Bryan Cranston

Bryan Lee Cranston (born March 7, 1956) is an American actor, voice actor, producer, director, and screenwriter. He is best known for his roles as Walter White on the AMC crime drama Breaking Bad, Hal on the Fox sitcom Malcolm in the Middle, and Dr. Tim Whatley on the NBC sitcom Seinfeld.

For Breaking Bad, Cranston won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series four times (2008–2010, 2014), including three consecutive wins, the second time in television history after Bill Cosby in I Spy during the 1960s.[1] After becoming one of the producers of Breaking Bad in 2011, he also won the award for Outstanding Drama Series twice.[2] Cranston was also nominated three times for the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his role in Malcolm in the Middle. His role in Breaking Bad also earned him five Golden Globe nominations, with one win in 2014, nine Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, with four wins, and six Satellite Award nominations, with four wins. In June 2014, he won a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for his portrayal of Lyndon B. Johnson in the play All the Way on Broadway, a role he reprised in the television film of the same name, which debuted on HBO in May 2016. In April 2018, he won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Howard Beale in Network at the National Theatre, London. For the film Trumbo (2015), he received widespread acclaim and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor.

Cranston has directed episodes of various television series, including seven episodes of Malcolm in the Middle, three episodes of Breaking Bad, two episodes of Modern Family, one episode of The Office, and ten episodes of Sneaky Pete. He has also appeared in several acclaimed films, such as Saving Private Ryan (1998), Little Miss Sunshine (2006), Drive (2011), Argo (2012), and Godzilla (2014). In 2015, Cranston, together with David Shore, executive produced and wrote the story for the Amazon Studios original crime drama Sneaky Pete.[3]

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Bryan Cranston at the 2018 Berlin Film Festival (2)
Cranston in February 2018
BornMarch 7, 1956 (age 62)
ResidenceVentura County, California, U.S.
Other namesLee Stone
Phil Williams
OccupationActor, voice actor, producer, director, screenwriter
Years active1980–present
Spouse(s)
Mickey Middleton
(m. 1977; div. 1982)

Robin Dearden
(m. 1989)
ChildrenTaylor Dearden

Early life

Bryan Lee Cranston was born on March 7, 1956,[4] in Hollywood, California,[5] the second of three children born to radio actress Annalisa (née Sell; 1923–2004) and actor and former amateur boxer Joseph Louis Cranston (1924–2014).[6][7][8] His father was of Austrian-Jewish, German, and Irish descent, while his mother was the daughter of German immigrants.[9][10][11] He has an older brother, Kyle, and a younger sister, Amy. Cranston was raised in Canoga Park, California.[2][12][13] Cranston's father held many jobs before deciding to become an actor, but did not secure enough roles to provide for his family. He eventually walked out on the family when Cranston was 11 years old, and they did not see each other again until a 22-year-old Cranston and his brother decided to track their father down.[6] He then maintained a relationship with his father until his father's death in 2014.[14]

Cranston has claimed that he based his portrayal of Walter White on his own father, who had a slumped posture "like the weight of the world was on his shoulders".[6] After his father left, he was raised partly by his grandparents,[15] living on their poultry farm in Yucaipa, California. He has called his parents "broken people" who were "incapacitated as far as parenting" and caused the family to lose their house in a foreclosure.[15] In 1968, when he was 12 years old, he encountered a young Charles Manson while riding horses with his teenage cousin at the Spahn Ranch.[16][17] This happened about a year before Manson ordered the Tate-LaBianca murders.[18] Cranston graduated from Canoga Park High School, where he was a member of the school's chemistry club,[19] and earned an associate's degree in police science from Los Angeles Valley College in 1976.[20]

