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Saturday 18 November 2017

Edwards: My films will have heart

Gareth Edwards directed Godzilla
Gareth Edwards directed Godzilla

Gareth Edwards has said he hopes his films will always resonate with audiences, whether they are big-budget blockbusters or indie ones.

The award-winning filmmaker, who wrote, directed, shot and single-handedly created all the visual effects on his independent debut Monsters, has experienced working in both, after directing the latest Godzilla remake.

"It was insane. It was just being picked up and dropped in this crazy world. It's very surreal," he said.

Asked if he would eschew independent films for more commercial ones, he explained: "You have a choice when you're a filmmaker - you either do a personal film and try to make it commercial, or you do a commercial film and try to make it personal. So you're always heading for the same place.

"I was trying to make this with as much heart and soul as possible, so whatever angle you take on it, I'm always trying to make something where the audience feels something."

Gareth also revealed he was most surprised by Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston on set.

"Mr Cranston is the funniest guy I've ever met," he said. "He has a lot of emotional scenes in the film and I always thought that actors have to build up and build up, and stay in a zone, and he's got his own technique where he'll cry, and you'll be crying.

"Then suddenly, we'll do another take and we'll be crying and it'll be this very emotional moment, and at the end of the take, he'll crack a joke and we will all burst out laughing. He can change gears. He's pretty amazing. He's got it down to a fine art."

Having done two monster movies, Gareth said he doesn't mind being pigeon-holed: "If I were going to be known for a genre, I'd happily be trapped in the world of monsters, and there's no better monster in the world than Godzilla."

Godzilla, which also stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen, is in cinemas now.

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