Samuel L. Jackson tackles Bryan Cranston's menacing 'Breaking Bad' speech
It was as riveting and compelling as "Breaking Bad" gets. Concerned for her family's safety, Skyler White (Anna Gunn) had just shared her worries with her drug-dealing husband Walter (Bryan Cranston). Instead of soothing her, Walter let his alter-ego, Heisenberg, lay down the law:
"Who are you talking to right now? Who is it you think you see? ... You clearly don't know who you're talking to, so let me clue you in: I'm not in danger, Skyler. I am the danger. A guy opens his door and gets shot and you think that of me? No. I am the one who knocks."
Now, Samuel L. Jackson has released his own reading of the chilling fourth season speech. Raising money for the Alzheimer's Association, the 64-year-old actor has promised to read and videotape monologues chosen by Reddit users who pledge donations. His second video was the critically acclaimed scene from the "Breaking Bad" episode titled "Cornered."
Cranston has won three Emmys for his role as the cancer-stricken chemistry teacher turned drug mogul, which makes it hard to see anyone else as Walter the criminal mastermind. Jackson, who can intimidate like the best of them, holds his own, though we can't help but prefer Cranston's menacing delivery.
Watch them both and compare: