Tuesday, 13 September 2011

300: Battle of Artemisia; Gerard Butler & Leana Headley will have ’small’ roles...

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After a flurry of Rumours yesterday that Gerard Butler would be reprising his iconic turn as King Leonidas in the prequel to 300; Producer Bernie Goldmann (300, Land of The Dead) confirmed that there would be small roles for both Butler and Headley in the film.

Speaking to Fandango, he also said that the rest of the cast was likely to be unknow ns, because he feels that putting actors you know in “historical” films is a bad idea. Why? Because apparently you see the actor not the character:-

"When you make a period movie like that, it's great not to know the actors...You can't see Tom Cruise in a historical movie. You go, 'That's Tom Cruise!'"

Now I’ve heard this before and I’ve always thought it was pretty asinine to be honest. To hear it from a person who actually makes films is a little disconcerting. Not that I don’t believe some people genuinely have trouble separating actors / stars from characters in certain circumstances; just that I think casting several characters based on this premise is going a little too far. Not to mention the fact that Pirates of The Caribbean (to name but 4) has had little trouble with this issue at all.

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