"There's a scene where we meet and we glare at each other and the music
is going and the lightning and I walk up and say, 'Zeus,' and he greets
me, 'Poseidon,' and after a couple of takes we started chatting just
about how silly it all is," McKidd said. "Now Sean is a real giggler.
Once he starts he can't stop. ... And this not a cheap scene, this is
expensive. And there we are laughing. ...
From: Kevin McKidd: "From 'Grey's' to the deep blue sea", Los Angeles Times, February 13,
2010 --- rg/21. Februar 2010
Percy Jackson and the Olympians - The
Lightning Thief DVD/BluRay: since June, 29th 2010/USA and July, 5th 2010/UK +++ in cinemas in the UK & USA: February, 12th 2010
...and well, as far as we are informed, there wasn't a premiere in Los Angeles. The Events in London on the 1. and in New York on the 4 February 2010 was it! Well, perhaps they thought, that a "childrens" film mustn't have a glamorous affair :-) rg/21.03.2010
The US Westcoast premiere is announced for Feb 11, 2010 at Grauman's Chinese
Theatre on Hollywood Blvd in Los Angeles, but not listed on its
website: Mann Theatres Premieres
"Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief" New York
Premiere - February 4, 2010 - AMC Lincoln Square, New York, NY United
States - without Sean Bean.
Photoshoot and Press Conference in London on Feb 1, 2010 (again without Sean Bean)
25 video clips from the press meeting; www.gettyimages.com
Cast Of "Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief"
February 3, 2010 - Borders Kips Bay, New York, NY United States - without Sean Bean.
Tja, tatsächlich gab es wohl keine Deutschlandpremiere! Zumindest ist mir nichts bekanntgeworden. Vielleicht dachten ja die Macher, bei einem "Kinder"-Film braucht's das nicht? rg/21.03.2010
Die Deutschlandpremiere ist am Mittwoch, den 10. Februar 2010 (in welcher Stadt,
weiß ich allerdings nicht, möglicherweise Berlin,
der Berlinale), in Österreich auch am 10. Februar 2010 in
und in der Schweiz ebenfalls am 10. Februar 2010 in Zürich.
English Official Website: www.percyjacksonthemovie.com
you might want to have a look, the first trailer is the one with the 5 or
6 sightings of "Zeus" - aka Sean Bean - rg/01.01.10
Deutsche offizielle Website: www.percy-jackson.de
und damit das Trailersuchen auch Freude macht, ist hier der 1. Trailer
gekürzt!!! OHNE die Miniszenen mit Sean Bean!!!
Oi. And where did this come from? Greek Gods in America? Weeell, wouldn't we await to see Greek Gods in Greece?
...Hmm. On the other hand - Gods are Gods. Wasn't there something about the Allmightyness of them all?
And in truth: After having watched the film, where the Gods speak actually all a nice English - like everyone else too (including demigod Percy Jackson, only, when it comes to the writing on the walls - apologies on the board! He only understands - yes - greeek. geeeeek) I am convinced now: Yes, the Gods are ... well, what now...goddish?
Only, what exactly is goddish? The Film starts with Poseidon coming out of the water - quite appropriate, and since he is app. 10 times bigger than the human beings, I believe willingly, that he is a big, mighty, powerful being...
Interview-Clip with Sean Bean:
2. On the film's passion and Chris Columbus.
3. On kids becoming part of this world.
...and when he meets his brother, Zeus (Sean Bean), on the platform of the Empire State building (that is in New York) you become quite aware, that he is not only his brother, but mightier and more powerful (if perhaps not bigger) than Poseidon. And at the end of the film, when we see Zeus again, it's not even a question, who he is - the boss of them all.
Quite satisfying! :-)
In between, during the most part of the film, there is no Zeus to be seen, but then, that is perhaps quite understandable - His lightning bolt has been stolen!! And he is very, very, VERY bad tempered about it. He is also convinced, that Percy, his half-human nephew has stolen it.
And that is, why poor Percy has to travel through the whole width of the continent, to find it. Because, yes, you are right! He is the hero of the film - and so it is quite clear for anybody (apart from Zeus) that HE isn't the thief.
Hmmm. That makes me now a little bit suspious - Zeus, all- or at least - very mighty, very powerful, and, since he has his job since lots of thousands of years, obviously also pretty clever (and did I mention very, very, VERY bad tempered?) believes just like that, that Percy is the thief?
And - just like that - he is willing to start a war with the other gods - and he has not another idea how to get back the bolt??
Not that I want to question the, ehm, cleverness of that, but isn't that just a little, a very, VERY little bit childish of him? I can't help it, but to stand at the top of the Empire State Building and accuse his brother - YOU have taken it (or your brat) don't I know that behavious? - And his brothter, who, promptly answers in the very, very, VERY long tradition of brother quarrels with the sanctioned words - It wasn't me!!!
Now, come on. Okay, it sets Percy on his trail - He has to find three pearls that brings him and his comrades Annabeth, demi goddess and daughter of Athena, and Grover, Half Goat, to Hades and back. This, he has to do, because Hades has kidnapped his mother, and he wants the bolt... (And YES, you remember your greek history right - he is also a brother of Zeus and Poseidon)...
So we have these youths, doing the work of grown ups, and actually behaving more grown up than the adults, and Percy and his friends succeed, of course, in the end, and we have the Gods, who behave like not so grown ups - but obviously have a lot of fun in doing so.
Which brings me, in the end, to the conclusion, that this is not a only a childrens film after all: Because children want to follow their elders, they want to be like them - grown up and adultish. And not childlike - like how the Gods are in this film! And it isn't an adults film. For that we would have needed Arnold Schwarzenegger who would have shown as Percy Jackson, where the hammer hangs - and how much firework you can do with a bolt, or in short, being mighty, and powerful, like a god :-)
So, in the end, only one group is left. And when it is true, that the Gods like to laugh, and being entertained by us humans, than it becomes blindingly clear, this is a film - for the Gods! :-)
rg/21. February 2010
im deutschsprachigen Fernsehen: am Sonntag, 15. April 2012 - Pro 7 / 20:15 h
am Samstag, 14. April 2012 - SF 2 / 20:00 h
Oi. Und wo ist das wohl hergekommen? Griechische Götter in Amerika? Nun ja, würden wir nicht erwarten, griechische Götter in Griechenland zu finden? Tja, da kommt einem doch glatt der Verdacht, dass die Amerikaner keine eigenen Götter haben...
...Hmm. Auf der anderen Seite: Götter sind Götter. Und war da nicht irgendwas bezüglich Allmächtigkeit und so? Das müßte dann doch auf alle Götter zutreffen?
Und ganz ehrlich, nachdem ich den Film in Originalfassung (also in grie... nein halt - in amerikanisch) mit Evi zusammen angeschaut habe - es sprechen dort alle recht nett Englisch - Einschließlich Halbgott Percy Jackson (nur, wenns an die Zeichen an der Wand... Entschuldigung - auf der Tafel!) geht - dann versteht er nur - genau: griiiiechisch. Iiiih. Also, ich bin jetzt überzeugt, die Götter sind... also was jetzt...halt... na, göttlich??
Nur, was genau ist jetzt göttlich? Der Film beginnt mit dem Poseidon der aus dem Wasser kommt - sehr passend, und da er außerdem ungefähr zehnmal so groß ist, wie die Menschen, glaube ich auch gerne, dass er groß, mächtig und stark ist...
Und wenn er seinen Bruder, den Zeus (Sean Bean) auf der Aussichtsplattform des Empire State Building (welches in New York ist) trifft, wird es ganz offensichtlich, dass der nicht nur sein Bruder ist sondern auch noch mächtiger und stärker (wenn vielleicht auch nicht größer) als Poseidon. Und am Ende des Films, wenn wir den Zeus wiedersehen, ist es völlig klar, wer er ist - Der Boss von ihnen allen!
Sehr zufriedenstellend :-)
Zwischendrin dann, während der meisten Zeit des Films, ist kein Zeus zu sehen, aber das ist vielleicht auch verständlich - Sein Blitz wurde gestohlen! Schon eine ziemliche Sauerei. Und der Zeus ist sehr, sehr, SEHR schlecht gelaunt deswegen. Er ist außerdem davon überzeugt, dass der Percy, also sein halbmenschlicher Neffe, ihn gestohlen hat.
Und das ist der Grund, warum der arme Percy nun quer durch den amerikanischen Kontinent reisen muß. Denn genau! Er ist der Held des Films - und so ist es eigentlich jedem (außer Zeus) klar, das ER nicht der Dieb ist.
Was mich jetzt ein wenig verdächtig werden läßt - Zeus, all- oder zumindest sehr mächtig, sehr stark, und, da er seinen Job ja schon seit tausenden von Jahren innehat, ja wohl auch ziemlich clever (und habe ich sehr sehr SEHR schlecht gelaunt erwähnt?) glaubt also - einfach so - dass der Percy der Dieb ist?
Und - einfach so - ist er willens einen Krieg mit den anderen Göttern anzufangen, und hat einfach keine andere Idee, wie er seinen Blitz zurückbekommen kann??
Nicht dass ich die, eh, Klugheit dieses Vorgehens in Frage stellen möchte, aber ist es nicht ein bischen, ein sehr, SEHR kleines bischen kindisch von ihm? Ich kann mir nicht helfen - oben auf dem Empire State Building zu stehen und seinen Bruder zu beschuldigen - DU warst's (oder dein Nachwuchs) - kenne ich dieses Verhalten nicht von woanders her? - Und sein Bruder, der prompt in der sehr, sehr, SEHR langen Tradition von Bruder-Streitigkeiten mit den durch die Zeit geheiligten Worten antwortet: Ich war's nicht!!!
Also echt, oder? Okay, das ist der Grund, warum Percy aufbricht - Er muß drei Perlen finden, die ihn und seine Kameraden Annabeth, Halbgöttin und Tochter von Athene, und Grover, Halb-Ziegenbock, nach Hades und zurückbringen. Und das muß er tun, weil der Hades seine Mutter gekidnappt hat, weil er nämlich auch den Blitz will (Und GENAU, gut erinnert an die griechische Geschichte - der ist auch ein Bruder von Zeus und Poseidon)...
So haben wir also jetzt hier diese Jugendlichen, die die Arbeit von den Erwachsenen tun, und sich tatsächlich erwachsener benehmen als diese, und Percy und seine Freunde sind natürlich erfolgreich in ihrem Tun, und am Ende haben wir die Götter, die sich nicht so erwachsen benehmen - aber offensichtlich eine Menge Spaß dabei haben.
