Here’s the First Transformative Photo of Bryan Cranston as LBJ in HBO’s All the Way

Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston is taking his performance as President Lyndon B. Johnson in the Broadway play All the Way to the small screen with HBO’s adaptation.

The biopic won’t air until 2016, but to drum up interest in the project, People Magazine published the first official photo of Cranston in character. To say that we’ve already seen our first serious contender for the 2017 Emmy Award for Outstanding Makeup would be an understatement.

Check out the photo below, via Hilary Bronwyn Gale and HBO:

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For reference, here’s an official photo of Johnson in the Oval office, via Arnold Newman of the White House Press Office:

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Honestly, Cranston looks more like a carefully-crafted action figure than anything else, but his resemblance to Johnson is uncanny. So too, apparently, is his ability to channel the 36th President of the United States:

“Physically and emotionally Bryan completely channels LBJ,” says director Jay Roach. “We just filmed him and Lady Bird in the Oval Office, after JFK’s assassination. LBJ has arrived as the ‘accidental President.’ He’s almost overwhelmed. In spiritual support, Lady Bird touches his cheek. We melted, like we went back in time and witnessed a private, heart-wrenching moment between these two great people.”

[h/t People Magazine]
[Feature image via screengrab]

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