Watch out, Meryl Streep.
Bryan Cranston, who transformed himself into President Lyndon B. Johnson on Broadway and then on HBO in All the Way, is ready to take on another presidential hopeful.
Asked by the Today show’s Carson Daly on Monday if there are any other historical figures he would like to play, the Breaking Bad star gave a sly smile and said, “I’d like to play Donald Trump at some point.”
“He’s huge. He’s this Shakespearean character, this serio-tragic-comedic character,” he continued. “Who wouldn’t want to take a bite out of that?”
Practically unprompted, Cranston, who was on the show to promote his new film The Infiltrator, launched into an uncanny Trump impression. Nailing the hand gestures and puckered duck-faced expression of the Republican nominee, he said, “This I can tell you, it is yuge.”
More than a simple “caricature” artist, Cranston is an avid political junkie, as he has demonstrated both in interviews and on talk shows such as Real Time with Bill Maher. Earlier this spring, he gave Hillary Clinton some wise advice on how she can make sure she beats Trump in the fall.
“Hillary should stay focused on the issues and take the high ground so it shows greater contrast to her opponent,” Cranston told Bill Maher. “Don’t get sucked into his energy. If you get sucked into that vortex, you’ll swirl down the toilet. Stay calm and stay confident.”
Even if Trump does not succeed in his quest to become president of the United States, there will no doubt be a biopic in the works about his unlikely rise. Assuming Meryl Streep is unavailable, Cranston seems like he just became the leading contender.