Bryan Cranston Explains His Rules For Starring In Superhero Films & Why He Almost Played An ‘X-Men’ Villain

The Playlist | 10/19/2018 | Charles Barfield
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People said he’d be a great Lex Luthor. Others wanted him to be an MCU villain. But apparently, the closest Bryan Cranston has come to a superhero film was as Mister Sinister in the maybe-on-day-it-will-come-out “X-Men” spin-off film “The New Mutants.” And according to Cranston, the reason that he was in talks for that role was that he has very specific rules about which superhero roles he’ll take.

While speaking to Screen Geek, the “Breaking Bad” actor opened up about why he’s been avoiding superhero roles in films and how the closest he got was the “The New Mutants” villain.

Rule - Roles - Antagonist - Fraction - Protagonist

The first rule is that he’s only interested in villain roles. “I want to play an antagonist a fraction smarter than the protagonist, never dumbed down to give the hero an easy win. That’s frustrating and boring to watch,” explains Cranston.

The next rule for hiring the Emmy-winning actor to star in your superhero film is if it’s a role that hasn’t been done before. He says, “I guess it’s a selfish standpoint. I don’t want to do a character that has been done several times before. I don’t want to be compared like, ‘Well, his...
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