Talk about a change of heart.
Actor Bryan Cranston may not be singing President Trump’s praises, but he’s come a long way since bashing him during the campaign season.
Cranston, who played Hal in the Fox Comedy Malcolm in the Middle and more recently Walther White in the AMC drama series in Breaking Bad, is putting those who blindly hate Trump on notice.
“I want [Trump] to succeed. I do. I honestly do,” Cranston told the Hollywood Reporter during an interview gearing up for the release of a new movie, Last Flag Flying.
That’s quite a different tune from one year ago today, when the Hollywood Reporter relayed a very different sentiment from Cranston.
“Absolutely. I would definitely move,” the actor said of the possibility of Trump winning the presidential election.
“It’s not real to me that that would happen. I hope to God it won’t,” Cranston told The Bestseller Experiment podcast when asked if he would take an extended holiday to Vancouver if the Republican candidate won over Democrat Hillary Clinton.
“It wouldn’t be a vacation. I’d be an expatriate,” Cranston added.
But Cranston (along with many other celebs who threatened to move) stayed, and is now playing a foul-mouthed, hard-partying Marine who comes of age after taking a bullet for his friend.
Who’s to say if playing the part of a patriotic young American in Last Flag Flying softened Cranston’s position on Trump or if this is just ploy for ticket sales, but for now, he says he’s willing to give the president a chance to succeed.
“It’s just astonishing to me. President Trump is not the person who I wanted to be in that office, and I’ve been very open about that. That being said, he is the president. If he fails, the country is in jeopardy,” Cranston said.
Then he went off on the vitriolic “Anti-Trump” crowd that seems they’d rather see the country go down with Trump, as long as he goes down.
“It would be egotistical for anyone to say, ‘I hope he fails.’ To that person I would say, f**k you. Why would you want that? So you can be right?
“I don’t want him to fail. I want him to succeed. I do. I honestly do. … And if you’ve got a good idea that helps the country, oh man, I’m gonna support you. I don’t care if you’re a Republican and I’m a Democrat or whatever, I don’t care. A good idea’s a good idea. Let’s do that.”
Cranston, who comes from a military family, said working on Last Flag Flying showed him the kind of patriotism, nobility and courtesy in today’s military millennials he feared was lost.
The actor also had some advice for Americans on opposite sides of the political aisle.
“We’ve got to get away from this idea that our country is political football, and someone with a different opinion is the enemy. Assume they love this country as much as you do, and there’s always room for improvement.
“How can we make it better?”
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