Bryan Cranston channelled “Breaking Bad”‘s Walter White in a new “Last Week Tonight” sketch.
The actor joined forces with host John Oliver and other A-listers including Micheal Keaton, Michael K. Williams and Richard Kind, in a deep dive into the opioid epidemic.
The four actors portrayed Richard Sackler, the former president and chairman of Oxycontin developer Purdue Pharma, focusing on the epidemic that resulted in 47,000 deaths in 2017 in the U.S.
But in Keaton’s spoof on Sackler, he brushed off the news of 59 deaths from Oxycontin in one state, “This is not too bad. It could have been far worse”.
He then called the “abusers” and the “reckless criminals” the “culprits of the problem”.
Cranston, on-the-other-hand, delivered part of Purdue’s speech celebrating approval from the FDA, “This didn’t just happen,” Cranston says to Sackler. “It was a deftly coordinated planned event that took dozens of workers years of effort to succeed. The most demanding new drug approval package for any analgesic product ever submitted didn’t languish at the agency. Unlike the years that other filings linger at FDA, this product was approved in 11 months, 14 days. Our previous best approval time for other products was measured in years — not months.”
Oliver touched on the subject before in 2016.