Bryan Cranston will always have a permanent reminder of his time on hit TV drama Breaking Bad after having the show's logo tattooed on his finger. A number of the show's cast and crewmembers all decided to get inked to mark their final day of shooting in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and while the actor's co-star, Aaron Paul, decided to have the phrase "No half measures" branded along the inside of his biceps, Cranston opted for a more discreet design.
During an interview with GQ magazine, his actress wife, Robin Dearden, said, "Bryan's not a tattoo guy. He's the last person who would ever do it."
Cranston added, "But I wanted something... something that would give me private personal pleasure, like when I pass by and catch a glimpse of a picture of my mum, or my old manager. People who are gone now. And it seemed appropriate. I mean, Breaking Bad changed my life."
He showed off the tiny tattoo on the inside of his right ring finger to the GQ interviewer, who describes the inking in the article as "not much bigger than a pair of beauty marks".
The Breaking Bad logo features the first two letters of each word in the style of chemical elements from the periodic table.
The last episodes in the series' final season five will begin airing in the U.S. next month (Aug13).
Bryan Cranston was surrounded by his Breaking Bad and Malcolm In The Middle co-stars on Tuesday (16Jul13) as he received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The Emmy-award winning actor joined the celebrity A-list when he was presented with the 2,502nd star on the famous Los Angeles sidewalk, and his friends and family turned out to help him celebrate.
Cranston was joined by his wife Robin Dearden and daughter Taylor, as well as his TV families from past and present.
His former onscreen wife and son from Malcom In The Middle, Jane Kaczmarek and Frankie Muniz, were both there to cheer him on, along with his Breaking Bad TV family RJ Mitte and Anna Gunn.
Cranston's onscreen partner-in-crime Aaron Paul took to the stage to pay tribute to his Breaking Bad co-star, telling the crowd, "Breaking Bad would not be the same without this man. Let's be honest, television would not be the same without this man. But I'm here to tell you all that I, personally, would not be the same without this man."
Kaczmarek, who played his onscreen wife Lois on Malcolm in the Middle for six years, added, "We would count our lucky stars that Bryan Cranston was in our cast, that he was in our show, that Bryan Cranston was our friend."
The 57-year-old actor, who has also starred in The Lincoln Lawyer and Argo, also put in a performance at the ceremony, completing a number of press-ups on his plaque and singing a few lines from My Fair Lady tune On The Street Where You Live.
After the ceremony, Cranston took to Twitter to thank his friends, writing, "Today I got (a) star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Overwhelming. It's like walking in on a surprise party thrown just for you! My thanks to all."
The former Malcolm in the Middle star is currently celebrating his 22nd wedding anniversary with actress Robin Dearden, and Cranston insists their pre-marriage chats with a therapist have been the secret to their successful partnership.
He explains, "I do believe in marriage counselling. In fact, my wife and I started going to a marriage counsellor when we were still dating.
"Men and women think so differently, and, instead of assuming what you're partner is saying, or letting it fester or something, you just let it out. I think, in all the times we've gone, we've become closer right after... We've had a great experience."