Anthony Hopkins to Bryan Cranston: 'You are truly, truly a great actor'

Considered by many to be one of the greatest living actors, Sir Anthony Hopkins is not one to dole out praise lightly.

But the Oscar-winner was so impressed with fellow actor Bryan Cranston's portrayal of Walter White on the Breaking Badhe felt compelled to write a heartfelt fan letter congratulating him for a job well done.

After partaking in a two-week long binge of the critically-acclaimed series, Anthony, 74, reached out to Bryan in an e-mail, commending him for his incredible performance and even going so far as to say it was "the best acting [he had] seen -- ever."

That's a mighty compliment, Sir Anthony!

Read the entire letter below:

"Dear Mister Cranston, 

I've just finished a marathon of watching BREAKING BAD. A total of two weeks (addictive) viewing. I have never watched anything like it. Brilliant! Your performance as 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.

"From what started as a black comedy, descended into a labyrinth of blood, destruction and hell. It was like a great Jacobean, Shakespearean or Greek Tragedy. If you ever get a chance to - would you pass on my admiration to everyone - everyone gave master classes of performance... The list is endless. 

"Thank you. 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. Congratulations and my deepest respect. You are truly a great, great actor. 

Best regards, Tony Hopkins."

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