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By Bryan Cranston

A poignant, intimate, humorous, inspiring memoir—both a coming-of-age tale and a meditation on creativity, devotion, and craft—from Bryan Cranston, loved and acclaimed famous person of 1 of history’s so much profitable television indicates, Breaking undesirable.

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But saying that would ruin the play. My response was emphatic, serious. No. Conversation over. But now I was paranoid. I couldn舗t have been aware of the term mantra, and yet that舗s what I employed. I hammered these words into my head with grim determination. Don舗t say White Front, don舗t say White Front. Hours later, I got up on that stage and performed my heart out. This happened before my dad punched the guy in the courthouse, but I don舗t remember him being in the auditorium. I knew my mother and brother and grandparents were out in the darkness, however, so I was filled with pride and adrenaline.

Then one of us fed the beast, an ancient paper-folding machine with an assembly line of rollers and a wrapper; the beast made a horrible crunching sound as it bent the thick paper and tied it with string. 舡 At dawn, when we were finished feeding and stacking, we舗d stuff Leroy舗s car. He舗d go off to deliver, and I舗d walk home in an exhausted stupor. Leroy was busier than a one-armed man flinging newspapers from a stick-shift VW Bug. Actually, that舗s exactly what he was. The guys at the paper called him the one-armed bandit.

He was trying to figure things out. That舗s how I felt, too. I was just starting puberty, just starting to awaken to the allure of girls, and I was enchanted and nervously excited by the idea that an older woman could seduce you, would want to seduce you. Dustin Hoffman舗s character watching in awe as Anne Bancroft pulls her stockings onto her beautiful legs? The taboo image stayed with me wherever I went. Until that movie, I thought there was some kind of law that you had to be with someone your age for the parts to fit.

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