Aaron Taylor-Johnson had military training for ‘Godzilla’.
The 23-year-old actor stars as Lieutenant Ford Brody in the sci-fi film and worked closely with a marine officer who taught him how to use various weapons to prepare for the part.
Speaking at the film’s premiere in London’s Leicester Square, he told BANG Showbiz: ”I did quite a lot of the stunts involved and there was an amazing team. I had a marine guy who I worked with closely on the movie. I got used to the equipment and learnt to fire rounds.”
The ‘Anna Karenina’ star – who attended the premiere with his 47-year-old wife Sam Taylor-Wood with whom he has daughters Wylda Rae, three, and two-year-old Romy Hero – confessed he felt a sense of camaraderie with the members of the military who trained him.
He added: ”And I got used to the military lingo they use – it’s like a boys club.”
However, Taylor-Johnson admits that despite his special forces training he doesn’t consider himself to be as heroic as his on-screen character.
He explained: ”It was very exciting. I’ve been on military tanks, trains with missiles, we jump out of helicopters. I did actually jump out of an aeroplane, but it was still on the tarmac.”
Taylor-Johnson also praised his co-star Bryan Cranston and was delighted he had the chance to work alongside the ‘Breaking Bad’ actor.
Quizzed on what it was like to work with the 58-year-old star, he explained: ”Yeah it was brilliant. I’d seen him in ‘Breaking Bad’ and even in ‘Malcolm in the Middle’, which I used to love. He’s a great actor.”
Also in attendance at the film’s European premiere was Taylor-Johnson’s co-star Elizabeth Olsen and director Gareth Edwards.