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Bryan Cranston considers playing Lex Luthor

Bryan Cranston talks about whether he'd be into playing Lex Luthor in the "Man of Steel" sequel, and how his wife would feel about him going bald again.

Rumors abound that Bryan Cranston may become Lex Luthor. Credit: Getty Images Rumors abound that Bryan Cranston may become Lex Luthor.
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Casting rumors for the "Man of Steel" sequel have ramped up online, with speculation swirling about who will play Batman and main Superman villain Lex Luthor. Given his career-defining run as the good man gone bad — with a shaved head, to boot — on "Breaking Bad," it's no surprise that Bryan Cranston is the main name popping up. So how does Cranston himself feel about the idea?

"Give me a call," he says with a grin. And to hear Cranston tell it, he's already given some thought as to getting into Luthor's psyche. "I like Lex Luthor. I think he's misunderstood. He's a loveable, sweet man," Cranston says.

Should he sign up for yet another iconic hairless villain though — the film is set for release in the summer of 2015 and would likely shoot next year — at least one person might not be so thrilled: his wife. "She wasn't so keen on the bald head," Cranston admits. "The bald head ages a man. It's just that she didn't know me that way, and the last six years it's all of a sudden like sleeping with a stranger — who was less exciting than her own husband. So I don't blame her for being upset."

 
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