Robert Scott Field
Biography[edit | edit source]
Robert Scott Field was born in California in 1968. He moved to Japan in 1988 as a baseball player and joined the Nankai Hawks (presently known as the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks), but quit after just one year. Field learned Japanese while working part-time at a ramen shop, and became an English teacher for a time, giving lessons to comedian Noburo Harada. Through Harada, Field was introduced to the radio show Pangea Club, for which he became an interpreter and recurring personality; it was through this show that he met director Kazuki Omori, who was also a regular. Omori, interested in adding foreign actors to his films, suggested that Field audition for his upcoming project, Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah. Field was cast as the Futurian android M11, delivering lines in both English and Japanese. He recalled in an interview, "At the beginning, M11 was really not that big a part either, but as one of the scenes went really well, they said, 'Hey this is great. We have to use him for some more.' I got a very big script and a lot of lines and a lot of actions scenes and it just went from there." His performance, which was received well in Japan, sparked a modest career for him, and he has become something of a fan favorite the world over.
According to Field, the M11 character became so popular that Toho considered producing a spinoff television series starring him. He recalled, "[T]hey were thinking at the time, because my character was so popular, they were going to make a TV series out of it, and probably not even base it on Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah. Just make an M11 series. And they started it but apparently, because the economic bubble had just burst in Japan, they never had the money or the funding to do it. So it never came around." Since 1999, Field has been a regular celebrity guest and translator at the annual kaiju convention G-Fest.
Outside of Godzilla, Field appeared in episode 6 of the 2002 direct-to-video series Ultraman Neos as the character Sean, a human host of Ultraseven 21. He has made several appearances in independent and fan-made kaiju films, reprising his role as M11 in Godzilla: Battle Royale (2014) and Jet Jaguar: Project M11 (2015), and appearing in minor roles in The Great Buddha Arrival and God Raiga vs. King Ohga. He also lent his voice to The Asylum's 2019 mockbuster of Godzilla: King of the Monsters, entitled Monster Island, receiving a "very special thanks" in the film's credits.
Selected filmography[edit | edit source]
- Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991) as Android M11
- Ultraman Neos (2002) as Sean [episode 6]
- The Great Buddha Arrival (2018) as mysterious man
- Monster Island (2019) as JSDF on ham radio [voice]
- God Raiga vs. King Ohga: War of the Monsters (2019) as onlooker in Honolulu
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