Famed lizard reaches the 'Final Wars'
HOLLYWOOD – Godzilla‘s had a busy week.In honor of his 50th anni, the ubiquitous “King of the Monsters” appeared in the Hollywood Christmas Parade on Sunday, got his star on the Walk of Fame on Monday, then marched up the red carpet at the Chinese for the world preem of “Godzilla: Final Wars.” Pic is the last entry in the durable Japanese franchise, although helmer Ryuhei Kitamura hinted that the door was still open for more sequels. “I didn’t say that this was the last one. The producers said that,” he quipped. “And you know the producers, they’re all liars.” Producer Shogo Tomiyama himself was in attendance, along with special-effects director Eiichi Asada and thesps Masahiro Matsuoka, Rei Kikukawa and “sore thumb” Don Frye, who had the only English-speaking role in the film. Afterward, partygoers headed over to the Highlands, where Tsutomu Kitagawa, who played the title role in the pic, looked relieved not to be wearing his monster suit (“Very hot”). Fortunately, someone else did the honors: Godzilla made his final appearance of the evening in front of a giant cake, while Matsuoka and Kikukawa sang him “Happy Birthday.”