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Bryan Cranston Tries Drugs Again, This Time With Pablo Escobar, In ‘The Infiltrator’

Yes, Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston is involved with another project that has something to do with drugs. Except the 60-year-old performer, whose many other appearances include the Hollywood blacklist drama Trumbo and the Lyndon B. Johnson film All the Way, isn’t the one responsible for all the drugs going around in the ’80s-set cocaine caper, The Infiltrator. Instead, he’s the Hank Schrader to Pablo Escobar’s Walter White.

Cranston plays Robert Mazur, the agent with the Drug Enforcement Agency whose 2009 book, The Infiltrator: My Secret Life Inside the Dirty Banks Behind Pablo Escobar’s Medellín Cartel serves as the basis for the film. Mazur used the alias “Bob Musella,” a big-time money launderer, to gain entry into the highest reaches of the drug trade by providing cash-cleaning services for major drug kingpins and cartels. Add to the mix a fellow agent described by the trailer as “nuts” (John Leguizamo), a new recruit serving as Musella’s fake wife (Diane Kruger), and Escobar’s right-hand man, Roberto Alcaino (Benjamin Bratt) and BOOM — a story about drugs that absolutely has nothing to do with Breaking Bad.

No, seriously! Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul creator Vince Gilligan has nothing to do with this film whatsoever. It just features Cranston, the DEA, copious amounts of drugs (albeit blow instead of crystal meth), and loads of other narrative simi…

Welcome back, faux Mr. White!

(Via Deadline)

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