It’s more than just the kiss. You’ll see that one everywhere today, no doubt, over and over again. It will be re-played and probably spoofed as well in the days and weeks to come. If you missed it, actor Bryan Cranston planted one of the longest, spontaneous award-show kisses in history on the lips of Julia Louise-Dreyfuss as she made her way to the stage to accept her Emmy Award last night. But then Cranston really got down to business, giving his own acceptance speech, as he won his 4th consecutive Emmy for Lead Actor in a Drama, for the show Breaking Bad.
With all transparency, I’m biased because my wife and I are in the middle of watching the entire series of Breaking Bad… one of the very few shows we watch and we really enjoy it. The show is not for the faint of heart, but Cranston is that good. He is obviously passionate – he proved that with the lip-lock he served up on camera – but he’s also very passionate about his profession. It’s his speech last night that hit home with me – it just might with you- and it fits perfectly into the confines of this blog. Because while it took some time and it wasn’t easy, Bryan Cranston found his WHY:
“I don’t know why I have been blessed with an abundance of good fortune in my life. I was the kid that always looked for the short-cut, a schemer. My own family nicknamed me “Sneaky Pete”. My own family. So I did happen to stumble upon finding a passion that created a seed and bloomed into something so wonderful for me. I love to act. It is a passion of mine and I will do it until my last breath. I can only say that I have gratitude for everything that has happened. I have gratitude for the Academy for this lovely honor.
To the love of my family, I love you guys. Gratitude for AMC and Sony and especially to Vince Gilligan who made this possible for me to have this roll of a lifetime. Gratitude for our writers, our directors, the wonderful crew that we have in New Mexico and this intimate cast that we created. My dear friend Aaron Paul, (Cranston’s co-star), I love you so much and I appreciate that and helping each other. To Anna Gunn, my television wife extraordinaire – I love you.
Finally I want to just say that I’d like to dedicate this award to all the “Sneaky-Pete’s” of the world who thought that settling for mediocrity was a good idea cause it was safe…don’t do it. Take a chance, take a risk, find that passion, rekindle it… fall in love all over again, it’s really worth it.”
Obviously this is one guy who has plenty of passion to go around…and that’s not just lip service.
Until next time, thanks for taking the time.
Mark Brodinsky, Author, Huffington Post Blogger, Financial Services
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