I was looking at Breaking Bad
's trivia section at the IMDb and there's lots of interesting stuff there. What especially caught my eye was seeing that Sony and AMC apparently didn't want Bryan Cranston to play Walter White because of his comedic roles. John Cusack and Matthew Broderick were considered, but when they declined, Vince Gilligan got to cast Cranston, which from the sound of things is who he wanted all along. Source
. Cranston has done a phenomenal job and I can't imagine Cusack or Broderick doing better. I especially liked seeing Cranston's career go from from comedic dad to serious drug lord. It's just like Michael Chiklis going from the lovable Commish to dirty cop in The Shield
. It's always fun to to see actors make that transition.