Bryan Cranston on Godzilla 'mistake': 'It had a bad narrative'

Actor says the death of his character midway through the film was 'dealt with poorly'

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Godzilla is one of the biggest box office hits of Bryan Cranston’s career, but the actor didn't like the way his storyline was handled in the film.

Cranston has explained why it didn't work for him, saying his character Joe Brody was killed off too early, leaving little for the audience to emotionally invest in.

Speaking on the Nerdist podcast, Cranston gave a lucid account of exactly why the film’s narrative didn’t work (and what more can we expect from the acclaimed, multi award-winning actor).

“That character dying at that time was a mistake," he said. "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 centre, that was guiding the audience in the story up to that point - he dies?' What a waste,” he said.

“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 tol 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.”

Does this mean Cranston won’t be appearing in another blockbuster any time soon?


His latest slate of upcoming films, including Trumbo - a movie about the career of Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo who was blacklisted for his communist activities - suggests not.

But he will at least be voicing character Li in Kung Fu Panda 3 in 2016.

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