March 24, 2014 - Bryan Cranston

  • 03/24/2014

G.K. Butterfield gives a primer on North Carolina, cable news pundits embrace wild theories about Malaysia's missing plane, and Bryan Cranston discusses LBJ and "All the Way."

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)>> Stephen: WELCOME TO THE

REPORT, GOOD TO HAVE YOUWITH US.

THANK YOU SO MUCH, LADIESAND GENTLEMEN.

>> STEPHEN, STEPHEN,STEPHEN!

STEPHEN, STEPHEN, STEPHEN!

STEPHEN, STEPHEN, STEPHEN!

STEPHEN, STEPHEN, STEPHEN!

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THANK

YOU SO MUCH.

I HAVE TO SAY, AND I DON'TBELIEVE THAT I HAVE SAID THIS

BEFORE, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,I THINK, I THINK-- I THINK

THAT YOUR SONG OF LOVE IS SOBEAUTIFUL YOU COULD SING THE

DARK LORD'S TOWER RIGHTDOWN.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)WE'RE GOING TO DO IT

TONIGHT.

WE'RE DOING TONIGHT.

NATION, I AM BACK FROMSPRING BREAK!

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)IS I WANT ALL OF YOU TO KNOW

I SPENT EVERY MINUTE OF ITWORKING DEEP UNDERCOVER AT

THE ARUBA SENOR FROG TOINVESTIGATE WHETHER THEIR

SO-CALLED BOTTOMLESSMARGARITAS ARE IN FACT

BOTTOMLESS.

WELL, FOLKS, THEY ARE NOT.

LET ME TELL YOU, I HIT ROCKBOTTOM.

ANY WAY, IT'S GOOD TO BEBACK.

I RETURN TO A PLEASANTSURPRISE.

MY STUDIO WAS NOT ANNEXED BYVLADIMIR PUTIN.

NOT THAT IT WOULDN'T BEJUSTIFIED.

I HAPPEN TO KNOW THAT WE HAVERUSSIAN DRESSING CAPTIVE

IN OUR REFRIGERATOR.

MORE ON THAT LATER.

NOW FOLKS, OH, HELLO THERE.

GIVE ME ONE SECOND.

I JUST WANT TO ENJOY ALITTLE TASTY SLUG OF

TOBACCO.

HMMMM, HMMMM, PLEASE BESEATED.

NOW, FOLKS, HMMMM, HMMMM,HMMMM.

I AM DETECTING NOTES OF OAK,LEATHER AND JAWBONE DECAY.

I JUST WANTED TO ADD THAT TOMY CHAW JUICE OR AS THEY CALL

IT IN NORTH CAROLINA,BARBECUE SAUCE.

NOW FOLKS, TOBACCO ANDBARBECUE ARE FOUND IN THE

75th INSTALLMENT OF MY 434PART SERIES BETTER KNOW A

DISTRICT.

TONIGHT NORTH CAROLINA'SFIRST, THE FIGHTING FIRST!

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)FOLKS, THE FIRST DISTRICT OF

NORTH CAROLINA INCLUDES DUKEUNIVERSITY KNOWN FOR ITS

SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING,ADVANCED MEDICAL RESEARCH

AND COMPLETELY DESTROYINGYOUR NCAA BRACKET.

THE FIRST IS ALSO HOME TOTHE TOWN OF NEW BERN, THE

SETTING FOR NICHOLAS SPARKSROMANTIC NOVEL THE NOTEBOOK

WHICH EXPLAINS THE MOTTOYOUR GIRLFRIEND MADE YOU

COME HERE.

AND WHO HAS THE RESEARCH-- TOREPRESENT THIS DISTRICT, THE

FIRST HAS THE HIGHESTPERCENTAGE OF BLACK RESIDENTS

IN NORTH CAROLINA SOIT'S NO SURPRISE IT'S

PROMINENT AFRICAN-AMERICANCONGRESSMAN AND CIVIL RIGHTS

LEADER GK BUTTERFIELD.

I SAT DOWN WITHREPRESENTATIVE BUTTERFIELD

IN HIS WASHINGTON OFFICE.

HEY.

>> GOOD MORNING.

>> GOOD MORNING.

>> WHAT'S HAPPENING?

CAN SOMEONE TELL ME WHAT'SHAPPENING?

IS THIS THE GUY?

>> THIS IS HIM.

