Enacting the role of a dog is no different than a human being: Cranston

Sakal Times
Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Elaborating on the character he voices, Bryan states that Chief is a homeless stray dog who has no idea of what is his ultimate purpose. 

Bryan Cranston who is known for his record-breaking show Breaking Bad that has been loved worldwide, is now part of the stellar voice cast of Wes Anderson’s stop-motion animation film Isle of Dogs. He has lent his voice to the character of the alpha dog, Chief.

Elaborating on the character he voices, Bryan states that Chief is a homeless stray dog who has no idea of what is his ultimate purpose. 

He adds that enacting the role of a dog is no different than a human being. “It is the frame of mind where you allow yourself to feel those traits and those idiosyncrasies of that character. We have always transferred our own human experiences and personalities onto our pets. So this was no different. A dog is capable of love, anger, fear and all those things that humans can feel. So it’s just bringing those human traits to the surface,” he said. 

When asked about his experience of working with Wes Anderson, he said, “Working with the director of the calibre of Wes Anderson was absolutely incredible. He knows specifically what he wants but sometimes it’s elusive. And he’s very vulnerable in some cases. He will readily admit that he is not quite sure about a certain beat, or a moment. And, that is a wonderful trait in a human being.”

He added, “The only reason that actors come back to work with him is because of this trait. He’s not dictatorial. But he’s not a doormat either. He knows where he wants to go but sometimes the route has secured us and you don’t actually know which door to open to get to it. And so you use that collaborative sensibility to be able to help each other get to his vision.”

Isle of Dogs will release in India on July 6, by Fox Star Studios through Specialty Distribution Company Runaway-Luminosity Distribution.

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