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Didn't like how Godzilla handled Bryan Cranston's character? Neither did he!

08.14.2015

Spoilers for Gareth Edwards' GODZILLA, but if you weren't happy with Bryan Cranston biting the big one after the first act of the movie, you weren't alone. Not only was Bryan Cranston dissatisfied with how his character went out, but he had an idea for an even better outcome! Speaking recently on the Nerdist podcast, Cranston offered up some classy suggestions on what he would have preferred went down had he been in charge.

Bryan Cranston on his character's fate in GODZILLA:

That character dying at that time was a mistake. I knew it when I read it. When I read it I said, 'Oh, page 50 this character who was the emotional core at the center, that was guiding the audience in the story up to that point - he dies?' What a waste.

They kind of dealt with it poorly, that's my only criticism of it because I think it was a fun movie, it was a very successful movie. I told them that even if I wasn't doing this role, that character shouldn't die at that point. It's just bad narrative, but they were too far down the road. I was the last guy hired because I was still shooting Breaking Bad and they kept pushing because Breaking Bad kept pushing. Finally, I was able to get in and do it.

That character should have been with his son and they would've started to bond a little bit more and they went on this journey together to go back home and be reintroduced to his grandson. Just when they're bonding and it looks like they could have a relationship, the father sacrifices himself to save his son. And that's the way he should have died.

Well, leave it up to Cranston to class up the joint, eh? Sounds more like a Spielberg flick, and I definitely mean that in a good way! Still, the main draw of any Godzilla joint is the monster, not the people, so maybe we'll journey along with a new group of people that we may actually care about for the second film.

GODZILLA 2 is scheduled to hit theaters on June 8, 2018.

Or, ya know, they could've done something like this.

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6:08PM on 08/15/2015
Thank you, I rather watched Cranston, than wooden monotone soldier boy and his equally boring wife and kid if we needed a human character to follow around. Movie was a huge disappointment as a whole anyway.
Thank you, I rather watched Cranston, than wooden monotone soldier boy and his equally boring wife and kid if we needed a human character to follow around. Movie was a huge disappointment as a whole anyway.
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5:53AM on 08/15/2015
Bryan Cranston knows what's up. They should have listened to him, but I guess they were already too far into production.
Bryan Cranston knows what's up. They should have listened to him, but I guess they were already too far into production.
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4:39PM on 08/14/2015

I wish they could do a Godzilla movie without turning it into an Army movie

I know they have to get the southern americans interested in a geeky movie somehow, but focusing so much on idiotic military personnel has been the downfall of american Godzilla movies. Japan has its army in there but the story doesn't follow them. The story follows civilians trying to solve a bigger mystery while Godzilla saves Japan from other monsters.
I know they have to get the southern americans interested in a geeky movie somehow, but focusing so much on idiotic military personnel has been the downfall of american Godzilla movies. Japan has its army in there but the story doesn't follow them. The story follows civilians trying to solve a bigger mystery while Godzilla saves Japan from other monsters.
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1:12AM on 08/16/2015
In what universe would the military not respond to a giant monster arriving on the scene?
In what universe would the military not respond to a giant monster arriving on the scene?
3:24PM on 08/14/2015
If they had to kill off his character, then I would rather have seen Cranston's character bite the dust in the end in maybe a sacrifice to save his son and everything before would be two of them just fixing their relationship. But him and Watanabe were the two human characters I were looking forward to most and both characters were sadly underdeveloped. Perhaps Watanabe's character could come back for the sequel instead of Johnson and Olsen's characters and be the link (other than Godzilla)
If they had to kill off his character, then I would rather have seen Cranston's character bite the dust in the end in maybe a sacrifice to save his son and everything before would be two of them just fixing their relationship. But him and Watanabe were the two human characters I were looking forward to most and both characters were sadly underdeveloped. Perhaps Watanabe's character could come back for the sequel instead of Johnson and Olsen's characters and be the link (other than Godzilla) throughout the series.
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3:19PM on 08/14/2015
Cliche AF. And frankly, I was dissapointed Bryan even took the job. Must have been for a paycheck but with someone of his talent and caliber riding high off of Breaking Bad and all those emmys I would have waited for something a little more juicier, something with more weight. But Bryan's a fun guy so in his defense maybe he wanted to have fun with a role and not be serious for once. I can only assume playing Walter White can take a toll on an actor.
Cliche AF. And frankly, I was dissapointed Bryan even took the job. Must have been for a paycheck but with someone of his talent and caliber riding high off of Breaking Bad and all those emmys I would have waited for something a little more juicier, something with more weight. But Bryan's a fun guy so in his defense maybe he wanted to have fun with a role and not be serious for once. I can only assume playing Walter White can take a toll on an actor.
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2:43PM on 08/14/2015
It really was a missed opportunity.
It really was a missed opportunity.
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2:18PM on 08/14/2015
Yea, ummm this is a monster movie.... so the human characters - well, who gives a shit about them? Seriously?
Yea, ummm this is a monster movie.... so the human characters - well, who gives a shit about them? Seriously?
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12:19AM on 08/15/2015
unfortunately the mass audience cares, and thats sad...

you hit the nail on the head, its a monster movie, were supposed to care bout Godzilla now about the human characters. its supposed to be a subplot that does carry much weight, however that won't sell to the masses.

