After the Oscar-winning actor recently binge-watched all six seasons of the hit AMC show, the Silence of the Lambs star was apparently so impressed by the Emmy Award-winning series that he reportedly penned a glowing letter to the cast of Breaking Bad, particularly Cranston, saying it was the best acting he had ever seen.
Talk about an epic A-list review.
The fan letter originally appeared on the Facebook page of Steven Michael Quezada, who played DEA agent Steve Gomez on the show, but the post was quickly deleted after it began to go viral.
Arnold Robinson, a publicist for Hopkins, confirmed to Today on Monday that the letter is indeed real.
Today also cites a source at United Talent Agency, which represents both Hopkins and Cranston, saying that the 75-year-old star felt compelled to pen the missive because he had so much admiration for Cranston's work.
The Argo actor then shared the complimentary letter with the cast, according to Today, which immediately began making the Internet rounds.
Hopkins first notes that he just finished a "marathon" viewing of the Vince Gilligan-created show before sharing his deep admiration for Cranston's work.
"I have never watched anything like it. Brilliant!" Hopkins writes. "Your Walter White was the best acting I have seen—ever. I know there is so much smoke blowing and sickening bulls--t in this business, and I've sort of lost belief in anything really. But this work of yours is spectacular—absolutely stunning."
He continues, complimenting not just Cranston but the entire Breaking Bad cast.
"What is extraordinary, is the sheer power of everyone in the entire production," he says. "What was it? Five or six years in the making? How the producers (yourself being one of them), the writers, directors, cinematographers...every department—casting etc. managed to keep the discipline and control from beginning to the end is (that over used word) awesome."
Hopkins then asks Cranston to pass on his words of admiration to the rest of the cast before concluding his letter.
"Thank you," he writes. "That kind of work/artistry is rare, and when, once in a while, it occurs, as in this epic work, it restores confidence. You and all the cast are the best actors I've ever seen."
Three Emmys and Anthony Hopkins' stamp of approval? Walter White would be so proud.