Was mich am Ende zu de Erkenntnis bringt, dass das nicht nur ein Kinderfilm ist: Denn Kinder wollen wie die Älteren sein, erwachsen und so, aber auf keinen Fall kindisch - wie die Götter in diesem Film sind. Und es ist kein Erwachsenenfilm. Dafür hätte es den Arnold Schwarzenegger gebraucht, der als Percy Jackson schon gezeigt hätte, wo der Hammer hängt, und wieviel Feuerwerk man mit so einem Blith veranstalten kann, oder, kurz gesagt, wie man mächtig und stark sein kann, wie ein Gott.
Was mich am Ende zu der einen Gruppe bringt, die noch übriggeblieben ist. Und wenn es zutrifft, dass die Götter unendlich gerne lachen und sich von uns Menschen unterhalten lassen wollen, dann wird es blendend klar, das das ein Film - für die Götter ist! :-)
rg/21. February 2010
International Film-Poster-Show :-) - Internationale
MOVIESTAR: In May you rode through Saxony-Anhalt wearing a suit of armour [in the upcoming mediaeval history film BLACK DEATH], now you stride on the set wearing another steel-clad costume. How come the many noble warrior roles?
SEAN BEAN: I don’t know. Perhaps moviegoers are tired of all the remakes of existing classics? My agents are offered many roles for me, which I check very carefully. If the script fits and is interesting, I have time and the payment is ok, chances are good that I accept. The question about the film costumes would only be of interest for me if it would involve major physical changes, like I would have to wear a full prosthetic mask.
MS: And if there weren’t any costumes?
SB: (almost swallows his cigarette while heavily laughing) None, I’m English. I have shown my bare behind on screens already. And as long as it doesn’t reach the grounds, I don’t have any problems with that. What is too much in Europe is too little here in Canada and the US. I’m not a fan of the hysteria here or vice versa in Europe. But if a role demands it and it fits, I’ll do it. If I don’t like it, I won’t do it!
MS: Much of the filming is done in front of blue-screens, meaning that the real backgrounds will be added later with a computer. Does this make acting more difficult?
SB: Yes and no. It depends on the instructions from the director and my acting partners. As we act in front of something that is not visible while filming, the actors need marks and some props. Here we have them. I even think we have a lot of them which makes working in front of these blue walls very easy.
MS: Do you have story boards that show how it will look like when it is finished?
SB: Yes and the director showed us a preliminary background where these marks are added. So we actors get the idea how huge the dimensions of the halls, the rooms and so on are. Chris Columbus, our director is very helpful, having directed two HARY POTTER films, so he knows very well which help and motivation actors need to become better.
MS: Speaking of Harry Potter. Isn’t this film similar? I mean, instead of Harry now Percy?
SB: I would say: No. Harry Potter is a sorcerer’s apprentice in England. Percy Jackson is a teenager in today’s New York and accidentally related with the Greek gods. How, I won’t reveal. But I found the script very exciting, almost a free lesson on Greek mythology for the price of a movie ticket. Harry Potter is a character thought up by a writer. Greek mythology has affected the lives of people during the whole ancient times. The novels are great, because which kid would voluntarily read its way through Greek mythology? Thanks to these novels you learn about it effortless, that is different, very different.
MS: There is more than one novel, meaning that if this movie is successful, there will certainly be more movies to come. Will it become a problem for you if you will be identified with a role for longer?
SB: Are you joking? Hello, I have to pay taxes; I have ex-wives and children. I hope very much that this movie will be very successful. People know me from RONIN, LORD OF THE RINGS or GOLDENEYE but unfortunately I was killed very early in all of them. Zeus plays a role in more or less all of the Percy Jackson novels. This is a dream come true for any actor. It is not like I suddenly act in a daily soap. But you should never say never, maybe this will also come one day. But I understand what you mean, that is why roles like Ulric in BLACK DEATH or Lord Illingworth in A WOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE are a highly welcomed diversion. I think I’ll always be cast in very diverse parts. But in the end it is mostly up to me, because I sign for the projects.
Interview: Claudia-Janet Keller
(re)-translation into English by Efi/01.03.2010
Quelle: Moviestar, 2/2010
..... Der Film-Percy war erfreulicherweise etwas älter angelegt
als der Buch-Percy - oder sollte er tatsächlich erst 12 gewesen
sein? - und recht niedlich anzusehen (und selbst wenn er das nicht
gewesen wäre, so war mir das eh nach fünf Minuten wurscht,
weil nämlich da der Anblick von Sean Bean in der kleinen, aber
feinen Rolle als Zeus mein Herz erfreut hatte). Ich könnte mir
vorstellen, dass bei seinem Anblick ordentlich Kreischalarm in so
mancher Mädchenclique angesagt ist. ....
... Director Chris Columbus, who also directed the first two "Potter"
films, said that McKidd brought a "quiet power" to the role of the sea
god and that his experience in historical roles gave him the gravity
needed to be a Greek statue come to life. Still, McKidd said that he
and Sean Bean, who plays Zeus, had a rough time during one scene
keeping a straight face despite their years of experience.
"There's a scene where we meet and we glare at each other and the music
is going and the lightning and I walk up and say, 'Zeus,' and he greets
me, 'Poseidon,' and after a couple of takes we started chatting just
about how silly it all is," McKidd said. "Now Sean is a real giggler.
Once he starts he can't stop. ... And this not a cheap scene, this is
expensive. And there we are laughing. ... "
From: Kevin McKidd: From 'Grey's' to the deep blue sea, Los Angeles Times, February 13,
GREEK GOD: Sean Bean in Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief - VIDEO
Published Date: 10 February 2010 SHEFFIELD'S Sean Bean has always been regarded as something of a Greek God - now he plays one, in new family adventure romp Percy Jackson and The Lightening Thief. .... Sean told The Star: "It's a bit like the Harry Potter series - it's a good old family adventure film. "We had great fun making the film and it has a great cast."
Movie review: 'Percy Jackson & The Lightning Thief'
As in most of the magical
adolescent movie stars go, the teenage deuce-ace forming the core of
the film "Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief" fails to match up
with the gang from Gryffindor.
What matters the most is the
casting! The movie is the translation of the first book from a five
volume series about a lad who finds him to be the half-human,
half-divine son of Poseidon, the Greek God written by Rick Rordan to
the screen. The writer’s fans will be disheartened to see that
the main character in the movie has gone from a flippant oddity that
wakes up with superpowers to, well, a failure. In the book, Rordan has
characterized him as a superhero such as Holden Caulfield with a sword.
Furies and hydras are the ones who have been transformed from people
Logan Lerman has been cast as
Percy, who is a sweet young man with lovely hairs but doesn’t
have any recognizable interior life. The director has used the special
effects which have more going on at the back of their eyes.Alexandra
Daddario, who plays the smart gal role of the Goddess Athena's daughter
Annabeth fails to make a mark with her performance. Both Daddario and
her co-star turn the characters of Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens appear
like Tracy and Hepburn. The actor who has left an impression on the
audiences is Brandon T. Jackson. He portrays the character of Percy's
best friend Grover who is goofy, jive-talking satyr.
Most of the movie is able to
carry on the adaptation by director Chris Columbus and screenwriting by
Craig Titley. As the story progresses the lead character Percy is
accused of stealing a lightning bolt which is the dearest possession of
Zeus played by Sean Bean.The
young lad and comrade are all set to put the things back into their
right place that means they just not have to bring out the real thief
but also have to save Percy's mortal mother played by Sean Bean, who
has been kidnapped by Hades played by Steve Coogan. In the process of transforming
Riordan's book into a movie, the directors have actually eliminated all
the characters. The casting team has missed on the characters like the
God Ares along with his half-blood daughter Clarisse. The script has
been rewritten in order to make it cinematic.
This is what show business is
all about. Whereas the book had sooooooo much going on in it. Anyways
!!! Luckily, the director has kept two great story parts largely
intact: one is when the kids run into Medusa played by Uma Thurman, who
is dressed in a coif of wriggling, computer-generated snakes and the
other one when Percy, Annabeth and Grover get ambush in a Las Vegas
casino with a group of drugged-out lotus eaters.
What is going to hurt the fans
the most is that the movie is missing the true voice of the book. The
way Riordan has realized Percy's sense of humor has given readers a
sardonic delight. Literary adventures of Percy's though being violent
at times but have always tempered with narrative wit. The movie lacks a
magical effect as it has been taken little more seriously. It's not
just less funny as compared to the book but also has less fun.
The movie runs for 119 minutes. Releases on February 19.
offers film of Olympian proportions By Mark Haskins
It's not easy to
take a book
like The Lightening Thief and turn it into a good film. The film has to
stand on its own, but it also has to please the audience who loved the
book. Chris Columbus tries to walk that line, but he's only partially
The most powerful
creation, Zeus' (Sean Bean) thunderbolt, has been stolen. Zeus believes
Poseidon's (Kevin McKidd) son Percy (Logan Lerman) has stolen it.
Poseidon pleads his and his son's innocence, but Zeus won't listen. He
demands that his bolt be returned by the summer solstice or there'll be
Percy has no idea
who or what
his father is. All he knows is he's suddenly being attacked by monsters
from Greek mythology. His best friend Grover (Brandon T. Jackson), who
turns out to be part goat, and his mom Sally (Catherine Keener) try to
get him to safety. They get Percy to a place called Camp Half Blood,
but Sally doesn't make it.
Before Percy can
come to terms
with what's happened, and who he is, Hades (Stephen Coogan) comes
calling. He demands that Percy give him the bolt, and in return he'll
release Percy's mother. It doesn't matter that Percy doesn't have the
bolt, he still has to rescue his mom.
Daddario), a daughter of Athena, join Percy on his quest. Together the
three attempt to save Percy's mother, and discover who the real
lightening thief is.
I liked The
The special effects effectively create a world of mythology. Logan
Lerman, Brandon T. Jackson, and Alexandra Daddario aren't totally at
ease in their roles, but they aren't bad either.
It doesn't hurt
supported by some great actors like Pierce Brosnan, Sean Bean, Kevin
McKidd, Stephen Coogan, Rosario Dawson and Uma Thurman. On its own,
it's a decent film. It's a decent film, but it's not a great film.
It's not fair to
movie to the book, but it's hard to ignore when major characters and
major plot points are left out. Ares is one of the characters left out.
By dropping him from the movie we miss out on what could have been the
most spectacular scene in the film. Instead we get an anti-climactic
fight between Percy and another demigod. It's not bad, but I wanted to
see Percy take on the God of War. I can see how
might be holding a few things back for the second film. What I can't
understand is the break-neck pace of the story. Columbus doesn't spend
nearly enough time developing the characters or the setting. It's a
shame because the film only needed another 20 minutes to go from good
On its own The
Lightening Thief is good. It just wasn't as good as it could have been.
column is a regular feature of the EMC.
terribly difficult to predict that a star-studded romantic comedy
would rule over the long Valentine's Day weekend, especially one
titled Valentine's Day. ....
