Bryan Cranston, Jennifer Garner Delivered Food Trucks to ‘Wakefield’ Set

Bryan Cranston often plays fatherly characters on-screen but for many of his young costars that mentoring spirit carries on when the cameras aren’t rolling.

“It was like one huge action class on set,” explained actress Victoria Bruno, who plays the daughter of Cranston and Jennifer Garner in “Wakefield,” the actors’ latest release. “He took the time to sit with me every day to ask me what I want to learn and what questions I have.”

The Cinema Society and Fiji Water hosted a special screening of “Wakefield” Thursday in New York with guests Zoe Kazan, Rachel Roy, Fern Mallis and Johannes Huebl on hand to celebrate the moody drama, which focuses largely on lengthy and intense soliloquies from Cranston.

“I’ve been doing it for so many years and now at 61 years old I have to make sure my energy level stays high [on set] when I need it high,” explained the former “Breaking Bad” actor. “If I get a sense that I’m not going to be needed for an hour, I’ll go back to my trailer and nap for 45 minutes. We’re there for 14 or 15 hours everyday so it’s more of an endurance test than anything else.”

To lighten the daily drudgery of filming, Cranston and Garner strategically provided food trucks to deliver goodies to the cast and crew as a gesture of thanks. “Jen always has a homemade pizza truck come out to the set [she’s on] so every crew member can individualize their own pizza,” explained Cranston. “I had an ice cream truck come out and there was a coffee truck that came and made lattes. It’s a small gesture, but we don’t want the work to go unnoticed.”

Following the screening, guests convened at the Penthouse Hotel on Rivington for an after party where tequila cocktails were welcome refreshments in the unseasonably hot and humid weather.

A distant lightning storm sparked behind the Empire State Building’s silhouette as Cranston, who was dressed in head-to-toe Givenchy for the evening, waved off the notion that his role in “Wakefield” could eventually be an Oscar contender. Costar Garner stayed briefly for the post-screening party and dashed.

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Jennifer Garner Dazzles in Sleek Strapless Dress at Premiere of Her New Film ‘Wakefield’

People interviewed Jennifer last night on the red carpet of the screening of Wakefield. She talks about the new film and working with Bryan Cranston.

New York City may be experiencing record temperature highs, but that didn’t stop Jennifer Garner from staying cool on the red carpet Thursday night — while at the screening of her new film Wakefield.

The 45-year-old actress wore a black strapless tea-length dress with gold accents to the event, held at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema and hosted by The Cinema Society and FIJI Water. She accessorized the look with simple black pumps and silver jewelry.

Garner stars in the film alongside actor Bryan Cranston, who was also at the event. He wore a charcoal suit, white shirt, and black tie.

Based on an E.L. Doctorow short story, the film tells the story of an attorney named Howard Wakefield (Cranston) who spends months hiding out in his garage attic after a nervous breakdown — spying on the reaction of his wife Diana (Garner) and their family to his disappearance.

Speaking with reporters, Garner revealed that before shooting began, she and Cranston underwent “intimacy training” in order to accurately portray a longtime couple onscreen.

“We did this intimacy training, we sniffed each other, we checked out each other’s feet,” she said.

So how did her costar fare?

“Brian smells delicious, he smells like Ivory soap. I would sniff him anytime,” she quipped.

Garner also said that she can understand the appeal of Wakefield‘s theme of escaping reality.

“I can see the allure of it. I’m in the thick of raising kids,” she explained. “My escape is when I go to work.”

Directed by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Robin Swicord (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), Wakefield is in theaters now.

While Garner and Swicord worked together on this picture, there’s another director clamoring to collaborate with the former Alias star — ex Ben Affleck.

The 44-year-old actor told PEOPLE that that he’s hoping to direct a female-led film starring Garner.

“I would love to, are you kidding me?” the Oscar winner said. “I think that would be great. I’ve often said that I want to direct a movie that Jennifer was in because I think she’s so great and she could do something really cool.”

The only hitch? It would be a scheduling nightmare for the kids of the friendly exes: Violet, 11, Seraphina, 8, and Samuel, 5.

“The problem that gets in the way is that one of us has to be looking after the kids at home,” Affleck explained — adding the two would have to wait until the kids are in college. “I’ve got another however many years until college. We’re lockin’ it down for the next 13 years.”

Bryan Cranston shines in moody, escapist ‘Wakefield’

The NY Daily News gives a review of Jennifer’s new film Wakefield.

Have you ever fantasized about one day walking away from your well-ordered life? Just ditching work and the humdrum routine of life? You have? Then, before you go, you need to see the curiously brilliant film “Wakefield.”

Bryan Cranston stars as Howard Wakefield, a successful, upper class suburbanite with a wife and kids who, on an otherwise ordinary day, doesn’t come home from work. He effectively drops out of life.

No, “Wakefield ” isn’t a story about running away. Our hero actually chooses to stay very close to his family — he hides in his home’s unheated garage attic and scrounges for food in Dumpsters. He spends the next several months quietly spying on the life he has removed himself from.

“I ask you: What is so sacrosanct about a marriage and a family that you should have to live in it day after day, however unrealized that life may be?” he asks. “Who hasn’t had the impulse to just put that life on hold for a moment?”

“Wakefield” is directed by Robin Swicord from her adaptation of E.L. Doctorow’s short story. Her film is a moody meditation on modern living and surveillance, true to the original 10,000-word tale but also beautifully cinematic.