Career

Early work

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Cranston in 2008

After college, Cranston began his acting career in local and regional theaters, getting his start at the Granada Theater in the San Fernando Valley. He had previously performed as a youth, but his show business parents had mixed feelings about their son being involved in the profession, so he did not continue until years later.[8] Cranston was ordained as a minister by the Universal Life Church, and performed weddings for $150 a service to help with his income.[21][22] He also worked as a waiter, night-shift security guard at the gates of a private LA community, truck loader, camera operator for a video dating service, and CCTV security guard at a supermarket.[23] He started working regularly in the late 1980s, mostly doing minor roles and advertisements.[24] He was an original cast member of the ABC soap opera Loving, where he played Douglas Donovan from 1983 to 1985.[8] Cranston starred in the short-lived series Raising Miranda in 1988. Cranston's voice acting includes English dubbing of Japanese anime (for which he primarily used the non-union pseudonym Lee Stone),[25] including Macross Plus and Armitage III: Poly-Matrix, and most notably, Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie as Fei-Long, and the children's series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Cranston did voice work for the 1993-94 first season of that series, playing characters such as Twin Man and Snizzard, for which he was paid about $50 an hour for two or three hours of daily work. The Blue Power Ranger, Billy Cranston, was named for him.[26][27]

Career breakthrough and Malcolm in the Middle

From 1994 to 1997, Cranston made a handful of appearances as Dr. Tim Whatley, Jerry's dentist, on Seinfeld. In 1996, he played his second astronaut when he portrayed Gus Grissom in the film That Thing You Do! In 1997, Cranston had a small role in Babylon 5 as Ericsson, a starship captain who sacrifices himself to save humanity. In 1998, Cranston appeared in an episode of The X-Files written by Vince Gilligan. That same year, he portrayed astronaut Buzz Aldrin in the HBO miniseries From the Earth to the Moon. In 1999, Cranston wrote and directed the film Last Chance.[28] That same year he made his second appearance for a recurring role on the CBS sitcom The King of Queens, playing Doug Heffernan's neighbor, Tim Sacksky.

In 1998, he appeared in Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan, as War Department Colonel I.W. Bryce, who insisted that Private Ryan be rescued. His theatrical credits include starring roles in The God of Hell, Chapter Two, The Taming of the Shrew, A Doll's House, Barefoot in the Park, Eastern Standard, Wrestlers and The Steven Weed Show, for which he won a Drama-Logue Award.[29] In 2000, Cranston landed a leading role as Hal on the comedy series Malcolm in the Middle. He would remain with the show until its end in 2006. Cranston ended up directing several episodes of the show and received three Primetime Emmy Award nominations for his performance.[30] Cranston reprised his role in a cutaway gag during the Family Guy episode "I Take Thee Quagmire", killing Lois (his wife on Malcolm in the Middle) with a refrigerator door, and in a leaked alternate ending of Breaking Bad with Jane Kaczmarek reprising her role as Lois.[31]

He has had guest roles in many television series, including a white-collar criminal searching for his estranged wife and daughter on The Flash, a lawyer attempting to free the title character from a contract in Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and a bigoted man being driven insane by extremely low frequency sonar waves in The X-Files episode "Drive". He also had a guest role in late 2006 on the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother, playing Ted Mosby's obnoxious co-worker and former boss Hammond Druthers. He played Lucifer in the ABC Family miniseries Fallen and appeared as Nick Wrigley, an irresponsible uncle who accidentally brings Christmas close to destruction when he steals Santa's sleigh to have a crazy ride, in the 2001 Disney Channel Original Movie 'Twas the Night. In that same year, he provided the voice of Gary's father in Gary & Mike. He appeared as the more successful business colleague of Greg Kinnear's character in the film Little Miss Sunshine (2006). In September 2008, Cranston narrated a pre-teen adventure/fantasy audiobook called Adventures with Kazmir the Flying Camel.[32]

Breaking Bad and beyond

From 2008 to 2013, Cranston starred in the AMC series Breaking Bad, created by Vince Gilligan, in which he played Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher who is diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. Walter teams up with former student Jesse Pinkman (played by Aaron Paul), to manufacture and sell methamphetamine to ensure the well-being of Walter's family after he dies. Cranston's work on the series was met with widespread critical acclaim, winning him the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in each of the show's first three seasons and being nominated in 2012 and 2013 for seasons four and five (winning again in 2014 for the second half of season 5). Cranston and Bill Cosby are the only actors to have won the award three consecutive times.[2] Cranston was also a producer for the fourth and fifth seasons of the series, and directed three episodes of the show during its run.

