A Life in Parts

Hachette UK

With BREAKING BAD, Bryan Cranston created moments that had the world on the edge of their seats and coined catchphrases that became famous all over the globe. Now, at last, we can learn of the man behind one of TV's most successful programmes ever.
Bryan Cranston's profile has skyrocketed, due to his portrayal of chemistry teacher turned drug manufacturer Walter White, for five seasons in the award-winning BREAKING BAD.
For the first time readers can discover how he beat off competition from Matthew Broderick and Steve Zahn for the role, to stories about the cast and life after Walter. Told with honesty and intrigue this will be Bryan's first - and - definitive autobiography. It is the ultimate book for the fans of BREAKING BAD.
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Bryan Cranston is an Emmy award-winning actor and is most famous for playing Walter White in the TV programme BREAKING BAD.
Born in California, the actor, screenwriter and film producer has appeared in numerous films and TV programmes including SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, ARGO and MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE.
He is currently starring on Broadway in the play ALL THE WAY and it has widely been reported he is in the process of developing a new TV programme with Sony Pictures Television. Follow him on Twitter: @BryanCranston

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Hachette UK
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20 Oct 2016
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Biography & Autobiography / Entertainment & Performing Arts
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“Nothing short of riveting...an engrossing first-person account by one of our finest actors” (Huffington Post)—both a coming-of-age story and a meditation on creativity, devotion, and craft—Bryan Cranston, beloved and acclaimed star of one of history’s most successful TV shows, Breaking Bad.

Bryan Cranston began his acting career at the age of seven, when his father, a struggling actor and sometime director, cast him in a commercial for United Way. By fifth grade he was starring in the school play, spending hours at the local movie theater, and re-enacting favorite scenes with his brother in their living room. Cranston seemed destined to be an actor. But then his father left. And his family fell apart. Troubled by his father’s missteps, Cranston abandoned his acting aspirations and resolved to pursue a steadier career in law enforcement. Then, on a two-year cross-country motorcycle journey, Cranston re-discovered his talent for acting and found his mission and his calling.

In this “must-read memoir” (The Philadelphia Inquirer), Cranston traces the many roles he inhabited throughout his remarkable life, both on and off screen. For the first time he shares the story of his early years as an actor on the soap opera Loving, his recurring spots on Seinfeld, and his time as bumbling father Hal on Malcolm in the Middle, to his tour-de-force, Tony-winning performance as Lyndon Baines Johnson in Broadway’s All the Way, to his most iconic role of all: Breaking Bad’s Walter White.

“An illuminating window into the actor’s psyche” (People), Cranston has much to say about creativity, devotion, and craft, as well as innate talent and its challenges and benefits and proper maintenance. “By turns gritty, funny, and sad” (Entertainment Weekly), ultimately A Life in Parts is a story about the joy, the necessity, and the transformative power of simple hard work.
La presente autobiografía de Bryan Cranston es un libro indispensable para los miles de seguidores de Breaking Bad. Engancha de un modo similar a como lo hace la serie: nada sobra, no hay escenas bisagra, todo es sustancia.

Bryan Cranston interpretó su primer papel a los siete años, cuando su padre lo incluyó en el reparto de un anuncio de United Way. Era evidente que el chico estaba destinado a ser actor, pero un día su padre desapareció. De repente, el destino pasó a un segundo plano y sobrevivir al primero. Hoy, en su fascinante autobiografía, Cranston describe su zigzagueante trayecto de hijo abandonado a estrella. Cranston se sumerge profundamente en los crudos detalles del papel más importante de su carrera y explica cómo buscó dentro de sí la oscuridad que le ayudaría a realizar una de las interpretaciones más memorables jamás vistas en televisión: la de Walter White -y su álter ego Heisenberg-, profesor de química convertidoen capo de la droga sintética.

Comentando su vida como pocos hombres se atreven, describiendo su arte como pocos actores son capaces de hacerlo, Cranston tiene mucho que decir sobre la creatividad, la devoción y el oficio, además del talento innato, sus desafíos y beneficios y su correcta conservación.

Pero Secuencias de una vida es, sobre todo, una historia acerca de la necesidad del trabajo duro, el poder transformador del mismo y la dicha que produce.

«Bryan Cranston ha creado un documento cinematográfico sobre el modo en que un actor da forma a una carrera, una identidad y un legado, todo al mismo tiempo».
Tom Hanks

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