>> YOU SAID HE WAS BLACK.

>> I HAVE BEEN FOR 66 YEARS.

>> MY MISTAKE, I DON'T SEERACE.

>> WE COME IN ALL SHADES,HOW ABOUT THAT.

>> EXACTLY.

I REALLY THOUGHT YOU WERE AWHITE GUY, MY APOLOGIES.

OR CONGRATULATIONS, HOWEVERYOU SEE IT IS NOT FOR ME

TO JUDGE.

>> I'VE FACED IT FOR 66YEARS, BADGE OF HONOR.

>> TELL ME ABOUT THE FIGHTIN'FIRST.

>> 750,000 PEOPLE, HALFAFRICAN-AMERICAN, HALF WHITE,

24 COUNTIES, 84CITIES AND TOWNS.

>> JAZZ LEGEND THELONIOUSMONK IS FROM YOUR

DISTRICT.

>> HE IS.

>> YOU KNOW THAT SONG OF HISTHAT GOES, YOU KNOW-- YOU

KNOW THAT ONE.

>> NO, BUT THELONIOUSMONK WAS FROM ROCKY MOUNTAIN,

NORTH CAROLINA.

NOTHING?

>> NO, BUT I LOVE JAZZ.

SWITCHING GEARS YOU VOTED ONTHE VOTING RIGHTS ACT CORRECT.

BUT ACCORDING TO THE SUPREMECOURT THERE ISN'T RACISM ANY

MORE WHEN IT COMES TOVOTING.

>> NO, THE SUPREME COURTSAID THAT THINGS HAVE

CHANGED.

THAT WE NOW LIVE IN ADIFFERENT POLITICAL

ENVIRONMENT.

>> RIGHT NO RACISM-- RACISM.

>> THAT WAS NOT THE MAJORITYOPINION.

I CHALLENGE YOU ON THAT.

>> WELL, CORRECT ME IF I'MWRONG.

THE LAST FIVE YEARS WE'VEHAD A PRESIDENT NAMED BARACK

OBAMA WHO IS A BLACK MAN,OKAY.

NO RACISM.

>> NO, YOU CANNOTEXTRAPOLATE FROM THE

ELECTION OF PRESIDENT BARACKOBAMA THAT THERE IS NO

RACISM IN AMERICA.

>> I JUST DID.

>> WELL, ARE YOU WRONG.

>> HE'S A BLACK GUY RIGHT.

>> HE IS A BLACK GUY,EVIDENTLY MY BLACK-DAR IS

OFF TODAY.

>> PRESIDENT OBAMA SURPRISEDTHE WORLD.

>> I WAS READY.

>> YEAH.

ALL OF US WERE.

ALL OF US PROGRESSIVETHINKING PEOPLE.

>> ALL OF US BECAUSE NONE OFUS ARE RACISTS.

>> THERE IS RACISM INAMERICA, TO MAKE NO MISTAKE

ABOUT IT.

>> DO YOU BELIEVE IN FIGHTINGFOR MINORITY RIGHTS.

>> ABSOLUTELY.

>> WHAT IS THE GREATESTMINORITY IN THE UNITED

STATES RIGHT NOW, IT'S THETOP 1%.

THERE IS 1% OF US.

>> THERE ARE GOOD PEOPLE INTHE-- MANY OF THOSE ARE

FRIENDS OF MINE.

>> MANY OF MY FRIENDS ARE INTHE 1% BUT I WOULDN'T WANT

YOUR DAUGHTER DATING THEM.

>> I WOULD LOVE MY DAUGHTERDATING A 1%.

>> YES.

>> IS SHE SINGLE.

>> NO, SHE'S MARRIED.

>> OKAY, SO THAT'S WEIRD.

>> WELL, THAT'S-- LET'S MOVEON.

>> OBAMACARE.

GREAT TRAIN WRECK OR THEGREATEST TRAIN WRECK.

>> WHEN THE HISTORY OF THISPERIOD IS WRITTEN YOU WILL

SEE THE AFFORDABLE CARE AGOHAS BEEN ONE OF THE MOST

SIGNIFICANT PIECES OFLEGISLATION THAT HAS EVER

BEEN PASSED.

>> DID YOU KNOW THAT OBAMAWAS LYING WHEN HE SAID YOU

COULD KEEP YOUR PLAN.

>> PRESIDENT OBAMA WAS NOTLYING.

