|“||This planet doesn't belong to us. Ancient species owned this earth long before mankind. And if we keep our heads buried in the sand, they will take it back.||„|
— Randa to Packard
Randa’s most prominent trait was his stubbornness to see the expedition to Skull Island go forward.
Buried deep down, however, was a much darker side to him: being the sole survivor of an attack on his vessel by an unidentified sea-dwelling Titan, Randa had let vengeance consume him and was prejudiced enough to believe that monsters like Kong possessed no conscience and that they must be exterminated. However, this changed when Randa began to see the similarities between humans and Kong.
Randa and Brooks got along well since Randa agreed with Brooks’ thesis about the Hollow Earth and recruited him to Monarch. Brooks was visibly shocked when Randa met his demise in the jaws of a Skullcrawler.
During World War II, Randa was posted to places such as Italy and North Africa.
Attack on the USS Lawton
In 1943, Randa was stationed aboard the USS Lawton, which was torn apart by an unidentified sea-dwelling Titan, leaving him as the only survivor. Since the experience, Randa spent 30 years as a researcher at Monarch trying to prove that monsters exist.
Randa managed to convince Senator Al Willis to procure funding for an expedition to Skull Island with help from Houston Brooks, allowing him to determine if his theories were true. Randa then hired a security force comprised of U.S. military soldiers led by Preston Packard as a means of protection from potential threats. He also hired James Conrad to join them as a tracker.
After journeying to the island, Randa had Brooks initiate seismic tests, with him and Brooks discovering Skull Island's bedrock was completely hollow, vindicating his "Hollow Earth Theory". However, this would awaken the lizard-like Skullcrawlers that dwelled beneath the island. This, in turn, angered Kong, the island's apex Titan, who attacked the expedition team to prevent anymore Skullcrawlers awakening. The event had a profound effect on Randa, who felt vindicated that his theory about the existence of monsters was finally proven true. Telling this to Packard, who threatened him after Kong's attack, Randa admitted that he worked for Monarch and used the explosives to flush out Kong or another Titan. He also confessed that he felt threatened about the existence of ancient species that ruled the earth before mankind, believing that they would eventually take back the planet from humanity.
While journeying with Packard's men to try and reach a missing soldier, Jack Chapman, Randa and Packard encounter one of Kong's bloody handprints. Randa is awestruck by the sight, and deems it magnificent, slowly beginning to realize just how much alike Kong is to a human when he compares his hand to Kong's.
After reuniting with the survivor group led by Conrad, Mason Weaver and Hank Marlow, they are subsequently guided by Conrad to the western side of the island while trying to find Chapman and are forced to go through the site in which the bones of Kong's parents lie. While taking photographs at the grave of Kong's parents, Randa was devoured by a Skullcrawler and his camera continued to flash within its stomach as it stalked the rest of the crew.
- His line "monsters exist" is rather coincidentally meta in nature, as he is portrayed by John Goodman, who also portrayed the main character James P. Sullivan from the Pixar animated film, Monsters Inc. He also appeared in the film 10 Cloverfield Lane, which boasted the tagline "Monsters Come In Many Forms."
List of appearances
- Kong: Skull Island - The Official Movie Novelization
- Godzilla vs. Kong - The Official Movie Novelization (mentioned)
|Kong: Skull Island|