Second place went
to the surprisingly strong would-be franchise starter, Percy
Jackson and the Olypmians: The Lightning Thief. Directed by the man who
the Harry Potter franchise (Chris Columbus), this $95 million adaption
popular young-adult fantasy series grossed $31.2 million over three
$38.6 million over four. While it's no Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's
Twilight, or The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, the opening exceeds
million three-day debut of The Spiderwick Chronicles, the $23 million
Eragon, and the $27 million opening of The Golden Compass (in the name
we won't bring up The Seeker: The Dark is Rising). While I questioned
marketing campaign which seemed to be hiding the all-star cast (the
Sean Bean, Pierce Brosnan, Uma Thurman, Rosario Dawson, Catherine
Joe Pantoliano), one could argue that Fox's work was done when it
trailer to every print of Avatar back in December. Besides, now that
the film (it's pretty mediocre with a ghastly second act), I can attest
only Pierce Brosnan and Catherine Keener are in the picture for any
time (most have fewer minutes of screentime than Julia Roberts in
Day). Barring a complete collapse (I can only presume that the books
better, so expect a revolt from fans), this one should slide past $100
with equally bountiful overseas business. So, unless Sony steals away
Lerman for their 3D Spider-Man reboot, this is the start of a new
series for Fox
(Fox would probably just recast and press ahead regardless).
Third place went
the much-delayed and much-troubled horror throwback, The
Demi-gods cruise underworld
By CHRIS KNIGHT, Canwest News Service Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief
Starring: Logan Lerman, Brandon T. Jackson, Alexandra Daddario, Pierce
Brosnan, Uma Thurman and Rosario Dawson
Parents' guide: violence, mild language.
It was inevitable that a high-school character starring in a film
subtitled The Lightning Thief would have a one-note refrain: "I di'n't
do it!" That's Percy Jackson in a nutshell.
Someone has stolen Zeus's master bolt. Suspicions fall on Percy (Logan
Lerman), son of Poseidon, though he starts the film unaware of his
divine paternity; all he knows is he likes to sit at the bottom of
swimming pools. Hades kidnaps Percy's human mother (Catherine Keener)
to convince this aqua-manchild to bring him the bolt. Now Percy must go
to hell and back to rescue his mom and convince the ruler of the
underworld: "I di'n't do it!"
Of course, any quest of that magnitude isn't going to be simple. You
think the culture that gave us such light reading as The Iliad is going
to make this a short trip? There's more exposition in the film than a
speech by Castro, much of it laughably wooden and most of it variations
on such teen-speak as: "I got this!"
To begin, Percy must learn of his divine origins. This is made simple
when (A) his English teacher turns into a flying Fury; (B) his classics
teacher turns into a centaur; and (C) his best friend, Grover (Brandon
T. Jackson), reveals himself to be half-man, half-goat. (The correct
term is satyrican-American.)
Percy then makes his way to a demi-god training facility called Camp
Half-Blood. The echoes of Harry Potter make more sense when you recall
that director Chris Columbus also helmed the first two boy-wizard
The story follows some well-grooved paths. Percy meets and is instantly
smitten by a daughter of Athena. Her name is Annabeth (Alexandra
Daddario), demi-goddess of tresses; her best Olympic event is probably
the hair-toss. Pierce Brosnan plays the strangely uninterested leader
of Camp Half-Blood who shows Percy around and then announces: "First,
we must train!" Cue Rocky Balboas, god of the montage.
Percy, Grover and Annabeth decide to make their way to Hades together.
This involves a cross-country trek to find some hell-busting magic, and
introduces some of the film's more bizarre casting choices. Granted,
Sean Bean as Zeus makes sense - anyone who was in The Lord of the Rings
and Troy should be able to pull off the role. But what to make of
British funnyman Steve Coogan as Hades - and why is he apparently
living in Gene Simmons's house, with access to the rocker's wardrobe?
About Uma Thurman, let's just say she's the weirdest classical Greek
since Angelina Jolie played Colin Farrell's mom in Alexander.
Speaking of Alexander, Rosario Dawson, who also appeared in that movie,
shows up in this one as Persephone, the sex-starved wife of Hades. A
sample of her purred dialogue: "I haven't had a satyr ... " Pause.
Ogle. Heave breasts. " ... visit me before."
Writer Craig Titley, adapting the first of a popular series of young
adult novels by Rick Riordan, strives to make the film's ancient Greek
situations feel contemporary. Need to avoid Medusa's gaze? Just use the
shiny back of your iPod as a mirror.
The movie's labyrinthine plot may appeal to younger fans, but grown-ups
are likely to feel a bit weary. It does carry an interesting message
about learning disabilities, however. Percy's ADHD is said to be his
warrior soul asserting itself, while his dyslexia comes from having a
brain hardwired for a dead language. When he looks at the blackboard,
it literally is all Greek to him. Good thing he's not taking Ritalin.
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief does adheres
to the Tomb Raider Imperative, which states that the longer and more
colon-riddled a film's title, the greater its producers' hope for a
sequel. If TLF does well, Riordan has four more books lined up and
ready to go.
Chris Columbus verfilmt "Percy Jackson - Diebe im Olymp"
Uma Thurman ist phantastisch, wie sie durch ihren verwunschenen Garten
des Bösen streift, am Rande des Highways, zwischen den
armseligen Steingestalten, in deren verrenkter Haltung ein letztes
Verlangen, in deren Augen eine traurige Neugier liegt. Lauter Menschen,
die nicht das vom Leben kriegten, was sie sich wohl erwarteten, die das
Schicksal dann versteinerte, der Blick von Uma Thurman besser gesagt,
denn Uma Thurman ist Medusa in diesem Film, die antike Medusa, mit
schwarzer Brille und Kopftuch, um erst mal den Blick und das
Schlangenhaar zu bändigen.
In Amerika haben die antiken Götter überlebt in den
Bestseller-Romanen von Rick Riordan, und in Amerika haben sie auch ihre
Bastardkinder hinterlassen, die sie mit sterblichen Frauen zeugten, und
im Camp Half-Blood werden diese Halbgötter, sobald sie mal
gespannt haben, was mit ihnen los ist, in allen möglichen
Kampfkünsten geschult. Es ist eine bewegende Heimkehr, die
dieser Film feiert, auch in filmhistorischer Selbstreflexion, junge
amerikanische Helden träumen von europäischen
Ursprüngen, und der Hollywood-Kosmos scheint
plötzlich nichts anderes als eine moderne Variante der
Metamorphosen des Ovid.
Chris Columbus, der erfolgreiche Kids-Regisseur, ist in die Jahre
gekommen, er dreht die jugendlichen Actionszenen mit hektischer Routine
ab, aber er hat eine Menge Spaß mit den alten
Göttern, die allesamt ein wenig wichtigtuerisch sind und
flegelhaft, Sean Bean als Zeus, Steve Coogan als Hades, Rosario Dawson
als Persephone. Und Pierce Brosnan als zotteliger Zentaur, der -
nächste Woche kommt er als Ex-Premier in Polanskis "Ghost
writer" - damit das Satyrspiel vor der Tragödie
Ohne Statussymbole geht’s halt nicht "Percy Jackson – Diebe im Olymp" (Kanada/USA).
(mon) Die Götter der griechischen Antike haben eine
sympathische Eigenschaft: Sie sind so menschlich. Was neben Liebe, Lust
und Leidenschaft auch Gefühle wie Gier, Neid und Eifersucht
einschließt, aber auch den Hang zu Statussymbolen. Jenes von
Göttervater Zeus ist der Blitz, und weil ihm den jemand
entwendet hat, droht er mit Krieg.
Zeus verdächtigt übrigens einen gewissen Percy
Jackson, den Sohn seines Bruders Poseidon. Der wiederum hat
selbstverständlich keine Ahnung von seinem berühmten
Vater, seltsame Erscheinungen wie seine Kenntnisse der griechischen
Sprache, die er nie gelernt hat, oder mysteriöse Stimmen in
seinem Kopf verdrängt er. Doch seine Abstammung –
göttlicher Vater, menschliche Mutter – macht ihn nun
einmal zu einem Halbgott mit allen Konsequenzen.
Die schräge Geschichte, die sich allerdings als hervorragender
Geschichtsunterricht entpuppt, basiert auf der Jugendbuchreihe des
Texaners Rick Riordan, der zu der griechischen Mythologie noch ein
bisschen Harry Potter dazumischt. Regisseur Chris Columbus macht daraus
eine flotte, fröhlich-witzige, mit hervorragenden Tricks
versehene Rundreise durch die USA mit Stationen im Olymp, der sich
mittlerweile im 600. Stock des New Yorker Empire State Buildings
befindet, im Camp der Götternachkommen, wo die edlen
Sprösslinge vom Kentauren Chiron erzogen werden, bis hin zur
Unterwelt, deren Eingang sich seltsamerweise in Hollywood verbirgt und
deren Skyline an die von Los Angeles erinnert.
Abgesehen von hübschen Sets, vielen filmischen Zitaten und
großteils guten Dialogen bestechen vor allem die Darsteller,
die je nach Rolle mit Verve, Witz und Pathos an die Sache herangehen:
Da darf Sean Bean als Zeus solange nur donnern, bis er wieder sein
Lieblingsspielzeug in Händen hält, Kevin McKidd gibt
sich als Poseidon feucht-pathetisch, Pierce Brosnan gefällt
als weiser Chiron beziehungsweise im Rollstuhl sitzender
Museumsführer in der Antikensammlung des Metropolitan Museum
of Art, Steve Coogan gibt einen Punkrock-gestylten Hades, Rosario
Dawson eine sexy-aufmüpfige Persephone und Uma Thruman eine
genial-selbstironische Medusa samt Schlangenhaupt. In der Hauptrolle
des vermeintlichen Diebes macht der junge Logan Lerman positiv auf sich
aufmerksam, wogegen Alexandra Daddario als seine
Kampfgefährtin Annabel ein wenig farblos bleibt. Herrlich
frech dagegen zeigt sich Brandon T. Jackson als Percys farbiger
Wie modern die Antike immer noch ist und wie spannend man sie verpacken
kann, hat Columbus hiermit bewiesen.
Ein wilder Mix aus der Mythologie
Von Michael Ranze
Die Komödie "Percy Jackson - Diebe im Olymp" von Regisseur
Chris Columbus nimmt es mit den Göttern nicht so genau.
