Bryan Cranston Terrorizes James Corden as the Elf on the Shelf

During a sketch on The Late Late Show, the Breaking Bad actor showed a freaky (but funny) side to a favorite holiday tradition

By Elyse Dupre Dec 05, 2017 6:01 PMTags

The best way to spread Christmas cheer is by having Bryan Cranston fill James Corden with fear. 

The Late Late Show aired a sketch on Monday in which Cranston gave the host a freaky (but funny) holiday gift. 

The video starts with Corden receiving an Elf on The Shelf toy from the Breaking Bad star. Instead of looking like the traditional Christmas toy, the doll resembled a miniature version of Cranston.

"He's quite a handsome fellow, no?" Cranston says in the clip.

For those unfamiliar with the Elf on the Shelf, the elf serves as Santa's eyes and ears and tells Mr. Claus when a child has been naughty or nice. Cranston's version promises to do the same and report Corden's behavior back to Old St. Nick.

At first, Corden doesn't give the toy much thought.

"You're cheap, Bryan," the late night host says, placing the toy on the shelf. "A gift card would have been better."

However, things change once Cranston's toy comes to life.

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As Corden goes throughout his day, the Malcolm in the Middle star reminds him to do the right thing. Dressed in a red suit and hat, the miniature Cranston gets Corden to avoid eating his guests' cookies, fess up to a fart and admit the truth when telling a white lie.

"Whatever you're doing, you ought to think twice because I'm taking notes if you're naughty or nice," Cranston says at one point.

Finally, Cranston's guidance becomes too much for Corden and the host tries to dispose of the toy. But no matter how hard he tries, he just can't get rid of him. He tries throwing the doll in the garbage, blending him in a blender and slapping him across the face—but nothing seems to work.

Fed up, he throws the Cranston toy off the roof of his studio. But does he manage to get rid of the special Elf on the Shelf once and for all?

Watch the video to find out.