Bryan Cranston on His ‘Total Recall’ Role and What It’s Like to Go Bald for ‘Breaking Bad’ Every Season
Bryan Cranston is best known as a television star, having two successful series in the last decade, Malcolm in the Middle and the current Breaking Bad. He also stars in the remake of Total Recall as the villain Cohaagen, but his work on Breaking Bad caused a visual issue: Cranston’s character on Breaking Bad, Walter White, is completely bald, but Cohaagen has what Cranston refers to as a “lion’s mane” of hair… and shooting on Total Recall started shortly after he wrapped on the latest season of Breaking Bad.
Of course, it’s nothing that a wig can’t fix, and in an interview with HitFix Cranston elaborates on exactly what putting a wig on does to help him portray different characters, and how freeing it actually is to go clean-shaven to play White. He also talks about how his portrayal of Cohaagen compares to Renny Cox‘s, who starred as Cohaagen in Paul Verhoeven‘s original 1990 film and how the new film compares to the source material, Philip K. Dick’s short story “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale.”
Check out the HitFix interview with Cranston below: