There were many complaints about Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla, which was released last year after a ferocious marketing campaign that had people hooked. I loved the film, but many viewers had a number of issues with it. One of the biggest complaints was the lack of actual Godzilla action.
Another complaint you would hear an awful lot was the death of Bryan Cranston’s character, and coming off Breaking Bad, fans were angry that Cranston’s character Joe being killed off so early in the film. In all fairness, while I enjoyed Godzilla, it baffled me too why he was killed off before even the half way point. Joe was THE most interesting character of the entire film, and after his death, the film did drop in quality somewhat in terms of its characters.
Cranston, who is never afraid to speak his mind, told Nerdist Podcast exactly how he felt:
“That character dying at that time was a mistake. 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 center, that was guiding the audience in the story up to that point – he dies?’ What a waste.
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 told 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. I was the last guy hired because I was still shooting Breaking Bad and they kept pushing because Breaking Bad kept pushing. Finally, I was able to get in and do it.”
I can’t argue with anything Cranston says there, and it was not a smart decision to kill him off so soon. However, it is what it is, and there’ no changing it now.
However, just to rub salt in the wound, Cranston revealed how he would have preferred Joe handled in the film. It’s a bit cliched, and it has certainly be done before, but considering the strong family bond he was forming with his son (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), and the fact Cranston was easily the biggest actor in the film, this idea actually would have worked a lot better:
“That character should have been with his son and they would’ve started to bond a little bit more and they went on this journey together to go back home and be reintroduced to his grandson. Just when they’re bonding and it looks like they could have a relationship, the father sacrifices himself to save his son. And that’s the way he should have died.”
It’s a great idea, and maybe had Cranston joined the film earlier, maybe he could have influenced a change to his characters fate? Ah well, it’s done and dusted, and Edwards is a very talented director, and everyone involved appears to have learnt from the mistakes of the first film. We have been promised a bigger and better sequel, and we’ve also been teased that Godzilla 2 will feature three M.U.T.O.S.