Aaron Taylor-Johnson excited by 'Godzilla' training

Aaron Taylor-Johnson found his military training for 'Godzilla' "exciting", but confessed he still doesn't feel as heroic as his on-screen character

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Aaron Taylor Johnson and Sam Taylor-Wood

Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Sam Taylor-Wood

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.

Godzilla

  • 4 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 123 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Gareth Edwards
  • Cast: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, Ken Watanabe, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn, Sally Hawkins
  • UK release: 15 May 2014

The world's most famous monster is pitted against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity's scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence. Another big screen outing for the scaly one, this time with Monsters' acclaimed British director Gareth Edwards in charge.

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