07.29.2019: Akira Takarada Panel from G-Fest 26

Veteran actor Akira Takarada entertains the crowds from G-Fest 26, right here in episode 266.

We are back with another panel from G-Fest 26 with the always amazing Akira Takarada! You know this actor of course, in addition to being on the podcast back in 2013 and in my documentary, Hail to the King: 60 Years of Godzilla, Takarada played Ogata in the 1954 original Godzilla film, plus he’s returned to tokusatsu with many film roles over his 65 year long acting career. Huge thanks to the staff at G-Fest for this incredible opportunity!

I wanted to ask Takarada-san about his life outside of Godzilla and learn a little bit more about Godzilla’s classmate in this interview. Holy moly, did Takarada-san ever deliver on schooling me (and the audience) about his life — and near life-and-death adventures…seriously!

Since this was recorded from the room, the audio quality is not as great as I’d like it to be, but I hope this interview entertains AND gives you much more insight into the actor Akira Takarada. 

1. Escaping the Base by Masaru Sato from Godzilla vs The Sea Monster (1966)
2. Monster Zero by Akira Ifukube from Invasion of Astro Monster (1965)

We’ll return before the end of the month with another interview from G-Fest!