Mathematik-Lehrerinnen sind besondere Frauen. Immer ein bisschen
streng, immer ein bisschen freudlos, immer ein bisschen unwillig ob der
Ahnungslosigkeit ihrer Schüler. Doch die Mathe-Lehrerin hier
stellt alle in den Schatten. Bei einem Schulausflug bittet sie Percy
Jackson (Logan Lerman) zum Gespräch - und entpuppt sich als
fliegende Rachegöttin, die aus irgendeinem Grund ganz
sauer ist. Rettung naht von einem anderen Lehrer, Mr. Brunner (Pierce
Brosnan). Er sitzt im Rollstuhl, ist aber ein Zentaur.
Zentauren? Sind das nicht diese Fabelwesen aus Pferdeleib und
menschlichem Oberkörper? Genau, und während man sich
fragt, ob Pierce Brosnan mit Pferdehintern nicht ziemlich
merkwürdig aussieht, hagelt es Erklärungen. Percy ist
Sohn Poseidons (Kevin McKidd), des griechischen Meeres-Gottes. Der
Milchbubi ist also ein Halbgott, der in einem
Camp lernen muss, was Halbgötter so alles draufhaben. Die
kommt in Gang, als Percy beschuldigt wird, den Herrscherblitz seines
Onkels Zeus (Sean Bean) geklaut zu haben. Hades (Steve Coogan), noch
ein Onkel, hat inzwischen Percys Mutter (Catherine Keener) in die
Unterwelt entführt. Dem Jungen bleibt nicht anderes
als den wahren Dieb des Blitzes zu finden ...
Keine Angst vor den ollen Griechen - zumal das Zielpublikum den
zugrunde liegenden ersten Band der Percy-Jackson-Reihe, geschrieben von
Rick Riordan, kennen dürfte. Regisseur Chris Columbus, mit
"Harry Potter"-Filmen Fantasy-erprobt, bedient sich denn auch ungeniert
der Mythologie und wirft nach Gutdünken alles durcheinander.
gibt es Satyrn, Gorgonen und Amazonen. Nicht zu vergessen Medusa, die
von Uma Thurman mit Schlangenhaar (Lob an die Abteilung
Spezialeffekte!) und sehr viel Sinn fürs Übertriebene
lustvoll dargeboten wird. Natürlich geht das Ganze nicht ohne
wehrhafte Mädels und lustigen Sidekick. Percy stehen die
schöne Anna Annabeth (Alexandra Daddario) und der bockbeinige
Grover (Brandon T. Jackson) zur Seite. Die Dramaturgie des Films - zur
Rettung der Welt müssen die Kids drei Perlen finden - ist
schlicht, die Dialoge beschränken sich auf knappe
Handlungsanweisungen, ein Ausflug in die Glitzerwelt von Las Vegas
wirkt deplaziert. Ein unausgegorener Film also, der den angestrebten
Erfolg der "Harry Potter"-Serie wohl nicht erreichen wird.
Alles beginnt mit einem geheimen Treffen zweier Männer auf der
Aussichtsplattform. Es kommt zum Streit. Das ist nicht völlig
ungewöhnlich, bis sich die beiden beim Namen nennen...
Es handelt sich um Zeus und Poseidon. Mächtige Götter
der griechischen Mythologie. Sie sind Brüder und definitiv
nicht in ihrer Zeit! Zeus’ (Sean Bean) Herrscherblitz, Symbol
der Macht, wurde gestohlen. Neben seinem zweiten Bruder Hades (Steve
Coogan) – Herrscher der Unterwelt –
verdächtigt Zeus auch den jungen Halbgott Percy Jackson (Logan
Lerman), Sohn des Poseidon (Kevin McKidd) und stellt ein Ultimatum...
Mit „Percy Jackson – Diebe im Olymp“ wagt
sich Regisseur Chris Columbus („Harry Potter und der Stein
der Weisen“, „Harry Potter und die Kammer des
Schreckens“) an die gleichnamige Romanreihe von Rick Riordan.
Eine Geschichte über die griechische Mythologie, ihre Helden
und den jungen Halbgott Percy Jackson. Dabei erweckt Columbus die
mächtigen Götter zu neuem Leben. Sogar auf
Liebschaften mit Menschen lassen sie sich ein, schließlich
kennt die Liebe keine Grenzen. Der Kontakt zum Nachwuchs aber ist
verboten, weshalb die Kinder, Halbgötter, ohne Wissen
über ihre Kräfte und Ahnen aufwachsen. So auch Percy.
Daher wirkt er verloren in seiner New Yorker Schule. Er leidet zudem an
Legasthenie. Es scheint nicht seine Welt zu sein, er gehört
nicht dazu. Doch Percys Leben verändert sich schlagartig, als
ihn geflügelte Furien und gewaltige Minotauren jagen: Die
Flucht endet in einem Halbgott-Ausbildungscamp, wo er alles
über sich lernt.
Es ist der Ideenreichtum, der Chris Columbus’ Film ausmacht.
Verstaubte Götter aus dem Geschichtsbuch tauchen in der
Gegenwart auf, Sirenen bezirzen einen nicht mehr auf einer Insel,
sondern im schillernden Las Vegas, und der Zugang zum Olymp ist nur
über einen Hochgeschwindigkeits-Fahrstuhl möglich.
Die Halbgötter tragen Sneaker statt Sandalen, unter der
Rüstung sitzt die ausgewaschene Jeans. Die jungen
Götter gehen mit der Zeit, fahren Maserati und
bekämpfen die Medusa (Uma Thurman) mit einem iPhone. Die
Mischung von Mythologie und Gegenwart ist hier durchaus gelungen. Die
Spezialeffekte sind beeindruckend.
Allerdings ist dieser Mix aus Fantasy- und Sandalen- Film extrem auf
das junge Zielpublikum fixiert. Die stark betonte Jugendhaftigkeit und
die etwas unbeholfenen Sprüche mindern das Erlebnis etwas,
mancher Zuschauer wird sich an „die Goonies“ oder
„TKKG“ erinnert fühlen. Doch die
Möglichkeit, Ex-Bond-Darsteller Pierce Brosnan als
galoppierenden Zentauren zu erleben, ergibt sich bestimmt so schnell
von Barnabas Szöcs
Percy Jackson: Harry Potter erhält Konkurrenz
Von Ludwig Heinrich aus London
Noch wartet die Leinwand auf zwei Harry-Potter-Filme, doch in der
Zwischenzeit dürfte sich sein Nachfolger etablieren: Am
läuft „Percy Jackson – Diebe im
Der Macher: Chris Columbus (51), einer der erfolgreichsten
Hollywood-Regisseure. Auf seiner Regieliste stehen die ersten beiden
Potter-Filme sowie Megahits wie „Gremlins“,
– Allein zu Haus“ und „Mrs.
Der Autor: Rick Riordan, der griechische Mythologie unterrichtete und
seinem älteren Sohn Haley die griechischen Sagen als
GuteNacht-Geschichten vorlas. Bis er alles gelesen hatte und der Sohn
bat: „Papa, kannst du nichts erfinden?“
Riordan erfand 2005 die Figur des Percy Jackson, eines
mit Lernproblemen, gleichzeitig aber auch Sohn des Poseidon und damit
Halbgott. Die Geschichte wurde zum Buch und Bestseller mit
Fortsetzungen im Jahresabstand. Im nun verfilmten ersten Band vermisst
Zeus seinen Herrscherblitz – die mächtigste Waffe,
gestohlen wurde. Verdächtigt wird Percy Jackson. Der muss
Unschuld beweisen und gerät in die unglaublichsten Abenteuer.
Nebenbei: Der Eingang zur von Hades beherrschten Unterwelt liegt in Los
Angeles, nahe der berühmten
Chris Columbus: „Im Grund eine einzigartige Idee, die Welt
Antike mit dem modernen Amerika zu verbinden, als unheimliche,
übernatürliche Auseinandersetzung zwischen Gut und
Neben Hauptakteur Logan Lerman („Er könnte ein
Leonardo DiCaprio werden“) angelte Columbus für die
Götterrollen Top-Namen. Sean Bean ist Zeus, Ray Winstone der
Kriegsgott Ares, Steve Coogan ein köstlicher Hades, Uma
eine hinreißende Medusa.
Der größte Coup: Ex-James-Bond Pierce Brosnan sagte
eine Doppelrolle zu. Als Professor Brunner, der im Rollstuhl sitzt und
griechische Mythologie unterrichtet, ebenso aber als mächtiger
weiser Zentaur Chiron.
Für Brosnan war es ein Risiko, sich als Zentaur, halb Mensch,
Pferd, zu kostümieren: „Aber ich bin einst ja
geworden, um alles zu spielen. Ich bin als Chiron an meine
zurückgekehrt. Ich leitete damals eine Truppe namens Theater
Spiel. Wir gingen auf Stelzen, waren Clowns und Feuerschlucker. Das war
Theater mit echter Zirkusatmosphäre.“ Auch
„Percy Jackson“ stieg Brosnan als Zentaur auf
– um die Höhe eines Pferdekopfes zu erreichen:
„Unglaublich mühsam! Denn so ein Pferd muss einen
schönen Arsch mit sich herumschleppen.“
Kid-friendly "Percy Jackson" proves short on magic
Ethan Alter, Wed Feb 10, 2010 11:26pm EST
NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - Besides possessing the young year's
lengthiest and most ungainly title, "Percy Jackson & The
Olympians: The Lightning Thief" is also notable for being Hollywood's
latest attempt to turn a series of popular kid-friendly fantasy novels
into the next "Harry Potter"-like film franchise. Since virtually all
the previous efforts have ended in failure -- anyone remember "The
Spiderwick Chronicles" or "The Seeker: The Dark is Rising?" -- the
forces behind "Percy Jackson" are pulling out all the stops to make the
For starters, they've tapped talented up-and-comer Logan Lerman to play
the title role and surrounded him with such established stars as Pierce
Brosnan, Sean Bean and Uma Thurman. The movie's scale is also grand,
taking its demigod teen hero from the mean streets of New York to the
fiery pits of Hades before ending up in the halls of Olympus,
encountering a number of gods and goddesses (and a minotaur or two)
along the way. Meanwhile, the man overseeing the action behind the
camera is none other than Chris Columbus, who got the "Harry Potter"
movies off the ground nine years ago.
