He talked to The New York Times about why he took on such a challenge.
“I wanted to play L.B.J. because he is the King Lear of modern theater in this play,” said Cranston.
While audiences will see the actor don a prosthetic nose, earlobes and chin to help him get into the role, the 57-year-old actor explained, “I do the voice and his body movements.”
Those movements aren’t that easy, so Cranston is slimming down to keep his energy up with a carb-free diet and a day of silence on Mondays.
He said, “To keep the stamina and energy I need to do eight shows for five months, I need to be slimmer. I need to have my body support me. I need my vocal strength.”
Even with such a “grueling” rehearsal period, Cranston finds the rigors of a Broadway schedule to be relief. He is enjoying the anonymity that living in New York City provides.
“I put on my coat and my glasses and my hat, and I can walk right through Times Square, and nobody knows who I am, and I love that,” he said.
All the Way begins previews at The Neil Simon Theatre on Feb. 10 for a limited engagement.