'Breaking Bad' star Bryan Cranston becomes president in Broadway play 'All The Way'.
Bryan Cranston has swapped meth for politics in his first Broadway show 'All The Way', which sees him play former President of the United States, Lyndon Baines Johnson.
Cranston for president!
It might be hard to imagine the 'Breaking Bad' star in any other role now, but he has insisted that his persona as chemistry teacher turned drug dealer Walter White was, in many ways, not so different to his role as the democratic president. 'Both are very powerful, strong and strong-willed men, very determined, accomplished, smart and with character flaws that are very present', he told New York Daily News. 'That both men could lose a grasp of a healthy ego and veered off into unhealthy ones.'
Bryan has been eyeing up a role on stage for some time but admits he didn't want to make his debut with something that he didn't think was important. 'I didn't want to do a play just for the sake of doing a play', he explains. 'I wanted to do something that meant something to me, that had some kind of social redeeming benefit to it.'
Johnson's first year in office following John F. Kennedy's assassination in 1963 is certainly an important story to tell but Bryan doesn't exactly seem to be cracking under the pressure as he assures the Daily News that the accent 'comes easy' to him. 'He was from the hill country in Texas, that was where the drawl came from', he revealed in a Southern American accent. 'You drop your 'G's so we're thinkin' and feelin' but not thinking and feeling. But it's fun, I love playin' with it.'
The show, directed by Robert Schenkkan, is set to open on March 6th 2014.
Cranston goes from dealin' to rulin'