“I came up with this gauge 15, 20 years ago,” he says, launching into a monologue with the easy volubility he shares with Lyndon B. Johnson, the former U.S. president he portrays on Broadway. Then he casually proceeds to show off the gifts for emotional insight and physical transformation that helped turn “Breaking Bad” and his character Walter White into pop-culture sensations.
He sketches out a half-circle in front of him on the table, with the past on the left, the future on the right and the present in the middle. It’s a pie-wedge image he usually illustrates with a couple of knives on the edge of a dinner table, but here, he’s improvising with two smartphones and a coffee mug.
“Some people, they