So has "Percy Jackson" successfully cracked the "Potter" code? In terms
of overall quality, not even close. Still, the film's carefully
calibrated mixture of CGI-enhanced spectacle, diverting (and
blood-free) action sequences and adolescent angst could make it a
modest hit with the 8- to 12-year-old set when 20th Century Fox
releases it Friday (February 12). Where Harry's exploits attract
audiences of all ages, though, Percy's appeal seems strictly limited to
the family moviegoing crowd; anyone outside of that demo is better off
waiting for part one of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," due in
theaters in November.
Adhering to the same "hero's journey" narrative that has driven almost
every cinematic fantasy-adventure since "Star Wars," the inaugural
installment of this would-be franchise introduces viewers to Percy
Jackson (Lerman), a surly teenager who discovers that he is the
offspring of the Greek god Poseidon (Kevin McKidd). This news couldn't
come at a more difficult time; a war is brewing amongst the gods over
Zeus' (Bean) stolen lightning bolt, and Percy is widely assumed to be
Spirited away to a demigod boot camp with the inelegant name Camp Half
Blood, the novice hero is trained in the art of war and allies himself
with a wisecracking Satyr (Brandon T. Jackson) and the goddess Athena's
butt-kicking daughter Annabeth (Alexandra Daddario). Together, the trio
head back into the real world to save Percy's human mother (Catherine
Keener) from the clutches of Hades (Steve Coogan) and find a way to
avert the coming clash of the titans.
"The Lightning Thief" is at its best when Columbus and screenwriter
Craig Titley find ways to put a fun contemporary spin on some of the
familiar names and storylines from Greek mythology. In his battle with
snake-haired Medusa (Thurman), for example, Percy relies on the
reflective surface on the back of his iPod in place of a mirror. The
island of the Lotus Eaters, meanwhile, has been transformed into a
lavish Las Vegas nightclub where time literally stands still. But the
film's haphazard plotting and bland characterizations often undermine
these clever conceits. It's particularly unfortunate that the lone
black character essentially functions as the white hero's servant.
What's really lacking in "The Lightning Thief" is a genuine sense of
wonder, the thing that brings viewers back to Hogwarts over and over
again. Percy's world seems like a decent place to visit, but it's just
not magical enough to make you want to live there.
Shoot an Olympic effort
Director Columbus played his own games in Vancouver
By Glen Schaefer, Canwest News Service
Director Chris Columbus was making his own Olympic preparations last
summer in Vancouver.
The Harry Potter director was filming Percy Jackson & the
Olympians, another fantasy adventure that could become the first of a
movie series if audiences take to it the way he hopes. In a bid for
marketing synergy, the movie opens across North America Friday, the day
the Vancouver Olympics start.
The movie is about a Brooklyn kid (American actor Logan Lerman) who
discovers that he's the son of a Greek god, and that the gods are
locked in a modern-day supernatural battle between good and evil. Mount
Olympus, the home of the gods, is in a cloud high above New York's
Empire State Building. That meant building a replica of the building's
observation deck on the production's huge Burnaby sound stage.
"We'll see what happens," Columbus said as the four-month shoot neared
an end last July. The movie is based on a series of teen novels. "If
people accept the picture, then I'll come back and do another one. The
studio would want me to start immediately."
In addition to Lerman, who at 18 has already held his own with
Christian Bale and Russell Crowe in the western 3:10 to Yuma, the cast
includes actor-comedian Brandon T. Jackson (Tropic Thunder) as Grover,
an apprentice satyr assigned to protect Percy, and New York's Alexandra
Daddario as another half-god teen. Their quest turns into a
cross-country road trip, with B.C. standing in for various U.S.
The adult cast includes Pierce Brosnan as a centaur and Uma Thurman as
Medusa, with digital effects adding the horse body to him and the snake
hair to her. Others in divine and mortal roles include Catherine
Keener, Ray Winstone, Sean Bean, Steve Coogan and Scottish actor Kevin
McKidd (Grey's Anatomy) as Percy's father, the sea god Poseidon.
The movie was Columbus' second directing stint in Vancouver, after the
high school comedy I Love You Beth Cooper filmed there the previous
year. In addition, Columbus was a producer of the Vancouver-filmed
Night at the Museum and its sequel. The Vegas casino set filled with
extras this day was a rebuilding of the art gallery set from the second
Night at the Museum.
Columbus says he was already thinking of Percy Jackson when he was
filming the smaller-scaled Beth Cooper in Vancouver.
which had a few minutes onscreen behind Hayden Panettiere in Beth
Cooper, gets a featured role in Percy Jackson as the setting for a camp
for half-god teens.
This day's scene involved the three teen stars being trapped in an
enchanted casino where time stops. They escape by stealing a Maserati
and driving it through a window, an exterior scene that was filmed
earlier at the Bayshore Hotel.
"It was a necessity," says production designer Howard Cummings. "Vegas
has a lot of restrictions on ages, kids really aren't allowed on the
So with the real Vegas off-limits, Cummings recreated it on Coal
Harbour on Vancouver Island.
"The awning of the Bayshore, I thought I can add a lot of lights to
this, turn it from a glass and steel Vancouver rain cover into a glitzy
marquee. A few Greek columns with neon, and we hit a level of tacky
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief
By Peter Walker
Directed by Chris Columbus, out February 12th, starring Logan Lerman,
Sean Bean, Pierce Brosnan, Uma Thurman and Steve Coogan, running time
110 minutes .
What's it all about?
The eponymous Percy finds out that far from being a dyslexic, ADHD
suffering 'loser', he is in fact Perseus, son of Poseidon; and is
accused of stealing Zeus' lightning bolt. Struggling with his new
identity, he embarks on a voyage of discovery and adventure in an
attempt to prove his innocence, rescue his mother and save the world.
As an example…
Dr Brunner (Pierce Brosnan): "There are 12 Olympian gods, these three
are the brothers Zeus, Posiedon and Hades, on several occasions they
would come down to earth and…"
Grover (Brandon T Jackson): "Hook up?"
Dr Brunner: "They would 'hook up' with mortals, the children of these
unions were half god, half human."
What the others say
"Yes, it's got scripting issues, and no, it's not the most complex,
multi-layered piece of family filmmaking out there. But it's fantastic
fun, it knows its Greek mythology, and it's a very promising start to a
franchise." - News of the World
"Young fans of the books will be the main targets for the film, but in
truth it is darn good family entertainment for everyone." - The Daily
So is it any good?
After making two Harry Potter films, director Chris Columbus was the
obvious choice to begin a new book adaptation franchise with the Percy
Jackson and the Olympians series. And with Rick Riordan's source
material, Columbus has some similar source material to work with:
unwitting boy dealing with immense power and responsibility –
check, secret training camp for similarly gifted children –
check, stern love interest and accident-prone friend – check.
The plot is equally fantastical, only instead of a wizard conspiracy it
is the mythical Greek god's that are actually real, their demi-god
offspring littering the world, with most ending up at the 'half-blood
camp' to hone their skills. An all-star cast is also present, with
Pierce Brosnan transformed into the mentor Centaur, Sean Bean as the
lightening-less Zeus, Uma Thurman playing Medusa, and best of all, a
Saxondale-esque Steve Coogan as god of the underworld; Hades.
But before becoming too cynical, there are some crucial differences:
the film is set in America, so his friend (and goat-legged watcher)
Grover is instead a stereotypical wise-cracking black guy, our hero is
a dashing Zac Effron-a-like, and their quest takes them to Nashville
(the Parthenon), Vegas (the Layer of the Lotus eaters) and the Empire
State building (the gateway to Olympus).
These transatlantic differences also extend to the general tone of the
film, so where successive Harry Potter films have become darker and
more depressing, this is a much more Hollywood, fast-paced, action
It may have a daft title, ludicrous plot, and some pretty hammy acting,
but it is still a genuinely entertaining and exciting family film.
Source: inthenews.co.uk, Tuesday, 09, Feb
Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief Soundtrack
ABKCO Records will release both the physical and digital soundtrack
from Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief, the
much anticipated feature film based on the first book in author Rick
Riordan's best selling Percy Jackson series. The Twentieth Century Fox
film was directed by Chris Columbus (Gremlins, The Goonies, Home Alone,
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of
Azkaban, Night at the Museum) and will debut in theaters nationwide on
February 12TH. ABKCO will release the album, featuring Christophe
Beck's original score digitally on February 9TH, with a physical album
release to follow on February 16TH.
In the film, trouble-prone teen Percy Jackson is having problems at
school – but that's the least of his challenges. It's the
21st century, but the gods of Mount Olympus seem to have walked out of
the pages of Percy's Greek mythology texts and into his life
– and they're not happy. Zeus' lightning bolt has been
stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect. Now, Percy and his friends must
embark on a cross-country adventure to catch the true thief, save
Percy's family, and unravel a mystery more powerful than the gods
Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief stars Logan
Lerman, Brandon T. Jackson, Alexandra Daddario, Sean Bean, Pierce
Brosnan, Steve Coogan, Rosario Dawson, Catherine Keener, Kevin McKidd,
Joe Pantoliano and Uma Thurman.
Christophe Beck's evocative score provides a musical context for the
epic struggle between gods and men in this highly anticipated adventure
fantasy film. The Canadian-born composer has scored numerous films
including The Hangover, What Happens In Vegas, The Pink Panther, We Are
Marshall, Under the Tuscan Sun, Fred Claus, Charlie Bartlett, Cheaper
By The Dozen and won an Emmy for his work on Buffy The Vampire Slayer.
Commenting on his work on the score for Percy Jackson & The
Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Beck noted, "Working on "Percy Jackson"
gave me a fantastic opportunity to write a richly thematic and
full-bodied symphonic score. This is the kind of project that composers
dream of scoring, and I'd like to thank Chris Columbus for making it
such a great experience."
2. The Minotaur
5. The Fury
7. The Hydra
9. Son of Poseidon
10. The Parthenon
12. Lost Souls
13. Fighting Luke, Part 1
14. Fighting Luke, Part 2
16. Mount Olympus
19. End Credits
Film of the week: Percy Jackson And The Lightning Thief By Mark Adams 7/02/2010
Percy Jackson And The Lightning Thief PG, 118 mins Opens Friday, February 12 4/5
Teenager Percy Jackson (Lerman) discovers that his real father is
Poseidon, god of the sea, and that he has also been accused of stealing
the lightning bolt belonging to Zeus, god of all gods.
But after a stint in demigod training camp Percy is soon off on a road
trip with fellow demigod Annabeth (Daddario) and his satyr protector
Grover (Jackson), to clear his name, to rescue his mother and recover
Zeus's all-powerful lightning bolt.
This action-packed fantasy adventure, based on Rick Riordan's hit Percy
Jackson and the Olympians series of books, is great fun, and deserves
to find an audience with teens now bereft of any Harry Potter magic.
