Ralph Fiennes Interview For ‘Wrath of the Titans’
A decade after his heroic defeat of the monstrous Kraken, Perseus (Worthington) –the demigod son of Zeus (Neeson)–is attempting to live a quieter life as a village fisherman and the sole parent to his 10-year old son, Helius. Meanwhile, a struggle for supremacy rages between the gods and the Titans. Dangerously weakened by humanity’s lack of devotion, the gods are losing control of the imprisoned Titans and their ferocious leader, Kronos, father of the long-ruling brothers Zeus, Hades (Fiennes) and Poseidon (Danny Huston). The triumvirate had overthrown their powerful father long ago, leaving him to rot in the gloomy abyss of Tartarus, a dungeon that lies deep within the cavernous underworld. Perseus cannot ignore his true calling when Hades, along with Zeus’ godly son, Ares (Edgar Ramirez), switch loyalties and make a deal with Kronos to capture Zeus. The Titans’ strength grows stronger as Zeus’ remaining godly powers are siphoned, and hell is unleashed on earth. Enlisting the help of the warrior Queen Andromeda (Rosamund Pike), Poseidon’s demigod son, Argenor (Toby Kebbell), and fallen god Hephaestus (Bill Nighy), Perseus bravely embarks on a treacherous quest into the underworld to rescue Zeus, overthrow the Titans and save mankind. ‘Wrath of the Titans’ is released in cinemas March 30th.
With their powers diminishing, and gradually losing hold of their immortality, Hades and Ares’ plan is pretty desperate?
Ralph Fiennes: Yeah. The Gods powers are diminishing, as humankind is finding its own sense of self-worth, the Gods powers diminish because they’re not needed by the humans. Hades, God of the underworld, my character, he’s decided with Ares that the only way to maintain any kind of power, or immortality, is to release the eternal destructive force of the father figure, Kronos. If you release Kronos to destroy humankind, even though we have to give Kronos our existing power, there’s a chance we will live. It’s a risky operation on Hades’ part, in releasing destructive daddy, destroying humankind….then maybe we’ll get a chance to be immortal (laughs).
Playing a God must have a unique set of challenges, especially the issue of connecting?
Ralph Fiennes: The challenges of playing a God is “What is it to be a God?” I suppose you could nod to a sort of demeanour of……I dunno what it is, something Godly (laughs), something grand. But in the end you’ve got to connect like a human being. That was the acting challenge I think, how to suggest Godliness while still being a thinking, feeling, responding, communicating being.
Hades demeanour, even with his voice, which sounds strained….he’s sort of weighed down?
Ralph Fiennes: Yeah. The voice has been choked with the fumes and the dust and the grit and the smoke of a kind of hellish place, where there’s no fresh air, in the underworld. He’s been compressed by the weight of the world on him and the spiritual weight of so many dead people who have lost their lives. So there’s a lot of pain, suffering, guilt and agony of the lost souls, dead souls that he’s surrounded by. Even his armour, it’s corrupted and corroded, it’s rotting.
How was it working with Liam Neeson on this again. I know you two are friends….
Ralph Fiennes: We’re good friends, we worked together a long time ago on ‘Schindler’s List,’ so we’ve been reunited in ‘Clash of the Titans’ and now again with this sequel, ‘Wrath of the Titans.’ In this film in particular, we had much more interaction, stronger scenes to play I think – which we loved to play. To be working with a friend is a good thing. Also, to be in this crazy armour, with our big beards and long hair, we know each other really well so there’s a point where we just crack up laughing. Because in the end there’s a funny side to these grown men dressed up as Gods – when we’re both very human (laughs). To be connected again was great.
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