It taps into a deep vein of American angst at social conformity, explored before by everyone from Henry David Thoreau to “American Beauty.” It arrives at a time when there’s a surge in interest in a more natural life far from the crowds — so-called “cabin porn.” But the suburban cabin Wakefield finds himself leads to a brutal, unromantic life.

Forever peering down into the main house’s windows, Wakefield must endure freezing New York winters and its blistering summer days. His hair and beard become unkempt. He grows self-reliant — embracing the anti-consumerism of “Fight Club” or “Into the Wild” — and becomes, basically, a hermit.

“I no longer seem to require those things that only days ago were so indispensable,” he says. “Unshackled, I’ll become the Howard Wakefield I was meant to be.”

Cranston is simply remarkable in the role, a tricky one since his character has precious little dialogue with anyone else. Yet the actor shows everything here — arrogance, sorrow, anger, love, fear. It may bring to mind another superb performance from a man who found himself in exile — Tom Hanks in “Cast Away.”

Wakefield’s wife is played with delicate sadness by a terrific Jennifer Garner, who somehow is able to convey ranges of emotion mutely from behind a glass window. Aaron Zigman’s score has colors that are both playful and haunting.

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‘Wakefield’ Trailer

The first trailer for Jen’s new film Wakefield has been released.

Cranston’s Howard Wakefield might be the closest kin to the mad-as-hell Beale, who if he hadn’t met his demise on live national TV he might have done what Wakefield does. Based on the Doctorow story, Howard has a loving wife (Jennifer Garner), two daughters, a prestigious job as a Manhattan lawyer, and a comfortable home in the suburbs. But inwardly he’s suffocating, and eventually he snaps and goes into hiding in his garage attic leaving his family to wonder what happened to him. He observes them from his window — an outsider spying in on his own life — as the days of exile stretch into months. Is it possible to go back to the way things were? Jason O’Mara and Beverly D’Angelo co-star.

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‘Wakefield’ Acquired By IFC Films For May Release

Deadline shares the exciting news that Wakefield has been acquired and will be released at the end of May!

IFC Films has acquired Wakefield, the Robin Swicord-directed pic based on the E.L. Doctorow short story that stars Bryan Cranston and Jennifer Garner. The film, which bowed at Telluride in the fall, will hit theaters beginning May 19 in New York, with a VOD date set for May 26.

Cranston plays successful suburbanite commuter Howard Wakefield who takes a perverse detour from family life: He vanishes without a trace. Hidden in the attic of his carriage house garage, surviving by scavenging at night, Howard secretly observes the lives of his wife (Garner) and children and neighbors and slowly realizes that he has not in fact left his family, he has left himself. Jason O’Mara and Beverly D’Angelo co-star.

Julie Lynn, Bonnie Curtis, Wendy Federman and Carl Moellenberg are producers.

Jennifer Garner Joins Bryan Cranston’s ‘Wakefield’

Variety has exclusively shared the news of Jennifer’s new project!

Jennifer Garner is starring opposite Bryan Cranston as his wife in the drama “Wakefield” with Robin Swicord directing from her own script.

Production has started in Los Angeles. Bonnie Curtis and Julie Lynn are producing through their Mockingbird Pictures banner with Broadway producers Wendy Federman and Carl Moellenberg.

The film is based on a short story of the same name by E.L. Doctorow — which is a retelling of a story by Nathaniel Hawthorne, also called “Wakefield” — about a man who unexpectedly leaves his wife for an extended period of time.

Cranston revealed the project during a November interview on “The Howard Stern Radio Show,” explaining that he will play a married Manhattan lawyer who sees a raccoon in the attic of his home and winds up staying in the attic for several months due to a nervous breakdown. He also said his character will become romantically involved with a younger woman at some point in the story.

Cranston’s character will depart his family after being left stranded and recalling a fight he had with his wife the previous night. When he arrives at home, he decides not to enter his house but instead climbs the stairs of his carriage house-turned-garage up to the attic space — and lives there for the next nine months, emerging only at night and rummaging through trash cans for food while watching his family adjust to life without him much faster than he expects.

Curtis and Lynn partnered under the Mockingbird Pictures banner after “Albert Nobbs,” which was nominated for three Academy Awards. Mockingbird produced “Last Days in the Desert,” which premiered at Sundance, and Rob Spera’s “The Sweet Life,” which is currently in post-production.

Federman and Moellenberg have together won 11 Tony Awards for Broadway productions including “Hair,” “Spring Awakening,” “War Horse,” “Pippin,” “Death of a Salesman” and “Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime.” They also produced last year’s Broadway hit “All the Way,” for which Cranston won a Tony as Lyndon B. Johnson.

“We joyfully supported Bryan on his way to the Tony stage with ‘All the Way,’ and we are looking forward to joining him on this cinematic journey with ‘Wakefield,’” said Federman and Moellenberg.

Red Granite International is handling foreign sales.

Garner is starring in Robbie Brenner’s The Tribes of Palos Verdes, and will next appear in Columbia’s “Miracles from Heaven” and in Barry Sonnenfeld’s “Nine Lives.”

Cranston is currently starring in “Trumbo” as blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, directed by Jay Roach, and will be seen in drug-sting drama “The Infiltrator.” He won five Emmys for “Breaking Bad.”

Swicord’s screenplay credits include “Memoirs of a Geisha,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” and “The Jane Austen Book Club,” which she also directed.