Gojira, Nature has pointed out the folly of man, get down here!



The man behind the monster has died: Haruo Nakajima, who wore the Godzilla bodysuit for every Godzilla film from the original to 1972’s Godzilla vs. Gigan, has died at 88.

Nakajima’s career began in samurai and war films, notably Seven Samurai by Akira Kurosawa and Eagle of the Pacific. He landed the Godzilla role starting with 1954’s Godzilla, King of the Monsters, directed by Ishiro Honda.

Nakajima took on the monster role in more than just Godzilla films, however. As the principal suit actor for Toho, he also played Mothra in 1961 and King Kong in 1967’s King Kong Escapes, among many other Japanese kaiju roles such as War of the Gargantuas and Frankenstein Conquers the World.


I remember seeing MIchael Keaton on late night tv a long time ago, a couple years after Batman…he tells of meeting Jack in make up very early on, and they are both semi costumed, Michael was in awe of Nicholson, after a moment Jack leans over to him, and says “Just play the suit kid.” (I am paraphrasing probably, but that was the gist of it)