Bryan Cranston: “I want to slow it down”
Mr. Cranston, were you ever worried that fame would corrupt you?
When you don’t have it, riches or fame or whatever, you think, “If I ever did, it would not change me! I’d still be the same person!” Well, no. By virtue of the description itself, you are not the same person. You have to behave differently.
In what ways?
I’ll meet some strangers who know me, but I don’t know them. And if I open up, sometimes there’ll be people who want to flood in: “Give me your e-mail address. Let’s get together. I want to buy dinner.” I have learned to come to the point where it’s like, “No. We have had this exchange, but we are two ships that have passed in the night. And you want to have dinner with me because I am famous.”
Amy Schumer: “That’s all I can ask for”
Ms. Schumer, is laughter is always good weapon?
For me, it is, yeah. If you just laugh no matter what is going on, you feel like everything is going to be okay.
Has being a comedian helped you in that respect?
Nothing about being performer has helped me. I mean, okay — Internet trolling does not get me down at all anymore, which is cool. When I started out and I was first on TV 10 years ago, it’s scary. And now it’s like, “Oh, please.” But that stuff can be traumatizing. I feel lucky that I became known when I was older, really in my thirties because if you are a kid when that happens, how can that not damage you? So, that’s a lesson, for sure but mostly it’s really been about living my life.