Since 1954, Godzilla is Japan’s most recognizable pop culture character known worldwide. Originally portrayed as a ferocious nuclear monster, his image has been softened over the years to appeal to younger audiences. Instead of the presenting him as the bringer of destruction, he’s been depicted more as a protector, a hero.
When filming Godzilla, the director was questioned and held by police. They believed he was planning an attack on Tokyo and had to prove he was making a film. Once released on the big screen in 1954, the movie wasn’t met with entertainment. The audience in Japan were struck with terror when they saw Godzilla destroy the Toho theater they were in, fearing they were under attack.
As for the suit, it wasn’t light as a feather and breathable. It weighed 200lbs (90kg) and the actor fainted regularly because it would be so hot in the suit that a cup of sweat had to be drained daily.