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Bryan Cranston wants to play Willie Nelson on screen
Photo: © ANP

Bryan Cranston wants to play Willie Nelson on screen

Bryan Cranston wants to play Willie Nelson on screen
Photo: © ANP

Bryan Cranston says he would be up for playing Willie Nelson if any biopic about the country music legend came to fruition.

The Breaking Bad actor is now one of the most sought-after stars in Hollywood following his portrayal of Walter White in the Vince Gilligan series. The role earned him numerous Emmy wins, while on the silver screen his resume is extremely impressive, with the highlight being an Academy Award nomination for Trumbo.

When asked by NME if there is any musicin he would like to play, Cranston responded:

“Hmm, that’s a great idea… Willie Nelson comes to mind. The hair and the beard. I think there’s some physical resemblance. He’s very old and wrinkled, and I can relate to that . So I wouldn’t have to wear a lot of makeup.

“Willie’s had a fascinating career – as a writer and as a performer, and as a free speech person, being anti-war and on the forefront of hemp . That’s kind of interesting to me, even though I don’t vibe with that stuff. I don’t like smoking, it just doesn’t do it for me.

There aren't actually any plans for a biopic on Nelson in the pipeline at the moment, but Cranston's words might just catalyse an idea or two.

Breaking Bad or Better Call Saul - which is better?

Breaking Bad is one of the most popular television series of all time, so when the show's creator Vince Gilligan announced plans for a spin-off / prequel focusing on the character of Saul Goodman, there was some apprehension.

However, Better Call Saul received criticial acclaim, particularly for the performance of Bob Odenkirk as the title character.

Fans have naturally compared the two series, but Cranston says he doesn't have an opinion as to which show is better.

“That’s for others to decide," he insisted.

"I never weigh in on those questions. It’s like whenever I hear someone say, ‘I’m going to create a masterpiece’. I think, ‘oh you’re such a fool’. Classics, whether it’s movies or songs, are never, ever determined by the artist themselves. It’s always by the fans."

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