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The king of the monsters was the king of Hollywood Boulevard on Saturday night as the entire street was shut down to celebrate Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Stars Millie Bobby Brown, Kyle Chandler, O’Shea Jackson Jr. and Ken Watanabe all walked the black carpet at the TCL Chinese Theater to celebrate the premiere of the latest film in the world’s longest-running giant monster franchise.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters is a part of Warner Bros. MonsterVerse, which also includes 2014’s Godzilla and Kong: Skull Island. This version features the massive beast taking on his greatest rival, the three-headed dragon King Ghidorah.
Brown shared with THR why she thought audiences would love the movie. “It’s a spectacular and thrilling cinematic experience that people should experience on a big screen,” she said. “We had so much fun making it and that’s why people should go and see it so that they can actually feel what we felt, which was just ultimate fun.”
The premiere itself was a spectacle worthy of the King of the Monsters. Thousands of screaming fans lined the sidewalks and filled specially built risers surrounding the theater. Before the stars arrived, over a dozen drummers performed on massive Japanese taiko drums to signal the opening of the carpet.
Chandler told THR why he was so happy to be a part of this franchise. “If you go back and watch the first three films, you can get excited very easily about being a part of a franchise that started from there, lasted 65 years and then has come out again in this reiteration,” he said. “I think some of the best people in the business who do what they do, worked on this film. I’m really excited to see how it comes out and what it looks like.”
Jackson, who wore an over-the-top piece of gold Godzilla bling, told THR the special connection he felt with the monster as a longtime Godzilla fan.
“My favorite moment is kind of deep. They had one practical effect of Godzilla on set and it was a slab of Godzilla’s skin,” he said. “Thinking about me as a kid, never thinking I would ever be able to touch Godzilla, this was the closest I would ever get and got to put my hand on Godzilla’s skin and that same day my little girl was born, so it was a pretty heavy day for me on set.”
Warner Bros hosted a massive block party before the movie, where guests could enjoy a feast fit for a 100-foot-tall lizard. There were sliders provided by Son of a Bun, poke from the Okamoto Kitchen Poke Truck, a ramen station and a handmade ice cream table. Attendees could also use a greenscreen photo booth that would drop them into scenes from the movie.
Watanabe told THR why this movie was about more than giant monsters terrorizing the world. “Godzilla movie has a deep theme. Each era has some kind of fear. The nuclear bomb, Cold War and some kind of social problem or something. In the 21st century we need to do think about natural disasters. This creature is symbolic of that natural disaster. We cannot control them, but we must live on this planet,” he said.
Once the film started, the theater was packed, anticipation was high and the audience was not disappointed by the movies massive monster battles. Applause broke out several times as Godzilla squared off with his giant rivals.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters will be out May 31.
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