Bryan Cranston landed his first role at seven, when his father, a struggling actor and director, cast him in a United Way commercial. Soon Bryan was haunting the local movie theater, memorizing and reenacting favorite scenes with his older brother. Acting was clearly the boy's destiny - until one day his father disappeared. Suddenly destiny took a backseat to survival. Seeking something more stable, perhaps subconsciously trying to distance himself from his absent father, Cranston decided on a career in law enforcement.
Bryan Cranston landed his first role at seven, when his father, a struggling actor and director, cast him in a commercial. Soon Bryan was haunting the local movie theater, reenacting scenes with his older brother. Acting was clearly his destiny - until one day his father disappeared. As a young man on a classic cross-country motorcycle trip, he found himself stranded at a rest area in the Blue Ridge Mountains. To pass the time, he read a tattered copy of Hedda Gabler, and in a flash he found himself face-to-face with his original calling.
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Tonight on the program, an update on the U.S. election and the candidates' impending choices for running mate. Nick Confessore of The New York Times and Mike Barnicle, contributor to MSNBC, weigh in.
Next, we revisit Charlie's conversation about race with Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama.
We continue with a discussion about last year's historic nuclear deal with Iran. Charlie is joined by David Sanger of The New York Times; Karim Sadjadpour of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; and Ray Takeyh of the Council on Foreign Relations.
We conclude with a look at the film “The Infiltrator” with director Brad Furman, actor Bryan Cranston, and Robert Mazur, whom the film is based on.