About the Book
Of course, Cranston dives deep into the grittiest details of his greatest role, explaining how he searched inward for the personal darkness that would help him create one of the most memorable performances ever captured on screen: Walter White, chemistry teacher turned drug kingpin.
Discussing his life as few men do, describing his art as few actors can, Cranston has much to say about creativity, devotion, and craft, as well as innate talent and its challenges and benefits and proper maintenance. But ultimately A Life in Parts is a story about the joy, the necessity, and the transformative power of simple hard work.
At that precise moment I conjured a credo that would guide me for the rest of my life: I will pursue something that I love - and hopefully become good at it, instead of pursuing something that I'm good at - but don't love.
But I did watch a whole bunch of Malcolm in the Middle, so I'm familiar with his acting. And I think he's fantastic. So I was quite excited when I saw this was offered at my library.
I laughed at the beginning, because he seriously started with the exact scene that caused me to stop watching the show. It was like some weird sign, of which I don't know the meaning. But it amused me, and that's what matters.
Anyway, I already liked him. And now that I've read his book, I like him more. He's very motivated and that is something I quite admire. Plus he stands up for what he thinks is important. Again, very admirable. He's pretty much an altogether good guy.
This is definitely going in the list of memoirs that I'd recommend. It's got the jokes, the feels, some inside information, and lots of insight into Bryan Cranston. I especially recommend you listen to the audio though.