Has Bryan Cranston created the ultimate LBJ?

09.04.15 2 years ago

Walter White may not even recognize himself if he stared him in the eye.

That”s how striking Bryan Cranston”s transformation is in the first look of him as Lyndon B. Johnson in HBO”s “All the Way.” People unveiled the photo. Take a look:

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Cranston played the 36th U.S. president in “All the Way” on Broadway. He won a Tony for the role and also helped the production earn a Best Play Tony in 2014. “All the Way” was commissioned for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival”s “American Revolutions: The United States History Cycle” and premiered at the festival in 2012. The HBO take on the play will air in 2016.

“All the Way” opens shortly after John F. Kennedy”s assassination and covers Johnson”s first 11 months in office. Alternately bullying and beguiling, LBJ enacts major social programs, faces down opponents and wins the 1964 election in a landslide.

Let”s see how Cranston stacks up against other some actors who have played the “accidental president.”

Donald Moffat in “The Right Stuff” (1983)

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Liev Schreiber in “The Butler” (2013)

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Tom Wilkinson in “Selma” (2014)

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Michael Gambon in “Path to War” (2002)

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Who do you think is the ultimate screen LBJ?

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