Nothing short of rivetingan engrossing first person account by one of our finest actors Huffington Post both a coming of age story and a meditation on creativity, devotion, and craftBryan Cranston, beloved and acclaimed star of one of historys most successful TV shows, Breaking Bad.Bryan Cranston began his acting career at the age of seven, when his father, a struggling actor and sometime director, cast him in a commercial for United Way By fifth grade he was starring in the school play, spending hours at the local movie theater, and re enacting favorite scenes with his brother in their living room Cranston seemed destined to be an actor But then his father left And his family fell apart Troubled by his fathers missteps, Cranston abandoned his acting aspirations and resolved to pursue a steadier career in law enforcement Then, on a two year cross country motorcycle journey, Cranston re discovered his talent for acting and found his mission and his calling In this must read memoir The Philadelphia Inquirer , Cranston traces the many roles he inhabited throughout his remarkable life, both on and off screen For the first time he shares the story of his early years as an actor on the soap opera Loving, his recurring spots on Seinfeld, and his time as bumbling father Hal on Malcolm in the Middle, to his tour de force, Tony winning performance as Lyndon Baines Johnson in Broadways All the Way, to his most iconic role of all Breaking Bads Walter White An illuminating window into the actors psyche People , Cranston has much to say about creativity, devotion, and craft, as well as innate talent and its challenges and benefits and proper maintenance By turns gritty, funny, and sad Entertainment Weekly , ultimately A Life in Parts is a story about the joy, the necessity, and the transformative power of simple hard work....
|Title||:||A Life in Parts|
|Publisher||:||Scribner Reprint edition August 8, 2017|
|Number of Pages||:||288 pages|
|File Size||:||583 KB|
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A Life in Parts Reviews
I purchased "A Life in Parts" with a mixture of excitement and dread because one never knows how an author - let alone an ex-spouse - will portray certain aspects of his life. I came away with a sense of relief and confirmation that - yes, Bryan is still the Bryan I knew when our meals consisted of whatever he could bring home from his job as a waiter or the 1,000 ways of preparing the bags of zucchini his mother left on our doorstep. The book reads...like Bryan.
Bryan Cranston is very normal. No drugs or alcohol to make his life interesting, however, being normal is great if you are Bryan Cranston! His life has been all work, lots of play, very well balanced with great emotion. He tells the story of his parents, his Dad who left them early on, and how his Mom played out her life, not emotionally attached to her kids. Sad, but placed in the right part of his heart, as it didn't drive him away from anything.
If you told me I could sit down for lunch with any 3 people in all of history, Brian Cranston would be one of those people. This momoir solidified that belief. This book was emotional, hilarious, and inspirational. It was a beautifully written and constructed book that I couldn't put down (you don't say that for many memoirs). His life is truly a life in parts and the book was written that way. Such an interesting life, coming from a man with an abstract yet down to earth take on that life. I recommend this read to anyone, fan or not. 5/5.
I'm a huge Bryan Cranston fan, which is why I purchased this book. I'm amazed by his acting range (i.e. Hal and Walter White). This book is divided into a series of vignettes (sometimes only 1 or 2 pages long), in somewhat chronological order, so it's an easy book to pick up and put down. He describes his life, as well as his acting craft. He lets you in his mind to see how he prepares for each of his characters. Every actor has a different approach, but I like how he breaks it down, step by step and shows up how it works for him. I liked how this was not your typical Hollywood actor gossipy tell-all. It's a book about a normal and humble person growing up who became quite famous because of a lifetime of hard work, perseverance and lots of practice. I would highly recommend this book - it would make a great holiday gift!
I recently listened to this on a long drive. This was my first book of this type but I am very happy to have given it a shot. The author has a great voice for this and keeps the reading lively and never dull. Being from California myself, it was nice to know a lot of the places referred to in the book. I am not an actor but I very much appreciated the insight into being one and what goes into it from the author's artistic view. My sister is an actor and I feel like I learned a lot about that world from this book. Brian also has had an interesting life aside from his acting. This was a pleasure to listen to.
One of the most honest, intelligent, revealing autobiographies ever written. Shocking in parts, but full of Good Advice. As to life choices, maybe the movie Mr. Nobody applies. Read and watch. We wish we could thank him in person, but that would take up minutes of his valuable time needed to consider making more perfect movies like Breaking Bad and Trumbo.
I'm an actress so, reading an autobiography of an actor I respect is not uncommon for me.
To this day I believe that Breaking Bad was/is one of the best shows on television with the brilliance of Bryan Cranston playing a huge part in its success. Really enjoyed the "parts" of this book and seeing how the author came to be who he is and his journey through life so far. Easy reading with plenty of giggle - inducing stories. Only reason for four stars out of five was that I would have liked to hear more about recent history - more Breaking Bad insights and more about his post Breaking Bad life. I guess I will have to wait for the next book!