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CLASH OF THE TITANS

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With larger-than-life mythical beasts, breathtaking vistas spanning the depths of hell to the heights of Mt. Olympus, and battles to-the-death between man and the gods, "Clash of the Titans” is a mammoth spectacle that will grab audiences from the first scene and take them on a wild, 3D ride through an ancient Greece only imaginable in the 21st century.

"It's a big, fun adventure, a big escapist movie, and I love escapist movies,” director Louis Leterrier says. "The story is heroic, it's mythic, it's romantic, it's about fulfilling your destiny. There's fantasy and fun, and it's a bit scary, too. Add to that an unbelievable cast like Sam Worthington, Ralph Fiennes and Liam Neeson, and it was truly an exhilarating experience.”

With Leterrier at the helm, the stars of the film were eager to step into the mythical world. "I am always a fan of a director who is willing to take risks,” says Sam Worthington, who plays the film's central character, Perseus. "Louis' vision for the film was big, bold and heroic. He wanted it to be a thrilling kind of popcorn ride, and I thought, ‘Well, that's a good director to go into battle with. I want to be a part of that.'”

Close friends Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes, who play the roles of Zeus and Hades, respectively, agreed. "My kids encouraged me to do it,” Neeson says, "and I knew that with Louis and all the incredible computer wizards and technicians they had on the crew, they were going to make this thing just jump off the screen.”

"I've always loved the Greek myths and the wealth of things they can do to make special effects really kick ass now, I think, is extraordinary,” Fiennes allows. "I also thought the script had a vividness and an epic quality that was really appealing.”

A real fan of the original film, Leterrier felt a bit like a kid in a candy store during filming. "1981's ‘Clash of the Titans' was one of my favorite movies—it was actually one of the first magical movies I ever saw. I was wowed by it. I jumped at the chance to do my own version.”

The director's enthusiasm for the material showed. Producer Kevin De La Noy observes, "Louis has a love of filmmaking and storytelling, and he approached every challenge with humor and a determination to make it work. His tireless energy was an inspiration to us all. He got engrossed in each and every shot; he could see it clearly and he wanted to impart that to everyone. And he got the desired results.”

Leterrier wasn't the only filmmaker energized by the subject matter. States producer Basil Iwanyk, "I remember waiting in line for two hours when I was 11 years old—one of the best movie weekends in my life—and seeing "Clash of the Titans” with all of its monsters and battles and princesses and people with swords...things I'd never seen before.”

Taking on the task of bringing the cult classic into the 21st century were screenwriters Travis Beacham, Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi.

"I was so happy with what the screenwriters did,” recalls Leterrier. "It wasn't just a shot-for-shot remake to be done with modern technology. It maintained the integrity of the original, but it was completely different.”

"I loved the original, so this was an irresistible, if intimidating, proposition,” says Beacham. "One of the things I loved about it, and myths in general, is that they put familiar human struggles in the context of impossible circumstances, to express things that couldn't otherwise be expressed. Want to save the girl? How bad? Because you'll have to fight this unstoppable monster to get to her. Want to find yourself? You'll have to journey to the edge of the world and back again. Want to rebel against your parents? Well, your dad's a god, so let's see what you're made of.”

"We talked a lot about the tone we were going for, trying to make it a fun adventure wit

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