Japanese actor who played the original Godzilla, Haruo Nakajima, dies at 88

Posted August 09, 2017

Because of a rubber shortage after World War II, materials like concrete were used to make the suit, lifting its weight up to 100kg.

According to the Associated Press, Nakajima's daughter, Sonoe Nakajima revealed the former samurai films stunt actor died due to complications from a lung infection on August 7th. He didn't have any direction to play Godzilla, so he based his performance on animals at the Tokyo zoo.

"We would like to express our honest condolences for the death of Mr. Haruo Nakajima", Toho, which released the Godzilla films, said in a statement.

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The 1954 classic, directed by Ishiro Honda sees Godzilla surfacing from the Pacific Ocean as a result of a mutation from a nuclear testing area.

Nakajima would go on to play Godzilla in 12 films, including Godzilla Raids Again, King Kong Vs. Godzilla, Mothra Vs. Godzilla, Ghidorah: The Three-Headed Monster, Invasion Of The Astro-Monster, Godzilla Vs.

He had to wear a 220lb suit which was "too heavy" and he struggled to walk just 30ft while wearing it. He also played various kaiju in Frankenstein Vs. Baragon, The War Of The Gargantuas, King Kong Escapes, and Mothra, where he played Mothra's head.

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"My Godzilla was the best".

"Godzilla is a creature of the Americans", Nakajima told CBS. In 2014, he gave an interview where he said: "I am the original, the real thing".

"My biggest influence came from bears, the way bears move is very interesting", said Nakajima in a 2008 documentary about playing the monster.

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Nakajima wrote about his life in 2010 in a Japanese-language autobiography, "Monster Life: Haruo Nakajima, the Original Godzilla Actor".