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Bryan Cranston recalls catching pinkeye on Total Recall set

Bryan Cranston plays a butt-kicking leader in Total Recall, going head-to-head with Colin Farrell. But it wasn’t the battles themselves that caused Cranston trouble on set.

Bryan Cranston in Total Recall

Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston is so good at being bad. In the remake of ’90s action flick Total Recall, Cranston does it again as the antagonist to Colin Farrell‘s hero.

Toward the end of the film, the 56-year-old actor gives 36-year-old Farrell quite a fight. But while the scene looked pretty brutal, it wasn’t Collin’s punches that had Cranston agonizing.

“I got pinkeye in both eyes!” Cranston said recently at the Total Recall press day.

The actor told us it happened during filming with Farrell in a pool of dirty water.

“We were sloshing around in there and they wanted us to feel more comfortable so they warmed the water,” said Cranston. “Everybody in the crew had to step in it. About near the end of the day, my eyes were so irritated. The warm water became like a petri dish. Everything was alive.”

Luckily they were filming in Canada, so he got it taken care of quickly.

When questioned about Bryan’s infection, Farrell had three words: “It was gross.”

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Bryan was back to normal though when we saw him, and he filled us in on his plans for the future. He is starring in Ben Affleck‘s biopic Argo, coming out in October, and said working with Ben was a blessing.

“I think Ben is going to be the next Clint Eastwood,” Cranston told us. “He is really smart and grounded.”

But what everyone really wants to know is how he feels about his hit series Breaking Bad coming to an end after five seasons.

“It’s time to move on,” said Cranston. “I’d rather leave a year too early than a year too late.”

Catch Bryan Cranston in Total Recall, in theaters today!

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Photo credit: Columbia Pictures/Michael Gibson

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