Now that we’ve spent a few (intensive) weeks dissecting, understanding and working on IMAGINATION – it’s time to take the work we’ve been doing and apply it to our craft…directly!
Last Saturday night I had the exciting pleasure of speaking with Bryan Cranston . It was at the conclusion of a screening of his latest feature release, ARGO.
I asked him how playing the wonderfully versatile and ever intense Walter White, in the hit TV series, Breaking Bad had effected him as an actor…overall. His response, a creative cocktail of emotion and word, “It’s increased my capacity as an actor… stretching me to limitless bounds. Walter White is the best role I’ve ever had…and will ever have – there’s just so much to him!”
Vince Gilligan, the creator of BB, allows his actors a huge canvas to safely play on – to create on – to imagine on. And, on that canvas, some of our best tevevision moments have occurred. Now, not all of us have the privilege of working out with Vince Gilligan on BB — BUT…we do have the limitless and safe arena of an encouraging acting studio to explore, experiment, discover and ultimately stretch ourselves — as well as the characters we get to bring to life.
Bryan also spoke of Jack O’Donnell, the character he played in Argo.
There’s certainly a long bridge between these two characters. Walter, an endless playground of creativity and imagination — and Jack, a true-to-life man trapped in the basement of the old LA Times building in downtown LA. (He never left it during the entire shoot.) He said he made the decision to make the O’Donnell character a nervous, Rosary Bead carrying Catholic. He actually carried the Rosary Beads with him during shooting unbeknownst to director Ben Afflck. It was solely his choice and his way of getting imaginative with the character, considering the journey that he was to take with the O’Donnell character.
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