Back in August we did a feature on Career Changing Roles actors turned down. One of those roles was Walter White on Breaking Bad turned down by John Cusack. Now that the show is over everyone is talking about everything. If you, like me, grew up in the 80′s, it is hard not to appreciate actor John Cusack. From Say Anything to Better Off Dead, the guy had a very versatile work catalog, and seems to blend in well to any role he chooses. But let’s take a moment to talk about “almost”. As much as we like John Cusack in what we have seen him in, can you, for a single moment, imagine him as Walter White on Breaking Bad? Well, as insane as it may sound, he was just one of the many actors actually considered for the role.
What you need to understand about casting a show or movie is, usually, many famous actors come in and try out fort parts, and we never know about it.While the rumors surrounding John Cusack seem to imply he turned down the role, all that can be confirmed is both him and actor Mathew Broderick were both given scripts at one point. What came after that, few know, but John Cusack did not end up being our Walter White. While we do dig Cusack and Broderick, the reality is, Bryan Cranston is (was) Walter White, and no matter who else may have been offered that role, it is quite plain to see the actor who was perfect for it, landed it.
Just funny to imagine Walter White, standing under an open window, trying to play In Your Eyes to Skylar. Changes the whole tone.