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Breaking the mold

Against the odds, these stars have escaped typecasting, transformed themselves

Ryan Cranston went from the kooky dad in 'Malcolm in the Middle' to a ruthless crystal-meth maker in 'Breaking Bad' (above). Ryan Cranston went from the kooky dad in "Malcolm in the Middle" to a ruthless crystal-meth maker in "Breaking Bad" (above). (AMC)
By Matthew Gilbert
Globe Staff / March 28, 2010

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Watching Bryan Cranston as Walter White in AMC’s “Breaking Bad’’ is mesmerizing. Walt was a weak-kneed chemistry teacher dozing through life. Diagnosed with lung cancer, he turned into a focused, ruthless crystal-meth maker. As you look deep into Cranston’s now-cold blue eyes, you see a lost father and husband, a morally adrift soul. You see self-empowerment gone very wrong. (Full article: 1125 words)

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