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‘TRUMBO’, Bryan Cranston Plays the Beleaguered Blacklisted Writer Whose Immense Talent Couldn’t Be Quashed

In the upcoming film TRUMBO by Entertainment One, the amazing Bryan Cranston plays the eponymous character whose lucrative writing career all but disappeared when he refused to testify in front of the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC). Although blacklisted and jailed for contempt, Trumbo found a way to continue writing after his release and through to the end of his life.

The successful career of 1940s screenwriter Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston) comes to a crushing end when he and other Hollywood figures are blacklisted for their political beliefs. TRUMBO (directed by Jay Roach) tells the story of his fight against the U.S. government and studio bosses in a war over words and freedom, which entangled everyone in Hollywood from Hedda Hopper (Helen Mirren) and John Wayne to Kirk Douglas and Otto Preminger.


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