Bryan Cranston’s latest appearance as Lyndon B. Johnson was presented to devoted filmgoers as a good-bye gesture to the Cinemas Palme d’Or, according to Desert Sun. It was Cranston’s role as LBJ in Jay Roach’s All the Way that said goodbye to the Cranston-owned theater.
Bryan Cranston in All The Way as Lyndon B Johnson, amazing. pic.twitter.com/f3BA5S6quE
— Rachel Jones (@TheWelshCanuck) June 5, 2016
All the Way was adapted from the Broadway play about LBJ’s presidency after the assassination of John F. Kennedy. It’s symbolic that the movie chosen to be the good-bye feature for the cinema featured Bryan Cranston in the main role, as the Breaking Bad star is the owner of the Cinemas Palme d’Or.
In the movie, Bryan Cranston gave an outstanding performance and pulled off a spot-on impression of LBJ. Prosthetic makeup also helped Cranston achieve the iconic: banana nose, bushy eyebrows, large ears, and receding hairline.
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It was Bryan Cranston’s mission to show all the struggles of the ex-U.S. President. In particular, LBJ wanted to show his best intentions to not be called an “accidental president” after assuming the position following JFK’s assassination in 1963. And the audience gets to see this all: LBJ’s inner turmoil, his emotions while writing the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as well as the lengths he went towards proving that he was not an “accidental president.”
Bryan Cranston bought an interest in the Cinemas Palme d’Or prior to his role as Walter White on AMC’s Breaking Bad. It’s safe to say that the theater gained a lot of popularity after the 60-year-old actor received four Emmy Awards nominations for his role.
In fact, Bryan Cranston has even recently met with U.S. President Barack Obama in the White House, and they discussed the life of LBJ.
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Even though the Breaking Bad star’s career has changed over the years, Cranston himself hasn’t changed. He is still the same guy who is not against everyday people coming up to talk to him.
Bryan Cranston said the reason he loves the Cinemas Palme d’Or is because “it celebrates film not as an entertainment, but as an art form. This is, in a way, a little museum.” However, Cranston refused to say that he would never be back. In fact, all of the theater’s owners will not completely abandon it, so that they could re-establish it in the future.
“In the end, it wasn’t our choice to leave. But leave we must. All good things come to an end, and it is time for us to go.”
Bryan Cranston made a rather reasonable guess about what would LBJ say if he found out real estate mogul Donald Trump could become the President of the U.S. in 2016, according to ABC News.
In his recent interview with ABC News, Bryan Cranston, while promoting his All The Way movie, shared what he believes LBJ’s thoughts would be about a President Donald Trump.
“He’d say somethin’ like, ‘What the h*ll is goin’ on in Washington? This guy is gonna be the Republican leader? My God, things have changed since I’ve been here!’ “
All The Way is centered on LBJ’s first years in office and focuses on his work with Martin Luther King, Jr. And many movie critics note that it was Bryan Cranston who made the movie as iconic as it has already become.
Then Bryan Cranston was asked by ABC News if there are any similarities in the political life of the U.S. now and in the film.
“This presidential election is unlike anything we’ve ever seen. And talk about power: We have a power broker as the presumptive Republican presidential candidate who is devoid of substance, so he has power without substance.”
Bryan Cranston also went on to say that he will do “everything in my power” to make sure Trump is not elected the President of the United States in 2016.
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