Bryan Cranston of "Breaking Bad" says it was fun to play a Russian "alpha male" tiger Vitaly in the new animated comedy "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted."
In the film, which was released on Friday, June 8, Marty the lion and his old friends Gloria the hippopotamus, Alex the lion and Melman the giraffe, voiced by Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkett Smith, Ben Stiller and David Schwimmer, end up in Europe and join a traveling circus. Vitalry, a veteran performer, is "very dubious about their intentions," Cranston said.
"Vitaly is blustery and big and full of pride and ego," he said in an interview provided by Paramount Pictures. "He's definitely the alpha male of the whole circus and someone that could go buffoonish, and at times he does, but he's a big character and a big personality, so you can basically do no wrong. You're just blasting out, sometimes hurting the recorder's ears with the volume - but it's been fun."Vitaly is going through a rough time. He was known for performing an impressive stunt that involved rings and fire, but at some point lost his confidence.
"I think this is the good lesson ... confidence takes you far in life," Cranston said. "And that's what happens not only in the circus animals, but in the zoo animals. They gain their confidence and their friendships and that together gets them through rough times."
The three-time Emmy winner is known for his darker role in the AMC drama "Breaking Bad." The actor joins fellow franchise newcomers Jessica Chastain, who was nominated for an Oscar for "The Help," and "Almost Famous" actress Frances McDormand.
Cranston has also known for his past role as Hal, the father in the long-running 2000 Fox comedy "Malcolm in the Middle," and has appeared in numerous films such as "Little Miss Sunshine," "Drive," and the Disney sci-fi flick "John Carter."
Cranston is also in the upcoming reboot of "Total Recall." He plays a fascist president alongside main stars Colin Farrell and Jessica Biel.
Watch a trailer for "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted" below.