Written by Reuters
19 May, 2019 | 4:48 pm
REUTERS: The stars of “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” descended on Hollywood Boulevard on Saturday night (May 18) for the ‘black’ carpet premiere of the blockbuster monster movie.CA sequel to 2014’s “Godzilla,” this latest incarnation of the legendary Japanese monster film brings in some new faces, including “Stranger Things” actress Millie Bobby Brown and Chinese superstar Zhang Ziyi.
Although it is a sequel, Brown said “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” is different from what has gone before. “‘Godzilla’ has actually changed in every movie he’s done so I always found it really interesting,” said the fifteen-year-old star. “This movie, the CGI, everything, the experience is so intense, it is different from the rest,” she added.
“Godzilla: King of the Monsters” is also Brown’s first feature film, since her breakout role in Netflix’s “Stranger Things.” “It is different. I mean, you know, I have a different character, there’s a different set. It is like going to school on your first day, just trying to learn everybody’s names and be a good person, so it was a lot of fun making this movie but very different from ‘Stranger Things,'” she said.
Chinese mega-star Zhang Ziyi, who made her name internationally in Oscar-winning Director Ang Lee’s “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon,” said working on such a special effects-heavy movie was a new experience. “Yeah I think for me it is very new to only act with nothing but a green screen so everything you have to imagine,” she told Reuters at the premiere.
A huge name in Chinese and world cinema, Zhang said she had avoided making movies in Hollywood in recent years because of a lack of good parts for Chinese actresses. “That’s why I haven’t been back in Hollywood for so long because I often get scripts (but) they are not so … the characters are not so rich but this one is different,” she said, of her role in “Godzilla: King of the Monsters.” “That’s why I’m very happy about this offer and the director really respected me and gave my character a lot of emotions,” she added.
There is a theme of man versus nature that runs through “Godzilla: King of Monsters” and actor Kyle Chandler described the movie as a “wake-up” call for mankind. “There is a reason ‘Godzilla’ comes to humanity’s rescue. As my wife said, it’s like a thump in the head for mankind, you know, wake-up. And so it sort of fits in to today’s time too, you can sort of anytime ‘Godzilla’ can come in and because we are always screwing things up one way or another so that could have something to do with it,” he said.
“And it’s just ‘Godzilla’ you know. He’s going around destroying stuff, you know, there’s destruction and mankind is running, people are screaming. And people like popcorn, it’s a popcorn movie, it’s fun,” he added. “Godzilla: King of Monsters” opens on May 31.
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