>> IF YOU LIKE THE PLAN YOUCAN KEEP YOUR PLAN.

>> ARE YOU TELLING THETRUTH.

>> THE INSURANCE COMPANIESARE THE ONES WHO ARE

DROPPING PEOPLE.

>> RIGHT.

>> PEOPLE CANNOT KEEP THEIRPLAN.

THEY LIKE THEIR PLAN ANDTHEY CANNOT KEEP THEIR PLAN.

>> SOME POLICIES OFINSURANCE MAY HAVE INCREASED

IN PRICE.

THAT'S WHAT IS DEBATING ALLABOUT.

PEOPLE ARE SAYING MYINSURANCE WENT UP.

WELL NOW YOU HAVE ANINSURANCE POLICY THAT MEETS

YOUR NEEDS AND THE NEEDS OFYOUR FAMILY.

>> EVEN THOUGH SOME COMEALONG TO HARVEST YOUR KIDNEY

WITHOUT YOUR PERMISSION.

>> I DON'T KNOW ABOUTHARVESTING YOUR KIDNEY.

>> THAT COULD HAPPEN.

HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OFPEOPLE.

HAPPENED TO A BUDDY OF MYCOUSIN, HE WOKE UP, AND

THEY HAD TAKEN ONE OF HISKIDNEYS.

AND THE MIRROR LIPSTICK SAIDWELCOME TO OBAMACARE.

>> PEOPLE WANT THEAFFORDABLE CARE ACT.

>> IT IS OBAMA CARE THEYDON'T LIKE.

>> IT'S THE SAME.

>> WE'LL JUST AGREE TODISAGREE.

>> THE FIRST DISTRICT ISMADE UP LARGELY OF TOBACCO

FARMERS.

IS THAT TRUE.

>> THAT IS CORRECT.

>> BUT YOU SAID YOU WOULD BEOPEN TO A PRESCHOOL

INITIATIVE THAT RAISES THEPRICE OF CIGARETTES BY 94

CENTS. DO YOU REALLY THINK PRESCHOOLERS

COULD AFFORD TO PAY THATMUCH FOR THEIR CIGARETTES.

>> ARE YOU OPEN TO A-- THATWOULD BE PAID FOR BY RAISING

THE PRICES OF CIGARETTES BY94 CENTS.

>> THAT'S DIFFERENT.

>> I THINK THAT IS EXACTLYTHE SAME.

>> I MISUNDERSTOOD YOU WHENYOU FIRST SAID IT.

>> I ACCEPT YOUR APOLOGY.

>> WE'VE-- NO QUESTION ABOUTIT.

>> ON THE BACKS OFKINDERGARTENERS AND PRE-K

WE CAN NO LONGER AFFORDCIGARETTES.

>> NOW YOU HAVE TURNED ITAROUND AGAIN.

>> I'M ASKING YOU WHY YOUARE CHARGING PRESCHOOLERS SO

MUCH FOR CIGARETTES.

THEY CAN BARELY AFFORD ITNOW.

>> THOSE WHO SMOKECIGARETTES CAN AFFORD TO PAY

A LITTLE MORE TO HELP USINVEST IN EDUCATION.

>> EVEN A SIX-YEAR-OLD.

>> SIX-YEAR-OLDS DON'TSMOKE.

>> NOT EVEN IN NORTHCAROLINA.

>> NOT EVEN IN NORTHCAROLINA.

>> NOW I AM FROM SOUTHCAROLINA.

I KNOW THERE IS A LOT OFRIVALRY BETWEEN OUR TWO

STATES.

LET'S SEE HOW MUCH OF ACONNOISSEUR OF BARBECUE YOU

ARE.

I HAVE A PLATE HERE OF SOUTHCAROLINA BARBECUE AND A

PLATE OF NORTH CAROLINABARBECUE.

AND SEE IF YOU CAN TELLWHICH ONE IS WHICH.

OKAY?

>> SOME PEOPLE WOULD CALLTHIS PULLED PORK.

>> YES.

>> IT'S NOT A CHOPPEDBARBECUE.

I DON'T KNOW WHAT THAT IS.

>> THAT'S AS CLOSE AS WECOULD GET TO NORTH CAROLINA

BARBECUE. IT'S SHREDDED CARDBOARD IN VINEGAR.

>> THAT'S DISGUSTING.

>> I AGREE.

