Bryan Cranston: Predators can have a comeback if they’re really sorry
Actor Bryan Cranston sat down with BBC News to promote his run in the stage adaptation of the film “Network,” and in the course of the interview commented on the wave of powerful Hollywood predators finally getting called out by the men, women, and in Tom Sizemore’s case, children they allegedly victimized.
Although the 61-year-old expressed gratitude that survivors of sexual abuse feel more confident coming forward and that the epidemic of misconduct is a systemic issue not exclusive to show business, he did theorize on how alleged abusers like disgraced studio head Harvey Weinstein and fellow actor Kevin Spacey could find redemption.
He said it would “take time… and tremendous contrition on their part”.
“If they were to show us that they… are truly sorry and are making amends, not defending their actions but asking for forgiveness.
“Maybe down the road there is room for that [a way back]. Maybe it’s possible,” the star told the BBC.
“It would be up to us to determine case by case whether or not this person deserves a second chance,” he added.
One on hand, this sounds like sexual assault apologia. On the other hand, it’s not like plenty of stars accused of horrendous things haven’t been afforded second acts after displaying far less contrition than what Cranston mentioned. Mel Gibson, a guy who was accused of punching his ex-girlfriend in the face while she held their baby, was welcomed back to the 2017 Oscars and is now starring in blockbuster family comedies despite his numerous offenses. All he had to do was lay low for a few years and blame his alleged anti-Semitism and domestic violence on alcoholism. If Cranston sees a way back for these people, it’s probably because he’s seen it happen time and time again. We all have.