Bryan Cranston to Donald Trump: 'Let's grow up!'

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Bryan Cranston On Transforming Into Lyndon B. Johnson For 'All The Way'

By: Chelsea Huang

Bryan Cranston has three words for Donald Trump.

"Let's grow up."

The actor caught up with AOL at a screening of his new HBO film, "All the Way," an on-screen adaptation of the play. The multi-faceted star, who won a Tony in 2014 for his role in the Broadway version, reprises his role as Lyndon B. Johnson as the president helps to broker the Civils Rights Act of 1964.

Though immersed in a very different political era, the film holds a mirror up to today's condition. As it highlights the drastically different state of American politics at the time, it also shines a spotlight on how much things have stayed the same -- particularly when it comes to one boisterous political candidate.

"Times were different," Cranston said. "Relationships with women were different. There was a lot more permission, I should say, for men to behave as they wish. And unfortunately, it seems like there is one candidate who seems to have that same sense of permissive behavior who is running for preseident right now about women and sense of power and entitlement. And we're rolling back to some of those times."

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Anthony Mackie, who plays Martin Luther King, Jr., weighed in on one of his biggest takeaways from his portrayal.

"I think the same things LBJ and MLK were fighting for then, wer'e still fighting for now," he said. "Black Lives Matter is a civil rights matter. If you look at health care, that's a Medicaid, Medicare matter. In this country, we treat histroy as just that -- history. I think the sooner we learn our history and realize how important it is, the greater we'll be to move on from it."

Both actors hope the film will spark curiosity and generate interest among young people to see exactly how the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed and the give-and-take that had to happen to get there, especially amid today's very polarized political climate.

"It's about the appreciation of the art of compromise," Mackie said. "I feel like right now we're in a society where compromise is looked upon as a weakness. But then, you know, politicians who are politicians for the good of the people, they understand that they have to give a little for everyone to win in the end."

"It's just like finding justice," Cranston added. "It's not about winning the case from a lawyer standpoint. It's about finding justice to the case."

"All the Way" premieres on HBO on May 21.

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