Bryan Cranston: Mel Gibson is on Hollywood's blacklist
Actor Bryan Cranston believes Mel Gibson has blacklisted himself as an actor.
The Breaking Bad star plays Dalton Trumbo in new movie Trumbo, a look at the screenwriter who was blacklisted by Hollywood because of his communist beliefs. As a result of his fight for equality in the business, the press slandered him, he was arrested and studios refused to work with him.
While Bryan believes things have moved on since then, he thinks certain actors do have the ability to make projects fall apart if they bring negative associations with them.
In 2006 Mel was arrested for driving under the influence and embarked on an expletive-filled anti-Semitic rant when the police officer wouldn't allow him to drive home.
"I think there is self-imposed blacklisting in Hollywood," he told Cover Media at the Trumbo press conference during the London Film Festival.
"Take Mel Gibson... Any misbehaviour in a certain way, it depends on the sensitivity of the behaviour. If you have skeletons coming out of your closet that expose yourself to abnormal or criminal behaviour, then yeah, you put yourself on that blacklist. Because people won't work with you."
Bryan also referenced a time he had experienced the self-imposed blacklist, recalling a project he was promised in his early days as an actor.
"There was a time when I was told that I was up for a movie, many years ago," he said. "And I was very excited about it because it was a job, and they said: 'I think they're getting O.J. Simpson to be in the movie too, and I went: 'Oh no, no.' And as actors started hearing about that, they started dropping out and the movie fell apart because it was impossible to sustain."
O.J. Simpson was infamously tried for murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman, but was found not guilty. He was later found liable for the deaths in a civil suit.
- Cover Media