Is it nerve-racking, entering into a world that has been done so many times before and has such a legacy? What makes this different?
I think Gareth can be really proud of this, because this version really taps back into the whole reason the original Godzilla got made to begin with, at least that’s what I have learned, about the wrath of nature, and not only nature, but how mankind is responsible for our actions and how that manifests itself in Godzilla. That’s what this film is about and what the original was about, and I think he should be proud.
And people seem to love the trailer.
And then you go to San Diego Comic-Con and see the reaction that stuff gets. That’s incredible.
How was working with Gareth Edwards?
I’ve only been working for a few years, but something that I am constantly learning is trying to surround yourself with people that you feel OK with, and Gareth is incredibly collaborative, and was right from the very first meeting, where he was saying, “Well, this is what we are working with, but that’s only the beginning. I want to develop it with the actors.” And that’s what we did.
This is a pretty big movie for both you and him, coming from mostly independent movies.
I have never been on a movie set like this before, but I always pictured it being heads of the studio and the production company people swarming in and not letting the director do anything, and I always imagined them overshadowing a director’s voice, but they never once did that with Gareth, because he had his shit together and he had his vision, and it was a good vision.
It’s crazy to go from a small contained set where you know every single person’s name, to this set where you don’t know most of the people, with most of the stuff happening without you seeing it. Gareth managed all of that. Seemlessly. Everyone felt taken care of.
What scares you, aside from Godzilla?
Noises in the middle of the night.
Godzilla is due in cinemas 16 May 2014. You can buy the 1954 Godzilla on DVD for £10.83 at Amazon.co.uk.