In August 2017, a group of fellow journalists and I went to the Atlanta set of Godzilla: King of the Monsters. The upcoming sequel has a well-funded Monarch going up against a villain who wants to use the kaiju as living atomic weapons, and humanity must once again rely on Godzilla to save us from other monsters.
During our visit, we got a chance to talk to O’Shea Jackson Jr., who plays one of the soldiers of G-Force, a unit tasked with assisting Monarch in their endeavors. During our conversation, we talked about his character, how he got involved with the movie, why he’s a lifelong Godzilla fan, monsters he wished had showed up in the sequel, if he would ever do his character’s job for real, and more.
Check out the interview below, and click on the respective links for our set visit report and interviews with director Michael Dougherty and star Kyle Chander.
O’SHEA JACKSON JR.: He’s, how do you say it, the more experienced soldier of the crew. He’s the leader and kind of the old timer, but it’s just more about my ranking. I’m the highest-ranking officer and I’m the colonel of course. And can’t really show too much emotion when you chase monsters, like, this is what I signed up for.
What’s your special focus on the monsters?
JACKSON: Yeah, I’m focused on the bigger picture. Yep.
What is your responsibility – to take down monsters? To protect the city? What are your challenges?
JACKSON: Just to see the mission through. Whatever is passed down from the admiral to the colonel. She passes it down to me and we get it done. Whether it be an evac, whether it be to get plans – whatever we’re called to do, I make sure I get it done, and I understand the environment may have three-hundred-foot monsters.
What does your character think of the Titans?
JACKSON: We eat Titans for breakfast. Yeah, I mean they’re cool, but as long as I survive.
We’ve been told there are a few Easter eggs in the film to spot. Have there been any that you’ve spotted?
JACKSON: Oh yeah, I’ve been nerding out really hard. There’s some I can’t really speak of – but we definitely give you – you get that monster in the movie, and you’re going to go on the internet immediately after.