"Back then, people didn't speak positively of suit actors", says Nakajima. Haruo Nakajima was a Japanese stunt actor in Samurai films when he was approached to take a role that became an iconic symbol of the nuclear era.
As the actor told The Big Story in March this year: "In the end, the Godzilla I played remains on film forever".
Born in Yagamata, Japan, in 1929 Nakajima started his film career as a stuntman, getting his first acting break at the age of 25 as the instantly recognisable giant lizard.
Without much direction or instruction, Nakajima sought inspiration for his monster at the zoo, where he observed the movements of large animals like gorillas and elephants - fitting, as the name "Gojira" is a combination of the Japanese words for gorilla (gorira) and whale (kujira). Here are ten of Toho's best kaiju that would make fine additions to the MonsterVerse, with explanations of who they are and why they need to be a part of the setting.
However, this was no easy task, as the suit itself proved to be hulkish.
"Since materials were so rare, things like rubber were not available". Nakajima said his Godzilla costume was created from concrete and weighed approximately 100 kilos.
'It was so heavy and hot, and with the lighting, it was even hot to touch it, ' he said. His last perormance as the character was in 1972 in the film, Godzilla vs Gigan.
Honda's original film has inspired a number of Hollywood spinoffs and resonated with postwar Japan, which suffered atomic bombing.
Godzilla was the brainchild of several mega-imaginations, including Nakajima's. Nakajima played a key role in making Godzilla what it is, and there is no doubt that his contribution has left a huge mark in the movie making business. "I do not consider myself as a star".
He acted in some 50 films, ending in 1973. The last Hollywood outing was in 2014, with a sequel now in works. Of particular note, he appeared at the 2011 Monsterpalooza convention in Burbank, California.
"I think the objective was to make something that looked spectacular", Ryfle said, "and if you approach it from that standpoint, I think they're very entertaining".