Best known for Breaking Bad, Bryan Cranston tried to break into movie stardom with Godzilla – but that was a bad choice. Cranston is a critically-acclaimed actor, having appeared in beloved movies and TV shows like Breaking Bad and Malcolm in the Middle. However, reigniting his post-Breaking Bad film career with 2014’s Godzilla wasn’t the best direction to go, as the film didn’t fit Cranston nearly as good as some other projects could have.
Cranston has been acting for decades, but he really saw success thanks to Malcolm in the Middle. There, the actor played Hal throughout the series’ seven seasons, continuing his comedic career trajectory. However, Cranston made a big switch soon after that, taking on a dramatic role in Breaking Bad. There, Cranston starred as Walter White, with Breaking Bad truly launching him into stardom. After Breaking Bad ended in 2013, Bryan Cranston decided to make his big screen return in a huge blockbuster: 2014’s Godzilla. Sadly, though, it didn’t quite work out for him.
Godzilla Wasn’t The Right Movie For Cranston After Breaking Bad
While Godzilla definitely isn’t a bad movie, the 2014 start of the MonsterVerse cinematic universe was simply not a great fit for Cranston. Cranston had spent the previous years in Breaking Bad, which is a grounded, heavily stylized drama with his character at the center. Godzilla, on the other hand, is a big-budget monster movie with a big cast that was attempting to set up an entire cinematic universe. Cranston is good in the film, but Godzilla just didn’t fit what the actor had been doing previously, keeping the movie from tapping into what people love about the Breaking Bad actor.
Godzilla was also fresh off the heels of one of Cranston’s finest performances, with Walter White being acclaimed as one of the best characters of all time. This is thanks to Cranston’s superb acting, allowing him to believably transform Walt from a meek middle-aged dad to a ruthless drug kingpin. Godzilla is so focused on the titular monster and setting up a cinematic universe that Cranston became overshadowed. Godzilla didn’t have the time or a story that would allow the actor to give a performance in the same vein as Breaking Bad, with the film mostly wasting his potential.
Godzilla Killed Off Bryan Cranston Too Early
Another big problem with Cranston’s choice to appear in Godzilla (and a common criticism of the film) is that his character was killed off way too early. In the film, Cranston plays Joe Brody, a nuclear scientist that is forced to leave his wife to die during a nuclear accident. Joe is determined to discover what caused the nuclear accident, with him breaking into the site again 15 years later. While inside the plant, a giant winged creature escapes and rampages through the facility, destroying everything. Because of this, Joe dies, leaving his son Ford Brody to star in the film.
For some reason, 2014’s Godzilla kills off Cranston’s character less than halfway through the movie. This is well before Joe character gets any resolution, with his son taking the reins of the film after his death. For an actor as popular as Cranston, killing him off so quickly was a huge mistake, as he had so much potential if he were the star of the film. Cranston does get some emotional scenes, especially the one where he has to say goodbye to his wife. However, out of all of Godzilla 2014’s characters, Cranston’s was the most interesting, yet he was killed off way too soon.
Bryan Cranston Has Still Had Major Success After Breaking Bad
Despite Cranston not continuing his Breaking Bad success in the best way, he has still had some massive hits since leaving the series. Cranston has appeared in Argo, which is a Best Picture winner, as well as starring in the 2015 film Trumbo. Cranston has also collaborated with Wes Anderson, appearing in Isle of Dogs as well as the upcoming film Asteroid City. These are far from the only movies Cranston has appeared in since Breaking Bad, proving that Godzilla definitely didn’t hinder his career.
While his break into movie stardom may not have been as successful as many had hoped, he is still a huge name in the TV world. Cranston starred in Showtime’s Your Honor, a successful show that recently concluded after two seasons. Cranston also reappeared as Walter White in Better Call Saul, returning to the role that popularized him. Cranston has found his footing after his shaky start with Godzilla, proving that Breaking Bad was a big enough hit to maintain his fame despite his Godzilla misstep.