Wish it would
unfortunately the mass audience cares, and thats sad...

you hit the nail on the head, its a monster movie, were supposed to care bout Godzilla now about the human characters. its supposed to be a subplot that does carry much weight, however that won't sell to the masses.

Wish it would
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2:12PM on 08/14/2015
He's right. It was a wasted opportunity. We might have connected more with the Johnson's character if he was able to have that relationship with Cranston's character through the film. But instead they kill Cranston and somehow that's supposed to help the narrative. Unfortunately, it did the opposite.
He's right. It was a wasted opportunity. We might have connected more with the Johnson's character if he was able to have that relationship with Cranston's character through the film. But instead they kill Cranston and somehow that's supposed to help the narrative. Unfortunately, it did the opposite.
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2:09PM on 08/14/2015
I was looking forward to his character to stay in for the whole movie. That would have been much more entertaining. Then when the unexpected death happened, I was disappointing, and the film bored me. Until the last 20 minutes.
I was looking forward to his character to stay in for the whole movie. That would have been much more entertaining. Then when the unexpected death happened, I was disappointing, and the film bored me. Until the last 20 minutes.
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1:51PM on 08/14/2015

No offense, Bryan, but...

Not every film wants the same characterization and structure. Saying "it's just bad narrative" is foolish and no surprise coming from a film/theatre actor who has been conditioned to use the same conventional formulas of objectives/conflict, etc. The movie, IMO, was pretty terrible, but not for the reason involving Mr. Cranston's character.
Not every film wants the same characterization and structure. Saying "it's just bad narrative" is foolish and no surprise coming from a film/theatre actor who has been conditioned to use the same conventional formulas of objectives/conflict, etc. The movie, IMO, was pretty terrible, but not for the reason involving Mr. Cranston's character.
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1:46PM on 08/14/2015

He was always going to die... You could tell that.

Why sign on though if you don't like it?
Mr Cranston is an utter dude but this seems a weird thing to come out and say.
Why sign on though if you don't like it?
Mr Cranston is an utter dude but this seems a weird thing to come out and say.
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1:40PM on 08/14/2015
I agree, but I also feel like none of the humans were well written in Godzilla, which is why it's sad they're in it so much.
I agree, but I also feel like none of the humans were well written in Godzilla, which is why it's sad they're in it so much.
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1:36PM on 08/14/2015
I completely agree. There was a lot of bad narrative choices in this movie, like having the first Godzilla Vs battle happen off screen for no real reason.
I completely agree. There was a lot of bad narrative choices in this movie, like having the first Godzilla Vs battle happen off screen for no real reason.
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1:34PM on 08/14/2015

He's RIGHT

His character was wasted..I mean I would have rather have him as the lead and him and his son bonding again over the course of the film, maybe he could be sacrificed at the end or something but that`s a missed opportuty, I enjoyed the movie though.
His character was wasted..I mean I would have rather have him as the lead and him and his son bonding again over the course of the film, maybe he could be sacrificed at the end or something but that`s a missed opportuty, I enjoyed the movie though.
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1:28PM on 08/14/2015

I liked it

It was unconventional, and more real. Sometimes the emotional centers in the real world go too soon
It was unconventional, and more real. Sometimes the emotional centers in the real world go too soon
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1:15PM on 08/14/2015
I feel the same way. Cranston would have been better off sacrificing his life to save his son closer to the end and seeing his grandson before he does die. I think most people think it was a waste of his character. He was so prominent in the trailers too.
I feel the same way. Cranston would have been better off sacrificing his life to save his son closer to the end and seeing his grandson before he does die. I think most people think it was a waste of his character. He was so prominent in the trailers too.
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1:12PM on 08/14/2015
Movie sucked anyway, most boring Godzilla ever made, makes the 1998 movie look like a masterpiece, at least that one was fun.
Movie sucked anyway, most boring Godzilla ever made, makes the 1998 movie look like a masterpiece, at least that one was fun.
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1:10PM on 08/14/2015
That's exactly the same way I felt, Cranston's character was the best (human) part of the film and I thought his relationship with his son would be the emotional backbone that the film needed to work alongside the meaty monster mashing. When he died Kick-Ass became boring and nobody else really mattered.

They sacrificed story progression for shock value and it fucked them over.
That's exactly the same way I felt, Cranston's character was the best (human) part of the film and I thought his relationship with his son would be the emotional backbone that the film needed to work alongside the meaty monster mashing. When he died Kick-Ass became boring and nobody else really mattered.

They sacrificed story progression for shock value and it fucked them over.
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