Immortals: Henry Cavill on the "Fantastic" Sets, Plus a Bloody New Preview Clip
11.10.11 by BJSprecher
When director Tarsem Singh's new swords-and-sandals epic, Immortals, opens in theaters this Friday, we'll finally have the chance to see if his description of the movie as "Caravaggio meets Fight Club" is accurate or simply hyperbole. From the looks of the still images and the footage we've seen in the trailers and preview clips, Singh definitely went to great lengths to live up to the Caravaggio reference with his dramatic lighting and highly stylized costumes and set dressings. As for Fight Club, anyone who has seen the shirtless shots of a ripped-up Henry Cavill as Theseus will likely agree that he would fit right in alongside Brad Pitt's Tyler Durden in any basement bareknuckle fight.
Cavill recently explained how he got Fight Club-fit for Immortals by putting in six months of training while waiting for the movie to go into production, training that "helped an enormous amount" when it came time to do the fight choreography and stunts. But, simply looking the part is not always enough to help an actor get into character. In a recent interview with Collider, Cavill revealed that the "fantastic and elaborate" sets Singh had built for the movie helped him to believe that he was a warrior chosen by the gods to save the world.
The sets were absolutely fantastic and elaborate and that helps us as actors, if I might speak for myself, helped me as an actor enormously because we had our immediate surroundings and they were so well designed with such a fantastic attention to detail that you could quite easily, if you turned your back to the green screen portion and you just faced, say, the village set, it literally felt like you were there! There were little things burning and it smelled like it was not in a studio. It was all really, really well done. It made an enormous difference to all of our performances, I believe.
You can see the type of set that Cavill was referring to in the following clip. That is, if you don't get too distracted by the awesome, stylized action and bloody violence. Be warned: The clip is EXTREMELY GRAPHIC.
Immortals was produced by Mark Canton (300), Gianni Nunnari (300), and Ryan Kavanaugh (The Fighter). The cast includes Mickey Rourke as King Hyperion, Luke Evans as Zeus, Isabel Lucas as Athena, Kellan Lutz as Poseidon, Freida Pinto as Phaedra, Stephen Dorff as Stavros, Corey Sevier as Apollo, Steve Byers as Heracles and Robert Maillet as the Minotaur.