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Cranston at the "All the Way" premiere at the LBJ Library, Austin in 2016

In 2011, Cranston had supporting roles in three successful films, the drama The Lincoln Lawyer, as well as the thrillers Drive and Contagion. He voiced James Gordon in the animated film Batman: Year One (2011).[33] In 2012, he had supporting roles in John Carter, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted as Vitaly the tiger, and Rock of Ages, and a major role in the hostage drama Argo. He also lent his voice to several episodes of the animated series Robot Chicken.[34] In 2012, he starred in the remake of the 1990 film Total Recall, as Chancellor Vilos Cohaagen, the corrupted president of a fictional war-ravaged United Federation of Britain. In the same year, he made a guest appearance as Kenneth Parcell's step-father, Ron, on the NBC sitcom 30 Rock, and was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.[35]

From September 2013 to June 2014, Cranston played U.S. president Lyndon B. Johnson in the American Repertory Theater and Broadway productions of All the Way, in a performance that has received widespread acclaim, and he later won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for the role.[36][37][38][39] He also played scientist Joe Brody in the 2014 reboot of Godzilla.[40]

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Bill Murray, Greta Gerwig, and Cranston at the Isle of Dogs press conference at Berlinale 2018

Cranston has produced an instructional DVD called KidSmartz, which is designed to teach families how to stay safe from child abductors and Internet predators. KidSmartz raises money for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children by donating half the proceeds from sales. Also, following the success of Breaking Bad, the year 2014 saw reports of Cranston developing new TV projects in collaboration with Sony Pictures Television.[41] In 2016, it was announced that he would star in an episode of the Channel 4/Amazon Video series Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams, and would also serve as an executive producer on the series.[42][43]

On July 16, 2014, it was announced that Cranston would star in an HBO adaptation of his hit play All the Way. Steven Spielberg was set to be an executive producer on the film.[44] Following the film's premiere on May 21, 2016, Cranston's performance was widely praised by critics, garnering eight Primetime Emmy Award nominations and a Television Critics Choice Award nomination.[45] In 2015, Cranston starred as screenwriter Dalton Trumbo in the biopic Trumbo, for which he received his first Academy award nomination.[46] In 2016, Cranston voiced Li, the biological father of Po, in Kung Fu Panda 3.[47] Also that year, he appeared in many films, including The Infiltrator and Wakefield. Cranston's memoir, A Life in Parts, was published on October 11, 2016, became a New York Times bestseller, and received positive reviews.[48][49][50] In 2017, he voiced Zordon in Lionsgate's Power Rangers, which marked his return to the franchise after providing voices for the series' first season.[51]

On January 27, 2017, it was announced that Cranston would star in a stage adaptation of the 1976 film Network playing Howard Beale, directed by Ivo van Hove at the Royal National Theatre in London, opening in November 2017.[52]

He was part of the ensemble cast of the 2018 animated film Isle of Dogs, by Wes Anderson, which premiered at the 68th Berlin International Film Festival, where he played the lead dog Chief. The film was released on March 23, 2018.[53]

Cranston appears in season 9 of HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm, playing Larry David's therapist. He announced that he will guest star in season 10 of NBC's Will & Grace along with David Schwimmer and Courteney Cox.

Starting in October 2018, Cranston became the voice for a new series of Ford commercials featuring the tagline 'Built Ford Proud'.[54]

On December 10, 2018, Cranston appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, where he was given the honorary title of "Buddy", as an alternative to the more royal title of "Sir".[55]

Charity work

In April 2014, Cranston presented at Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Easter Bonnet Competition with Idina Menzel, Fran Drescher, and Denzel Washington, after raising donations at his Broadway show All the Way.[56]

Personal life

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Cranston and wife Robin Dearden, September 2008

From 1977 to 1982, Cranston was married to writer Mickey Middleton.[57] On July 8, 1989,[58] he married Robin Dearden,[59] whom he had met on the set of the series Airwolf in 1984; he was playing the villain of the week and she played a hostage he held at gunpoint. Their daughter, Taylor Dearden Cranston (born February 12, 1993),[60] is a theatre studies student at the University of Southern California and played an extra in the Breaking Bad episode "No Más", directed by her father. She played Ophelia Mayer in Sweet/Vicious.

