Jen­nifer Gar­ner, Bryan Cranston got cozy for new film

Cape Breton Post - - Arts/Entertainment - BY JOHN CARUCCI

Jen­nifer Gar­ner thinks Bryan Cranston smells de­li­cious.

Thanks to re­quired in­ti­macy train­ing ses­sions to help them ap­pear more nat­u­ral as a mar­ried cou­ple for their new film “Wake­field,” Gar­ner dis­cov­ered a lot about Cranston.

And she ad­mits it was a feast for the senses.

“We sniffed each other. We checked out each other’s feet. This is true. But Bryan smells de­li­cious. He smells, you know, like Ivory soap, and I would sniff him, you know, any­time,” Gar­ner said be­fore a spe­cial screen­ing Thurs­day night in New York.

The idea came from wri­ter­di­rec­tor Robin Swicord, who had very lit­tle prepa­ra­tion time for the film, so she thought it was best for Gar­ner and Cran­ried

ston to feel like a cou­ple mar­ried for 15 years. And it seemed to have worked.

“I love work­ing with Bryan be­cause he takes ev­ery­thing very se­ri­ously. He’s in­cred­i­bly pre­pared and is a pro and he’s ex­cel­lent. There’s no one bet­ter than he is at what he does, but he also knows when to have fun and how to have fun,” Gar­ner said.

The film is based on a short story by E.L. Doc­torow, and

deals with Howard Wake­field, a suc­cess­ful lawyer who has a break­down and leaves his wife. But he doesn’t stray far. He just moves into his garage at­tic and spies on the life he left.

“I think Howard Wake­field is a very re­lat­able char­ac­ter. You may not be in the same shoes as he is; he’s a wealthy Man­hat­tan lawyer. But even that per­son feels the pres­sure of be­ing trapped on a ham­ster wheel,” said Cranston.

“Take a per­sonal day for your­self. And that’s what Howard Wake­field does. He takes a per­sonal day, goes up into the at­tic to shut down, and the one day, un­for­tu­nately through a set of cir­cum­stances, be­comes two, be­comes three, be­comes seven,” Cranston said.

“Wake­field” opens in U.S. the­atres Fri­day.

AP PHOTO

Bryan Cranston, left, and Jen­nifer Gar­ner, right, at­tend a spe­cial screen­ing of “Wake­field,” hosted by The Cinema So­ci­ety, at Land­mark Sunshine Cinema on Thurs­day, in New York.

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