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Bryan Cranston’s Resemblance to Stan Lee and Potential Biopic Roles
While appearing on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to promote his latest series, Showtime’s Your Honor, Bryan Cranston discussed potential roles he would like to play in a biopic. In a humorous exchange with Fallon, the Breaking Bad star suggested portraying iconic figures such as Willie Nelson, Gordon Lightfoot, and Marvel comics legend Stan Lee. To demonstrate the uncanny likeness he shares with Lee, Cranston even donned a pair of sunglasses and posed beside an image of the late Marvel icon.
Bryan Cranston’s Pop Culture Impact and Connection to Breaking Bad
Bryan Cranston has become a prominent figure in pop culture, thanks in part to the resurgence of the Breaking Bad franchise. The final season of its prequel series, Better Call Saul, recently aired and featured Cranston in a couple of cameo scenes alongside his Breaking Bad co-star Aaron Paul. In addition, Cranston and Paul have been touring the country since 2021, promoting their joint venture in a premium artisanal mezcal. These appearances, including their recent interview on The Tonight Show, have further contributed to Cranston’s elevated status.
Demand for Bryan Cranston in Biopic Roles
With the rapid advancement of Bryan Cranston’s career, both fans and production companies are curious about which dramatic roles the versatile actor will choose, especially in the event of a biopic opportunity. During the Tonight Show interview, Cranston and Jimmy Fallon explored various famous figures with whom Cranston shares a resemblance, including the likes of Willie Nelson and Stan Lee. Sporting a pair of Stan Lee-style 70’s glasses, Cranston playfully discussed creative ways to portray the godfather of Marvel comics on the big screen.
Playing an Older Stan Lee and Depicting His Impact
If a biopic about Stan Lee were to be produced, the 67-year-old Bryan Cranston would likely portray an older version of the late Marvel legend. Younger audiences have come to know Lee through his cameos in nearly every Marvel movie, both within and outside the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Lee’s final film appearance occurred in 2019’s Avengers: Endgame, where he played an aging hippie in 1970, shouting, “Hey, man! Make love, not war!” while driving past a military building. This cameo perfectly encapsulated Lee’s peaceful outlook and enduring sense of humor.
Stan Lee in Captain Marvel (2019)
Honoring Stan Lee’s Legacy and Bryan Cranston’s Potential
Following Stan Lee’s passing in 2018, the MCU has paid tribute to him through various Easter eggs, including license plates that spell out his birthday in both WandaVision and Spider-Man: No Way Home. While no official announcement has been made regarding a Stan Lee biopic, Bryan Cranston possesses the gravitas and wit to bring the iconic figure to life on the silver screen. Currently, Cranston is busy with his series Your Honor and has several upcoming films in active production, including Asteroid City, directed by Wes Anderson and featuring an all-star cast that includes Tom Hanks, Tilda Swinton, and Scarlett Johansson. Additionally, Cranston will star alongside Henry Cavill in the spy thriller Argylle and in a Will Gluck-directed film titled Jackpot. While fans are excited to see more of the acclaimed Breaking Bad star, they hope that film executives have taken notice of Cranston’s recent Tonight Show appearance and feel inspired to pursue a Stan Lee biopic.