Honestly, I’ve never heard of this guy, but he’s apparently had a successful run at lower budget films, including his role as Dean Armitage in this years’ “hilarious” Jordan Peele’s Get Out, and a string of television appearances such as The West Wing. Now comes word that he’s joined onto the cast of Godzilla 2, aka Godzilla: King of the Monsters.
Now I have heard of Godzilla, and I’ve never been a huge fan. A giant lizard thing that stomps all over a large city like a radioactively-mutated iguana was a staple of Japanese cinema back in the 1950s and ’60s, as far as I know, and served as something of a counterpoint to our Westerns. We were shooting it out at the OK Corral, they were mowing down Tokyo with men in rubber suits. Something to with do with getting two nukes rammed up their asses for being dicks in World War II, I think.
Anyway, Godzilla’s never had much of a good run in the US. I think the finest Godzilla-esque film to appear was that of Cloverfield. Matthew Broderick’s 1998 Godzilla took things back a few steps, and the franchise, or subgenre if you will, has never had much chance to take root, not that the ground was ever that fertile to begin with. 2014’s Godzilla made a little money, relatively, and wasn’t quite a critical bomb, but there’s a lot to be said for the fact that it didn’t make the cultural impact the creators had hoped, and lumbered away with a mere $200m domestic on a $169M budget. There just isn’t that much current demand in the US for Godzilla-themed films. Too many men in rubber suits fighting it out for that to change at the moment.
Instead, the franchise-starved Universal, and Warner Brothers, has desperately tried to craft a Monsterverse of cinematic ideas including Godzilla and King Kong to combat the plague of comic book movies, which to me seems like combating Ebola with AIDS.