[Movies] Bryan Cranston Discusses His Role in The New Godzilla Movie
Posted by Larry Csonka on 03.19.2014
And his relationship with Godzilla…
- Bryan Cranston recently spoke about being in a Godzilla movie and more. Here are the highlights…
On His On Set Relationship With Godzilla: He's in his trailer. That guy, such an asshole. I have to tell you, when he gets on the set he delivers, though, so I see why he keeps coming back to make movie after movie, because he's good. He's just a prick.
On Working With Gareth Edwards: He's remarkably calm. I always look for someone who has a clear vision, and yet is malleable, so that the vision isn't set in stone, rigid, ‘my way or the highway' kind of thing, which you do run up against sometimes. I think it would be shooting yourself in the foot, because the triumvirate of writer, actor and director is what you want. You want everybody working at that level, so by having a director who welcomes dialogue, in this case from the actor to director, ideas, input and that sort of thing, and embraces it, then it just spawns more of that. It gives actors a sense that they are valued. Not just that, ‘You know, you can do this and step here,' but that your opinions are valued coming in. So, before I even signed on, I had two very lengthy conversations over the phone when I was still shooting Breaking Bad. At first I was a little reticent, just because of the overall nature of it, and I think I was also feeling a little bit of, ‘Oh, I have to protect this now,' because I was coming off of a very well-written show with a very compelling storytelling, that it's going to be compared, whatever I do. Then I thought that I didn't want to be a prude about it either. I want to be able to embrace the largness of it, the uniqueness of it, and the fun! I don't want to say, ‘Oh no no, that's not high-brow in any regard!' But what won me over is the story-line and Gareth's commitment. He came after me, we talked, and I told him the initial problems I had with the script, and then we started talking some more, and then pretty soon, if you are not careful, as an actor you start to take ownership of it, and then you are sunk.
On Getting to be in a Godzilla Movie: I love Godzilla! What I loved as a boy was Godzilla more than King Kong, because he just destroyed everything without any apologies. I did. I loved it! And then later on, I heard the story about the [American producer Joseph E. Levine] who bought this Japanese film [1954's Godzilla] and was going to release it in the States but he knew it wasn't going to fly, so he hired writers and Raymond Burr as a reporter and they shot a bunch of stuff and just inserted him throughout the movie and they released it and that's how he made his fortune.