Haruo Nakajima is perhaps Japan’s most famous actor, but you wouldn’t necessarily recognize his face. That’s because from 1954 to 1972, he was the man inside the Godzilla costume for 12 consecutive films.
At 87 years old, many now consider Nakajima among the most iconic suit actors in film history. We caught up with the legend who gave life to the “King of the Monsters” to find out how he took on the challenge in the original groundbreaking movie.
“Gojira” was released in a post-WWII Japan, which suffered defeat after the U.S. dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and then Nagasaki.
“Godzilla is a creature of the Americans,” Nakajima said. “Godzilla’s breath is nuclear radiation. He showed our audiences that atomic bombs are frightening.”