Sunday, April 6, 2014

BREAKING BAD's Bryan Cranston Breaks Into Publishing

The hit television show "Breaking Bad" was all the rage in the States a few years ago, spreading just in the past six months or so across the pond to the UK. And now, the craze seems to be shifting mediums as lead actor Bryan Cranston signs a deal with Simon & Schuster to pen a memoir about his time on the show.

The Los Angeles Times tells us more:
“With this book, I want to tell the stories of my life and reveal the secrets and lies that I lived with for six years shooting ‘Breaking Bad,’ ” Bryan Cranston said in the press release announcing his upcoming memoir. The as-yet-untitled book will be published by Scribner in 2015. 
Cranston won three best actor Emmy Awards portraying Walter White, the cancer-stricken chemistry teacher who turns to making methamphetamine to support his family. In the show's five seasons, White -- who in a desperate moment came up with the pseudonym Heisenberg -- went from everyman to drug kingpin. 
The role has become iconic -- Heisenberg T-shirts are available just about everywhere, including Wal-Mart. But Cranston, 58, has had a long career as an actor whose skills allowed him to play all kinds of roles. 
He was the father in the goofy TV comedy "Malcolm in the Middle," quietly appeared in the Oscar-winning drama "Argo" and is currently portraying Lyndon Johnson on Broadway. 
As he told Terry Gross in a recent interview on NPR's "Fresh Air," he had a difficult childhood as his parents' marriage dissolved. His father was a frustrated actor and alcoholic, and his mother also struggled with alcohol. For a time he and his brother lived with their grandparents, where they learned to slaughter chickens. 
The publisher promises that Cranston's book will be "a deeply candid work" and "offer fascinating insights into his early years, the craft of acting, and his experiences on the landmark series 'Breaking Bad.' ”

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I'm not even halfway through watching the series myself (thank you, Netflix), but it's clear from just the very first few episodes how impactful a role like Walter White must have been on Cranston. Many of the actors involved (Aaron Paul, anyone?), in fact, surely have much worth sharing regarding the intensely emotional and suspenseful--and sometimes terrifying--show. I will definitely be snatching myself a copy of this baby when it hits the shelves!

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