As an added bonus there's game old Pierce Brosnan as a heavily-bearded
centaur - half man and half horse playing the "tough, but
compassionate" teacher who helps young Percy realise his demigod
status. Add to the pot a sultry Uma Thurman as the deadly Gorgon
Medusa, Sean Bean as Zeus and Steve Coogan as Hades, Lord of the
Underworld, and you have a movie with a lot of good stuff going for it.
Smartest bit of casting is rising star Logan Lerman (who appeared in
3:10 to Yuma) as Percy, a trouble-prone teenager with dyslexia. Brandon T Jackson is also engagingly funny as his best bud Grover who
turns out to be a satyr (part goat) and Percy's protector-intraining.
But sadly Alexandra Daddario is not massively convincing as warrior
girl Annabeth as the trio head off to rescue Percy's mother, who has
been kidnapped by nasty old Hades, and find the missing lightning bolt
Like any young warriors they face mortal perils including a fight with
Medusa and an impressive tussle with a deadly Hydra before they can
complete their quest.
Young fans of the books will be the main targets for the film, but in truth it is darn good family entertainment for everyone.
A fantastic fantasy romp that should be a hit with Harry Potter fans and all the family
Gods and goddesses make Percy Jackson an obvious winner
Amanda Craig is The Times’s children’s critic, and
If you were to ask almost any teenager whether they would prefer to go
to a US high school or a British public school, the answer would be the
former. From Ten Things I Hate About You to Gossip Girl, audiences are
familiar with the concept of school featuring jocks, geeks, babes and
Queen Bees. The British public school, with its overtones of privilege,
snobbery, bullying and racism, has had a darker press, ever since Tom
So why is it that Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series has not
the success of J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter? Swap wizards and
witches for Greek gods and goddesses, and you pretty much have the same
story. Exciting, clever, funny and gorgeously satirical about modern
America with its power, responsibilities, greed and idealism, Percy
Jackson was always an obvious winner.
By narrating his story in the first person, the engaging 12-year-old
Percy limits his potential audience to present-day children and
teenagers. Rowling was always careful to show us only what Harry saw
and felt, but the flatness of her prose allowed adults, and children,
to put themselves in his place.
Percy’s increasingly dangerous quests and puzzles, though
satisfying to children, lacked the plotting genius that Rowling brought
— and the intellectual rigour of Philip Pullman.
The other factor is, perhaps, Percy’s supporting cast. Like
Harry, Percy has two best friends — a satyr called Grover and
Annabeth, daughter of Athene, with whom (unlike Harry) he falls in
love. Both these are well drawn. Yet the eccentric adult characters
that made Rowling’s books function as a vehicle for the ranks
British character actors are not. The gods (especially Dionysus) are
extremely funny but there is none of the deep emotional connection that
made Dumbledore, Hagrid, Sirius and Voldemort so captivating.
It may be that the traditional British public school is more deeply
rooted in collective unconscious. Percy receives no formal schooling.
Much as bored children wish their lives were a constant round of battle
and glory, it’s the memory of lessons, house points and
examinations that the world enjoys remembering, even in a magical
Harry Potter and the amazingly similar American rival, Percy Jackson
Ben Hoyle, Arts Correspondent
Unless you have a child aged between 8 and 12 the chances are you have
not yet come across a dyslexic boy demi-god called Percy Jackson.
A lot of people in Hollywood are betting that that is about to change,
though, and hoping that here, finally, is a rival to the Harry Potter
Percy is the hero of a series of books updating the Greek myths for
21st century America, by a Texan former teacher, Rick Riordan, that
have sold nearly ten million copies worldwide.
The first film adaptation arrives on Friday. Along with the remake of
the 1981 film Clash of the Titans due next month, Percy Jackson
& the Lightning Thief marks a mini-resurgence of Greek myths on
the big screen.
However, it is the obvious parallels with J. K. Rowling’s
multibillion-pound phenomenon that many will latch on to. The new film
is directed by Chris Columbus, who directed the first two Harry Potter
films. In deference to the accusations of plagiarism from diehard
Potter fans, Columbus recognises that there are
“similarities” and says: “We would be
fools not to hope for the same kind of audience.”
Riordan has stressed that they are “very different kids who
live in very different worlds”. Up to a point: while Harry
Potter is a recognisably British creation, Percy is a skater boy
brought up by a single mother in New York City who discovers that he
has divine powers when he accidentally vaporises a teacher. It turns
out that the gods of Mount Olympus are alive and well in contemporary
America, as Percy learns that he is actually the son of Poseidon, the
god of the sea.
Like Harry, Percy is whisked away to a training camp at a young age (12
— Harry is 11 when he joins Hogwarts school for wizards). The
secret camp is called Camp Half Blood (the sixth Harry Potter book was
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince). Both series feature magical
worlds accessed from famous real locations (Kings Cross station in the
Potter books, the Empire State Building in the Jackson ones.) We have,
of course, been here before. In the film industry as much as in the
publishing world, Rowling’s success was so enormous that it
sent the moneymen scurrying after any potential heir to her throne.
Inevitably they have all fallen short. Among the touted series that
have failed to match Rowling’s unique commercial success are
G. P. Taylor’s Shadowmancer series, Michelle
Paver’s Wolf Brother books and The Spiderwick Chronicles by
Holly Black. On book sales alone, Jackson looks unlikely to turn this
tide. Worldwide sales are only a fraction of the 400 million-plus
copies of the Potter books in circulation. In 2009, the year that
Puffin released Percy Jackson & The Olympians, Riordan sold a
respectable £811,000 of books in Britain, which made him the
215th bestselling author of the year.
The film will help. Even though The Golden Compass disappointed, sales
of the Philip Pullman trilogy that it was based on rose about 40 per
However, Tom Tivnan, features editor of The Bookseller, says that it is
the wrong package at the wrong time. “In the
children’s market now it is all about vampires and Stephenie
There is one children’s fantasy film on the horizon that
could match the impact of the Harry Potter films made to date: Harry
Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Part 1 arrives in November, and Part 2
is due in July next year.
So the books may have come to an end but the film franchise has two
eagerly awaited instalments to come. Will we really be saying that on
the eve of a fourth Percy Jackson film sometime around 2015?
Rosario Dawson: It was wild to play a goddess in Percy Jackson
& The Olympians Feb 3 2010 By Rick Fulton
She is playing the very embodiment of the Earth's fertility, and what
hot-blooded male wouldn't want a piece of her?
Latina actress Rosario Dawson seems like the perfect choice to play
Greek goddess Persephone in a new fantasy adventure, Percy Jackson
& the Olympians: The Lightning Thief.
We visited the set in Vancouver to find out how she enjoyed shooting a
film with a cast including Uma Thurman, Pierce Brosnan, Sean Bean and
Steve Coogan who, as Hades, makes her his queen in the Underworld.
In costume as Persephone, she is in a low cut, black and purple lace
dress with a bodice, bustle and high-heeled boots.
Rosario said: "My chest is out there, the lust is out there, it's just
dripping with sensuality and aggression."
"It has been really fun playing a goddess, I have to say. She's wild.
It is full-on flirtatiousness."
This depiction of Hell is sumptuous, decadent and dark, all candlelight
and high ceilings full of Gothic detail. In Greek mythology, Persephone
is abducted by Hades and tricked into becoming his wife and Queen of
the Underworld .
She is also the goddess of springtime and Rosario first thought of
wearing robes and flowers. But the actress wanted to go for a modern
look with "chipped nail polish and lace" rather than a T-shirt and mini
Instead, she wears a bustle and corset. She said: "It's a little darker
and grungier, a gothic image that I think is quite fascinating.
"It is fun to reinterpret the myths surrounding her and try to imagine
her and place her in this world."
"She's very bitter and angry. She is violent and aggressive and it's
fascinating because she also has innocence and sweetness and childlike
qualities when she's not being completely bitter".
"She is also very lustful."
Which is good news to comedian and actor Steve Coogan, who has lucked
out again as Hades.
Rosario, who has starred in Sin City, Death Proof, Men in Black II and
"This is the perfect Hollywood relationship - an ageing rocker living
with an overly glamorous woman and they are having a caustic, crazy,
"It is just hysterical."
"He's impotent, she's horny and the emotions are extreme."
"We are so volatile in a comedically abusive way. I guess that is the
way to put it. It is hilarious."
Alan Partridge and Saxondale star Coogan clearly made an impression
with his 30-year-old co-star.
Rosario admits she had fun in their scenes in the Underworld, which in
the film is in Los Angeles, under the Hollywood sign.
"It is so fantastic working with Steve," Rosario insisted.
"The scene could be dark, mean and ugly, because we are fighting, but
he brings so much humour to it. We've invested a lot of playfulness
into this scene."
"It's almost like watching those dysfunctional family TV shows that I
grew up with, where the situations are realistic and couples are having
fights and talking to each other in an awful way, but at the same time
it's really funny."
And what about having Hell in Hollywood? As someone who came from New
York, was discovered at 16 and starred as Ruby in controversial teen
sex and HIV movie Kids in 1995, does she get the idea of Tinseltown's
allure with its dark underbelly?
"I live in Venice in Los Angeles and I love living in California," said
Rosario, who is dating DJ Mathieu Schreyer.
"But I think it's interesting that they would locate hell under Los
"It's quite poignant to see these two people - gods - struggling,
hating and fighting and have it look like a disastrous Hollywood
"That's how Hell is depicted. Honestly, if I had to spend eternity
listening to those people arguing all the time, I'd kill myself over
and over again."
She added: "It would just be awful. I think that's where you feel the
descent into Hell, listening to these two people."
The film is based on the best-selling book by Rick Riordan, who has now
written five books about Percy, a "halfblood" who discovers he has a
mortal mum but a god (Poseidon, played by Trainspotting's Kevin McKidd)
as a dad.
In the film, Percy (Logan Lerman) has to prove his innocence in the
world of the gods when Zeus (Sean Bean) is convinced he stole his
His mum has also disappeared. The powerful supporting cast includes Uma
Thurman as Medusa, Catherine Keener as Percy's mother Sally, Pierce
Brosnan as Chiron the Centaur, Ray Winstone as Ares and Joe Pantoliano
as Percy's stepfather, Gabe.
Percy's young friends on his journey are Alexandra Daddario as Annabeth
and Brandon T. Jackson as Grover. The film's director Chris Columbus, who directed Home Alone and the
first two Harry Potter films, only wanted Rosario to play Persephone.
She said: "Chris wrote to me and said, 'I can't imagine anyone else
playing this part but you' and of course I was so excited to hear that."
