NEW YORK — Bryan Cranston says he’s excited to be part of “Godzilla 2014,” but almost turned down the role because he was still working on “Breaking Bad” and thought he had to follow that with “something serious.”

In a recent interview about the film, which opened Friday, the Emmy-winning and Tony-nominated actor said he was worried that people might compare the two roles and say, “Oh, that’s not anywhere near as good as ‘Breaking Bad.”’

“I didn’t want to have that conversation,” he said.

Cranston, who’s currently playing President Lyndon B. Johnson in the Broadway play “All the Way,” says he read the “Godzilla” script at his agent’s urging and that’s what changed his mind.

In chatting with “Godzilla” director Gareth Edwards, Cranston said he realized that the plan was to make a “character-based monster movie and I thought that’s pretty cool.”

Cranston went on to conclude that the TV series and film were so different, they couldn’t be compared. “It’s different camps altogether,” he said.

Cranston, 58, said he loved watching the Japanese Godzilla films growing up and really bought into the idea “they are actually destroying a city and I didn’t realize that it was a man in a suit or anything.”

In “Godzilla 2014,” Cranston plays a nuclear scientist who becomes obsessed with what caused the destruction of a nuclear power plant in 1999.

— From news service reports