Renowned actor Bryan Cranston, celebrated for his roles in groundbreaking series like Breaking Bad, expressed his satisfaction in being granted equal status alongside his fellow cast members in the film Asteroid City.
In an interview with Indie Wire, the acclaimed actor shared that Wes Anderson, the auteur filmmaker did not have any “hierarchy” call sheet for the A-listers like Tom Hanks and Scarlett Johansson.
Bryan Cranston Praises Director Wes Anderson for Giving Him Equal Status as the A-list Ensemble Cast
The movie Asteroid City has some big names such as Tom Hanks, Scarlett Johansson, Steve Carell, Maya Hawke, Jason Schwartzman, Jeffrey Wright, Tilda Swinton, Margot Robbie, and Jeff Goldblum. Yet there was no call sheet.
Actor Bryan Cranston praised filmmaker Wes Anderson for giving him the right and equal amount of status just like the other cast members. He said while speaking to Indie Wire:
“Every single night we would get together for dinner, all of us, every night. I’ve never experienced that before. There are no trailers, there is no hierarchy, there is no call sheet. There is no ‘star’ and you’re under them. We’re all equal, in a socialistic kind of way. And it really works.”
Cranston plays the host of an anthology television program in Anderson’s Asteroid City.
The Tag of “auteur” Filmmaker is Applicable to Wes Anderson, Believes Bryan Cranston
Wes Anderson stands as a revered figure in the realm of contemporary cinema, hailed not just as a filmmaker but as an auteur. His unique and distinctive style has marked his films with an undeniable signature that is instantly recognizable.
Anderson’s films are often described as auteur films, meaning that they bear the strong personal stamp of the director. From The Royal Tenenbaums to The Grand Budapest Hotel, his movies exude a storytelling flair that is unmistakably Anderson’s own. And, Bryan Cranston thinks this label of “auteur‘ filmmaker is really applicable to Wes Anderson. He said:
“Wes, the word ‘auteur’ has been thrown around so much, but it is applicable to him.”
“He is a man who is kind, not just in his creativity but in his spirit and generosity. He is vulnerable and open and sweet and so creative, so specific, complex in all the best ways. And when you do a film with him, you are part of a company. This is what actors crave, this community.”
Asteroid City was released on June 16, 2023, and now streaming on Peacock.