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Bryan Cranston on his 'white blindness': 'I need to change'

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Bryan Cranston poses in the press room during the 2019 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 09, 2019 in New York City. 

Bryan Cranston poses in the press room during the 2019 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 09, 2019 in New York City. 
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“And I realized, ‘Oh my God, if there’s one, there’s two, and if there’s two, there are 20 blind spots that I have … what else am I blind to?'” Cranston questioned.

The former “Breaking Bad” star added: “If we’re taking 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 have a good night in the theater, things need to change, I need to change.”

Cranston, 65, recalled telling Shakman he’d rather be open to the idea of portraying an “old white man” for another project.

“I’m 65 years old now, and I need to learn, I need to change,” he reflected.

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Cranston’s turning down of the director position led him to explore another offer, a role as Charles Nichols in “Power of Sail,” directed by Weyni Mengesha and written by Paul Grellonng. According to the Times, Cranston plays “an aging, highly respected Harvard professor who faces intense backlash for inviting a white nationalist and Holocaust denier named Carver to speak at his annual symposium.”

Aaron Paul (L) and Bryan Cranston attend the Premiere of Netflix's "El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie." Cranston is known for his role in "Breaking Bad."

Aaron Paul (L) and Bryan Cranston attend the Premiere of Netflix’s "El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie." Cranston is known for his role in "Breaking Bad."
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“Power of Sail” sees characters questioning the boundaries of free speech. For this reason, the actor believes conversations around the topic can be changed.

“There need to be barriers, there need to be guard rails,” he said.

“If someone wants to say the Holocaust was a hoax, which is against history … to give a person space to amplify that speech is not tolerance. It’s abusive.”

But Cranston says he has hope.

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FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2018 file photo, Bryan Cranston attends the 2018 Performer Peer Group Celebration at NeueHouse Hollywood in Los Angeles.  

FILE – In this Aug. 20, 2018 file photo, Bryan Cranston attends the 2018 Performer Peer Group Celebration at NeueHouse Hollywood in Los Angeles.  
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“What is safe? Well, emotionally safe. Without judgment, safe. All-inclusive, safe. Empathetic, safe. And that’s what gives me hope with new generations,” he explained. “Because it’s a beautiful thing to say, ‘We’re all entitled to be who we are without judgment.’”

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