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Wednesday 28 January 2015

No Man Of Steel role for Cranston

Bryan Cranston has been linked to the role of Lex Luthor in Man Of Steel 2
Bryan Cranston has been linked to the role of Lex Luthor in Man Of Steel 2

Bryan Cranston has laughed off rumours that he could be playing Lex Luthor in Man Of Steel 2.

There had been speculation that the Breaking Bad star could be in line to play Superman's nemesis in Zack Snyder's upcoming sequel after he apparently said he would be interested in the role.

But he told Boston.com: "This is all news to me. I think that maybe my name is bandied about because I'm known to be bald. 'What bald guy can we get?' The reality is they can take any actor and shave his head or put a bald cap on him."

Ben Affleck is set to portray Batman while Henry Cavill is expected to reprise his superhero role as Superman in Man Of Steel 2, which is scheduled for release in July 2015.

Bryan, who worked with Ben in political thriller Argo, also joked that if he did take the role he would be too nervous to ask Gene Hackman, who played Lex in four Superman films, for advice.

"I can just see how that phone call would go. 'Gene? Hi, this is Bryan Cranston.' 'Who? Bryan Cranston? What do you want? How did you get this number?'" he quipped.

Bryan, best known for his Emmy-winning performance as drug dealer Walter White in Breaking Bad, will next star on the big screen in crime thriller Cold Comes The Night and Gareth Edwards' Godzilla remake.

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