Bryan Cranston clarifies remarks about retiring at age 70: ‘I wanted to set the record straight’

After multiple news outlets, including Newsner, reported on the shocking news that Bryan Cranston planned to retire, the former Breaking Bad star is setting the record straight.

“Hey everyone, I hope this little message finds you well. Some news came out that wasn’t entirely clear…even to me. So I wanted to set the record straight,” the actor wrote on Instagram a day after his interview with British GQ was published.

“I am not retiring.”

Cranston explained he wasn’t exactly retiring, instead he planned to hit the “pause button” once he turned 70 in 2026.

“I’m not even sure what ‘pausing’ means entirely, but at this moment, I think it means that by taking a year off it will provide several things.”

As reported before, Cranston wrote that the pause in his career will allow him to spend more quality time with his wife Robin “in a way that I haven’t been able to in the last 25 years…not as a wife of a celebrity, but as a loving married couple entering into – well, let’s be honest, our latter years, with new hopes and goals and experiences.”

He also hopes the break will help “reset” his career.

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“I’ve had such an unbelievable ride for over two decades – with playing characters on TV, films, and on stage that I could only have dreamt about…until it actually happened,” he wrote.

“I could not be more grateful and thankful for such opportunities. That said, I feel as though I’m beginning to run out of fresh ideas in how to play characters that I’m being offered. So exploring a more expanded life experience will give me the chance to replenish my soul and prepare for whatever roles I may be afforded in a more authentic way.”

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Until Cranston turns 70 he plans to continue working.

“Several films are coming out soon that I’m very proud of, I am producing a few stories for TV that I really love, and I am circling my attention on returning to Broadway – but this time in a new light…more on that later.”

I think Bryan Cranston’s decision to take a break from acting in order to “reset” his career is a wise decision. He deserves the break, and all his fans will be eagerly waiting for his return.