Huge fan o Bryan Cranston over here, but I’m guessing I’m one of many.
The 59-year-old TV veteran talked to THR about life after Breaking Bad, his upcoming role as LBJ in HBO’s All the Way, and his experience playing blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo in the Toronto-debuting Trumbo. And, as Cranston is wont to do, it’s funny and interesting as hell. Here’s the interesting part about fame:
You’ve been out of Breaking Bad for a while now. How do you make your career decisions these days? I tell my agency [UTA], “Do the best you can.” They say, “We want to tell you about the deal.” I say, “Are you happy?” “I think we could get a little more.” “All right, try.” I don’t want to appear smug, but I don’t need a job. I’ve been really poor, foreclose-on-your-house poor. And I’ve been rich. Rich is better. But I’m just now starting to get used to the hour of fame. I haven’t been able to let the dust settle yet.
Do you like your “hour of fame”? Being [famous] is almost like being a pregnant woman. People think they can just put their hand on your belly and tell you, “Oh, you’re going to have a boy!” It’s like having a complete stranger fondling you. And they have this sensibility where they feel comfortable coming up to you and saying, “You know that thing you did? I didn’t like that movie.”
Oh yeah, it happens all the time. They’re not in the storytelling world, but they hear buzzwords. So they’ll go, “I didn’t like your character’s arc.” But I’m open to all of it. The only failure in art is when you move someone to no emotion whatsoever. I’d rather have people fiercely angry with me so long as they’re moved to some emotion. Even if the emotion was off-target — even if I was trying to move the audience one place and they go another. You missed, but at least they felt something.
Read the rest of the interview HERE. And will you watch his new show Trumbo?!