If you saw Godzilla, you may have been excited for an appearance by Bryan Cranston. I know I was! But the man who we all fell in love with on Breaking Bad (and I guess maybe from Malcolm in the Middle?) didn't make it very far. I thought I was one of the only people who was completely annoyed by the fact that he died so early and in such a depressing way.
Cranston said he enjoyed the experience of working on the film, but he admitted he too was disappointed by the early exit. It even goes as far back as when he first took a look at the script.
Here's what he had to say about the matter:
“I was reading that script going, 'Wow here's the emotional core! This character-- And he's dead!' Whoa! Page 50 and he's dead! How did that happen? I told them, I said, 'You're going to make a mistake by killing this character too soon.' It's just a narrative mistake to have this happen. And it's not me. Anybody else who played this character-- It's too much...”
I'm glad that Cranston tried to fight for this to get fixed. But, in the end, it never was. I think it was a legitimate narrative failure on the part of the team that put what could've been a classic flick together.
When asked to comment on those discussions about the storyline, he joked:
“Eh, it's a long story. Doesn't matter! Wait for Godzilla 2 to come out! I'm still dead.”
There were also complaints that Godzilla wasn't even on the screen long enough. The fear that they would make this same mistake twice was alleviated by Barnaby Legg who had this to say:
"Oh, don't worry. We know. All I can say is stay tuned! You're going to get exactly what you're hoping for.”
I somewhat enjoyed Godzilla and I have high hopes for the sequel. It'll be interesting to see the direction of the rebooted franchise.