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Bryan Cranston Is (Probably) Not Lex Luthor
Rumour mill grinds to a halt

03 September 2013  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Boston.com

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Last week the internet decided that Bryan Cranston was playing Lex Luthor in the follow-up to Man Of Steel. Some of you wondered why we didn't report this. The answer is that the source was even worse than this morning's Cumberbatch/Star Wars rumour. Today, it seems as if we were right to dismiss it, since Cranston has himself attempted to put a dampener on all the excitement. "It's all news to me," he told Boston.com.

The whole story basically stems from the fact that Cranston is known for playing a bald man on television. Obviously this makes him the perfect Luthor. "I think that maybe my name is bandied about because I’m known to be bald. ‘What bald guy can we get?’ The reality is they can take any actor and shave his head or put a bald cap on him.”

It all got out of hand. In early August Metro pointed a microphone at Cranston and asked him if he'd be interested in the role. "Give me a call!" the actor joked. "I like Lex Luthor. I think he's misunderstood. He's a loveable, sweet man." The web quickly Chinese-whispered this from "Cranston is up for playing Luthor" to "Cranston is playing Luthor" to "Cranston has signed a massive deal to play Luthor six times".

So take this as Cranston wishing he'd never said anything. The Bostonites asked him if he'd be contacting Gene Hackman for advice. "I can just see how that phone call would go,” he laughs modestly. “‘Gene? Hi, this is Bryan Cranston.’ ‘Who? Bryan Cranston? What do you want? How did you get this number?’"

However, those conspiracy theorists among you intent on clinging to this story may note that Boston.com don't actually get a flat-out denial from Cranston. His response to "We've heard you're playing Lex Luthor" isn't "Well, I'm not". It's "I heard that too." So make of that what you will. Maybe come summer 2015 we'll be eating these words after all.


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RE: Bryan Cranston Is (Probably) Not Lex Luthor
L: Everest95 I think it should be Mark Strong, he's already bald and he's a good actor No. I'm sick of seeing hm play the bad guy in practically EVERYTHING. I'm sick of his voice, a voice which he modulates from one role to the next not at all, making his performances as a bad guy in Green Lantern, Sherlock Holmes, Kick Ass, John Carter and any I may have missed practically identical to each other. More

Posted by jobloffski at 11:49 on 04 September 2013 | Report This Post

RE: another option
L: djdjk he'd be an even better Jim Gordon ike it. More

Posted by UTB at 07:32 on 04 September 2013 | Report This Post

another option
Cranston would be a good Lex Luthor, but I think he'd be an even better Jim Gordon (assuming there will be a Gordon to Affleck's Batman). Lots of people could pull off Luthor. More

Posted by djdjk at 14:47 on 03 September 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Bryan Cranston Is (Probably) Not Lex Luthor
I think it should be Mark Strong, he's already bald and he's a good actor More

Posted by Everest95 at 12:08 on 03 September 2013 | Report This Post

More likely to be...
Mark Strong. Has good connections with Warner and recently said "watch this space" when asked. Shame, because Cranston would have been a good shout, but he is a little old to be joining a new franchise of films... More

Posted by jservante1 at 11:05 on 03 September 2013 | Report This Post


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