Bryan Cranston on Crime: 'No Escape from Justice'

Bryan Cranston's Past Brush with Murder Investigation Revealed

by Zain ul Abedin
Bryan Cranston on Crime: 'No Escape from Justice'
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In a sensational revelation on Jesse Tyler Ferguson's podcast "Dinner On Me," Bryan Cranston, the celebrated actor known for his role in "Breaking Bad," recounted an odd yet true story from his younger days. The story is very much surreal and involves Cranston and his brother in something that would be at home in a script from a Hollywood thriller.

Cranston and his brother went on their motorcycles through the United States in the 1970s. The road to financial hitch in their adventure occurred in Daytona, where they had to wait tables at the Hawaiian Inn in order to make the ends meet.

It was here that they met Peter Wong, a restaurant head chef of great popularity. Cranston referred to Wong as a belligerent figure - deeply unpopular and unacceptable for his constant harangues and nastiness. In fact, even the staff, over a light-hearted drink, easily struck up discussions about the possibility of "removing" Wong, given his widely known reputation.

Murder Mystery Unfolds

The brothers finished their time at the Inn as they prepared to move on with the rest of their journey, but as a surprising turn of events, no sooner had the two left than Wong disappeared and then found dead two weeks later, an apparent victim of robbery.

In a twist of irony that foreshadowed a subplot in Cranston's later television work, the restaurant staff, when questioned by police, mentioned the Cranston brothers, both recently deceased, and thereby threw suspicion on them.

Meanwhile, the story that was unfolding, completely unbeknownst to it, saw the Cranston brothers traveling through the Carolinas. As suspects in the murder of Wong, they had been the subject of an All Points Bulletin (APB).

This strange development placed the future television celebrity in a very odd and possibly lethal position. The true culprits were captured soon after thanks to the assistance of the surveillance footage, and therefore the blame was removed from the brothers.

Speaking about this rare chapter of his life, Cranston jokingly noticed that one can't hide from justice in the modern world, the idea which, of course, is consonant with the key character motifs in the legendary "Breaking Bad."