Bryan Cranston on Trump: ‘He’s Refreshing,’ ‘Good for Politics’

Roach said Trumbo was mistreated and should not have been blacklisted for his political views.

“The First Amendment protects especially unpopular ideas. There was nothing he was doing that was illegal. They looked into his life extensively and couldn’t find a single thing. None of these writers were doing anything illegal and yet they all lost their jobs,” he said.

“A lot of them lost their homes and marriages. Some people lost their lives – there were suicides – all because people decided they didn’t like their political views and that was about as un-American as you can get, ironically, given that they were being investigated by the House Un-American Committee, so I definitely think he was mistreated.”

Cranston agreed with Roach.

“Dalton Trumbo and other members of the Hollywood 10 and many, many others who were subpoenaed, not all were summoned but hundreds and hundreds of people were under the threat of imprisonment, ordered to answer specific questions that in order to do that meant you discard your First Amendment rights of freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, freedom of religion, freedom to join any political party you wish,” he said.

“That’s the cornerstone, the foundation of our country was those freedoms. Why they left Europe or wherever else they came from was to free themselves from that kind of persecution.”