While Roman Holiday is considered a classic, the story behind the scenes is almost legendary. And the new film, Trumbo, starring Bryan Cranston as the titular award-winning screenwriter, gives fans a look at how the Audrey Hepburn film came together.
The new movie details the period when Dalton Trumbo -- who at one point was the highest paid screenwriter in Hollywood -- was blacklisted for his alignment with the Communist Party. After refusing to testify before Congress about whether he or other people in the industry planted propaganda in U.S. films, Trumbo was shut out. By 1950, the screenwriter was penning scripts under various pseudonyms -- even winning an Academy Award.
In ET’s exclusive clip from Trumbo, the writer is seen convincing Ian McLellan Hunter (Alan Tudyk) to take credit for The Princess and the Peasant, which later became known as Roman Holiday.
As to why the title changed? “It sounds like a puppet show,” Hunter laments.
While the character is far from Walter White, his career-making role on AMC’s Breaking Bad, Cranston admits this real-life alter ego was just as complex.
“Trumbo was a great guy to get involved in," Cranston tells ET Canada. “Troubled, confusing, complex... just an interesting guy to get in his skin.”
Just because he likes these troubled heroes, don’t expect the 59-year-old actor to return to White anytime soon. "I don't have a yearning to go back into [Walter's] world because we just covered it completely I think,” he says.