Bryan Cranston initially turned down 'Godzilla' role

Bryan Cranston was a big "Godzilla" fan as a child.
By Danielle Haynes Follow @DanielleHaynes1 Contact the Author   |   May 17, 2014 at 3:24 PM

NEW YORK, May 17 (UPI) -- Bryan Cranston said he wasn't sure Godzilla was the "best choice" for his career and he initially turned down the part.

"I was coming off of Breaking Bad, and I didn't know that doing a Godzilla movie would be the best choice for me," he said on the Today show. "But I was convinced to read the script, and so I read it, and there was actually a very strong, character-driven component to it."

Cranston plays a nuclear physicist in the remake of the monster movie, which opened in theaters this week. He said he was a big Godzilla fan as a kid.

"I used to go and get my mom's Tupperware and the glasses. I'd fill 'em -- pack them with dirt and sand — and flip them over and make molds of what I thought were cities. Then I'd have my monster characters go through and smash it all," he said.

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