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Bryan Cranston clears up situation after reports he was retiring from acting

Gregory Robinson

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Bryan Cranston clears up situation after reports he was retiring from acting

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Bryan Cranston has clarified reports about his so-called plans to retire from acting.

The Malcolm in the Middle star, 67, has taken to social media to share a long Instagram post about his plans regarding his ‘break’ from working.

Best known for his acclaimed roles in Breaking Bad, Your Honor and countless other projects, Cranston recently teased a break from taking on new projects.

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During an interview with British GQ, Cranston said he wants to ‘change the paradigm’ with his wife, former actor Robin Dearden, 69.

Bryan Cranston has clarified his future plans. Credit: Instagram/@bryancranston
Bryan Cranston has clarified his future plans. Credit: Instagram/@bryancranston

“For the last 24 years, Robin has led her life holding onto my tail,” he told the publication.

“She’s been the plus one, she’s been the wife of a celebrity. She’s had to pivot and adjust her life based on mine. She has tremendous benefit form it, but we’re uneven. I want to level that out. She deserves it.”

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Cranston apparently shared his plans to temporarily put a pause on his acting career to spend more time with his wife of 34 years, including absconding to France and hanging out by a fireplace.

“I want to go for day trips and have the fire in the fireplace and drink wine with new friends and not read scripts,” he explained.

“It’s not going to be like, ‘Oh, I’ll read and see what I’m going to do’. No, it’s a pause. It’s not a stop. I won’t be thinking about [work]. I’m not going to be taking phone calls.”

It seems people mistook Cranston’s plans as him confirming plans to retire, which is not the case.

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Bryan Cranston confirmed he's not planning on retiring. Credit: Instagram/@bryancranston
Bryan Cranston confirmed he's not planning on retiring. Credit: Instagram/@bryancranston

Cranston wrote: “I am not retiring. What I am going to do is hit the pause button for a year after I reach my 70th birthday in 2026. Holy crap - 70!

“I’m not even sure what ‘pausing’ means entirely, but at this moment, I think it means that by taking a year off it will provide several things.”

He continued: “First, it will allow me to spend time with Robin (my beautiful wife of 34 years now) in a way that I haven’t been able to in the last 25 years… not as a wife of a celebrity, but as a loving married couple entering into - well, let’s be honest, our latter years, with new hopes and goals and experiences.”

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Cranston shared pictures of himself and his wife on the red carpet.

The actor added: “Secondly, it gives me a sort of ‘reset’ in my career. I’ve had such an unbelievable ride for over two decades - with playing characters on TV, films, and on stage that I could only have dreamt about… until it actually happened. I could not be more grateful and thankful for such opportunities."

Bryan Cranston in Malcolm in Malcolm in the Middle. Credit: Fox
Bryan Cranston in Malcolm in Malcolm in the Middle. Credit: Fox

The Hollywood icon explained that his break will allow him to figure out new ways to play characters in the future in an ‘authentic’ way.

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He explained: “That said, I feel as though I’m beginning to run out of fresh ideas in how to play characters that I’m being offered. So exploring a more expanded life experience will give me the chance to replenish my soul and prepare for whatever roles I may be afforded in a more authentic way."

Cranston also confirmed that he will go on a social media break in the future, writing: “I will unplug from social media, step off the hamster wheel of business, and dive into the classic novels that I’ve always promised myself I would read but haven’t… But before that happens, I’ve got some unfinished business.”

Topics: Celebrity, Film and TV

Gregory Robinson
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