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Bryan Cranston wants to tackle Donald Trump onscreen

Published 11/07/2016

Bryan Cranston
Bryan Cranston

The actor insists Trump makes the perfect Shakespearean character.

Bryan Cranston is eager to tackle Donald Trump on the big screen in a new biopic.

The Breaking Bad star has become known for his portrayals of real-life characters after bringing former U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson to life on the Broadway stage in the play All The Way, and reviving the role for a TV movie adaptation of the same name earlier this year (16).

Cranston is currently promoting new cartel thriller The Infiltrator, in which he plays real-life federal agent Robert Mazur, who helped to bring down Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar's money-laundering organisation in the 1980s.

However, there is another big role Bryan is eyeing up as he keeps a close watch on the race for the White House, and he insists the Republican Party's presumptive nominee, billionaire businessman-turned-politician Donald Trump, would make perfect film fodder.

"I'd like to play Trump at some point," the 60-year-old actor mused on U.S. breakfast show Today. "He's huge! He's this Shakespearean character, this serio-tragic-comedic character. Who wouldn't wanna take a bite out of that?"

Bryan went on to test out his impression of Trump on air, quipping, but the star acknowledged his impression needed some work, adding, "I think it's like a caricature right now."

Bryan's comments about playing Trump onscreen emerge a month after Meryl Streep mocked the reality TV star-turned-presidential wannabe by dressing up as the 70-year-old to perform a political skit at The 2016 Public Theater Gala at the Delacorte Theater in New York.

Johnny Depp has also lampooned Trump in a 50-minute biopic for comedy website Funny or Die, in which he featured alongside Alfred Molina, Henry Winkler, Stephen Merchant, and Back to The Future's Christopher Lloyd. The satire, titled Donald Trump's The Art of the Deal, was directed by moviemaker Ron Howard, who also narrated the film.

Depp recently expressed his fears for the U.S. if Trump, who has been heavily criticised for his attacks on illegal immigrants and Muslims on the campaign trail, beats presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton at the polls in November (16), claiming it will spell the end for the nation's political system.

"If Donald Trump is elected President of the United States, in a kind of historical way it's exciting because we will see the actual last President of the United States," the Pirates of the Caribbean star told The Hollywood Reporter. "It just won't work after that."

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