I don't know whether the 5 stars is because I like this guy so damn much or because of the way the book is written. Probably both. As many fans of Bryan Cranston will no doubt agree, he comes across as insightful, thoughtful, kind, sincere, funny, unassuming, charming person in interviews. Reading this has just reinforced my view, It just comes through in everything he writes. But obviously the book needs to have structure - seize your attention - tell you stuff you didn't know - augment the stuff you did know - and it does all that. I particularly like the structure, how he takes you through all the key stages of his life, using his roles and (many) jobs to chunk the story and give it pace. I mean here more 'life' roles rather than acting roles, although that is also amply covered, as all of his life experiences feed into his approach to acting - his philosophy and craft. Cranston is constantly learning throughout the book, right up to a cathartic moment of revelation towards the end of the book when he and his siblings reflect on their respective childhoods and differing relationships with their parents - and realise - more or less - how this has turned them into who they are today. Cranston teaches us the importance of hard work, determination, honesty, positivity, humility, humour and kindness. That may sound worthy and boring but it is anything but. An inspiring, revealing, galvanizing, funny and life affirming read.
'A Life in Parts' is a fascinating, engrossing and entertaining read from Bryan Cranston about his life up until his stage show about LBJ. It covers his early life, an epic road trip with his brother, both his marriages, his acting career and more besides and has some wonderful insights into how he approaches life and his acting roles.
A large proportion of the latter part of this book covers Breaking Bad, which is to be expected considering it is the role he is best known for, although I knew him best for his role as Hal (in Malcolm in the Middle) which he does cover, but which left me wanting a little more detail on.
Bryan really describes well how life events have shaped his acting and world view and it was so fascinating to read of an event early in his life and then see how he used it at a later point to act a particular emotion.
This book is invaluable for students of acting, but is also great if you are a fan of his work, or acting in general.
It is written with humility, honesty and humour and you are left with an even greater appreciation for Bryan's acting work, as well as for him as a person. I don't know if this was ghost written or not, but it was extremely easy to read and kept me up late reading it over a few days. Highly recommended and worth every 5 star review it gets.
It is a book written by an intelligent, compassionate person who has lived a more-interesting-than-most childhood and adolescence, and has since become one of the most respected actors currently working. His achievement is there for all to see when you see the middling, blend-into-the-background, bespectacled chemistry teacher in the first season of Breaking Bad, to the monster that stares out into the viewers at the end. He is erudite, honest, intelligent and tells a wonderful tale or three. It is a book for al who love a good story, and that is why most of us read, in my humble opinion.
In which actor Bryan Cranston, best known for "Malcolm In The Middle" and "Breaking Bad", shares the story of his long journey to prominence via a series of short chapters themed around the many characters he has played on and off screen ("Estranged Son", "Heisenberg" etc).
The writing style is colourful and occasionally florid, as he takes us from a troubled family background as the son of a largely unsuccessful Hollywood dreamer, via youthful travels, various false starts in the business, and a failed first marriage, to the roles which made him famous. We get many insights into his creative process (e.g. seeing the positive in auditions, the reasons behind his occasional on-set tantrums), and gain the picture of a genial but serious artist.
It breaks no new ground as Hollywood autobiographies go, but, as an admirer of his work, I found it fascinating.
I love Brian Cranston. He’s very witty and smart. Reading his book is like listening to your old friend telling you about great stories what used to happen to them . I can honestly say After reading this I feel like he is my friend and he just shared a part of his life with me . Definitely recommend reading this
Apart from Breaking Bad and Malcolm in the Middle, I had not heard of Brian Cranston, however after reading his Biography I feel like I've known him years, what a beautiful open book, full of memories that people of a certain age can relate to, I was with him in his childhood and his teenage years, also with his struggle to get to the top, a very well written book, treat yourself and enjoy it.
Laugh out loud funny in parts, poignant in others. Some of the stories had me longing to take Mr Cranston out for dinner and just let him talk. He is a gifted storyteller, with a sense of humour and an abiliy to tell tall tales in a believable and absurd fashion and he doesn't take himself too seriously. Fantastic read, highly recommended
A very enjoyable read. What a fascinating, funny and loveable character Brian Cranston is. I've enjoyed his work since I first saw him in Malcolm in the middle and his work in Breaking Bad was genius. He also has some very interesting advice. I loved this book.