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Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston chose acting to 'kiss girls'

Published 24/03/2014 | 13:45

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This image released by AMC shows Bryan Cranston as Walter White, left, and Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman in a scene from "Breaking Bad."  he program was nominated for an Emmy Award for outstanding drama series on, Thursday July 18, 2013.  Paul was nominated for best supporting actor in a drama series and Cranston was nominated for best actor in a drama series. The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' Emmy ceremony will be hosted by Neil Patrick Harris. It will air Sept. 22 on CBS.  (AP Photo/AMC, Frank Ockenfels )
Bryan Cranston as Walter White in 'Breaking Bad'.
Breaking the mould: Bryan Cranston as Walter White
Cranston as Walter White in 'Breaking Bad'
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT TELEVISION - Bryan Cranston, right, is seen with a fan at the U.S. premiere of the revealing new feature-length documentary NO HALF MEASURES: CREATING THE FINAL SEASON OF BREAKING BAD, on Monday, Nov. 25, 2013 at the Pacific Theatre at the Grove in Los Angeles. The event celebrated two releases from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment: the Blu-ray? of Breaking Bad: The Complete Series and the Blu-ray/DVD of Breaking Bad: The Final Season. The documentary is exclusive to the Complete Series. Q & A followed the screening, after which stars signed Blu-ray and DVD copies at nearby Barnes & Noble. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision for Sony Pictures Entertainment Television/AP Images)
Bryan Cranston, right, is seen with a fan at the U.S. premiere of the revealing new feature-length documentary NO HALF MEASURES: CREATING THE FINAL SEASON OF BREAKING BAD, on Monday, Nov. 25, 2013 at the Pacific Theatre.

Bryan Cranston has joked he got into acting to “kiss girls”.

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When the 58-year-old actor was younger he signed up to the Los Angeles Police Department’s (LAPD) youth training programme, which he graduated from at the top of his class.

Alongside this intense schedule, Bryan was also taking part in a drama class. It was his first in-character kiss with his attractive female acting partner which made him realise his destined career path.

"I asked the teacher: 'Should we kiss, or just pretend?' He was disgusted by my question. So I thought, OK, I hope she's not offended, but I'm really gonna kiss her. And it starts – and before I can even begin, she is on me. Open mouth, tongue, hands everywhere. It's very exciting,” he recalled to British newspaper The Guardian.

“[Afterwards I asked her] 'Would you like to get lunch sometime?' And she looked at me like I was a lost little puppy: 'Oh, no, no, I have a boyfriend.' And I thought: 'Oh, my God, that was acting!' My head was spinning. That's when it clicked. She was just doing her job. And I realised this could be my work: to kiss girls! So I said: 'So long, police work.'"

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Out of character: Bryan Cranston

Bryan’s biggest role to date came in the form of chemistry teacher-turned-drug-cook Walter White in hit TV show Breaking Bad. His embodying the character has earned him several awards, including a best actor Golden Globe at this year’s ceremony.

He feels lucky to have had such constant work over the years and has learnt a lot from his experiences.

"One benefit of being an actor for a long time and hitting a higher measure of success at 40, with Malcolm in the Middle, and 50 with Breaking Bad, is that I know what kind of set I don't want to work on. You want to be in an environment where everyone's respected – where the drama's in the show, not around the show,” Bryan explained.

“I've worked on sets that are angry, nervous, uncertain, and it just permeates everything. I had a policy on Breaking Bad: I wouldn't allow any b***hing or complaining. And if you're going to say it's not allowed, you have to not do it yourself."

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