When the critically acclaimed series Breaking Bad comes to a close, its star Bryan Cranston will be in huge demand. And as the lights do go down on set, you may not find him in Hollywood – but you might find him ‘out west’
After six series of Breaking Bad and the role of a lifetime, the former Malcolm in the Middle actor deserves some rest.
When it comes to choosing a place to lie low it seems the Emmy award winner already has somewhere in mind: County Clare, Ireland.
As to the ‘Why Ireland? Why Clare’ questions, Cranston explained it best in a recent newspaper interview:
“So, I'm holding this child and having a little Irish stew, and sipping my Guinness and having the greatest time there is. You can't put that in a brochure.”
On the night in question, Cranston was enjoying a traditional music seisúin (sey-shoon) in County Clare with his family. According to the actor, it was just one of many similar nights he experienced while exploring his Irish roots in the west of Ireland.
Those explorations focused on west Clare in particular, an area famed for its traditional music – and the pubs that host these legendary seisúins.
An educated guess would say that the above scene took place in the village of Doolin, the heart of Clare’s ‘trad scene’. In reality, though, it could have taken place in any of the pubs in west Clare.
That’s a lot of pubs.
Music aside, any visitor to the area – famous or not – would have plenty more to explore. Mary O’Brien of the Irish Landmark Trust knows the area intimately. Loop Head Lighthouse on the county’s Atlantic coast is one of ILT’s most prized properties.
Mary didn’t have to guess why Cranston loves the area.
“It’s just a special place, a real getaway. The light there is extraordinary and sunsets over the rugged landscapes are magical. Then, of course, you have the fresh Atlantic air and great seafood.”
Clare, though, isn’t only about the views. Mary again:
“There’s the Irish music in Doolin, Willie Clancy week in Milltown Malbay, Potholing in The Burren, seafood in Doonbeg, the Bridges of Ross, the Cliffs of Moher…I could go on”.
So, as millions of viewers watch Breaking Bad reach its conclusion, the man behind Walter White may well be driving along the Wild Atlantic Way at that very moment.
Or standing atop the Cliffs of Moher. Or settling into the corner of a pub. Or watching sun set over Loop Head Lighthouse.
It’s the kind of happy ending Walter White would grab with two hands.
Wouldn’t we all…?