THERE IT IS, YOU BELIEVENORTH CAROLINA BARBECUE IS

DISGUSTING.

CONGRESSMAN, THANK YOU SOMUCH FOR TALKING WITH ME

TODAY.

>> THANK YOU, STEPHEN.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)>> LET'S PUT NORTH CAROLINA'S

1s UP ON THE BIG BOARD!

OH, AND THERE IS DUKEBASKETBALL TEAM GOING UP IN

FLAMES AGAIN.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

>> WELCOME BACK, EVERYBODY,THANKS SO MUCH, FOLKS.

YOU KNOW, NATION, YOU KNOWTHAT THE WORLD HAS BEEN

GRIPPED BY THE MYSTERY OFMALAYSIAN AIRLINES FLIGHT

370.

WE HEAR THE REPORTS, SENDOUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS TO

ALL THOSE SUFFERING GREATLOSS BECAUSE TODAY THE

MYSTERY BECAME A TRAGEDYWHEN THE MALAYSIAN

GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED THEPLANE WENT DOWN IN THE

INDIAN OCEAN AND THERE WERENO SURVIVORS.

THANKFULLY THEY INFORMED THEFAMILIES FIRST IN THE MOST

APPROPRIATE MANNER, VIA TEXTMESSAGE.

YES.

TEXT MESSAGE.

BECAUSE SNAPCHAT WOULD BEINSENSITIVE.

NOW BECAUSE MALAYSIA RADARSYSTEM APPEARS TO BE A JAIL

BROKEN iPHONE ATTACHED TO ADREAM CATCHER, THERE WAS

VERY LITTLE INFORMATION TOREPORT LAST WEEK BUT I'M

HAPPY TO SAY THAT DID NOTSTOP MY COLLEAGUES IN THE 24

HOUR NEWS GAME FROM YANKINGTHEORIES OUT OF THEIR ASS-DAR.

JIM?

>> ONE THEORY IS IT FLEW INTHE SHADOW OF ANOTHER PLANE

AND SO ON THE RADAR IT WASPICKED UP JUST AS ONE MOVING

OBJECT.

>> I THINK THIS IS AWELL-FUNDED HIGH-TECH HIJACK

OPERATION AND IT'S SITTINGSOMEWHERE IN THE JUNGLE.

>> MY FAVORITE THEORY, THE5% THEORY IS THAT BECAUSE OF

SOME SECRET PASSENGER WITHSOME SECRET CARGO, THE

AIRCRAFT WAS HIJACKED ANDLANDED SOMEPLACE.

>> THE ENGINES JUST RUN OUT.

>> THAT IS THE THEORY OF THEZOMBIE PLANE.

>> I REALLY DON'T LIKE THETERM ZOMBIE PLANE, THAT

CONNOTES A SINISTER ASPECTTO IT I PREFER TO CALL IT A

GHOST PLANE.

>> ANOTHER THEORY GETTINGTONS OF ATTENTION FOCUS ON

THE BIZARRE NEW MIRACLECOINCIDENCES, FOR EXAMPLE,S

THE FLIGHT NUMBER 370.

THE FLIGHT DISAPPEARED ONTHE THIRD MONTH, 7th DAY OF

THE YEAR, AND MALAYSIAAIRLINE FLIES NEARLY 37,000

PASSENGERS EVERY DAY.

>> THAT'S RIGHT.

FLIGHT 370 DISAPPEARED INMONTH THREE ON DAY SEVEN

WHICH HAS ZERO SIGNIFICANCE.

(LAUGHTER)COINCIDENCE?

COINCIDENCE?

I THINK NOT.

ALSO NOT THINKING, CNN'S DONLEMON.

>> WHO DISTINGUISHED HIMSELFWITH AN UNPARALLELED ORGY OF

TIME KILLING SPECULATIONLIKE THIS.

>> IT WAS SOMETHING FULLYTHAT WE DON'T REALLY

UNDERSTAND.

A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE BEENASKING ABOUT THAT, ABOUT

BLACK HOLES AND ON AND ONAND ON AND ALL THESE

CONSPIRACY THEORIES.

ONE SAYS WHAT ELSE CAN YOUTHINK ABOUT, BLACK HOLES,

BERMUDA TRIANGLE.

JUST LIKE THE MOVIE LOSTTHAT IS WHAT PEOPLE ARE

SAYING.

I KNOW IS PREPOSTEROUS.

