Bryan Cranston as Walter White in Breaking Bad. Courtesy of AMC. Photo by Lewis Jacobs.

From Mr. Chips to Scarface: Walter White's Transformation in Breaking Bad

July 26–October 27, 2013
In Behind the Screen

The highly acclaimed dramatic series Breaking Bad ends this fall after five seasons on AMC. At the heart of the series is a truly remarkable performance by Bryan Cranston, who won three consecutive Emmy Awards for Best Actor for his portrayal of Walter White. A mild-mannered chemistry teacher, White learns that he has inoperable lung cancer, and begins producing the drug methamphetamine (“crystal meth”) to insure his family’s financial future. He becomes increasingly amoral and ruthless in his new persona, Heisenberg. Cranston’s startling transformation is explored in this exhibit, with costumes, props, selected video clips from the series, and behind-the-scenes footage.