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Friday 30 January 2015

Cranston reveals Godzilla doubts

Bryan Cranston arrives for the European premiere of Godzilla, at the Odeon Leicester Square
Bryan Cranston arrives for the European premiere of Godzilla, at the Odeon Leicester Square

Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston has revealed he hesitated about appearing in Godzilla because he had doubts about the script.

The 58-year-old, who has won awards for his portrayal of chemistry teacher-turned-meth maker Walter White in the hit TV series, had to be convinced to play Joe Brody after first passing on the part in Gareth Edwards' remake of the 1954 Japanese monster movie.

"I wanted to do something different. I didn't want to do something that can be compared to Breaking Bad. At first I turned the role down because I didn't think Godzilla would be the best thing for me to do. I think I was a little snobbish, to be honest with you," he said at the film's European premiere in London's Leicester Square.

"The writing in Breaking Bad was so superb and I wanted something to match that, but I thought, 'What a fool. Maybe I'll never find anything to match that. So (I should) do something in a completely different genre but still have a very strong, compelling character-driven arcs'."

Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who stars as naval officer Ford Brody, walked the red carpet with film-maker and artist wife Sam, while newly-engaged actress Elizabeth Olsen, who plays his screen wife Elle, was accompanied by fiance Boyd Holbrook.

"When someone says Godzilla, you think, 'Not again'. I sat down with Gareth because I loved his first film Monsters and I was intrigued to see what he had to say and his vision... and I fell in love with his idea," Aaron said.

His co-star Elizabeth, who he will reunite with on the Avengers sequel Age Of Ultron, admitted: "I didn't really know what a Godzilla film is, I had never seen one before. But I signed on after talking to Gareth, who told me it is the best monster movie ever made.

"It was fun to shoot but watching it is so amazing. I've seen it twice and I've never had so much fun watching a movie before."

The 25-year-old actress, who looked stunning in a navy beaded floor-length creation by Elie Saab, said the latest version was a homage to the original film, which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year.

"The only film we really reference out of all the Godzillas is the 1954 version," she explained.

British film-maker Gareth, who won awards for his 2010 indie debut Monsters, added: "Godzilla is the benchmark of monster movies. The original black-and-white film was an analogy for Hiroshima so we wanted to do a modern and serious take on Godzilla for the big kids."

Godzilla, which also stars Sally Hawkins, Ken Watanabe and Juliette Binoche, opens in cinemas on May 15.

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