Matthew Broderick & John Cusack
Matthew Broderick or John Cusack as Walter White (“Breaking Bad”)
When “Breaking Bad” premiered in 2008, audiences were shocked to see the lovably goofy dad from Fox’s lighthearted “Malcolm in the Middle” suddenly dealing with cancer … not to mention dealing crystal meth. So it’s understandable that AMC had reservations about Bryan Cranston’s casting, preferring movie stars John Cusack or Matthew Broderick instead, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "We all still had the image of Bryan [standing in the kitchen, in his underwear] shaving his body in ‘Malcolm in the Middle,’” one exec told the magazine. But series creator Vince Gilligan (who had worked with Cranston before on an episode of “The X-Files”) stuck to his guns, and now Cranston has a trio of Emmy awards as a result.