I’m one of those people who hasn’t gotten around to watching Breaking Bad. Okay, I’m ready for you to yell at me. I know, I know, it’s one of those shows that I have to watch, like The Wire and Hannah Montana. I just haven’t gotten around to it, okay? It’s a big commitment and I only have two eyes. But no matter how many people have told me to watch Breaking Bad, no one has convinced me I should watch it more than the star himself, Bryan Cranston, who walked around Comic-Con yesterday cosplaying as his own TV character. And he went unnoticed until the Breaking Bad panel when he removed the creepily lifelike mask and revealed himself to be Bryan Cranston. And I am absolutely obsessed.
I’ve heard stories about celebrities disguising themselves at conventions in order to enjoy the experience as a normal fan would. Elijah Wood once wore a Batman mask to avoid hearing “FRODO!” every five seconds, and this year Matt Smith, aka Doctor Who, wore a Bart Simpson mask so he wouldn’t have to answer people’s questions about how the Tardis works. Comic-Con offers a great opportunity to disguise yourself without standing out like a sore thumb, because everyone is dressed up as superheroes and Vulcans and wizards, oh my! But it’s one thing to disguise yourself as a character from another universe; it’s another thing to hide in plain sight as your own character. It’s brilliant and hilarious and I love it. Plus, Bryan didn’t ignore the fans who chatted with him as if he were one of those Disney World characters with the enormous furry heads. Bryan said later that he disguised his voice by using “a higher register.” And even if they didn’t know it at the time, the people who took a picture with him can now show it to their friends and be like, “That’s Bryan Cranston under there! Really!”
This little stunt has me so amused that I’m thinking of watching the show just so I can reward Bryan Cranston for pulling it. Sure, he already has an Emmy nomination this year and plenty of fans, but I think what he really wants is for a blogger he’s never heard of to decide to watch his show because his mask made her laugh. And isn’t that what we all want? No? Okay.