Doesn’t it seem like sometimes some actors are everywhere? About 10 years ago it seemed Jude Law was in everything and it was even joked about at the Oscars. Before that Samuel L. Jackson was “the man” appearing in almost anything he could it seemed, even garnering himself and Academy Award nomination for Pulp Fiction. But right now it seems to be if you turn on your TV, pop in a DVD or catch a movie trailer, you can’t help but see one man’s face, Bryan Cranston.
With an enormously popular show hitting it’s final season in Breaking Bad and fairly important roles in 5 major films this year, Bryan Cranston has been on a role.
Many may have first started to notice Cranston as Hal on the very popular sit-com Malcolm In The Middle. The show ran for 151 episodes of which Cranston would eventually direct 7. But most of America unknowingly got to know Cranston as Dr. Tim Whatley on 5 various episodes of Seinfeld. He would consistently work for years until Malcolm In The Middle with small roles and guest spots in movies and TV.
It has only been in that last couple years that he has been a fairly large presence in some of Hollywoods top films. Playing roles alongside some of the biggest names out their such as Matthew McConaughey in The Lincoln Lawyer, Ryan Gosling in Drive, Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts in Larry Crowne and being part of an all star cast in Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion. With roles stretching every end of the spectrum from Detective to philandering husband to car mechanic specialist, Cranston has proved he is one actor in Hollywood who can not be pigeon holed into a single type of role. His television career has proved the same from lovable father to sinister meth king.
Though a steady working actor for 30 years, it has been that time that has allowed him to hone his craft and become one of the best at it despite still being vastly underrated. With his ability to adapt to any character and skills that allow him to play the purest of good guys to the most evil of criminals, he is hopefully someone that film makers will take a good look at despite the style they need played.
He is truly an actor’s actor. He genuinely loves his craft and this is what has allowed him to at times take any role and run with it. I think it’s a rare breed of person that gets into the acting game not setting out for fame and awards (although he has a few of those too). Married to the same women for 23 years with whom he has a daughter, Cranston is one of the good guys, a grounded talented person.
Any one who went and saw The Dark Knight Rises this weekend undoubtedly saw Cranston’s face with yet two major films set to release in Total Recall and Ben Affleck’s highly anticipated drama, Argo. Hopefully with Breaking Bad coming to a close we as film lovers will be seeing much more of Cranston on the big screen stretching his acting legs to lengths we can only imagine.