With the 2014 version of Godzilla, Warner Bros Pictures is hoping to resurrect the gigantic creature and capture a new generation of monster fans. They’ve also got to be hoping that it’s been long enough now since Hollywood’s last major Godzilla film that older audiences – and Godzilla fans – will be willing to take a chance on the new creature feature.
Directed by Gareth Edwards (Monsters) and starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, and Elizabeth Olsen, Godzilla won’t be stomping his way into theaters until next May, however the Godzilla director and cast showed up in San Diego for the 2013 Comic Con to answer a few questions about the new film, why we still love Godzilla, and life on the set of the big-budget action film.
What was it like to have to work with the effects for this film?
Elizabeth Olsen: “It’s kind of funny to go, ‘Okay, so in that corner up there is this thing. Is it like a unicorn or like a spider?’ So, you know, it’s kind of a weird. It’s fun. It’s like you’re playing hot lava as a kid or something. You’re trying to go deep into your imagination, like, ‘Yeah, that’s a monster! It’s going to kill me unless I run fast!’ So, it’s fun.”
Elizabeth, can you tell us about the character you play and whether she is suited or unsuited to face what she is facing?
Elizabeth Olsen: “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 it’s just kind of 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.”
Elizabeth, what is it like being in a big budget film because we are used to seeing you in low-budget, indie films?
Elizabeth Olsen: “I was really expecting to wait in a fancy trailer for three hours until they were ready for a lighting setup or something, but what ends up happening was on set until lunchtime, then until we wrapped. The crew felt really intimate. I think Legendary [Pictures] does a really good job of creating this incubator of creativity. They pick people that they trust, put them in an incubator, and then they put their heads together and figure out what they want to do to get done what they said they were going to do, and they allow you to do it. They’re not controlling things. It was just as creative of a process as anything else, honestly.”
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