Cranston played baseball when he was a student[8] and remains a collector of baseball memorabilia and an avid fan of the Philadelphia Phillies and the Los Angeles Dodgers.[61] When he accepted his third Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, Cranston thanked his wife and daughter, and told them he loves them "more than baseball". The family has a beach house in Ventura County, California, which Cranston designed.[1][62] Cranston lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico while filming Breaking Bad.[63] He was a co-owner of the former independent theater Cinemas Palme d'Or in Palm Desert, California.[64][65]

To commemorate the final episode of Breaking Bad, Cranston and castmate Aaron Paul both got Breaking Bad tattoos on the last day of filming; Cranston's tattoo consists of the show's logo on one of his fingers, and Paul's consists of 'no half measures' on his bicep.[66][67]

Publications

A Life in Parts (autobiography, published in 2016) ISBN 978-1-4767-9385-6

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External links

'Twas the Night

'Twas the Night is a 2001 Disney Channel Original Movie directed by Nick Castle and starring Josh Zuckerman, Brenda Grate, Bryan Cranston, and Jefferson Mappin. It was released in December for the Christmas holiday. Disney Channel has aired the film every year sometime in December.

All the Way (film)

All the Way is a 2016 American biographical television drama film based on events of the presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson directed by Jay Roach and adapted by Robert Schenkkan from his play with the same title. The film stars Bryan Cranston, who reprises his role as Johnson from the play's 2014 Broadway production, opposite Melissa Leo as First Lady Lady Bird Johnson; Anthony Mackie as Civil Rights Movement leader Martin Luther King Jr.; and Frank Langella as US Senator Richard Russell Jr., from Georgia.

The film was broadcast on HBO on Saturday, May 21, 2016. The film was well received by critics, with Cranston's portrayal of Johnson garnering praise. It has been nominated for a Television Critics Association Award for Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials, with Cranston also nominated for Individual Achievement in Drama for his work on the film. It was nominated for eight Primetime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Television Movie as well as acting nominations for Cranston and Leo.

All the Way (play)

All the Way is a play by Robert Schenkkan, depicting President Lyndon B. Johnson's efforts to maneuver members of the 88th United States Congress to enact, and civil rights leaders including Martin Luther King, Jr. to support, the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The play takes its name from Johnson's 1964 campaign slogan, "All the Way with LBJ."The play was commissioned by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and premiered there in 2012, in a production directed by Bill Rauch, with Jack Willis originating the role of LBJ. It premiered on Broadway in March 2014, in a production also directed by Rauch, which won the 2014 Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play. Bryan Cranston won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for his performance. The play was published in 2014.

Breaking Bad

Breaking Bad is an American neo-western crime drama television series created and produced by Vince Gilligan. The show originally aired on AMC for five seasons, from January 20, 2008 to September 29, 2013. Set and filmed in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the series tells the story of Walter White (Bryan Cranston), a struggling and depressed high school chemistry teacher who is diagnosed with lung cancer. Together with his former student Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul), White turns to a life of crime by producing and selling crystallized methamphetamine to secure his family's financial future before he dies, while navigating the dangers of the criminal world. The title comes from the Southern colloquialism "breaking bad", meaning to "raise hell" or turn to a life of crime.Walter's family consists of his wife Skyler (Anna Gunn), son Walter, Jr. (RJ Mitte), and daughter Holly (Elanor Anne Wenrich). The show also features Skyler's sister Marie Schrader (Betsy Brandt) and her husband Hank (Dean Norris), a DEA agent. Walter hires lawyer Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk), who connects him with private investigator and fixer Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks) and in turn Mike's employer, drug kingpin Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito). The final season introduces the characters Todd Alquist (Jesse Plemons) and Lydia Rodarte-Quayle (Laura Fraser).

Breaking Bad is widely regarded as one of the greatest television series of all time.

By the time the series finale aired, it was among the most-watched cable shows on American television. The show received numerous awards, including 16 Primetime Emmy Awards, eight Satellite Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, two Peabody Awards, two Critics' Choice Awards and four Television Critics Association Awards. For his leading performance, Cranston won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series four times, while Aaron Paul won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series three times; Anna Gunn won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series twice. In 2013, Breaking Bad entered the Guinness World Records as the most critically acclaimed show of all time.

