Wednesday, December 01, 2004
Godzilla takes Hollywood
After 50 years of smashing model buildings and thrilling millions of movie fans Godzilla is on the Walk of Fame. Godzilla joins 2,200 other notable stars on 'The Walk' including Bob Hope, John Wayne, Ann B. Davis and Big Bird.
Godzilla was on hand for the unveiling of the new star in front of Grauman's Chinese Theater.
Tsutomo Kitagawa, the actor who wears the rubber suit in the latest film was also in the suit on Hollywood Blvd.
The new flick Godzilla: Final Wars opens on December 4 in Japan.
The film is the 28th Godzilla movie produced by Toho.
The first film featured Raymond Burr as Steve Martin. Really!!! That was the name of his character. I bet some rejected casting choices were: Jimmy Stewart as Billy Baldwin, Eric Von Strohiem as Stone Cold Steve Austin and Fess Parker as Carrot Top.
Honorary Mayor of Hollywood, Johnny Grant presided over the ceremony.
"I do hereby proclaim this 'Godzilla Day in Hollywood'," Grant told the crowd. "He's loose, he's wild, and I'm getting the hell out of here."
Godzilla later posed for pictures and blew smoke at the crowd.
In case you are wondering, the Walk of Fame is not all that selective when it comes to who is honored. The honoree has to pay the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce $15,000 and then show up at the ceremony.
Incidentally, Roland Emerich and Dean Devlin (makers of the 1998 big budget American version of Godzilla) took the occasion to announce that they will be producing a more expensive, state-of-the-art version of Godzilla's Walk of Fame star that everyone will hate.