Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) and Robert Schenkkan (The Quiet American) have cooked something up. It’s not a batch of Walter White’s blue crystal meth, oh no. It’s a portrayal of the 36th president of the United States, Lyndon B Johnson, in theatre production All the Way.
Nevertheless, Cranston does draw similarities between White and Johnson. “Both are very powerful, strong and strong-willed men, very determined, accomplished, smart and with character flaws that are very present,” he told the Daily News.
The production, which opened yesterday at the Neil Simon Theatre on Broadway, recalls a pivotal year in American history – 1964. This was a year for new bills in civil rights and the involvement in Vietnam. One man pulled the strings and was determined build the USA into The Great Society. The play follows Johnson’s first year of presidency after the assassination of John F Kennedy.
Branson wears a prosthetic chin, nose and earlobes to make him look the part and is on stage for most of the three-hour play.
It’s early days, but so far the reviews are positive. See the trailer for the show below…
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