Exclusive: Clash Of The Titans Pics
And more from the cast and crew
Yesterday we brought you the new Empire cover with Sam Worthington's Perseus; today we can bring you a whole pantheon of new stills from Clash of the Titans. Two things should immediately become clear: this is not the Titans you remember, and this Perseus is not the sort of person who sports long, floaty locks and then goes off to become a lawyer.
"What I wanted to do was just tell a very human story," says director Louis Leterrier. "Yes, I was really interested in doing the big monster fight at the end of that, but what was really interesting for me was the human side of it. Perseus is a conflicted hero, he hates it, which is so much better than a 'real' hero. The original Perseus is embracing it and takes the weapons Zeus gives him."
"He's just your golden hero that you're meant to follow," says Worthington of the old Perseus. "I feel when my Perseus starts out, he should be this bombastic tank. The gods have killed his family. He's Charles Bronson! He's gonna go for revenge, and the best way to achieve that is to kill the Kraken. Well, to kill the Kraken you gotta kill Medusa. To get to Medusa, you gotta take on the witches. Then once he kills the Kraken, he's gonna kill fuckin' Hades and Zeus and everybody else! But along the way he needs to learn to calm down, ask for help. And out of that comes the true hero. A hero isn't someone who leads men; a hero is someone that's in the trench with the men."
Worthington also assured us that "we're not in fuckin' Harryhausen mode anymore", which we're choosing to see as an affirmation of the film's "grittiness" rather than a slight to the stop-motion legend.
For more on filming and to find out who had the best Greek accent in the cast, pick up the November issue, out now. Yes, we know we're saying that a lot recently, but there's a lot of news to talk about in this issue.
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