When watching a CGI monster movie, it can be easy to forget that there’s an actual person in a motion capture suit performing the role. In the case of Godzilla: King of the Monsters, actor Alan Maxson played one of three actors who formed the terrifying King Ghidorah. Now, he's revealed the difference between playing a human and a creature.
Creature actor Alan Maxson recently spoke a bit about his acting process when playing a creature. Believe it or not, it’s not entirely dissimilar to how he approaches playing a human character, but with one caveat. Here’s what he had to say:
In Godzilla: King of the Monsters, King Ghidorah looks like a giant three-headed dragon. So Alan Maxson, Jason Liles, and Richard Dorton all formed the creature together while wearing motion-capture suits.
Alan Maxson has played a wide variety of creatures throughout his career, requiring him to put on makeup and prosthetic suits. As you can imagine, these suits aren’t always comfortable or easy to move around in, making his job more challenging. While speaking with ComicBookMovie.com, he later added:
As far as Godzilla’s foes go, King Ghidorah is perhaps one of the most popular that fans love to see. In fact, for Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah were all chosen because they were the best known of the many monsters that have fought Godzilla over the years.
To make sure King Ghidorah didn’t end up being seen as just another dragon by audiences, director Michael Dougherty also tried to play up the human characteristics of the monster. So he gave each of the motion capture actors different personalities to work with when creating King Ghidorah. With that said, all three motion-capture actors did a great job bringing King Ghidorah to life on the big screen.
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