Saturday, September 14, 2013

I'm in the Excedrin Business

Bryan Cranston made a shit-ton of commercials in the 1980s.

They're inevitably silly to look at now (though nothing really sillier than the broad comedy of his seven seasons on Malcolm in the Middle) and you can chalk it up to a hard-working actor "paying his dues"... but I don't look at all these commercials as anything to be embarrassed by. I look at all these commercials and think, "Damn... he's really fucking good at getting jobs."

You can factor in a certain amount of genetic fortune. In all ways, he's the perfect Average White Male for the 1980s. You can imagine him getting cast before he even walked into the audition. But you can't dismiss it all as genetic fortune, of course. To be in all these commercials, the guy obviously nailed a shit-ton of auditions. That's some skill.


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