Bryan Cranston almost ‘shut down’ during Malcolm in the Middle stunt

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Bryan Cranston revealed that a stunt he did during the second season of Malcolm in the Middle could have killed him.

“One time, I did a thing where my character was in a depression, and he started painting, and I was completely covered in blue paint,” Cranston, 67, shared on The Graham Norton Show, reports the New York Post.

“Completely, head to toe, in blue paint,” the Breaking Bad star continued.

The Golden Globe winner said things took a dangerous turn when he began shooting the scene for the 2001 “Hal Quits” episode.

“As you shoot, you’re moving around,” Cranston explained. “And then there was a part of me, at one point, I was like starting to shut down the circuits.”

“And they went, ‘boom,’ and they grabbed me, and they threw me in the shower and they just … It was weird,” he added.

Cranston mentioned the urban legend that Shirley Eaton, who played Jill Masterson in the 1964 James Bond film Goldfinger, had died from asphyxiation after being painted metallic gold for the spy thriller.

But Eaton went on to star in many films until her retirement in 1969. She turned 87 this month.

“I was gonna say, that’s not safe, Bryan,” said Bryce Dallas Howard, who was appearing on the talk show alongside Cranston to promote their new film Argylle. “That’s not safe.”

“It’s not safe,” Cranston agreed, “because your body can’t regulate the heat if you’re covering up all your pores.”

Nevertheless, Howard, 42, laughed that it was an inventive way to kill someone.

“To paint them to death?” fellow guest Daniel Kaluuya, 34, questioned.

“It’s a very slow way to murder someone,” host Graham Norton, 60, joked while pretending to paint the air. “Nearly finished!”

The Post reached out to Cranston for comment.

Despite the harrowing experience, the Asteroid City star has said that he would love to reboot the series.

“There was some talk about the possibility of doing like a reunion movie of ‘Malcolm in the Middle’,” Cranston told E! News last year. “We had such a great family on that and I certainly would be open to that if there was a good idea that came up like, ‘Oh, that would be fantastic to explore what happened to this family 20 years later.’ I can’t believe it’s already that, but that would be fun to do.”

The sitcom, which starred Cranston, Frankie Muniz, and Jane Kaczmarek, among others, aired from 2000 to 2006.

“I know Bryan Cranston is really into the idea, and he’s kind of heading writing the script and getting everything rolling,” Muniz told Fox News in 2022 of a potential reunion.

“So, there might be something. I would be down 100%,” he added.

This article originally appeared in the New York Post and was reproduced with permission.