Bryan Cranston Says He Faced His ‘White Blindness’


Bryan Cranston has said that acknowledging white privilege led to his role in Paul Grellong’s play The power of sails.

The Break The star said: “I am 65 years old and I need to learn. I need to change.”

Cranston said that the murder of George Floyd in May 2020, as well as the protests that followed, has left him facing his own “white blindness”.

The actor told LA Times that before taking on the role in The power of sailshe turned down the offer to direct the productionForeigner. Larry Shue’s 1984 comedy tells the story of an Englishman who foils the Ku Klux Klan’s plan to convert a fishing lodge in Georgia into a Klan rendezvous.

“It’s a special point of view to be able to look at the Ku Klux Klan and laugh at them and belittle them for their broken and hateful ideology,” says Cranston.

“But the Ku Klux Klan and Charlottesville and the white supremacists – it’s still happening and it’s not fun. There’s nothing funny about any group being marginalized by their hatred, and it really taught me something. ”

(Rex feature)

The Malcolm in the middle the star says he has enjoyed the play for decades but only recently admitted that it is his white privilege that has allowed him to laugh at its subject matter.

“And I realized, ‘Oh my God, if there’s one, there’s two, and if there’s two, there’s 20 blind spots that I have… what else am I blind?'” Cranston said.

“If we take up space with a very palatable play from the 1980s, where rich old white people can laugh at white supremacists and say, ‘Shame on you,’ and having a good night in the theater, things need to change, I need to change. ”

Cranston added that he wants to be part of “something that changes the conversation”.

He says he believes The power of sails meet that criterion.

The play revolves around Charles Nichols (played by Cranston), an elderly Harvard professor who causes a backlash from students after inviting a white nationalist and Holocaust genocide to the show. present at an annual symposium.

“A good play may not change your life, but it can change your whole day,” says Cranston.

“To go deeper, a play can also stimulate the mind. It can make you question your thought process – your dogma. It can challenge you. “

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Tom Vazquez

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