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Cranston commands as blacklisted writer in TrumboSitting in a bathtub with a pen in one hand and glass of whiskey in the other, a long cigarette holder dangling beneath his wiry moustache, Dalton Trumbo wrote countless Hollywood screenplays. You don't have to know a thing about Trumbo, Hollywood or communism to enjoy watching "Trumbo". Appearing in nearly every frame of the film, Cranston infuses John McNamara's clever screenplay with even more life.Director Jay Roach keeps these big performances of even bigger personalities in balance, an oscillation of stars around Trumbo.Trumbo, a trade union supporter, would regularly meet with his friends – Hird, Robinson and other Hollywood colleagues – to discuss political and social ideas. Like many others, Trumbo had become a communist after the Great Depression, and the group was concerned about the state of the country.
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