Rodrigo Santoro on Returning as Xerxes in 300: Rise of an Empire

The prequel/sequel 300: Rise of an Empire won’t hit theaters until next August and there hasn’t been much news about the film. Our parent site spoke with actor Rodrigo Santoro, however, about the upcoming film, specifically what he had to do to get ready.

“I had to shave, I had to work out again, I had to go back to Xerxes. It’s the same character,” he said. “There’s little new things—a little before, a little after—but most of the movie, it’s during… kind of the same time where the first movie takes place. There’s a lot going on. It’s hard, the green screen, it’s a different way of working. It’s really challenging to work that way and the character wears a lot and Xerxes is a giant. He’s almost not human, which is a poetic license. It comes from a graphic novel so it’s not based in real history, so that character is very very tall and his voice is like thunder and that’s the description of this character. So there’s a couple special FX and tricks that have to be done to accomplish that figure so I do scenes by myself. It’s interesting, it’s a lot of work.”

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The Noam Murro film also stars Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey, Hans Matheson, Igal Naor, Callan Mulvey, Jack O’Connell and Andrew Tiernan and is planned for release on August 2, 2013.
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