Uma Thurman Plays a Seductive Medusa for Percy Jackson
01.12.10 by REELZ
In the trailer for Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, we get a surprising fresh vision of Medusa. In Greek mythology, she is simply a monster with a head full of snakes who turns all who look at her into stone. But in Percy Jackson's world, she promises to be something more — simultaneously the beauty and the beast — as she entices the young hero to "sneak a peek."
It was in part the possibility for re-envisioning this iconic horror that drew director Chris Columbus to the Percy Jackson project in the first place, as he explains in an interview with the Hero Complex blog:
To be able to use the CGI snakes in conjunction with a real actress was the first thing that was exciting to me. As a kid growing up, she was the most frightening creature. I remember watching an old Hammer picture called The Gorgon, and the original [1981 film] Clash of the Titans. They never got Medusa right. For me, she's not just hideous. Medusa's history is tragic at best.
He then goes on to confess that when he thought of his ideal Medusa, Uma Thurman immediately came to mind.
I told her: "You're my first choice." I explained to her that the more pedestrian way to go is just to make her this hideous monster. With Uma, you get an extra added layer of intense sensuality and toughness ... she's someone who's so sensual and seductive, that you'll look into her eyes and forget that she has 75 snakes on her head.
In some recently released publicity stills for the movie, we can see that she does manage to get at least a few people to sneak a peek, with predictably unfortunate results.