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Bryan Cranston Almost Didn't Take "Godzilla" Role

May 16 2014, 6:41pm CDT | by , in News

Bryan Cranston Almost Didn't Take "Godzilla" Role
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Actor Says The Script Swayed Him

Bryan Cranston admitted that he's glad to be a part of the new "Godzilla" movie that was released this week in theaters -- but almost didn't take the role because he was still working on "Breaking Bad" and thought he had to follow with "something serious" on his next project afterwards.

In a recent interview about the film, Cranston said he was worried that people might compare the two roles and say, "Oh, that's not anywhere near as good as 'Breaking Bad.'"

"I didn't want to have that conversation," the actor added.

After receiving a call from his agent -- Cranston was asked to read over the script to get a more in depth look at the actual role he would be playing.  That's when the actor started to decide it might be a role that he could fill without having those types of questions pop up.

"I was surprised by what I read. I didn't anticipate that," he said.

The 58-year-old actor said he loved watching the Japanese "Godzilla" films growing up and really bought into the idea "they are actually destroying a city and I didn't realize that it was a man in a suit or anything.

Cranston still wasn't keen on the idea though until after he had read the script.  He felt it may not be right for him as an actor to take on such a role -- even though he enjoyed watching the monster as a kid destroy buses and "cut buildings in half with his tail," he said in an interview with CBS News.

The story is what sold him after reading the script -- which features his family centered around having a personal connection with Gozilla in the movie.  Cranston plays a nuclear physicist and former engineer at a nuclear plant, Joe Brody – incidentally also Ford’s father. He discovered an anomaly at the nuclear plant akin to a seismic activity.

Hinting at where the story goes, Cranston says, “He thinks it’s geological phenomenon, and then he comes to realize, too late, that it’s not. It’s biological.”

“You know, he’s a man of science, so it’s all about how science can give answers to protect man, really more than the nature of things. One of the things I thought about (with regard to this role) is that, as a man who works in the nuclear energy industry, he’s okay with that. It’s not an issue for him. And I think that’s a prevailing thought with most people in that industry – (the fact that) the gain outweighs the risk.” He then quickly adds, “Or does it?”

“Godzilla” opened in local cinemas, including IMAX 3D, on May 15.

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