PERSEUS has certainly come along way since 1981. If these shots released by Entertainment Weekly is anything to go by, the character looks to be one bad-ass dude in the Clash of the Titans remake.
Gone is Harry Hamlin and his ’70s-style mop top, and in comes Sam Worthington and his crew cut.
Though, on first inspection, the look appears a bit out of whack when it comes to ancient Greece, this is after all Hollywood, not The History Channel.
And, let’s face it, even the original film, famous for its Ray Harryhausen stop-motion claymation, was hardly completely true to Greek legend, borrowing the imposing sea-dwelling Kraken from Norse mythology, and adding the mechanical brass owl Bubo for R2D2-style light entertainment.
There is no doubt the Aussie is bringing a little more machoism to the role of Perseus too.
I loved the original film – it was a lot of fun, especially when you were five – but Hamlin was hardly an action hero for the ages, better ‘suited’ to the courtroom battles of LA Law. Worthington may not be yet either, but he’s going to make a decent fist of it.
Now his third major action-adventure blockbuster – after the just released Terminator Salvation and the upcoming Avatar – he has many wondering ‘who the fuck is he?’, ‘where the fuck has he come from?’ and ‘how many blow jobs has his manager been giving to casting agents?’ These are not my words of course.
I’ve been a fan of Worthington since seeing him in a string of Australian films earlier this decade – Bootmen (2001), Dirty Deeds (2002), Gettin’ Square (2003), Thunderstruck (2004) and Somersault (2004).
I still haven’t seen Terminator Salvation so cannot judge his performance, but have been hearing good things, as he has apparently stolen the show from bigger name co-star Christian Bale, despite him having what some have described as a pretty dodgy American accent.
Let’s hope he is sticking with his Australian roots for Perseus when it comes to the voice. As he enters Medusa’s lair and casts an eye over the stoned warriors that have come before him, I would love to hear him say ‘Bloody hell!’. Stick it up those Aussie bashers from the US, who are wondering why their countrymen are not being cast in these big blockbusters.
It might be payback for Kevin Coster’s 1991 take on Robin Hood. Prince of Thieves was great, but not the star’s American accent. The United States wasn’t even discovered way back when Robin pranced about Sherwood Forest with is merry men in the 1100s.
Anyway, back to Clash of the Titans – a film I am really looking forward to seeing how turns out.
As previously stated, I have always enjoyed the original, but have believed it was certainly one movie that could do with an overhaul, using today’s advancement in technology. Yeah, a little bit of CGI won’t hurt.
Clash of the Titans, directed by Louis Leterier (Incredible Hulk) also stars an impressive collection of Liam Neeson as Zeus, Ralph Fiennes as Hades, Danny Huston as Poseidon, Gemma Arterton as Io, Mads Mikkelsen as Draco, Jason Flemyng as Acrisius and Alexa Davalos as Andromeda.
It will be released March 26, 2010.
Until then, check-out some orginal Clash of the Titans action >>>