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Springing Into Action
"Clash of the Titans” is packed with big-scale, epic action, and to work out the logistics of so many battles, Leterrier turned to stunt supervisor Paul Jennings. "He's an amazing man,” says the director. "He assembled this remarkable team of stunt men and came up with fantastic fight choreography. You can tell him you want to see a sword fight like nothing you've ever seen before, and he will come back to you with it.”

Leterrier quickly learned how to foster a sense of friendly rivalry among his cast, while enabling them to learn the basics that they would need to know to perform. "I encouraged a bit of one-upsmanship,” he says. "As the guys were learning swordplay, there was an unspoken contest as to who could be the best. Sam was a great leader, and so was Mads, and soon the rivalry became more like a brotherhood. It was great fun.”

"I think audiences want to see the characters really going for it,” says Worthington. "I loved learning the sword fighting…and putting on a harness and jumping off into a bag of beans is kind of cool.”

The men weren't the only ones to dive in head first, so to speak. According to Leterrier, the women were just as eager to take on the action. "Alexa is like a fish. She can stay underwater for three minutes and remain very comfortable while acting, and she really needed to for this movie.”

The armory of weapons for "Clash of the Titans” was extensive. Sixteen hundred weapons were created, all made from scratch. The swords were crafted from different materials, depending on how they were to be used in filming: bronze for the best look; aluminum for the lighter weight; rubber to prevent injury; and even some made out of biscuit foam, which crumbles easily.

Supervising armorer Nick Komornicki had the most fun creating arms for Ozal and Kucuk, Turkish brothers who join in the quest. Ozal, played by Ashraf Barhom, carried four daggers, a blow pipe and darts, a slingshot, a bow and arrow and a rock. The actor wanted more, but the collection was already a bit heavy for him to carry all at once. Transcending the Toga

When discussing the costumes for "Clash of the Titans,” Letterier told costume designer Lindy Hemming that he was concerned that Perseus and his entourage of warriors from the City of Argos would have a look which reflected their toughness and strength, and that their limbs, especially their legs, would not be too bare. "I designed several different styles of armor, and most importantly very sturdy leg and arm guards,” Hemming says. "All of the armor, both metal and leather, was intended to look as though it had been used extensively in the wars preceding the beginning of the story, so lots of costume distressing and painting was essential, and when we were having the metal armor sculpted, we made sure that there were lots of bumps and sword marks in the molds.”

When deciding on a look for the gods on Mount Olympus, Letterier was equally certain that he did not want to have gods and goddesses in togas. Hemming recalls that "he wanted them in armor because they are at war, and they are fighting the people down on earth. They must look superhuman.” So Hemming designed each god an individual armor inspired by the creature or plant motif attributed to them in mythology—Zeus was "eagle like,” for example—then the sculptress Emma Hanson sculpted a life-sized version of the design, which was then molded and made in metal. All the armor needed to be made to look as though it was made of different precious metals and to have the ability to be made almost "light emitting” by the visual effects department.

Zeus, played by Neeson, looked particularly regal and shone brightly, causing an awed silence to fall on set when he arrived in his 15-foot-long cloak. He was, however, in much discomfort, as the armor and the scale metal undersuit weighe


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