Bryan Cranston Reveals What He Didn’t Like About Godzilla

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Godzilla may have raked it at the box office, bringing in over $528 million worldwide, but the film received a mostly mixed reaction.

Complaints ranged from the lack of character depth, to the limited clear footage we got of our titular creature. Director Gareth Edwards (Monsters) certainly showed off skill in the visual department, but many audiences were left wanting a little more.

Godzilla spoilers ahead.

Bryan Cranston was marketed as a lead character in the movie, a move clearly hoping to capitalise on his incredible turn as Walter White in AMC’s Breaking Bad. As those that have seen the movie will know, Cranston’s Joe Brody is killed off in surprising fashion early on. It was somewhat unexpected, even if some trailers did hint at this development, but it ultimately felt as a surprise that cut short an arc that may have added some much-needed depth to our characters.

“That character dying at that time was a mistake,” Cranston said point blank during a Nerdist Podcast (via Bloody Disgusting).

“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.”

Cranston said that, while he still thought Godzilla “was a fun movie,” the filmmakers had dealt with his character “poorly.”

“I told them that even if I wasn’t doing this role, that character shouldn’t die at that point,” Cranston added.

“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.”

So, what would he have preferred to see?

“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.”

Edwards will be returning in the director’s chair for Godzilla 2, which is currently lined up for U.S. release on June 8, 2018. He’ll be moving onto that one after he completes his work at the helm of the first Star Wars spin-off film, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, set to hit the U.S. on December 16, 2016.

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