I think naturally, if you're an actor, there's a high level of assertiveness that you need to have to survive this business. There's boldness in being assertive, and there's strength and confidence.

— Bryan Cranston

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I don't think life owes me anything and the business doesn't owe me anything.

The only way to approach it is by working hard and loving what you do. If you do that and have faith, maybe you will get lucky. I mean that sincerely and specifically. I truly believe that no professional career in the arts is capable without a healthy dose of luck.

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Good storytelling doesn't have to be in the form of the classics.

It doesn't have to be revered by everybody. In fact, to me, the best storytelling is not universally loved by every single person. I think you can water down the ethicacy of the work, itself.

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When everyone has high expectation for you, it can attack your insecurities.

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When you play a non-fiction character it is more responsibility than when you are playing a fiction character because that person lived, and you do want to pay respect to that.

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Ever since I stopped worrying about finances, I've made more money than I ever thought I'd make in my life.

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It's like a dance, to choreograph a fight is like a dance.

It's very specific. You have to carefully plan it out. Because if someone gets hurt, then we didn't do our job, someone screwed up. The fight choreographers and the actors involved, we messed up somewhere.

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It's in our nature to be intrigued. We're putting the bread crumb not in your mouth but close to your mouth. You reach a little bit, and that's why it works.

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The more you humanize superhero characters, the more they're relatable.

The more they have a vulnerable point, whether it's emotionally or their superpower, or whatever, we relate the superpower or the loss of a superpower to their emotions. It's just fun to walk through that.

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Actors are inherently self-centered. We're trained to focus on who I am. What do I want? Who is in my way? How do I get this? That's how we're trained. Unfortunately, that sometimes spills over into real life. But it's all very subjective. You just try to portray someone beyond the surface, the different layers.

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It's a familiar story now: a meek and depressed high school chemistry teacher with terminal cancer cooks up a scheme to make and market a superior grade of methamphetamine to provide a nest egg for his family after he's gone. But over the course of five seasons Walter White goes from milquetoast to murderous in order to survive.

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If you like vanilla, you're not going to like 'Breaking Bad' - you need to like a specific flavor that is unusual, that is different, that takes risks.

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It's cyclical. I'm riding a wave right now, and I recognize that. I wanna do as much work as I can, do the best I can. And when it's all said and done and they say, "Get outta the water, you're done," I wanna be so exhausted that I look forward to it.

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About Bryan Cranston

Quotes 70 sayings
Profession Actor
Birthday March 7, 1956

My passion is becoming involved in good work, whether that means as an actor or writer or director or producer or all - that is not as important to me.

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I want to make sure that what I do has specific purpose and is not just throwing a dart at something to keep busy.

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What used to frustrate me going into an audition was that some inexperienced, lesser casting people would think that actors are acting only when they're speaking.

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Being a day player, period, is one of the hardest things you can do as an actor.

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I do force myself to sleep with myself to get the job. But that's always a disappointment.

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When 'Malcolm in the Middle' was over, I was looking for a drama more than a comedy...but if it was a comedy that came up, it would have to be as well-written as 'Malcolm' was, and it would have to be a different kind of character than I played on that show. That's harder to come by. In drama, there were more opportunities, more options for me, and when I read ('Breaking Bad'), it was just, 'Good night, Nurse! I'm going after this sucker!'

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I intend to do more directing TV.

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Being from a divorced family almost felt like a scarlet letter at times.

And I denied it for a long time.

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Had "Malcolm in the Middle" been picked up I would not have been available for the pilot of "Breaking Bad." And right now someone else would be sitting in this chair talking to you. Not me.

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I don't wanna have anything left in the tank.

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Pot always just made me sleepy.

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I'm pretty handy! I do a lot of things around the house, and I actually enjoy it.

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I look like everyone else.

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I didn't feel entitled to become a star. I didn't expect it.

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When you're an actor in grade school, high school, college, whatever, you start to realize what you're really good at, what you're kinda good at, what you're okay at, and you start to compartmentalize. But if you know yourself and what you're capable of, it's just a matter of opportunity.

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I have often walked down this street before but the pavement never held my star before... all at once I'm three stories high, knowing I'm on the street where it lives.

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I realized, "Oh my god, this is an enormous play.

And it's almost all me. Big. big chunks of speeches, speeches, speeches." And I started to panic.

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It is my biggest fear, something happening to a child, your child, is unfathomable.

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The things you want professionally are opportunities.

And through my good fortune that's what's happened. Opportunity has come to me.

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I think the best-written films or television series have a measure of the opposite of what they are.

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I was just infused with ideas and I would dream about it and wake up and go, "Oh, I have another idea about Walter White." It was so well written. And it just got into my soul.

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There's this notion that in order to draw attention and to be considered for roles I want to be considered for, you need a certain amount of notoriety.

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I want to be done, and actually, go "I had a good run. No regrets. I'm ready to step aside."

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If you have a level of expectation in your life that you have to be a quote-unquote star, whatever that means, you might be setting yourself up for failure.

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The turmoil that my dad went through, and then by extension, the kids went though, was profound and disastrous for the marriage, for the family.

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Let me demonstrate. When you greet a friend this is the duration of the kiss that's acceptable. "Hi, good to see you - yeah." When you make a mistake and stay too long at the lips, this is how long it is. "Hi, how are you? Good to see you." And that's what happened. It was like, "Uh-oh, what was that? Oh."

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Actors basically are the type of person that with three seconds left, we want the ball. Give us the shot to make it or miss it. We'll take the lumps if we miss it, but we want the chance to get the glory.

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I have a bad habit of inserting my ideas into shots and things.

I don't know, I don't hold back on suggesting things, but I don't have any connection to what actually happens, so I'll make a suggestion on something and then just let it go.

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If you work hard, you have a better chance of producing something that you're proud of. If you don't, you won't. It's really simple.

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Actors, writers, directors - that triumvirate of creativity - we have to rely and trust each other to be able to get to the final product.

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[My father] had a massive middle-age breakdown.

And left the family. And then it just completely fell apart. And my mother was heartbroken, just completely devastated. To make ends meet we started selling off all our possessions.

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I've got a whole mantel just waiting for those awards to come, a whole big mantel. There's just so much available space. I've got the light fixtures hanging from the ceiling, all ready to shine on them. I dust it off every day.

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There's boldness in being assertive; there's strength and confidence.

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I'm just a big boy, I'm still just playing cowboys and Indians and astronaut and baseball player and all that stuff that I used to play as a kid.

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My goal has always been to be a working actor.

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It doesn't matter if you're good. If you're just good, you won't succeed. If you have patience and persistence and talent and that's it, you will not have a successful career as an actor. The elusive thing you need is luck.

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The TV business is like the produce section of the market.

Today everything is fresh and glistening and firm. And tomorrow, when they find a bruise on you, they toss you out.

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