On Music: Bryan Cranston, from Vivaldi to Gershwin

by Armando Gallo November 2, 2018
Actor Bryan Cranston, Golden Globe winner

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Golden Globe winner Bryan Cranston will soon be seen in the drama-comedy The Upside in which opera plays a pivotal part. 

They say that music is the language of the soul and acting is telling the truth. We would like to know your love for music and how it applies to your acting?

_That’s such a great question.  And I think what was used in the film was so effective because from Dell’s point of view, played so well by Kevin Hart, he was putting up shields against anything that was unfamiliar to him, music, culture, lifestyle, and all those things that he doesn’t know.  And it’s not until I play the Aretha Franklin, “Nessun Dorma”. And when you listen to that rendition, it is almost like you are flying.  And if you close your eyes, it’s extremely moving.  And it has great effect on everybody as we know.  When I write, I like to listen to classical music or jazz, depending on the mood I am in, something instrumental as opposed to lyrical. I am a Vivaldi fan.  I just love Vivaldi a lot, Rachmaninoff.  But I love Gershwin as well and I will slide into Gershwin.  And it just moves me.  And then when you are in the mood you listen to rock and roll and music and all different kinds of music is just astonishing what it does for the soul.