"I love that Persephone was not portrayed as a pale actor in
predictably Goth-like make-up, ghoulish and white."
Currently reading the third book in the series, which is tipped to
succeed Harry Potter and Twilight as Hollywood's big franchise, she
admits the novels have made Greek mythology come alive.
She said: "The story is fascinating to me and it's been really fun
remembering everything I learned about the myths and the different gods
and goddesses, the trouble that they got into all the time."
"Playing Persephone has made it come alive to me. "
"As for the modern twist of the book, I love the fact that it really
allows kids and teenagers to be in positions of strength and have the
ability to figure out tough situations and understand how to navigate
very tricky waters."
Always considered one of the hottest young actors of her generation,
she started to feel her age on the film.
"Interestingly, this is the first time I've ever felt old on a set,"
"I just turned 30 before we started shooting and I'm working with these
kids and it is great, they are teaching us a lot."
Rosario grew up in a squat in the Lower East Side of New York with
younger brother Clay. Her parents, who were just 15 when she was born, moved into an
abandoned building when she was six. Her dad, Greg, worked in construction while her mum, Isabel, learned
plumbing and electrical work. She found life amid the grinding poverty was tough, but good. Her early
years inspired her to push on in her career and be thankful for what
She added: "I grew up with the idea that if you want something done,
you do it yourself and you can do anything that you want to do."
"We were living in Manhattan and not paying rent and having a good
life, even though we were poorer than all the friends I went to school
"I feel that if you can survive in Manhattan, you can survive anywhere
in the world."
"There's every type of accent and every type of language there -
Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, and all of those different types
of foods and cultures are within a five-block radius.
"I just feel really lucky that I grew up in a place that made me
curious and stoked my imagination. I'm lucky that I grew up as a yes
person and someone who wasn't afraid to take risks, that's how I was
The Rocky Horror Picture Show was a "tremendous influence" in her life
and says she was inspired to act by the film's star Tim Curry.
As well as working as an actress, she has also kept in with the music
world. Her voice was used by Prince in a re-release of his famous single 1999
and she starred in the film version of musical Rent. She sang on West Ryder Silver Bullet from Kasabian's current album West
Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum. And she has appeared on OutKast album Speakerboxxx/The Love Below as
well as starring in The Chemical Brothers' video for Out of Control.
She said: "I loved multi-talented artists like Grace Jones and David
Bowie, who did music and producing and acting, all of it."
Rosario is always in demand. As well as Percy Jackson she has thriller
Unstoppable with Denzel Washington and Top Gun director Tony Scott
coming up. Then there's comedy The Zookeeper, which uses the voices of
Sylvester Stallone and Adam Sandler.
Her family always supported her desire to become an actress since she
realised she loved performing, aged just five.
"What is so remarkable is how supportive they've always been of me
since I was really young and how they're so great about giving and
creating and existing with very little," she said.
"I also think that imagination is something that's been really
important to me. Our family has always had wonderful conversations.
I've had great conversations with my mom and with my grandmother since
I was really little. "
"They would call me 'walkie talkie' because I talked too much.
"It's an incredible thing to have grown up with a family who really
encouraged me. They're always very loving and say, 'As long as you're
happy, we're happy.' I've always wanted to make them proud of me."
For whatever reasons, it seems everyone is in love with Rosario.
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief is out on
Source: Daily Record.co.uk
Kritik: Percy Jackson - Diebe im Olymp Von
Melanie Grimm, 5. Feb 2010, 21:08
Chris Columbus adaptiert die nächste
Fantasy-Jugendbuch-Reihe: 'Percy Jackson - Diebe im Olymp'.
'Harry Potter'-Reihe neigt sich langsam dem Ende zu - nur noch zwei
Filme, dann sind die Abenteuer des Jungzauberers auserzählt.
also an der Zeit, sich nach neuen Helden umzusehen. Einer, der in die
magischen Fußstapfen treten könnte, ist Percy
Jackson. Immerhin handelt
es sich bei dem jungen Mann um einen Halbgott: Poseidon, Herrscher der
Meere, ist sein Vater. Chris Columbus, der schon die Potter-Filmserie
startete, bringt nun 'Percy Jackson - Diebe im Olymp' in die Kinos,
eine Adaption des gleichnamigen Jugendbuchs von Rick Riordon, das erste
Percy (Logan Lerman) ist ein relativ normaler New Yorker Teenager, der
seinen Stiefvater hasst und ein paar Probleme in der Schule hat. Eines
Tages bei einem Schulausflug verändert sich sein gesamtes
Leben: Seine Englischlehrerin (Maria Olsen) verwandelt sich in eine
Furie (eine griechische Rachegöttin) und attackiert ihn. Zuvor
beschuldigt sie den Jungen noch des Diebstahls.
Percy muss erfahren, dass er ein Halbgott ist. Er stammt vom
griechischen Meeresgott Poseidon (Kevin McKidd) ab. Nun glaubt
Himmelsherrscher Zeus (Sean Bean), dass der Teenager seinen
mächtigen Blitz gestohlen hat - im Auftrag seines Vaters.
Damit droht ein Krieg zwischen den beiden mächtigen
Göttern, der nicht nur den Olymp, sondern auch die Welt
vernichten könnte.Chris Columbus nahm sich bei seiner
Umsetzung mehrere Freiheiten heraus. So wurde das Alter der
jugendlichen Protagonisten im Vergleich zum Buch von zwölf auf
rund 16 Jahre heraufgesetzt. Außerdem fehlen viele Wendungen
in der Handlung, die in der Buchvorlage vorkommen. In den Nebenrollen
sind einige prominente Darsteller zu sehen: Unter anderem galoppiert
Pierce Brosnan als Zentaur an Percys Seite, und Uma Thurman hat einen
Auftritt als Schlangen-Lady Medusa.
Auf Set-Besuch bei "Percy Jackson", dem neuen "Harry Potter" Mit "Percy Jackson - Diebe im Olymp" verwandelt "Harry
Potter"-Regisseur Chris Columbus das nächste
Jugendfantasy-Franchise in ein Kinospektakel.
CINEMA-Korrespondent Scott Orlin war bei den Dreharbeiten dabei.
Nachdem er bei den ersten beiden "Harry Potter"-Filmen mehr als 14
Stunden täglich am Set verbracht hat, schwor sich Chris Columbus,
so schnell keinen Fantasyfilm mehr mit Kindern zu drehen. Sechs Jahre
später steht der 50-jährige Regisseur inmitten des Golden
Ears Park außerhalb Vancouvers und dreht mit "Percy Jackson -
Diebe im Olymp" doch wieder ein Trickspektakel mit Kindern.
"Ich weiß, ich weiß," lacht Columbus, während er
beobachtet, wie ein riesiges Feld an den Ufern des Alouette Sees von
seiner Crew in eine Art mystisches Militärcamp verwandelt wird.
"Aber ich war immer ein Fan der griechischen Mythologie und begeistert
von der Idee, sie in unsere Zeit zu verlagern. Bei 'Percy Jackson' geht
es nicht um Götter, die in wallenden Gewändern auf dicken
Wolken sitzen. Alles hat einen Bezug zur Realität und das hat mich
Im Film sowie dem ersten Band der zugrunde liegenden und fünf
Bände umfassenden Bestseller-Reihe muss der titelgebende Junge
erkennen, dass er der Sohn des Poseidon ist, der mit den anderen
Göttern der griechischen Antike im neuen Olymp 600 Stockwerke
über New Yorks Empire State Building residiert.
Die größte Abweichung vom Roman ist Percys Alter. "Ich habe
aus dem 12-jährigen Jungen einen 17-Jährigen gemacht",
gesteht der trotz einer plötzlich aufziehenden Wolkendecke
entspannt wirkende Regisseur. "Der erste 'Harry Potter' bestand im
Grunde aus vielen kleinen Schnitten, da Daniel Radcliffe und die
anderen Kids damals so jung und unerfahren waren, dass wir
höchstens drei oder vier Zeilen Dialog am Stück drehen
konnten. Mehr als fünf Stunden pro Tag durften wir mit ihnen
sowieso nicht arbeiten", erinnert sich Columbus und gesteht: "Damals
träumte ich davon, 12 Stunden am Tag mit Kindern zu drehen, die
bereits Schauspielerfahrung vorzuweisen haben. Die Arbeit mit
Percy-Darsteller Logan Lerman und den anderen Jugendlichen ist also
gleich in doppelter Hinsicht traumhaft."
Logan Lerman: Der neue Daniel Radcliffe?
Wie zuvor bei "Harry Potter" lässt Regisseur Columbus die
Hauptfiguren von unbekannten Newcomern spielen, vertraut bei den
Nebenrollen aber auf bekannte Gesichter. Neben Ex-Bond Pierce Brosnan
werden u. a. Uma Thurman als Medusa, Catherine Keener als Percys
Mutter, Sean Bean als Zeus und Rosario Dawson als Persephone zu sehen
Trotz dieser geballten Starpower wird sich das Hauptaugenmerk aber auf
Percy-Darsteller Logan Lerman richten, der bereits seit seinem siebten
Lebensjahr im Filmgeschäft arbeitet und gerade am Rande des Sets
mit Co-Star Pierce Brosnan herumflachst. Nachdem er bereits als Sohn
von Mel Gibson in "Der Patriot" und von Christian Bale in "Todeszug
nach Yuma" auf der Leinwand zu sehen war, spielt der 17-Jährige in
"Percy Jackson" jetzt erstmals eine Hauptrolle.
"Als ich mich auf diesen Film einließ, war mir nicht mal
ansatzweise klar, wie riesig dieses Projekt sein würde," gesteht
der Nachwuchsmime grinsend. "Das änderte sich aber bereits, als
ich nach nur zwei Vorsprechen in eine Art Action-Bootcamp gesteckt
wurde. Da hatte ich zwei Monate lang täglich vier Stunden Training
in Mixed Martial Arts, Schwertkampf und Tauchen - schließlich
spiele ich ja auch den Sohn des Meeresgotts Poseidon!"
Pierce Brosnan: Ein Ex-Bond wird zum Pferdemensch
Am heutigen Drehtag scheint sich Lermans schauspielerisches
Trainingslager doppelt auszuzahlen - schließlich spielt die
heutige Szene im göttlichen Ausbildungslager "Halbblut".
