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Cranston Goes Trumbo
November 8, 2015  | By Eric Gould
 

We’re stepping away from television into current film news this week but with good reason: one of our most memorable television actors, Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) is stepping into one of the most memorable Hollywood true stories — the blacklisting of novelist and screenwriter Dalton Trumbo after refusing to testify while in front of the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1947. (Louis C.K., John Goodman and Diane Lane  also star.) Cranston is the natural physical fit for the writer, who was one of the most successful writers in Hollywood at the time and also a former member of the US Communist Party. He went to prison for contempt in 1950, and then spent the next decade making a living from Mexico selling screenplays under pseudonyms. Trumbo, perhaps best remembered for his pacifist Johnny Got His Gun, received two Academy Awards (one posthumously) for screenplays he had to write while exiled from Hollywood. —Eric Gould



 
 
 
 
 
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