Friday, October 4, 2013

Bryan Cranston paid the bills with commercials - creative excellence Fridays

Breaking Bad was an unqualified, monster success for AMC TV. And what made it even more interesting was that it was all done with talented actors who were not stars. It was a total team effort of respected, but not household names. Two seasoned veterans behind the camera pulled it all together. Show runner Vince Gilligan cut his teeth on the X-Files and cinematographer Michael Slovis brought extensive behind the camera cinematography experience from 30 Rock, CSI and countless other television shows.

But the person who probably benefited the most was Bryan Cranston. He was a journeyman actor with a long list of credits, but just hadn't crawled over the ridge into super stardom, until now.

And when we say a long list of credits, we mean long. In addition to the occasional guest role as Jerry the dentist on Seinfeld ...

...Cranston paid the bills with so many commercials in the 80's and 90's we can't even list them all. But we can list a few. 1987 and Coors Light. Nice 80's hair Bryan.

JC Penny. You start to see some of the Heisenberg swagger here.

And no career would be complete without a Preparation H commercial.

The next leg of Bryan Cranston's career has just begun and based on the versatility of the clips above, we can expect more great things ahead. As an aside, if you're a fan of the look of the show, have a look at this interview with Forbes with Michael Slovis. A great read as he talks about how HD television enabled him to do things not previously possible in small screen television.

I'll miss Breaking Bad. But it's such a beautiful thing to watch a show go out on a high note and not wait to jump the shark.

With over 30 years experience, Tim McLarty  currently works out of Toronto Canada as a writer/voice performer, producer and media strategist producing advertising and entertainment content.

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