GODZILLA Director Gareth Edwards On Easter Eggs, Character Death and Atomic Breath

The director behind the new Godzilla reboot, Gareth Edwards, sat down with Empire for an interview on their podcast, where he touched on filmmaker Frank Darabont's input, Godzilla's atomic breath and more. Spoilers ahoy...

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In a spoiler-filled interview on the Empire Podcast, Godzilla director Gareth Edwards shared some details on Warner Bros. and Legendary's massive reboot. He revealed that there were "something like 990 [effects] shots" and uncovered a Mothra easter egg within the movie. "In the classroom, when there’s the power cut, they’re watching a video about how a cocoon hatches on the TV when it cuts off," he said, "and on the walls there are the lifecycles of butterflies." There was also input from writer/director Frank Darabont, who gave a pass on the script "about two or three months before we started filming", according to Edwards. "A lot of his work remains in the film, but a big part of it is when the doors close on Juliette Binoche; this whole idea that there’s a gateway or a check point they have to get through, and that it would close, and you would see her die, and we’d have that very emotional moment. That was his biggest contribution. It’s the emotional peak of the film, potentially."

Joe Brody, Bryan Cranston's character, is interestingly killed off to make way for his son Ford, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson. Edwards backed up this decision by saying they elected character to kill the character, not the actor. "I’ll be honest with you: we tried versions in the screenplay where he survived. And in every one we did that with, there was nothing else that character could do without being silly. If he sticks with Ford, it becomes Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade, and the tone of the movie becomes fun, but not the tone we were trying to do. And if he sticks with the military guys, he’s like a fifth wheel. His job was done in the storyline there. And retrospectively, when you get to see the movie, I understand [why people are upset]."

One of the most crowd-pleasing moments in the film was the titular monster's use of atomic breath.
 "At one point we dabbled with lightning, to make it a little bit more to do with nature, in terms of God-like destruction," Edwards explained. "But it was considered not enough like classic Godzilla. And that moment, actually, working out how we were going to kill the M.U.T.O., we made a last-minute decision: 'What if he just pulls apart [the M.U.T.O.’s jaws]?' We were going to just break the jaws, and it felt like that was too much like King Kong. 'So what if he just vomits blue breath? Nearly a kiss?' We thought we weren’t going to get away with it. 'This is absurd,' we thought. And then we sat and did a test screening and it was everyone’s favourite moment." Listen to the full podcast below, with the interview with Edwards starting in the first few minutes.


 
GODZILLA 
Release:  May 16, 2014 / Director:  Gareth Evans / Screenwriter: Max Borenstein
Starring: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Brian Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, Ken Wantanabe 
Plot: An epic rebirth to Toho’s iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.
Source: Empire Online
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JoeMomma29 - 5/21/2014, 4:43 AM
Great movie I am excited for a sequel.
whoa123 - 5/21/2014, 4:46 AM
Loved the movie and it surely is one of my favorite movies of this year.
Darthzilla - 5/21/2014, 4:47 AM
It seems theres too many homages to Mothra, not enough for the other monsters.

There's the poster on the wall, the case in the abandoned house that said "Mothra," and the tv thing.

I think there should've been an easter egg for Ghidorah, or Gigan and Megalon.
ezio619 - 5/21/2014, 4:47 AM
i really enjoyed,i loved the tone and mood of the film,some of the shots of godzilla and other stuff were fantastic,i could feel the tension in the scenes they wanted to be tense,cranston was fantastic as always,i did feel the emotion around his character, i dont think aaron johnson was as bad as people say he was, sure, there wasnt much to him,he was just a regular guy who wanted to get back to his family and i didnt think he was emotionless, u could tell he was holding back tears in his scenes with Cranston and when he died but he was a soldier and he had an objective to do so he amnned up so to speak and was determined to get the job done,i still felt the human drama didnt quite have the punch that edwards wanted it to have though , the MUTOS were awesome,i loved them and i kinda felt something when they both finally met each other and affectionately embracing each other in a way but now lets talk about the KING himself, GODZILLA WAS THE MAN!!!!, everytime he appeared on screen,i was so giddy inside and i have never seen a godzilla film before but it was like a childhood hero had come back with a bang,i also loved the personality he had,it was like"fine,i "ll phucking save u humans" i did feel the teasing was getting a bit annoying but they delivered at the end,i loved that final battle, they were three times my theater reacted,one was when SPOILER!!!!!!!!!!!....................Godzilla breathed his atomic breath, when he killed the first muto by hitting him with his tail into the building and the biggest one was when he grabbed the female muto by the mouth opened it and breathed his atomic breath into its throat,i lost it at that point,it was so goooooooooooooooooooooooooood!!!!,also his scream was fantatic, overall,has its flaws,but really good movie!!!!!!
Kurne - 5/21/2014, 4:49 AM
Just realised Darabont's to blame for nearly gauging my eyes out while watching this film. I've been nothing but sympathetic for the guy in the last 3 years.

