Walter White was the one who knocks, but Bryan Cranston is a bit more mannered with his opinions. The Breaking Bad star told The Daily Beast that he wasn’t interested in casting aspersions on Fox News.
“The biggest problem I think we have is the polemic nature of politics, and in Hollywood, it’s castigating someone who doesn’t think the same as you and branding them the villain,” Cranston said when asked if Republicans in the entertainment industry were “demonized.”
“I look at Fox News and I honestly don’t demonize them at all; I honestly believe that what they’re saying they believe in, and for that I can’t fault them,” he continued. “I disagree, but I hope they can say the same about me — that I’m truly fighting for what I think are in the best interests of the country — because I think they are, too.”
In the new film Trumbo, Cranston plays famous screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, who attempted to circumvent the Hollywood Blacklist in the 1950s. “We can have discourse and we can disagree with each other, and as Trumbo says in the movie, ‘We both have the right to be wrong,'” Cranston said about politics. “That’s America.”
The Emmy-winning actor has voiced support for political discourse before. Speaking this summer about Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump, Cranston praised Trump’s “candor” and said he was “shaking up that world that is all about being handled.”
“Here comes this loose cannon who has terrible ideas and would be a horrible president, but there’s something great about his I-don’t-give-a-s— attitude that really kind of keeps others honest,” Cranston said of Trump on the Nerdist podcast. “I think it’s a surprise benefit to the country, actually.”