Godzilla, King Kong evolve as characters for their latest monster mash

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Friday, March 29, 2024
'Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire' offers new take on monster battle
Godilla and King Kong battle it out in the jungle, starring opposite human actors Brian Tyree Henry, Dan Stevens, and Rebecca Hall.

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- "Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire" is looking for a monstrous box office weekend. It's on track to make more than $50 million domestically, more than double that globally. Not bad for a couple of characters that have been around for 90 years.

The longtime movie titans, who've each been on the big screen dozens of times, take center stage again - this time, with Kong and Godzilla mixing it up alongside human actors Brian Tyree Henry, Dan Stevens and Rebecca Hall.

"Not to disrespect, like previous types of these types of movies, but often there's people in like suits, and it's quite sort of serious. The humans are quite serious," said Hall.

"We're taking it out of the office, into the jungle in the Hawaiian shirt," said Stevens.

"It's all like truly about identity as we evolved so have these movies, right? You're watching these characters evolve, including Godzilla and Kong, which is really deep," said Henry.

The actors agree that in this film, the monsters are becoming self-aware, wanting relationships, and evolving - just like the humans.

Henry hopes moviegoers see the film in theaters to experience the grand scale on which it was made.

"I'm also hoping that it opens up this new kind of universe, which I'm calling the punk rock universe because I feel like this one is very punk rock. From the score to the sets to even Godzilla and Kong battles," said Henry. "And even our characters like, they get slow motion walks, I'm in leather, you know, I mean I want it to be an experience!"