GODZILLA: Leviathan Rebirth! (Interview)

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"GODZILLA: Leviathan Rebirth! (Interview)"

Who said monster movies are dead!?

Well, no one I know has said that, but truth is this interesting genre tends to hide out from time-to-time, but always seems to find some sort of “loop-hole” and make those growling, horrifying comebacks.

Godzilla, clearly “King of Monsters,” is one that’s taken the world by storm for the past six decades, and even if others argue that maybe King Kong may be “The King,” fact is every single person at a quick glance of a silhouette of a giant lizard huddling over ANY city will know its identity at the snap-of-a-finger!

From its start in 1954 serving as a metaphor among those who enjoy playing with nuclear fire, not only did the film leave a deep footprint of intrigue, but also rattled cages, generated a following and from there a new kind of hero was born, inspiring many sequels, new monsters and a solid global fan-base that has and will last for generations to come.

It’s 2014 and the world’s most revered monster is reborn as Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures unleash the epic action adventure “Godzilla.” From visionary new director Gareth Edwards (“Monsters”) comes a powerful story of human courage and reconciliation in the face of titanic forces of nature, when the awe-inspiring Godzilla rises to restore balance as humanity stands defenseless.

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With deep, historic tracks, it’s a shocker to hear Elizabeth Olsen (Full Interview) confess not having seen any of the films other than “I knew there was a Matthew Broderick version and my brother and I joking about dubbing.” Or Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Full Interview) following that up with “No history there… Gareth only wanted me to watch the original. He wanted us to embrace the origins of the story.”

Which serves opposite to the great Ken Watanabe (Full Interview), whose cultural background pretty much defines the world of Godzilla in terms of the specific monster movies and unique genre (a/k/a Kaiju Eiga)… On a more dedicated note, Mr. Watanabe admits his dedication to a lot of the film and dialog has to do with it being “A long story, but this year marks the 60th anniversary of Godzilla. Godzilla was born out of fear from people who were fascinated by nuclear weapons.”

Getting the big monster pic off the ground took lots of time, chats and patience! Confessing on many of the team’s concerns was making sure the look and feel was as authentic as possible. Producer Thomas Tull (Full Interview) admits “One of the things that we spent a lot of time on and I personally obsessed about was his blue breath. If you’re a Godzilla fan, you have to get that right. I wanted that to be a moment.”

Completed and ready to be released Friday May 16, 2014, GODZILLA director Gareth Edwards (Full Interview) was in awe and worries when approached, but made sure regret would never be the stone in his shoe by saying: “I never thought I’d be offered this. I love monster movies. I did one before and it was a big risk because it’s a great franchise, but I couldn’t be an older man and say I should have and didn’t.”

No matter where one stands in thought and feelings about Godzilla, one thing for sure is whether you love or hate the beast, this monster will be one of the most unique, beloved, respected and perhaps worshiped heroes ever to invade our world of entertainment.

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