Bryan Cranston nearly made movie with OJ Simpson
When speaking at the Trumbo London press conference earlier today, Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston revealed that he was nearly in a movie with the notorious OJ Simpson, who was a household name in the 1990s for the murder trial of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson.
Cranston said in response to the question of whether a blacklist still exists in Hollywood today:
I think there is some self-imposed blacklisting in Hollywood. You could say Mel Gibson has done something. And any misbehaviour is certainly that. If you have skeletons coming out of your closet that expose you to abnormal behaviour, or any kind of criminal behaviour, you could put yourself on that blacklist, because people don’t want to work with you.
There was a time many many years ago when I was told that I was up for a film, and I was very excited about it, because it was a job, and they said ‘I think they’re gonna get OJ Simpson to be in the movie too!’ And I went… ‘Oh no. No, no, no!’ And as actors started hearing about that, they started dropping out… This was ‘after’. And as they started dropping out, the movie just fell apart. It was impossible to sustain that kind of thing.
So I hope that there aren’t any political blacklists, and I hope that there isn’t any sexual orientation blacklist. I think we’re moving out of that as a society, and I think that’s a great thing.
Cranston then lightened the serious mood, as he is known to do, with a mock barb aimed at his co-stars, Helen Mirren, John Goodman, and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, who were also present at the press conference.
There’s probably some lists of people who don’t want to hire certain people, but for me, there’s probably [three] people who I don’t want to work with again after 35 years. And they’re RIGHT HERE!
Stay tuned for our full report of the Trumbo press conference and review of the excellent film, which is already attracting Oscars buzz.