Die wie eine mittelalterliche Festung anmutende Anlage wird von Chiron
alias Pierce Brosnan geleitet, der leuchtend blaue Strumpfhosen mit
orangefarbenen Markierungen trägt und auf grünen Stelzen
herum balanciert. Die befremdliche Kostümierung wird dem
Spezialeffektteam in der Postproduktion helfen, die untere Hälfte
des Schauspielers durch die Hinterläufe eines Zentauren zu
ersetzen. Mit seinem dichten Bart und dem langen Gehstock wie ein
altgriechischer Philosoph aussehend, brüllt Brosnan die etwa 80
Statisten an, sich zu versammeln und auf eine Partie "Fang die Flagge"
vorzubereiten - die erste von zahlreichen kriegsvorbereitenden
Trainingseinheiten für Percy und andere Kinder mit göttlicher
Regisseur Chris Columbus dreht diese relativ einfache Sequenz zahllose
Male, da er immer wieder mit einem zunehmend frustrierten "Cut!" die
Aufnahmen abbricht. Wolken und Wind nehmen ihm immer wieder das
Sonnenlicht, verrücken Requisiten und verwehen den Dialog des
Hauptdarstellers. Was eigentlich nach fünf Stunden abgedreht sein
sollte, dauert inzwischen schon mehr als zehn Stunden.
"Ich fürchte, das wir später alles nachsynchronisieren
müssen," lamentiert Brosnan, der von seinen Kindern dazu
genötigt wurde, in diesem Film mitzuspielen. "Mein Sohn Dylan hat
das Buch zweimal gelesen." Als offensichtliche Hommage an sie benutzt
Brosnan die Namen seiner Kids, wenn er die Campteilnehmer zur Ordnung
So zäh sich der Dreh gestaltet, so faszinierend ist es, dem
Schauspieler beim Laufen zuzusehen. Um sich auf seine Rolle
vorzubereiten, hat Brosnan die Bewegungen von Pferden studiert. "Ich
weiß, dass manche mich bloß für einen Pferdehintern
halten werden," lacht er, "aber ich musste mir tatsächlich
Gedanken darüber machen, dass ich als Zentaur beim Gehen ein
gigantisches Gesäß hinter mir her schleppe."
"Percy Jackson - Diebe im Olymp" startet am 11. Februar in den Kinos.
EXCLUSIVE: Erica Cerra Talks Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief February 1st, 2010
Vancouver based actress Erica Cerra is best known for her role as Deputy Jo Lupo on Syfy's popular TV series Eureka but she is about to make the leap to the big screen with not one but two new films being released in 2010. The first is an adaptation of Rick Riordan's popular series of children's novels called Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief. The movie is about a boy named Percy Jackson (Logan Lerman) who discovers that he is actually the demigod son of the Greek God, Poseidon (Kevin McKidd). Percy embarks on a journey across modern-day America with his friends, a satyr and the demigod daughter of Athena, to save his mother (Catherine Keener) and return Zeus' (Sean Bean) stolen lightning bolt in order to prevent a war between the Gods. In the film Cerra plays Hera, the Goddess of Marriage, Earth, and Heaven, as well as the wife and sister of Zeus. The film is helmed by Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone director Chris Columbus and opens in theaters on February 12th. The busy actress will also be seen later this year starring opposite wrestler-turned-actor "Stone Cold" Steve Austin in the psychological thriller The Stranger about a mysterious man with a rare form of memory loss. We recently had a chance to catch up with Erica Cerra to talk about Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, her role as Hera, working with the talented cast, how she thinks the film will hold up against the competition and what audiences can expect from and The Stranger. Here is what the talented actress had to say:
In "Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief," you play the Goddess Hera, was there anything that you learned from your research that helped guide your performance or did you take all of you direction from the script?
Erica Cerra: I did do my research. The minute I actually found out about the audition I went and bought all the books and read them. Then I thought I probably needed to do some more research as far as the mythology of Hera, so I did that. There is a lot of truth, I think, to the mythology of Hera, where she is the Mother of all the Gods and the wife of Zeus. She is the Goddess of marriage and she is a little bit up tight and prudish as far as the mythology is concerned. She is definitely not on board with all the activities of the Gods and Goddesses. How they all sort of commingle together and then are off with humanity as well.
As far as the script is concerned they were really more or less quite secretive with the script so we only knew what we needed to know. With the series of books, in the story the Gods and Goddesses are there to sort of help Percy and the demigods achieve their goals in each story and in each movie. I'm sure that they will be making the series because I think it's going to be a huge hit. So the Gods and Goddesses are there to help him along and give him advice. Help them out of trouble and so on and so forth. What they'll do with the script and what they'll do with the original story, who knows? Because the stories are a bit different from the script, they kind of rewrote it in a way that will appeal to a broader audience. The storybooks are written more for children so with the movies they kind of upped the scale so it's a bit more ... more adults will be interested in the movie. That being said, I can't necessarily say that they'll follow all of the stories (from the books) but in the stories Hera does help Percy along with one of his missions so in that there is some truth to the mythology of how she deals with him and what goes on in the stories. So not to give too much away, I'm sure that most people have read the books but I think there is some truth in my very long sort of circular answer. In the beginning, yes, I think the mythology does ring true with Hera.
In mythology, Zeus is Hera's brother and husband, is that the same in the film and if so, what was it like acting out that strange and awkward relationship with actor Sean Bean who plays Zeus?
Erica Cerra:Yeah, she's Zeus's sister. I didn't get to work directly with Sean. We're not in the same scene together. But how it ends up in the later films I'm not sure? I'm actually a big fan of his because I'm a big fan of Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Rings and all the other wicked characters that he's played in the movies. So that was really cool just to meet him in general but as far as ... you know, I don't think Hera and him have a very good relationship at all in these stories. Basically because Zues is thinking about the Gods, he goes off with them, has warfare, kills everybody and because she is the Goddess of marriage she's not into that. So the relationship between them in the movie as well as in the mythology is very similar. I don't think that they have a very strong bond.
The series of novels that the film is based on are extremely popular with children and the studio is probably hoping that this will create a new "Harry Potter-type" franchise for them so how do you think the film will appeal to fans of the "Potter" series? Also, the movie is directed by Chris Columbus who directed the first two "Harry Potter" films, so was it comforting to know that he was at the helm?
Erica Cerra: You know what, I'm a huge "Harry Potter" fan. I personally think that with myself as a fan, as long as there is truth to the story it will be good and my example to that is "Harry Potter" is British so I love that all the characters are in fact from their heritage. So if they're from Romania they have a Romanian accent, if they're from London they sound like they're from London. All that stuff really rings true and I appreciate it in any film. Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief is based out of the United States and that rings true. I think that this story is a really great story with respect to what goes on. You know what? I think once you read the novels you understand why it takes place in the United States and what's going on with the Gods and Goddesses, is what's going on now.
I don't think I'm giving anything away in saying this, the way the Gods put it is that they go to whichever country or place is the strongest place in the world. Where the power is, that's where the Gods and Goddesses go. So in Greek mythology it was Greece, then it was Rome, then at one point it was England and now it is the United States. So that's why the Gods and Goddesses are residing in the Unite States of America now. So I think that that is really cool. The story is really well written and really well told. So I do think that it will be a huge success. I do think that it will appeal to everyone and that the actors they cast in it are amazing. I think Sean Bean is a wonderful choice for Zeus and I do I think it will be a huge success. I say that because last night I popped in Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone. I just wanted to watch it again. I think it is one of those stories that you can always continue to watch, really enjoy and be entertained. It's something interesting to see and an interesting idea. I do think it will be successful and Chris Columbus is a wonderful director and a great guy. I think him leading them off is a great start to a great story. So yes is my answer. I do, I think it will be a great success.
To that end, the film obviously has ties to Greek Mythology as well so how do you think it will stand up against say a film like the remake of "Clash Of The Titans," which opens only a few weeks after your film? Is there enough room in the market place for both films?
Erica Cerra: You know what, totally. I am so excited to watch Clash Of The Titans and think it's going to be unbelievable but I do think it's a different kind of movie. "Harry Potter" and "Percy Jackson" can appeal to children, adults and grandparents; it's sort of a broader spectrum. Where with something like Clash Of The Titans you're not going to see little kids at the theater watching that movie. You will very likely see your parents or your friend's parents because they remember the original and they want to see what the remake is going to look like.
I do think that Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief will have a broader spectrum. Maybe the young tough guys won't be into Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief but I personally think they should because I think that is one thing that is great about what they did with the film is that I think they opened it up to a broader audience. So I do think where a young guy may not have picked up the novel and loved the great story I think that he will watch the movie and think, "Wow this is a really great movie." So yeah, I do think that there is enough room for both. And I think there is room for more mythology. I think when it comes to fantasy people are always interested in seeing different stories. I don't think that this is the only mythology movie that can happen now. If you think about a movie like The Bourne Identity, there is only room for one movie like that. You can't have five different versions of that story. Because people will watch it and say, "This is the same thing!" With fantasy I think there is so much room. Look at the idea of a young man as the hero, well "Harry Potter" has been done before and that's all well and fine but Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief is completely different. It's the same idea, sort of, it's a boy but everything else about the story is different.
he film has a really nice mix of young, newer actors and some pretty incredible veteran actors like Pierce Brosnan, Uma Thurman, Rosario Dawson, Catherine Keener, Ray Winstone and Sean Bean, so did you get to work with all of them and of the actors that you did work with what was that experience like for you?
Erica Cerra: Well unfortunately, I didn't get to work with Pierce Brosnan, Uma Thurman or Rosaria Dawson but as far as the other cast members I got to work with all the Gods. Sean Bean, Kevin McKidd and Ray Winstone, who is an amazing actor. I got to work with a great cast but unfortunately not the whole cast. The scene I'm in, in the first film is basically all the Gods and Goddesses being introduced because in the first film they're not all there throughout the entire movie. Catherine Keener is another person I would have loved to work with but didn't get the chance. But I got to meet them and that was really cool. Logan (Lerman) who plays Percy is great and I enjoyed working with Melina Kanakaredes (CSI: New York) who plays Athena. I worked with a lot of Vancouver based actors and it was great working with them as well. So that being said I got to work with local cast members and some really big, huge stars. The combination was really wonderful and I was excited.
In the novels your role gets larger as the series continues so did Chris Columbus or anyone else on set discuss possible sequels to you or were you all just concentrating on making the first film a good one?
Erica Cerra: You know what it really wasn't, unfortunately, I wished that they had talked about it more. I think they're really waiting, and this is all speculation I really have no idea, but they're probably waiting for the release of the film in order to determine what's going to happen with the other films. But in my opinion I can't imagine that they won't make the other ones because I just think it looks like it's going to be a huge hit. With the fact that Harry Potter and the Deadly Hallows is bringing that series to an end, I do I think our film is going to be a huge hit and I think that the fans will be really thankful that they have another fantasy world to dive into.
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief opens in theaters on February 12th