Recently Godzilla director Gareth Edwards and three of his stars – Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Bryan Cranston – sat down with MoviePlot to talk a little bit about what to expect from the film once it gets here and more! Read on for the latest.
Make sure to click here for the full interview. Excerpts are below.
On Edwards’ vision for the movie…
You want to see Godzilla, and you want to see him fight something else. We can reveal that now because we just talked about that this morning. If you just do it straight away, all upfront, when everything is peaking, it goes to zero. It has no effect. It’s all about contrast. We tried to build the structure of the movie and the weight of the film in such a way that it climaxes more and more and more. By the end of the film, hopefully it’s as powerful as it can be. You get all of those moments, which come throughout the movie. Like, you really feel like you’re ready for them.
Edwards on working with the film’s many effects…
I tried not to view them as effects and go, “Ok. This really happened. There really are giant monsters. What would be the best story to tell that we can think of?” And it always involves humans. So you come up with those characters and try to create that story. I don’t separate the two in my mind. You just picture the movie. What was so refreshing was that we would shoot scenes that sometimes had a creature in them, sometimes didn’t, and we’d desperately try to make it work from an emotional point of view, on its own. You guys had the advantage of this, but we’d go in the evening and kind of review scenes with the digital effects company, and they’d start putting the special effects in, and I’d go, “Oh my god. I totally forgot that this whole other layer was going on with this.” We were painstakingly worried about the characters, and their journey, and suddenly, on top of that, there’s this spectacle that’s going to be invented in the whole film. It makes you feel really good, because we wanted to get it right from the character side of things.
Elizabeth Olsen on her character…
I feel like my character’s role serves a purpose in the hands-on interaction of chaos in the city and how you deal with that, as well as having a child who needs to not be part of the chaos. I think that’s the perspective you get, and what ends up happening after these things occur, and there’s an overflowing hospital, and people have to get from point A to point B, so that’s the practical part of it. It references any time some sort of natural disaster happens in a city. There’s a real truth to it, as opposed to a fantastical thing.
Bryan Cranston on the biggest challenge of working on a Godzilla film…
Getting Godzilla to come out of his trailer. He was an ass. He was a real asshole. [Laughs] He’d come out, he would eat all of the food on craft services, he would wreck everything, but boy, when the cameras rolled… boy, he was good! That’s why they keep making Godzilla movies. [Laughs]
Aaron Taylor-Johnson on working with a character who isn’t actually there…
The thing that I found really interesting around a film that’s a special effects movie – my idea was that you’re going to be in a studio filming these green screen monsters. There was, maybe, a couple of days of that, but the majority of time we would go film on location. It gave it just a whole other depth, and you forget about it. We’d be on location with destruction everywhere, people were injured, and it came to life. It felt natural and realistic. The way we shot it, it’s just kind of with you on this journey, from our perspective [and] point of view. When you do get a glimpse of Godzilla, you’re looking up from a car window or from a military helicopter, so you really feel, as an audience, that you’re totally involved in it. That you’re on this mad roller coaster journey with us.
Gareth Edwards directs the film from a screenplay by Max Borenstein, Frank Darabont, and Dave Callaham. Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni produce with Mary Parent and Brian Rogers. Alex Garcia and Patricia Whitcher serve as executive producers alongside Yoshimitsu Banno and Kenji Okuhira.
A presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, Godzilla will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, except in Japan, where it will be distributed by Toho Co., Ltd. Legendary Pictures is a division of Legendary Entertainment.
Slated to open on May 16, 2014, the film is expected to be presented in 3D.
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