The creature conqueror: Godzilla in Godzilla
When starting his huge reboot of “Godzilla” (May 16), director Gareth Edwards had to figure out who the giant nuclear-fueled monster would be if he was a real person.
His answer: the last samurai.
"He's an ancient warrior who's the last of his kind, and his kind has long since died out," Edwards says of his take on the legendary creature. "He lives a very solitary lonely existence and he's very happy to keep away from everyone, but we keep doing things to force him to return and put things right."
Godzilla is awakened by mankind yet again, and for his city-stomping moves, Edwards and his team first watched hundreds of clips of animals fighting to understand how he'd move. But "there's a reason they narrate all those National Geographic shows," the director says. "It's very hard to follow nature when you're just a spectator."
To see Godzilla's motivation and understand his reactions "when he was doing his thing," Edwards adds, "we dialed some more personality and made him a lot more human than we thought we would."