“This isn't going to be your dad's movie,” laughs director Tarsem Singh, who describes his vision for the ﬁlm as “Caravagio meets Fight Club”. Soon-to-be-man-of-steel Henry Cavill stars as Theseus, the lowly peasant chosen to stop Mickey Rourke’s mad king from getting his hands on the legendary Epirus bow and raining destruction on the world. Recruiting a motley crew of ragtag rebels, Theseus prepares to confront a massive army of bloodthirsty soldiers and wage spectacular, beautiful warfare.
Unlike in other gods-and-monsters movies however, Singh’s holy rollers are not going to rest on their laurel headbands while the humans do all their dirty work - and, with Luke Evans and Isabel Lucas taking on the roles of Zeus and Athena, they’re not all going to look like Liam Neeson and Laurence Olivier at a geriatric toga party either.
“I just ﬁgured, if you're a god, you'd want the wisdom of a person who's lived for 23 million years, but you’d want to have the body of a 22 year old.” says Singh. “The gods will all be beautiful...and they love to kick-ass!”
For the mere mortals. getting in shape was just as important.
“The training schedule was very, very intense. It ended up being nine until five in the gym,” says Cavill. who spends most of the movie with his shirt off.
“I actually started training before I went there,” says Freida Pinto, who plays the Greek priestess Phaedra. “I get to the set and they say, ‘No, no, no - I see you as a character who doesn’t know what aggression means,’ and l’m like, ‘Oh. Thanks very much!’”
Coming from the director of The Cell and The Fall, it's the lmique look of Immortals that's really going to make it stand out from the crowd.
“Tarsem is doing an incredible job,” says Evans. “I think it's going to shock a lot of people because the detail in every scene is just incredible, it really is. It’s like you’ve been put into a piece of artwork.” Judging by the trailer, which looks something like 300 ﬁltered through Terry Gilliam and Salvador Dali, he's not wrong either.
But what about the big question - how exactly do you go about directing Mickey Rourke?
“There's a certain weight that you get from him by not doing anything.” says Singh. “I just set him up and let him do whatever he wants!”