Bryan Cranston has revealed the tough question he asks everyone who he tells about his new show Your Honor: Would you become a criminal to protect the life of your child?
The Breaking Bad star spoke to the hosts of The Project NZ about his latest role as a judge who goes against everything he stands for after his son is involved in a hit and run accident.
"What Michael Desiato faces is the mortal threat of his son's life. When that happens, I think a very base animalistic reaction takes over, and you protect your young, you just do," Cranston explains.
Cranston, a father himself, said he always asks his friends and family who are about to watch the series the same question: "What would you do? Would you become a criminal to protect the life of your child?"
"There's not one person that I've talked to that said no. Every single one said 'I would absolutely become a criminal, if it meant I could keep my son or daughter alive, yes'," Cranston said.
The six-time-Emmy-Award-winner also revealed what attracts him to his "tough" characters like Breaking Bad's Walter White and Your Honor's Michael Desiato.
"I think I let my characters be tough, but there's also a fragility to the characters I am attracted to," he said.
"They're damaged to some degree. I think what makes me root for a character is the sense that a good person got on the wrong track, and is stumbling and falling, but still attempts to try to do the right thing.
"I think that's human beings in a nutshell. We're imperfect souls, and so we don't expect other people to be perfect," he said.