Earlier this week, I was in Toronto on the set of the Total Recall remake, and one of the cast members we were able to speak with was Bryan Cranston, who plays the villainous Cohaagen. While we can't share the entire interview yet, Bryan Cranston is one of the busiest actors in Hollywood these days. He spoke about several other projects, including the future of his hit AMC series, Breaking Bad.
Last month we reported that Season 5 of Breaking Bad would be the show's last season, although Bryan Cranston revealed to us that there may be a possibility of Season 6. Here's what he had to say below.
(Series creator) Vince Gilligan and I have talked about this, when I first signed on, and we both are in agreement that it should be only as long as it needs to be to tell that story and the journey, but that's a subjective comment. So how long's long enough, how long is too long? You know what I mean. Not really knowing where Vince sits - it depends on when you ask him too, because when he's up to his eyeballs in work and editing and he hasn't had a break in a year and a half is a different story then if he just got back from a holiday and he goes, 'Hey let's go for three more years!' But like a proud athlete, I would rather quit a year early than a year too late. I don't wanna have an asterisk next to this, you know 'Breaking Bad: Five good years and one mediocre one.' I don't wanna have people go, 'You know that last one...' They talked about The X-Files that way. There's a lot of series that you can point to it and say, 'For the bulk of it [it was] good.' Knowing when to end it is key. But that being said, it is commerce still. We have to be good hosts and guests and working partners with Sony TV and AMC so that if we support them and negotiate a time and out-date that is satisfactory to Vince, I'm sure it'll work well, and if it's satisfactory to AMC and Sony we can all be happy. The best thing to happen would be for Vince to know exactly when he's done, because then he can write to it. We don't wanna finish a season and [have the network go] 'Oh that was your last season,' and then we go, 'Oh, we didn't finish it. We didn't finish the story.' If it's 20 episodes, if it's 16 episodes, if it's 24 episodes, I don't know whatever, if it's two more years, great. My personal feeling is I think we can go two more years of 13 episodes a piece. I think we can, without slowing down or getting into a rhythm that is not Breaking Bad's style. But when it's over it's over, and we'll hold true to it. I'm not gonna wake up and find out it's not really cancer, 'These aren't your charts! I'm sorry' (laughs)."
Before he started shooting on Total Recall, Bryan Cranston was down in Miami shooting the Warner Bros. musical Rock of Ages. Here's what he had to say about the production, his character, and what song he sings.
"I just came up from Miami. I finished a movie called Rock of Ages and that's going to be a lot of fun. Great 80's anthem music, rock and roll. Tom Cruise, Russell Brand, Alec Baldwin, Catherine Zeta-Jones, I mean it was a great cast, we're singing and having a blast. I sing "Hit Me With Your Best Shot." It's kind of a medley with other singers. Mine's really more of a cameo role, I play Catherine's husband who is the mayor of Los Angeles, and somewhat corruptible.
Bryan Cranston also spoke about John Carter, which hits theaters on March 9, 2012, and pretty much ensures the actor will own most of 2012 (Total Recall opens on August 3, 2012, while Rock of Ages is set for June 1, 2012). Like most projects, Bryan Cranston revealed he was attracted to John Carter because of the writing, even though it isn't a large part.
"That too was about the script. I met (director) Andrew Stanton early on, and he really wanted me for this role - it's a small role. My agents want me to stop saying this, but the way I feel is it doesn't really matter to me the size of the role, what matters is the quality of the script and the kind of role that it is, is it a pivotal role? I worked one day on Little Miss Sunshine, I was the book agent for Greg Kinnear, and everybody was saying, 'Why are you doing that?' and I said 'Because this script is really terrific, really good.' And I went out and I pitched Jonathan (Dayton) and Valerie (Faris), the directors, I said, 'I have a take on this I wanna pitch to you,' and they said, 'You know it works one day?' and I said, 'Yeah!' (laughs). They go, 'Okay what's your pitch?' and I said, 'I just want to be aloof. I wanna counter Greg's character, Greg needs this, he's got to have this sale or else he'll feel like a complete failure in his life, and I wanna compound his problem by saying hey, we'll get 'em next time, not taking him seriously.' We did one take where there's a girl swimming in a pool and I never take my eyes off her. It was fun, it was just one day, I had three little scenes. It wasn't a good movie, it was an important movie, and so John Carter was that kind of thing too. Although it was a little more involved, we did some green screen, we shot in London for a week and a half and we shot in Utah for a few weeks, a lot of outdoorsy stuff. And then I got to look like General George Armstrong Custer. I'm just a big boy, I'm still just playing cowboys and Indians and astronaut and baseball player and all that stuff that I used to play as a kid."
Sadly, though, there is one project that Bryan Cranston did originally sign on for but had to /the-gangster-squad-replaces-bryan-cranston-with-robert-patrick/drop out of: The Gangster Squad. Here's what he had to say about leaving that LAPD crime drama.
"Yeah that was disappointing, but this is how these things work out. You can't imagine what it means to me to be able to have this opportunity to be able to do these great projects and go from one terrific story to another, whether it's science fiction or 80's rock fantasy or whatever. It's just fantastic; I'm in a whirlwind. So when things like that happen that are scheduling snafus, then you just go, 'Oh well, it wasn't mine to have.'"
As if the actor couldn't be any busier, he is also prepping for a career behind the camera with a new project he adapted from the David Wiltse novel, Home Again.
"I wrote something that I adapted from a novel that I handed to Mark Johnson, our (Breaking Bad) executive producer and a feature film producer, and he loved it so he said, 'Let's do this.' So I'll direct that, maybe next year, it depends. I don't know where Breaking Bad is gonna fit into this, I know we're gonna go at least one more year, but I don't know when we'll start. It's based on a novel called Home Again by David Wiltse. I'll change the title of it, but it's basically a very strong father-son story and a murder mystery. An FBI agent who suddenly quits the department and takes his son and his wife and moves back to his hometown of Cascade, Nebraska to rekindle family values and pay attention now because he's been working for the FBI for so many years that he's been home sporadically, and his son is now 16, very sensitive, and looks upon his father like sort of a stranger, 'I don't know really how to behave' and 'Mom and I have gotten along fine without him' and now there's this presence, so there's all that going on. And then there's a murder that happens in the little town that they move to which kills his whole stance on, 'Things are better in these small towns!' Things unravel, and basically the father and son come together at the end and save each other emotionally and literally."