We all have to start somewhere, even Bryan Cranston… who started at the bottom.
A real bottom not career bottom.
Check out his 1980′s commercial for Preparation H and enjoy the soothing “oxygen action.” Read more
Bryan Cranston will make his Broadway debut as Lyndon B. Johnson in the play All the Way.
The play will finish its run at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts this Saturday.
Synopsis: 1963. An assassin’s bullet catapults Lyndon B. Johnson into the presidency. A Shakespearean figure of towering ambition and appetite, this charismatic, conflicted Texan hurls himself into the Civil Rights Act, a tinderbox issue emblematic of a divided America. In the Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright’s vivid dramatization of LBJ’s first year in office, means versus ends plays out on the precipice of modern America. Read more
We’ve posted some of Bryan Cranston‘s advice to actors before and it was, as expected, pure gold. Now, we’ve got some more awesomeness to chew on in the video below.
Taken from last years Academy Awards new member reception, he drops some more awesome advice: “Know what your job is,” he says. “I was trying to go into auditions trying to get a job.” he says. “An actor is simply trying to create a compelling interesting character and that serves the text. You present in the environment where your audition happens and then you walk away. Everything else is out of your control.”
Check out the video for the rest of his comments. You’ll be glad you did.
Breaking Bad won the Emmy for Outstanding Drama series last night and it was absolutely deserved. I have no idea why Bryan Cranston didn’t win as Best Actor in a Drama Series though. He’s perfect and while the other actors in the category were very, very good, Cranston is on another level this year.
After the win, the cast and creators walked backstage to the Emmy ‘Thank You’ cam and while it starts off relatively tame, with Bob Odenkirk taking the mike and doing some quick interviews, things start to escalate when Aaron Paul and Dean Norris get there. But when Jonathan Banks walks up, he turns the dial up to 11.
“How many shots are we going to do tonight!?,” asks Norris.
Cranston, creator Vince Gilligan, Betsy Brandt, Anna Gunn and RJ Mitte are all there and it’s great! I’ve watched a lot of ‘Thank You’ cams over the past couple of years but this one may be the best. Like, the best ever. You can tell that they all love each other and it’s fantastic to watch.
Check it out below! Read more
Bryan Cranston on His Post-’Breaking Bad’ Theater Role: “If I don’t bring everything, every bit of my sense on stage, I will get lost”
Whether you are a fan of the series or not (and who isn’t?), Breaking Bad is truly something special. And undoubtedly the main reason for that is Bryan Cranston, an actor previously best known for his comedic television roles who has completely reinvented himself as Walter White, the meth-dealing high school chemistry teacher. Of course, although the series is winding up its final episodes Breaking Bad has finished filming and Cranston has moved on to his next role, which is playing president Lyndon B. Johnson in All The Way at Harvard University’s American Repertory Theater — a run that has already been sold out each performance in its entirety.
In an interview with Radio Boston, Cranston spoke at length about preparing for his latest role after completing what will likely be known as one of the best television series of the decade. Read more
Dean Norris Talks Working with “Evil” and His Preparation on ‘Breaking Bad’: “I don’t walk around all day being a dick”
Though Dean Norris‘ Hank Schrader on Breaking Bad might be one of the least “evil” characters on the show in terms of the law, that might not be saying much considering the show’s lead character is Bryan Cranston‘s Walter White, a meth-dealing high school chemistry teacher.
He spoke to Rolling Stone about dealing with the constant evil the cultural phenomenon is seeped in and how real-life nice guy Cranston manages to turn on his dark side.
Norris admits that all of the dark material on the show does get to him. He gives examples, pointing out, “Starting in the second season, when Hank was having PTSD, and very much so in the middle of Seasons Three through Four, when Hank got shot and he’s depressed and mean to his wife. One day, I was mean to Betsy [Brandt, co-star who plays Hanks wife]. My wife goes, ‘Oh, you better apologize to her!’ [Laughs] I did. I said, ‘I’m sorry if I was short with you.’ You know the concept that if you wear a mask long enough, you become that thing? Bryan said, ‘It’s because you’re living as Hank for 15 hours a day.’” Read more
Dean Norris Talks Filming ‘Breaking Bad’ and Calling Bryan Cranston If He Has “Any Professional Choices to Make”
Breaking Bad returned last Sunday with a jaw-dropping episode, “Blood Money.” The first in the last eight episodes of the series was directed by star Bryan Cranston. Dean Norris, who plays DEA agent Hank Schrader, describes filming the intense final scene of the episode.
“The last scene was really interesting. The first take was really violent and hard. That’s how it was written in the script. Bryan and I thought it turned out okay, but we weren’t entirely satisfied,” he said in an interview with Vulture. “It was weird that this happened, because usually on Breaking Bad scripts you show up and it’s written in such a way that you kind of flow right into it. But we felt uncomfortable; it seemed like too much. I talked about this with Vince [Gilligan, the show creator] last night. The thing about Hank at that moment was that he feels such betrayal, like your best friend just cheated on your wife, some horrible thing like that. The betrayal angle helped us see the scene as it really was, that it was hurt as much as rage, though the rage is there. Read more
Pretty much everyone in the known universe seems to be hooked on Breaking Bad, which, considering the content of the show, isn’t the worst thing one could be addicted to. One of the main reasons why Breaking Bad has become such a success is the show’s star, Bryan Cranston.
Cranston has had an astonishingly busy career in film and television since the early 1980s, and though he already starred on the successful sitcom Malcolm in the Middle he didn’t become the star he is today until he took a dramatic turn with Breaking Bad.
The First Time Jon Hamm Met Bryan Cranston: “We were simply two actors, in costume and out of context”
Looks like we’re not the only ones obsessed with Bryan Cranston’s portrayal of Walter White on AMC’s Breaking Bad. Cranston was recently named one of TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the world. To write about his achievements, TIME landed no less than Jon Hamm to talk up Cranston’s talent.
First up was the first time the two met. “The first time I met Bryan Cranston, he was standing in his underwear. We were doing a photo shoot for a little-known network called AMC, and he was in a rubber chemistry apron, tighty whities and desert boots, while I was in an impeccably tailored 1960s suit, with slicked-back hair and a cigarette dangling from my mouth. Our shows hadn’t premiered yet. We were simply two actors, in costume and out of context. He was friendly, funny, gregarious, humble and lovely.” Read more
Few actors have the career trajectory of Bryan Cranston, who, after decades of supporting roles has suddenly, in his mid-fifties, found himself the star of a critically acclaimed television series, Breaking Bad, and roles in several high-profile movies, including Drive and Argo. In a lengthy interview with The Guardian, Cranston talks about the affect Breaking Bad has had on his career and how he looks at his current success.
Though Cranston has been working solidly for three decades, he has finally received wide acclaim for playing Walter White — and has put him in demand as an actor. He says, “Breaking Bad has certainly raised the bar. There’s been an effect on my career, there’s no question about that. I can’t just accept anything that comes along. It has to be at a level that’s different but matches the level of writing of Breaking Bad. It takes a tremendous amount of work because you read massive amounts of product in order to find the nugget of gold.” Read more