MrReese - 5/21/2014, 4:50 AM
I enjoyed it 4 what it was.Don't remember seeing the cocoon hatching on tv though.
AxeEffect - 5/21/2014, 4:59 AM
I loved loved loved this movie, bring on the gigantic sequel!!
MrCBM56 - 5/21/2014, 5:11 AM
6.5/10 Marketing was so mis-leading. Disappointed by this film
marvel72 - 5/21/2014, 5:11 AM
i thought it was very good,of course i would of liked more godzilla as much as the next man but i'm more than happy with what we got.
mbembet - 5/21/2014, 5:19 AM
pretty good movie way much better than the garbage tas 2
reece1485 - 5/21/2014, 5:20 AM
great film , people just arnt patient enough to sit through something with out big monster smashing shit
SuperCat - 5/21/2014, 5:26 AM
Atomic breath looked cool as f*ck!

SuperCat - 5/21/2014, 5:27 AM
charlie2094 - 5/21/2014, 5:30 AM
Disappointing movie, still a good watch though...shame they couldn't have made Cranston stay alive, Aaron Johnson's characters was about as wooden and boring as you can get, actually cared somewhat for Cranstons.

Hopefully in the sequel they have better human characters and more Godzilla. Or at least better pacing, once Cranston was gone it was a chore to get through
TheUltimateSuperman92 - 5/21/2014, 5:36 AM
fantastic film can't wait to see it again when I finish the fricking examas
ThePowerCosmic - 5/21/2014, 6:03 AM
Absolutely Loved this film! When his tail started lighting up and the Atomic breath came out I nearly stood up and cheered...my embarrassed wife stopped me.
TheMexicanSuperman - 5/21/2014, 6:05 AM
@MrCBM56, can you stop repeating the same bs on every Godzilla article. Frick man, give it a rest. Misleading my ass.
Sumitsjc - 5/21/2014, 6:05 AM
Had Great time watching this..
DrunkenNukem - 5/21/2014, 6:15 AM
"and the tone of the movie becomes fun, but not the tone we were trying to do."
..so true..

what a great movie....

V8ER - 5/21/2014, 6:25 AM
Fantastic movie. Hopefully Mothra or King Ghidorah will be in it.
V8ER - 5/21/2014, 6:25 AM
*hopefully they'll be in the sequel
DaVinci31 - 5/21/2014, 6:36 AM
10/10, would bang again.

DaVinci31 - 5/21/2014, 6:37 AM
@ThePowerCosmic

Really? You had the ability to move? I was struck with awe sitting in my seat.
JayJayCAW - 5/21/2014, 6:56 AM
That last atomic breath moment, freaking awesome.

MUTO: I want nukes
GODZILLA: CHOKE ON IT BIATCH!!!

Lol
TheBaroness89 - 5/21/2014, 7:02 AM
I thought I saw a turtle tank in the classroom also: immediately I thought it was a Gamera easter egg. probably not.
Aaron's robotic performance I thought was an easter egg for Jet Jaguar ;)

kidding- it was a good movie- would love to see a sequel.
heisei24 - 5/21/2014, 7:04 AM
"There was nothing else that character could do without being silly."

I'm still disappointed with Brody's death, but Edwards speaking the truth right here.
TheIlluminati - 5/21/2014, 7:24 AM
I liked it. Who else found it funny about seeing grown ass men geeking out when Godzilla shitted on that MUTO's mouth? Lmao!!!
MrFridayNights - 5/21/2014, 7:28 AM
Awesome movie bring on the [frick]ing sequel for 2016!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Greatest Godzilla movie of all time!!!!!!!!!!
grif - 5/21/2014, 8:19 AM
when people are no longer useful they get killed off? wtf?
Mrsinister - 5/21/2014, 9:22 AM
Shit movie
JazzBebopHero - 5/21/2014, 9:49 AM
Excellent film! I can truly say, "Well done Mr. Edwards."
The movie made me happy. I left with a big smile on my face. My childhood hero was done justice!

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