Bryan Cranston: 'Total Recall' bad guy was inspired by John Boehner
Bryan Cranston, who portrays a fascist leader in "Total Recall," joked that his character was inspired by Republican House Speaker John Boehner.
"People are amazed - they're like how can you be nice and how can you be bad? But I think we're perfectly capable of all of that and more - aren't you? You want to be serious sometimes and giddy sometimes or you get angry and that's all fair - there's a whole spectrum of human emotions," Cranston told OnTheRedCarpet.com in a recent interview.
"In 'Breaking Bad,' I have a whole playground of emotions to swing widely within. And then in 'Total Recall,' I'm able to play a guy who is a megalomaniac and a narcissist and a loveable guy, just misunderstood that's all," Cranston continued. "I was thinking of John Boehner. I was thinking of Boehner when I was doing this. I even got more of a tan, I said 'Give me a tan, we'll play this guy.'"
"Total Recall" stars Colin Farrell as a factory worker who finds out he is actually a spy after visiting Rekall - a company which allows clients to experience their dream lives. Biel plays a prostitute/freedom fighter named Melina who teams up with Doug Quaid, played by Farrell, to change the political system in a country set in a fascist future, headed by president Cohaagen, played by Cranston.
The original science fiction movie was released in 1990 and starred Schwarzenegger as Quaid. Sharon Stone played Lori, Quaid's wife, in the original film and Beckinsale will play her role in the new version. The film, which is based on a short story by Philip K. Dick, is set to be released on August 3 and also stars John Cho and Ethan Hawke.
"What I loved about this [movie] was taking time at the beginning to set the characters, to set the plot, so we're not just constantly racing," Cranston said. "We get the idea, we know the players and what he yearns for and then it takes off. And once it goes, there's no stopping it. It's kind of like a roller coaster that goes, click, click, click, click, click, click, click, click and then once it hits that crescendo - voom! And away it goes for two hours and keeps going."
The 22-year gap between the original "Total Recall" and the remake also affected the film in other ways - as the dystopian future seems less science fiction and more of a possible future.
"It's a cautionary tale, I think whenever you see post-apocalyptic tales like this that create a scenario that feels real and plausible," Cranston told OnTheRedCarpet.com. "That's what makes it more interesting - that you can see this happening if we continue the proliferation of dangerous weapons and that sort of thing - you can see that going on. The pollution aspect of it, the decay of morality and all that."
Cranston, known for his roles in "Breaking Bad" and "Malcolm in the Middle," has won three Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for "Breaking Bad."
He has also appeared in numerous films such as "Little Miss Sunshine," "Drive," "Rock of Ages" and "John Carter."
"Total Recall" hit theaters on August 3. Watch the trailer below.
Reporting by Cari Skillman of KABC Television, parent company of OnTheRedCarpet.com that also produces the entertainment show "On The Red Carpet"(check for local TV listings).