"Breaking Bad" star transforms into LBJ
Newsroom
11/15/2013

The play opens with Lyndon Baines Johsnon on Air Force One getting ready to be sworn in as President of the United States, hours after President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.  The man on stage donning longer ear lobes and lifts in his shoes to make him appear taller is "Breaking Bad" star, Bryan Cranston.  After playing the indelible character of Walter White, Cranston decided he wanted to take on another man who was larger than life. But how did Cranston transform himself into the 6-foot-4 Texan for the Broadway-bound play "All the way"? He headed straight to Central Texas.  On Thursday, Cranston and the writer of the play, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and University of Texas Austin grad, Robert Schenkkan, were at the LBJ Library to discuss how the play came together and what it took to bring LBJ to life.  Schenkkan decided to focus the play on LBJ's first year in the presidency and two particular themes: the passing of the Civil Rights Bill and Johnson's campaign for the presidency in 1964.

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