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Not Even Bryan Cranston Can Watch This 'Breaking Bad' Scene Without Crying

And you thought you had a hard time watching the show.

If you, like us, were a loyal "Breaking Bad" viewer, you'll know that the AMC show was a five-season long emotional roller coaster. There were ups and (mostly) downs, but it was no doubt a wild, sad and sometimes scary ride. 

One of the most heartbreaking scenes in the series involved Bryan Cranston's Walter White watching Jesse Pinkman's (Aaron Paul) girlfriend, Jane (Krysten Ritter), choke on her own vomit and die. He could have helped her, but he chose not to. The emotional scene displayed White's stone-cold attitude, which only got worse as the show progressed. 

As it turns out, that scene was especially difficult for Cranston to film. In a preview clip for Wednesday's episode of "Inside the Actors Studio," he reveals to host James Lipton what was going through his mind at that moment on set. (Lipton played the scene before asking his questions.)

"What civilians don't understand, that we do, is that actors need to be willing to pay a price for it -- it's an emotional price that you need to be willing to pay," he says. 

As he continues to talk about the scene, Cranston breaks down in tears. 

"At one point, I saw my daughter's face instead of hers, and that was the moment that choked me up, and it was like, 'Oh my God,'" he continues. "And I guess that's why I closed my eyes -- I'm not sure. You don't remember the specifics because you're there.”

But once he told himself to "get over it" and let go of the image of his daughter, Cranston says he was able to tap back into White's cold-hearted mindset and finish the scene. And the rest is Emmy Award-winning history. 

You can watch Cranston describe filming the tough scene in the clip above, and tune into "Inside the Actors Studio" Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on Bravo to watch the whole interview. 

 

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