Gareth Edwards Suffered Panic Attacks While Filming Godzilla


Godzilla director Gareth Edwards has opened up about how he had experienced panic attacks on the set of the famous monster movie. He entered the world of Hollywood from living the obscure life, and it got the best of him.

The British filmmaker, with his low-budget debut, Monsters, caught the eye of Tinseltown producers. He was surprised when they asked him to helm the famous remake.

This offer was the fulfillment of a lifelong dream for him, but it also came with the severe pressure. His anxiety attacks were mostly sparked by the need f walking onto the set to work with celebrities such as Bryan Cranston, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Juliette Binoche.

Edwards told Britain’s Daily Mirror newspaper, “I really felt overwhelmed, but then I thought about how I’d worked all my life to get to this point and that I couldn’t turn it down.

Making the film turned out to be the hardest thing I’ve ever done, mainly because of the pressure I put myself under. Panic would come and go all the time and I controlled that by telling myself, ‘If this is the only thing I ever do in my life, I’ve got to go out in a blaze of glory’.”

His blockbuster Godzilla is No. 1 at the box office and set to be one of the biggest smashes of 2014. Surprisingly, it’s only his second film.

What’s my life become?” he said. “Every day something insane happens.”

A few years ago I was making a film in my bedroom and now I’m being invited to hang out with [Lord of the Rings director and producer] Sir Peter Jackson. I still can’t quite believe it.

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