I hope I can come to In­dia some­day, to work and to ex­plore: Bryan Cranston

HT City - - FRONT PAGE - Navneet Vyasan htc­ity@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Ac­tor Bryan Cranston started his ca­reer in the late 1980s, and he is one of Hol­ly­wood’s most re­spected ac­tors, thanks to his work in films such as Argo (2012) and Trumbo (2015) — both of these films had a strong po­lit­i­cal con­nect — as well as in the sit­com, Mal­colm in the Mid­dle (2000-2006), about a genius boy in a dys­func­tional fam­ily. But what put Cranston, now 61, in TV’s hall of fame was his por­trayal of Wal­ter White, a chem­istry teacher-turned­drug lord, in the drama se­ries Break­ing Bad.

The show turns 10 years old this month, so we caught up with Cranston, who won a Golden Globe in 2014 for this role, to talk about his ca­reer, his plans to visit In­dia, and, of course, Wal­ter White.

Have you ever been to In­dia? Any plans to visit the coun­try soon? I’d love to come to In­dia, and not just for a short trip. I want to visit to ex­pe­ri­ence the cul­ture, meet the peo­ple, travel and try the food.

As of now, I have no idea when I’d be com­ing to In­dia. Hon­estly, I don’t al­low my­self to have any great hol­i­days. I hope I get the ben­e­fit of com­ing to In­dia some­day to work and be able to stay there and ex­plore the coun­try. I’ve also watched a cou­ple of In­dian films; they were re­ally en­ter­tain­ing to me.

You voice­acted for an In­dian an­i­ma­tion film, called Ra­mayana: The Leg­end of Prince Ram, back in 2001. What was it like?

Yes, I did the English trans­la­tion of that film; it was very in­ter­est­ing. I en­joyed the sto­ry­telling. And from an ac­tor’s stand­point, to be able to tell a story only through your voice as op­posed to be­ing on cam­era was very chal­leng­ing. When you were of­fered the role of Wal­ter White, what did you ex­pect from the show?

Eleven years ago, when we shot the pi­lot (of the se­ries, aired on AXN), the in­ten­tion was just to tell a good story. It was im­pos­si­ble to know if any­thing could be suc­cess­ful. I didn’t even know whether we could go be­yond the pi­lot. It was pos­si­ble that we might have not got the go-ahead... be­cause we were at­tempt­ing to do some­thing unique. We’re grate­ful that we [could] go on for six years to tell this story.


Bryan Cranston once voice­acted for a film based on the Ra­mayana

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