A spin-off prequel series, Better Call Saul, starring Bob Odenkirk and Jonathan Banks, debuted on February 8, 2015, on AMC. In November 2018, a film spin-off was announced to be in development.

Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series

The Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series is one of the award categories presented annually by the Critics' Choice Television Awards (BTJA) to recognize the work done by television actors. It was introduced in 2011 when the event was first initiated. The winners are selected by a group of television critics that are part of the Broadcast Television Critics Association.

List of awards and nominations received by Breaking Bad

Breaking Bad is an American drama series that aired on AMC from January 20, 2008, to September 29, 2013. It was nominated for a variety of different awards, including 58 Primetime Emmy Awards (16 wins), 27 Saturn Awards (12 wins), 20 Writers Guild of America Awards (6 wins), 16 Television Critics Association Awards (4 wins), 15 Satellite Awards (8 wins), 13 Critics' Choice Television Awards (6 wins), 11 Screen Actors Guild Awards (3 wins), 7 Golden Globe Awards (2 wins), 4 Directors Guild of America Awards (2 wins), and 5 Producers Guild of America Awards (2 wins). Amongst the wins for the series are 3 Saturn Awards for Best Syndicated/Cable Television Series, 3 Satellite Awards for Best Television Series – Drama, and 2 Peabody Awards.Several different Breaking Bad actors have received acting award nominations. Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, and Anna Gunn are the only actors to win Primetime Emmy Awards, with Cranston winning three consecutive Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. "Face Off" and "Ozymandias" are both the most nominated single episodes of the series, receiving nominations for seven different awards. The series premiere, "Pilot", received six nominations, winning four, including two Primetime Emmy Awards. "No Más" and "ABQ" are the tied third most nominated episodes, with four. Breaking Bad was nominated for 262 awards and won 110.

National Lampoon's Thanksgiving Family Reunion

National Lampoon's Thanksgiving Family Reunion is a 2003 television film about a Thanksgiving family reunion of the Sniders, starring Bryan Cranston as Woodrow Snider, Judge Reinhold as Dr. Mitch Snider and Penelope Ann Miller as Jill Snider. The film was released as National Lampoon's Holiday Reunion in some regions.

Network (play)

Network is a play by Lee Hall, adapted from the 1976 film of the same name which had a Academy Award-winning screenplay by Paddy Chayefsky and was directed by Sidney Lumet.

Ozymandias (Breaking Bad)

"Ozymandias" is the fourteenth episode of the fifth season of the American television drama series Breaking Bad, and the 60th overall episode of the series. Written by Moira Walley-Beckett and directed by Rian Johnson, it aired on AMC in the United States and Canada on September 15, 2013.

The title is a reference to the Percy Bysshe Shelley poem "Ozymandias", drawing on the poem's theme of collapse following greatness; in a teaser trailer for the show's final eight episodes, the entire poem is recited by lead actor Bryan Cranston."Ozymandias" has been acclaimed since its initial airing as one of the finest episodes of Breaking Bad, and many critics regard it as one of the greatest episodes of dramatic television ever produced. At the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards in August 2014, Walley-Beckett won the Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series Emmy for her screenplay, and Bryan Cranston and Anna Gunn won Lead Actor and Supporting Actress Emmys, respectively, for their performances in the episode.

Satellite Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama

The Satellite Award for Best Actor in a Television Series – Drama is one of the annual awards given by the International Press Academy.

Saturn Award for Best Actor on Television

The following is a list of Saturn Award winners for Best Actor on Television (formerly Best Genre TV Actor).

The award is presented annually by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films, honoring the work of actors in science fiction, fantasy, and horror fiction on television.

(NOTE: Year refers to year of eligibility, the actual ceremonies are held the following year.)

The winners are listed in bold.

Sneaky Pete

Sneaky Pete is an American crime drama series created by David Shore and Bryan Cranston. The series follows Marius Josipović (Giovanni Ribisi), a released convict who adopts the identity of his cell mate, Pete Murphy, in order to avoid his past life. The series also stars Marin Ireland, Shane McRae, Libe Barer, Michael Drayer, Peter Gerety, and Margo Martindale. The pilot debuted on August 7, 2015, and was followed by a full series order that September. Shore left the project in early 2016 and was replaced by Graham Yost, who served as executive producer and showrunner for the remaining nine episodes. The first season premiered in its entirety on January 13, 2017, exclusively on Amazon Video. On January 19, 2017, Amazon announced that Sneaky Pete had been renewed for a second season, which was released on March 9, 2018. On July 28, 2018, Amazon announced that the series had been renewed for a third season.

