Ewen Jones 2 ай бұрын +1

    I watched the show the first time and loved it. Truly great television. For some reason, I decided to watch from the start again. This time, I too am going through cancer treatment. How Walter faces the diagnosis and makes his decisions was absolutely compelling viewing for me. It was amazing how close he was to how I was confronted. I am not choosing to cook meth, but I really understand the process through which Walter works. It is like an entirely new show.

    • DJ Lizardon
      DJ Lizardon Ай бұрын

      Hope all goes well for you with the treatment! Wishing you the best :)

  • Rob Van Gessel
    Rob Van Gessel 2 ай бұрын

    Malcolm In The Middle is the last genuinely great original sitcom, imo. Hilariously innovative. I discovered it in my adult years, so I came in recogonizing the shows many levels of satire and character arcs.

  • Mr.Glitch
    Mr.Glitch 2 ай бұрын

    this was a great interview, every body let the other one talk, it's calm it's refreshing