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Off to See the Lizard For Matthew Broderick and the other stars of Godzilla, surprise matters. "None of us are supposed to talk about it," says the 36-year-old actor, who plays a scientist trying to explain the ragin' reptile's cranky habits. "I end up getting thrown out of that job and team up with Jean Reno and then eventually Hank Azaria and Maria Pitillo, and it ends up the four of us are sort of separated and trapped, and...if I say any more, I'm afraid the phone will go dead."
Broderick accepted the part from the makers of Independence Day because he figured it would be a departure: He usually gets asked to play "the guy who gets pushed around." But this time the bully was bigger than usual. During filming (from which Broderick took a night off last May to wed longtime sweetheart Sarah Jessica Parker), Broderick couldn't see the computer-generated beast. But he says the hardest part was working in the rubber wet suit he had to wear under his clothes (he won't say why, but Godzilla may emit more than just bad breath): "It took me four months to realize I was wearing mine backwards. After I figured that out, it wasn't uncomfortable."