Exclusive: Total Recall's Bryan Cranston on Remakes and Landing the Role of Cohaagen
08.03.12 by Ryan
The upcoming remake of Total Recall, actor Bryan Cranston will take over as the antagonist Cohaagen, the character originally portrayed by Ronny Cox in director Paul Verhoeven's 1990 adaptation and a name that fans of the original probably still reminisce being yelled in Arnold Schwarzenegger's accent. Cranston has been appearing in more and more movie roles since debuting as Walter White on AMC's critically acclaimed drama Breaking Bad, and, during an interview with Reelz, explained that landing the role was as simple as a phone call.
"I was working on Breaking Bad and I got a call that the director Len Wiseman wanted to talk to me to be about possibly playing Cohaagen in the remake of Total Recall," Cranston told Reelz's Patrick Stinson. "And I said, 'Ok.'"
Cranston apparently liked what he read, and revealed that he wasn't put off by Total Recall being a remake.
No, I don't have any judgements on that part. You know, I would have a judgement if someone said, "We're going to do Wizard of Oz again." It's like...[winces] I think it's a no-win situation if you do that.
While there is a Wizard of Oz prequel arriving next year (Oz: The Great and Powerful), which Cranston admitted he is "curious about," we'll note that Warner Bros. has been developing a Wizard of Oz remake for a few years.
Nevertheless, it would appear that Total Recall is only the beginning of many more projects for Cranston, and the actor admitted that it all due to the success of Breaking Bad. "It changed my life," said Cranston, who discusses more of the show's impact on his career in the interview below.
Based on the late author Philip K. Dick's short story "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale", Total Recall was adapted by Mark Bomback, James Vanderbilt, and Kurt Wimmer. The movie stars Colin Farrell as Quaid, Kate Beckinsale as Quaid's wife, Lori, Jessica Biel as Resistance member Melina and Bill Nighy as resistance leader Matthias Lair.