ABOVE: Watch Gareth Edwards at the Canadian premiere of Godzilla in Toronto.
TORONTO — Gareth Edwards, director of the summer blockbuster Godzilla, loves B.C.
“The crew there are the best in the world,” the British filmmaker said Thursday at the Canadian premiere of the movie in Toronto. “I was very lucky.”
Parts of the province stood in for Japan, the Philippines and California, with filming of Godzilla taking place early last year in Vancouver, Steveston, Coquitlam and on Vancouver Island.
Edwards gushed to Global News about working on Canada’s west coast.
“I love Vancouver,” he said. “It’s a beautiful city and it’s surrounded by nature as well so it was a very easy, very therapeutic place to make a film because you can just look over at the mountains and you feel like you’re on holiday.”
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Nature is a theme Edwards was anxious to explore in Godzilla.
With its climate change message, it could be labelled a “cli-fi” movie.
“I like that,” Edwards said with a smile. “I wish I had thought of that one.”
The director explained Godzilla explores the fact that nature is always trying to reclaim the planet.
“If we walked away nature would come and take over. It’s the natural way of things and we’re always trying to ignore it and push it away and forget about it, like we’re not part of it,” he said.
“I think that’s where our trouble comes from. The film is really about accepting that we’re part of nature and it controls us.
“We should accept that.”
BELOW: Watch Gareth Edwards on Global Toronto’s The Morning Show.