For my birthday, my lovely wife took me to see Bryan Cranston as LBJ in “All the Way.” A couple things that stuck with me:
Yes, Cranston has at least one scene where he screams at someone while wearing a button down shirt and his underwear.
Cranston’s performance is a hell of a physical undertaking. The show is 3 hours long and he is yelling in just about every scene.
Like ‘Lincoln,’ the story is about force of will and compromise. Cranston’s LBJ is wrestling with the limitations of the country:Seat one black person on the Mississippi Democratic delegation, and it shows you’re kowtowing to MLK, which shows that blacks are running the country now, goes the thinking of millions of Americans LBJ is worrying about. He is a man navigating ugly, ignorant forces, because they control reality.
Contrary to ‘Lincoln,’ LBJ is just a son-of-a-bitch who happens to be on the right side of history when it comes to the Civil Rights Act. He has no self-awareness, no empathy, he is surrounded by toadies, and he’s certain no one will ever think of him as anything other than a son of a bitch. So he might as well get things done.
It was a very good play which unfortunately never contained his advice that, “If the circumstances make it such that you can’t fuck a man in the ass, then just peckerslap him."
Harrison’s songs are always the best covers. Lennon’s are about being John. McCartney’s should only be covered by Muppets. George’s lyrics are usually little narrative gems that can withstand different interpretations.
“On my flight down there Richard Simmons was — I’m not making this sh*t up, dude — Richard Simmons was on that flight, heckling me the whole time down there. He finds out I’m doing this show on HBO and he asks me to go out to dinner with him and his manager. We go to this, I don’t know some crazy place, it was surreal. It’s like I’d never been to New Orleans and then I’m out with Richard Simmons. The next day I’m in the chair getting my hair bleached. It was so ridiculous.”
Earlier this week I interviewed Charles Halford, the guy who played Reggie Ledoux on True Detective. He shared one hell of a great Richard Simmons story along the way. (via cajunboy) … RS walked up to our daughter in the lobby of The Monteleone and cooed, “Oh she looks just like a little mermaid.”
She was four and wearing stretch pants and no idea what to make of him or the comment. She looked to us for guidance and we had none.
Cheese, crackers, bourbon, True Detective off someone else’s HBOgo