SuperMansion

SuperMansion is an American stop-motion animated comedy television series created by Matthew Senreich and Zeb Wells. The series stars Bryan Cranston, Heidi Gardner, Tucker Gilmore, Keegan-Michael Key, Tom Root, Yvette Nicole Brown, Zeb Wells, and Jillian Bell. The series premiered on Sony Crackle on October 8, 2015.

The series was renewed for a third season which was released on May 7, 2018.

TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Drama

The TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Drama is an award given by the Television Critics Association.

The Dangerous Book for Boys (TV series)

The Dangerous Book for Boys is an American comedy-drama web television series, based on the book of the same name by Conn & Hal Iggulden, that premiered on March 30, 2018, on Amazon Video. The series was created by Bryan Cranston and Greg Mottola and it stars Chris Diamantopoulos, Gabriel Bateman, Drew Logan Powell, Kyan Zielinski, and Erinn Hayes. On August 1, 2018, it was announced that Amazon had cancelled the series after one season.

The Infiltrator (2016 film)

The Infiltrator is a 2016 American biographical crime drama film directed by Brad Furman and written by Ellen Brown Furman. The film is based on the eponymous autobiography by Robert Mazur, a U.S. Customs special agent, who in the 1980s helped bust Pablo Escobar's money-laundering organization by going undercover as a corrupt businessman. The film stars Bryan Cranston, Diane Kruger, Benjamin Bratt, John Leguizamo, Said Taghmaoui, Joseph Gilgun and Amy Ryan.

Filming began on February 23, 2015 in London. The film premiered at the Tampa Theatre on July 6, 2016 and was released in the United States on July 13, 2016.

The Upside

The Upside is a 2019 American comedy-drama film directed by Neil Burger and written by Jon Hartmere. It is a remake of the French 2011 film The Intouchables, which was itself inspired by the life of Philippe Pozzo di Borgo. The film follows a paralyzed billionaire (Bryan Cranston) who strikes up an unlikely friendship with a recently paroled convict (Kevin Hart) whom he hires to take care of him. Nicole Kidman, Golshifteh Farahani, and Julianna Margulies also star. It is the third remake of The Intouchables after the Indian film Oopiri and the Argentinian film Inseparables (both 2016).An English-language remake was first announced in July 2011. Numerous actors were rumored to star, including Chris Rock, Idris Elba, Colin Firth and Jessica Chastain, and different directors, including Paul Feig and Simon Curtis, were attached to direct. Hart officially signed on in October 2014, Cranston in March 2016, and Burger to direct that August. Filming began in Philadelphia in January 2017.

The film premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. Originally to be distributed by The Weinstein Company in March 2018, the film was shelved and sold off following the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse allegations. It was eventually bought by STX Entertainment and Lantern Entertainment (the successor of TWC), who then released it in the United States on January 11, 2019, becoming Lantern's first release. The Upside has grossed over $106 million worldwide and received mixed reviews from critics, who praised Hart and Cranston's chemistry and performances but criticized the plot for being "predictable and cliché".

Trumbo (2015 film)

Trumbo is a 2015 American biographical drama film directed by Jay Roach and written by John McNamara. The film stars Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane, Helen Mirren, Louis C.K., Elle Fanning, John Goodman, and Michael Stuhlbarg. The film follows the life of Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, and is based on the biography Dalton Trumbo by Bruce Alexander Cook.The film was shown in the Special Presentations section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival on September 12, 2015, and was released on November 6, 2015, by Bleecker Street. The film received generally positive reviews, with Bryan Cranston being nominated for several awards, including the Academy Award for Best Actor, although the film itself was criticized for historical inaccuracies and misportrayals of people and events.

Your Honor (miniseries)

Your Honor is an upcoming 10-episode limited miniseries starring Bryan Cranston, that is being adapted from the Israeli series Kvodo, created by Ron Ninio and Shlomo Mashiach.

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