EXCLUSIVE: Bryan Cranston Talks Red Tails and John Carter of Mars
By any standard Bryan Cranston is one of the most successful actors working on television today. Not only is he the star of the critically acclaimed and extremely popular AMC program Breaking Bad, which is about to begin its third season on March 21st, but the actor has also won two Emmy Awards in a row for his role as Walter White, the terminally-ill meth-dealer with a heart of gold. Not to mention that Cranston previously spent seven years as Malcolm's Father on the equally successful TV show, Malcolm In The Middle. But soon the talented actor will finally have a chance to shine on the big-screen with roles in two highly anticipated upcoming projects. First Cranston will be appearing in Red Tails, producer George Lucas' long awaited film based on the true story of the Tuskegee Airmen, a group of African American combat pilots during World War II, co-starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and Terrence Howard. After that Cranston will be seen in WALL-E director Andrew Stanton's adaptation of the beloved Edgar Rice Burroughs' novel, John Carter Of Mars, about a Civil War veteran who falls asleep in a cave and wakes up on Mars, co-starring Taylor Kitsh, Lynn Collins, Willem Dafoe, Thomas Haden Church and Mark Strong.
We recently had an opportunity to speak with Bryan Cranston at the premiere of the third season of Breaking Bad and asked him about his upcoming films. "They're great projects, both of them," stated the actor. "I have more to shoot on John Carter Of Mars but it's a terrific film directed by Andrew Stanton and starring Taylor Kitsch," Cranston continued. "It was fun." We followed up by asking the actor if he had been familiar with the novels that the film is based on before he took the part? "No I wasn't familiar at all with them," he admitted. "Andrew Stanton introduced me to them so I didn't know that Edgar Rice Burroughs had even written this stuff. (Stanton) was a longtime boyhood fan of the novels so he was excited about doing the film." Cranston went on to tell us a little bit about the character that he plays in the film. "My character is a civil war Colonel and a nemesis at the start to Taylor as John Carter and then we find a common bond." We also wanted to know more about Red Tails and asked the actor if he knew when it would be released? "Red Tails is in post-production and there is a tremendous amount of CGI to do on it so I'm not exactly sure when that is coming out," he confessed. Finally, we had to ask Cranston if George Lucas was on set while he was shooting and if so, what it was like to work with the legendary filmmaker? "He was, he was on the set and it was great. He's a master. It's like ... if you're not doing Star Wars ... at least you're doing something else with him."
John Carter From Mars is scheduled for release in 2012 and Red Tails is scheduled for release later this year, while the third season of Breaking Bad premieres Sunday, March 21st on AMC, while Breaking Bad: The Complete Second Season is on DVD and Blu-ray Tuesday, March 16th.