Rosamund Pike 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.
Andromeda has really developed from the first movie, she’s now a strong leader in her own right?
Rosamund Pike: Yeah. I liked the character of Andromeda because it’s a chance to create a real heroin for young girls. I think boys have so many role models in film, you know? Tough action-hero male role models. There are fewer female characters like that. Andromeda, she’s made a big journey from the end of ‘Clash of the Titans,’ in that she was a girl who was helpless and needed to be rescued. In-between that film and ‘Wrath of the Titans’ she’s made damn sure that she never has to be rescued again (laughs). Her parents have died, she’s taken over her country and her army. In lieu of a family, she’s built up an army – and she’s not just a figure head, she’s a general in her own right. So I like to think of her as kind of a war hero, which is something hopefully girls – and hopefully boys, will look up to.
Andromeda and Perseus have an interesting relationship in ‘Wrath of the Titans’….
Rosamund Pike: When someone saves you life, you have a bond with that person that goes beyond anything else you’ve experienced in life. Someone who has genuinely taken care of you in a magnificent way (laughs). Andromeda, she has her existence to thank Perseus for. She hasn’t seen him for ten years at the start of ‘Wrath of the Titans,’ he left and went about his own business, he got married, had a son…..but she’s kept track of him. In a way he’s her hero, in a way she wants to be his equal. And at the point that they come together again in ‘Wrath of the Titans’ I think she’s very very excited to see him because she’s trying to be a general, but in a way she’s like a little girl who’s seen this guy she really fancies again (laughs).
How did you find working with Sam Worthington on this film, as this embattled demigod?
Rosamund Pike: Everyday you didn’t know what you were going to face on ‘Wrath of the Titans.’ We would go on set everyday and really wrestle, all of us, with the script, with the material, with what the purpose of the scene is, with what the characters are doing. Sam Worthington is brilliant because he knows what an audience wants from Perseus, and what he wants from a hero. What course of action makes sense for this hero to take? He’s very clear about Perseus’ mission, which is to get the job done and get back to his son. Anything that deviates from that, that’s in the script, Sam would kind of throw out. For me it was a bit like having to win his respect as Andromeda and as me. I had to prove that I was worthy to go on this mission with him, me as Rosamund and me as Andromeda. But I kinda liked that, because I think he got to see what I was made of (laughs). Sam is great.
The production design and action sequences are startling. How was it for you filming in that world?
Rosamund Pike: I haven’t been on a film this big in a while, I’d done quite a few smaller films. We had flame throwers, we had huge wind turbines throwing dust at us, we had rocks falling from the sky. It was like another world. It’s almost like no acting required because you’re thrown into this maelstrom and it’s chaos, total chaos and anarchy – and if you like that then you like working on a film like this (laughs). I mean, it was a world where everybody was being pushed to their limit, every department was pushed to their limit.
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