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Godzilla Suit History: 1954

Godzilla 1954

Godzilla 1954While 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 suit.

Movies Used:

Gojira/Godzilla, King of the Monsters (1954/1956)