John Goodman is surprised he's in Kong: Skull Island

Louise McCreesh
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From Digital Spy

John Goodman has revealed his surprise at being an "unlikely addition" to the cast of Kong: Skull Island, especially considering he thought his comedic background would put him at odds with the monster movie franchise.

In the film, Goodman plays Bill Randa, a government official who's determined to proved that monsters exist and recruits Tom Hiddleston's former British Special Air Service Captain character James Conrad to embark on a secret expedition to King Kong's previously unexplored island home.

And while the film's trailers have so far shown that Goodman seems like a good match for the role, during a recent interview the actor admitted his surprise at being cast in the movie at all.

"I never thought I'd have a shot of doing anything like this," he told the NY Daily News. "I don't fit any of the types that would be in a King Kong movie."

And despite his comedic background - Goodman is known for his roles in films such as The Big Lebowski and Cool Runnings - it seems Goodman still had some experience to build off when it came to imagining the 100-foot tall King Kong without him actually being there during filming.

"They'd tell us approximately where it was going to be," he shared. "For me, it was going back to when I started doing plays in the church basement, where you just imagine stuff. It was fun. It was just like, 'Let's pretend'."

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Kong: Skull Island is a reboot of the monster franchise, but one of its main differences is that the iconic beauty and the beast storyline that sees Kong capturing the main female character won't be seen here - which is good news for Brie Larson, and less so for Goodman himself, apparently.

"We've seen it before so many times, and we've seen it done well so many times," director JordanVogt-Roberts added to the publication. "So why tread in that territory again? What do we possibly have to gain retelling the beauty and the beast story?"

When it came to Goodman's response though, he simply added: "I was surprised that I wasn't the beauty. That hurt."

Kong: Skull Island stars Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L Jackson, John Goodman and John C Reilly, and it opens in cinemas on March 10.

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