BUT IS IT PREPOSTEROUS DOYOU THINK.

>> WELL, BLACK HOLE, A SMALLBLACK HOLE WOULD SUCK IN OUR

ENTIRE UNIVERSE SO WE KNOWIT'S NOT THAT.

BERMUDA TRIANGLE IS OFTENWEATHER AND LOST IS A TV

SHOW.

>> YES.

LOST IS A TV SHOW WITH NOFOUNDATION IN REALITY,

UNLIKE DON LEMON'S TV SHOWWHICH IS FIRMLY GROUNDED IN

ANONYMOUS TWEETS.

BUT DON ISN'T THE ONLY ONEWILLING TO ASK THE HARD TO

BELIEVE QUESTIONS.

>> WHY HASN'T ANYONECONSIDERED THE SERVICES OF A

CREDIBLE PSYCHICSPECIALIZING IN MISSING

PERSONS.

IT SOUNDS INCREDIBLE BUTTHEY HAVE BEEN USED BEFORE.

>> IN THE PAST GOVERNMENTSHAVE USED PSYCHICS.

>> THEY DO USE PSYCHICS BUTIT'S HIGHLY UNLIKELY.

IT'S NOT REALLY A CREDIBLESOURCE.

PSYCHICS CAN'T BESUBJECTIVE.

I DON'T THINK IN THIS CASETHEY WOULD USE A PSYCHIC.

>> NO, NO, CNN HEADLINE NEWSWOULD NEVER REACH OUT TO

PSYCHIC.

>> JOINING US LISA WILLIAMS,A PSYCHIC MEDIUM.

>> WOW!

>> I, I GOT TO TELL YOU, IDID NOT SEE THAT COMING.

I MEAN YOU WOULD HAVE TO BESOME KIND OF PSYCHIC.

>> LISA, I'LL START WITHYOU.

YOU KNOW YOUR THEORY HERE ISTHAT THIS PLANE LANDED

SOMEWHERE, SOME OF THEPASSENGERS STILL ALIVE.

THE COPILOT WAS INVOLVED.

>> NATURALLY I DON'TACTUALLY HAVE HARD CONCRETE

EVIDENCE.

AND I THINK THE ONLY PSYCHICWHO HAS HARD CONCRETE

EVIDENT CAN'T DO THEIR JOBCORRECTLY BECAUSE THEY GET

MISINFORMED.

THEY GET INTERPRETED AND NOWJUST THEY'LL JUST WORK ON

WHAT THEY KNOW.

SO I TEND WORK WORK OFF WHATI DON'T KNOW.

(LAUGHTER)>> SHE WORKS OFF-- SHE WORKS

OFF WHAT SHE DOESN'T KNOW.

WHAT BUSINESS DOES SHE HAVEBEING A GUEST ON CABLE NEWS.

SHE SHOULD BE A HOST ONCABLE NEWS.

AND FOLKS, SHE MIGHT-- SHEMIGHT SOON BECAUSE CNN'S

MALAYSIAN FLIGHT COVERAGEDOUBLED THEIR RATINGS AMONG

VIEWERS BETWEEN AGES 25 AND54, WHICH DREW A LOT OF

CRITICISM FROM THE FOLKS ATFOX NEWS WHICH STILL LEADS

THE RATINGS IN VIEWERS AGE25 PLUS 54.

AND THOSE KIND OF RATINGSTHEY GET THOSE RATINGS

BECAUSE FOX DID NOT ENGAGEIN WILD SPECULATION.

THEY ENGAGED IN HARD FACTS.

>> SO IT TOOK US WHAT, 100YEARS TO FIND THE TITANIC

TOOK THEM 2,000 YEARSTO FIND NOAH'S ARK.

DO WE EVER FIND FLIGHT 370?

>> I THINK-- .

>> Stephen: YEAH, WE ALLREMEMBER WHERE WE WERE WHEN

THEY FOUND NOAH'S ARK.

OVER THERE WHERE THEY FOUNDIT, YOU KNOW.

THAT BIG-- REMEMBER WHENTHEY COVERED-- HUGE STORY!

AND FOLKS, PHIL HAMMER KNOWSHOW TOUGH A SEARCH LIKE THIS

CAN BE.

IT TOOK HIM THREE MONTHS JUSTTO FIND WALDO.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

>> WELCOME BACK, MY GUESTTONIGHT IS A MULTIPLE EMMY

AWARD-WINNING ACTER WHO ISNOW APPEARING ON BROADWAY.

