Bryan Cranston Defends His Portrayal of a Disabled Character: "Actors Act!"
Breaking Bad is one of the best television shows of all time. In my opinion. So Bryan Cranston, who played the lead of Walter White, the chemistry teacher turned methamphetamine king pin, has made it into iconic actor territory. But so stupid are the times in which we live, Cranston had to defend himself, an actor, for portraying a character which isn't what he really is in real life for the movie The Upside. Stupid times indeed.
First, look at this writeup from Sky News:
Cranston, who is able-bodied, spoke out about his latest role as debate continues in Hollywood about parts for minority groups.
"Cranston, who is able-bodied." I want to see the writeup for Jason Momoa next. "Momoa, who is not a fish mutant..."
Sorry, let's get to Cranston:
"I think being cast in this role as a quadriplegic really came down to a business decision."
Duh, the man was freaking Heisenberg, say my name, I am the one who knocks.
"As actors, we're asked to be other people, to play other people. If I, as a straight, older person, and I'm wealthy, I'm very fortunate, does that mean I can't play a person who is not wealthy, does that mean I can't play a homosexual?"
Does this mean when Batman gets recast, he can only be played by a billionaire? So instead of Ben Affleck... Mark Zuckerberg? Elon Musk? BILL GATES?
"I don't know, where does the restriction apply, where is the line for that? I think it is worthy for debate to discuss those issues."
There shouldn't be a line. Dustin Hoffman killed as a cross-dresser in Tootsie. We shouldn't remake the movie with a real tranny. Morgan Freeman was the shizzle in Bruce Almighty, in which Freeman played God. We shouldn't remake the movie and hope God actually plays God. Brad Pitt was seven layers of HAWT as Achilles in Troy. We shouldn't remake that movie and hope a person who was dipped in the River Styx as a child, held by his heel, be cast in the lead.
Good luck casting any role of a non human, by the way. Since all we have on Earth are actual humans. Watch out, Zoe Saldana.
Also, did Robert Downey Jr. ever go to Afghanistan to have his insides blown up? Because if not, how dare he play Iron Man. Get a real vet who's been to war and had his insides torn up into that role. My God. Real veterans are under represented in Hollywood. I just can't even.
Actors play roles. Emphasis on play. Emphasis on roles. Further, movies are in the business to make money. Emphasis on business. Emphasis on money. Bryan Cranston is hot property since the success of Breaking Bad. Just as all the actors I listed above were hot property at the time they were cast for their roles. It doesn't make sense to hire a nobody who may have experience being that of their character when you could hire an expert actor who draws an audience.
We shouldn't have to explain this.