DaiSport Weekly 5 July 2004:
For the past few months the slopes of Mt Fuji have been
resounding to the beat of some pretty big feet. Gojira
(known to the West as Godzilla) has been working out,
getting himself buffed up for his current role in Godzilla:
script calls for a lot more physical action from me
than I've been used to," the Monster King told
this reporter, who caught up with the venerable film
star after a two-hour workout that would have left monsters
half his age flat out on the turf. In fact, long-time
buddy Angilas was still way in the distance, doing his
best to catch up but clearly finding it difficult with
those awkward back legs of his. He was definitely looking
tell you the truth, I've gotten lazy over the years,"
the Big G commented.
I was expected to leap around, do jigs and victory dances,
leap into volcanoes ... all sorts of crap. But I've
been slacking off for decades. Take Godzilla Against
MechaGodzilla, for instance. I did a lot of standing
around in that one.
next film requires me to wrestle with 11 or so kaiju,
some of them young and vigorous. There's no way I intend
to look like I'm past it.
director wants me to keep it fast and sexy, especially
in the fight scenes. I haven't had to move like that
since Godzilla Raids Again, way back in the
several high level kung-fu sequences. I've gotta be
able to wear the long black leather coat wardrobe has
provided (made from several thousand Matrix
cast-offs, I heard) and fill it out right, so it doesn't
look stupid in slo-mo. You ever tried floating in mid-air
when you weigh 22,000 tons?"
the Monster King is already looking good. His legs have
slimmed down to the size of battleships, his hips have
tightened up and he's developed what can only be described
as a He-man chest.
was at my physical nadir in GMK, I reckon,"
he said. "Did you see that belly? I look like a
goddam whale with legs."
grinned wryly. "Mind you, that was a killer of
a role -- nice and evil. My acting was at a peak. I
love scaring the crap out of the kids. Hey, you wanna
see how many push-ups I can do?"
that, he flung himself to the ground and it was all
we could do to avoid being crushed. As it was, 16 cars
and 300 metres of roadway were reduced to rubble. By
the time he'd done a dozen one-handers, the sweat was
pouring off him, washing away an entire contingent of
tow-trucks, 128 bystanders and my photographer, and
causing a mutagenic ripple that left three neighbouring
townships with enough monsters to supply Van Helsing
extras for years to come.
looking good on screen isn't the only benefit to be
derived from this rigorous exercise regime. Rumour has
it Godzilla's new buff physique has ended a decade-long
romantic drought, with several sightings of the Monster
King out and about with a slew of Toho -- and Hollywood
I asked him about it, his spines began to glow, the
radiation so fierce it turned a nearby grove of trees
not saying there's anything between me and Kate Beckinsale,"
he commented. "But just let me point out that since
the informal dinner we had a week or so ago, she's commented
that she can't imagine being with anyone as diminutive
as Hugh Jackson ever again."
paparazzi shot of
G and Kate out on the town....
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