IF THE SHOW IS A HIT HEMIGHT GET A TV SHOW OUT OF

IT.

PLEASE WELCOME BRYANCRANSTON!

HI, BRYAN, GOOD TO SEE YOU,THANKS FOR COMING BACK.

>> MY PLEASURE, MY PLEASURE.

GOOD TO SEE YOU.

>> Stephen: I HAVE NOT SEENYOU.

GOOD TO YOU HAVE BACK.

I HAVE NOT SEEN YOU SINCEYOU AND I ROLLER DISCOED

TOGETHER FOR THE DAFT PUNKVIDEO.

>> I KNOW.

>> Stephen: EVERYBODY KNOWSYOU WERE HAL IN MALCOLM IN

THE MIDDLE.

WALTER WHITE BREAKING BAD!

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)>> Stephen: THEY REMEMBERED.

MONTHS LATER, THEY STILLREMEMBER.

>> THANK GOD, YES.

>> Stephen: BUT NOW YOU'REPLAYING AN EVEN MORE

CHALLENGING CHARACTER.

YOU'RE PLAYING LBJ, LYNDONBAINES JOHNSON ON BROADWAY

AT THE NEIL SIMON THEATRE,ALL THE WAY.

>> YEAH.

>> Stephen: OPENED SAW IT AWEEK AGO FRIDAY.

>> WHAT DID YOU THINK.

>> Stephen: TREMENDOUS.

NO ROLLER DISCO.

>> I WAS PITCHING FOR THAT,THEY SAID NO.

>> Stephen: WHY DO A PLAYAFTER BEING A HUGE TV STAR?

>> IT'S ALL ABOUT THEWRITING AND THE CHARACTER.

THIS CHARACTER ISSHAKESPEARIAN, HE'S LIKE

KING LEAR, HE'S HUGE.

>> Stephen: HE'S PRESIDENT.

>> HE'S PRESIDENT LEAR.

HE'S LIKE THE "GODZILLA" OFPRESIDENTS.

>> Stephen: RIGHT.

I REALLY BELIEVED YOU ASLBJ.

WHEN YOU CAME OUT FOR YOURCURTAIN CALLS, YOU KNOW, THE

LIGHTS WENT DOWN AFTER YOUSAY YOUR FINAL LINE, THE

LIGHTS CAME BACK UP ANDSUDDENLY YOU'RE BRIAN

CRANSTON.

WHAT ARE YOU DOING TOYOURSELF ON STAGE TO MAKE

YOURSELF LBJ?

>> ARE YOU LIKE, ARE YOULIKE YOUR POSTURE IS

DIFFERENT, YOUR FACE ISDIFFERENT, ARE YOU ACTING?

>>.

>> YEAH, I'M-- YOU KNOW,OVER THE COURSE OF REHEARSAL

YOU TAKE IN HIS CHARACTER.

YOU SEE AND YOU TALK AND YOUJUST ABSORB WHO THIS GUY IS.

AND YOU LISTEN TO THE TAPESTHAT HE MADE AND YOU WATCH

HIS MANNERISMS.

AND YOU DON'T WANT TO DO ANIMPERSONATION BUT YOU WANT

TO GET AN ESSENCE OF HIM, AFLAVOR OF HIM SO I ALWAYS

KNOW THAT WHEN I'M READY TOPERFORM IS WHEN THAT

CHARACTER CEASES TO BEOUTSIDE OF ME AND IS

WELCOMED INSIDE, SO TOSPEAK.

YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN?

YOU ACT.

>> Stephen: NO, I DON'T.

>> YES.

>> Stephen: I DON'TUNDERSTAND.

I DON'T UNDERSTAND AT ALL.

BUT THIS IS PRETTY BIG THISIS A PRETTY BIG CHARACTER.

WAS LBJ REALLY, THISLARGER-THAN-LIFE FIGURE THAT

YOU ARE PORTRAYING HIM ASBECAUSE HE WAS SAYING TO THE

HEAD OF HANGER BLACK AZIPPER SHOULD ALWAYS BE AT

LEAST AN INCH OF AWAY FROMTHE BACK OF YOUR BUNGHOLE

>> HE HAD A PET NAME FOR HISJOHNSON, HIS JOHNSON'S

JOHNSON.

HE CALLED IT JUMBO.

