While Gojira was still in its pre-production
stage, Toho was wondering how to make a giant monster film. They
didn't want to use stopmotion animation like in King Kong,
so they decided to use a latex suit, and miniature models. Now
Toho had to do was find a desing for Godzilla. There were many
concepts for Godzilla, one of them included an octopus (imagine
how different everything would be today!), and even Godzilla
with four legs instead of two (yes, things would be different
today). Toho's final product, obviously, is the suit we recognize
today. Godzilla had four toes, little ears behind his eyes, fangs
in the front of his mouth, and his eyes gave a "beady"
look. Toho had a hard time making the first suit, but later made
a second one, weighing a massive 220 pounds. Haruo Nakajima,
a stuntman who played Godzilla in the original film, and others
later on, had a very hard time moving it around, especially under
hot studio lights. Once in a while he would faint on the set.
Toho had eased some of his pain by constructing a "half-suit"
with only the legs. Godzilla would later lose weight in the next
King of the Monsters (1954/1956)