AND APPARENTLY IT WAS APTLYNAMED.

>> Stephen: REALLY?

>> YEAH.

>> Stephen: COULD HE PICK UPPEANUTS WITH IT.

NOT ENOUGH-- NOT ENOUGHPRESIDENTS TALK ABOUT THEIR

BALLS.

>> NO, I KNOW, I KNOW.

>> Stephen: THIS GUYLITERALLY WOULD GRAB HIS NUT

SACK WHEN HE WAS EATING.

>> HE WOULD GRAB HIS NUTSACK, TAKE A CRAP IN FRONT

OF PEOPLE.

WE BRING THEM FROM THE OVALOFFICE INTO THE PRIVATE

BATHROOM, DROP HIS DRAWERSAND TAKE A CRAP.

>> Stephen: DO YOU THINKOBAMA COULD GET MORE

LEGISLATION PASSED IF HEWOULD JUST DROP IT IN FRONT

OF BOEHNER.

JUST PINCHED ONE OFF.

>> THAT'S GOT TO BE THETITLE OF ONE OF HIS MEMOIRS,

DROPPING A DEUCE IN FRONT OFBOEHNER.

>> Stephen: WHY DID JOHNSONCARE SO MUCH.

THE PLAY TAKES PLACE FROM1963, NOVEMBER OF '63 AFTER

THE ASSASSINATION OFPRESIDENT KENNEDY TO

NOVEMBER OF '64 WHEN JOHNSONIS RE-ELECTED, SPOILER

ALERT.

AND IT'S REALLY ABOUT HIMDRIVING THROUGH THE CIVIL

RIGHTS LEGISLATION.

WHY DID IT MATTER TO HIM?

HE'S A GUY FROM TEXAS WHICHIS NOT A GREAT STATE FOR

CIVIL RIGHTS.

>> NO.

>> Stephen: WHY DO YOU THINKHE DROVE THIS SO MUCH.

DID THAT SURPRISE YOU?

>> IT DID SURPRISE A LOT OFPEOPLE.

WHEN HE WAS FRESHLY OUT OFCOLLEGE, A YEAR OUT OF

TEACHER'S COLLEGE IN TEXAS,SMALL TEACHERS COLLEGE.

THE JOB HE COULD GET WAS ATTHIS LITTLE TINY ELEMENTARY

SCHOOL IN CATOOLA TEXASWHERE HE TAUGHT FIRST GRADE

TO THESE LITTLE MIGRANT FARMWORKER KIDS.

WHO DIDN'T SPEAK ENGLISH.

BUT AND DIDN'T HAVE A PENNYTO THEIR NAME.

BUT THEY WERE SO EAGER TOLEARN AND THEY LISTENED AND

HE LOVED THESE KIDS.

AND HE WITNESSED HOW THEYWERE MISTREATED BY THE WHITE

PREDOMINANT PEOPLE IN THECOMMUNITY.

AND IT AFFECTED HIM DEEPLY.

>> Stephen: AS I SAID YOUWERE HAL IN MALCOLM IN THE

MIDDLE AND WALTER WHITEBREAKING BAD.

-- BAD, IS JOHNSON CLOSER TOHAL OR WHITE, YOU HAD TO PUT

HIM ON A CONTINUUM BECAUSETHERE IS A RANGE THERE.

>> WELL, HAL AND WALTER WEREBOTH TIGHTY WHITEY GUYS.

JOHNSON IS A COMMANDO MAN.

>> Stephen: YES.

IS THERE ANY-- (APPLAUSE)

THAT'S HEAVY.

WAS THERE ANY-- WAS THEREANY, YOU KNOW, PEOPLE KNOW

YOU FROM WALTER WHITE ANDLOVE IT, WAS THERE ANY

TEMPTATION TO PUT A LITTLEWALTER WHITE IN THIS PLAY.

>> GOD, I HOPE NOT.

>> Stephen: YOU COULD HAVEMADE HUBERT HUMPHREY JESSE --

>> YOU KNOW.

>> Stephen: I WOULDN'T MINDHAVING HIM YELL TO THE

SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE, THAT'SHOW YOU PASS LEGISLATION,

BITCH!

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

BRYAN CRANSTON TO, ALL THEWAY ON BROADWAY GO SEE IT

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

THAT'S IT FOR THE REPORT,EVERYBODY, GOOD NIGHT.

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