WRATH OF THE TITANS
A Hero's Return
"Wrath of the Titans" not only reunites Perseus with his godly father, Zeus, and
duplicitous uncle, Hades, it was a reunion for the trio of actors who play them
as well: Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes.
"I couldn't imagine anyone else in these roles, so I was thrilled that they each
came back to continue the tale," Liebesman says.
Worthington says he was interested in exploring the changes in his character
after a decade or so has gone by in Perseus' life. "Unlike before, he is now
reluctant to join the fight. It's not an easy decision, and his hesitation
really comes from trying to determine what he feels is right: does he leave his
son to help his father, or stay with his son and leave his father to go it
"In Greek mythology," Liebesman notes, "the gods always neglect their human
families. They're very selfish. Perseus, despite being a demigod, is trying to
live a selfless life as a mortal, dedicated to raising his kid."
Perseus' initial choice seems to be an easy one: he's a parent, he's not going
anywhere, no matter how badly Zeus pleads with him, no matter how many of his
dreams Zeus haunts. But the decision is really taken out of his hands when the
fight quite literally comes to him in the form of a terrifying, three-headed
Chimera that attacks his village. Of course, by fighting the monster, it becomes
clear to all-including his son-that Perseus is no ordinary fisherman.
Regardless of how badly Perseus may want things to go back to the way they were,
it's clear to him that they're not going to-that Zeus was right, the world is
changing. It's a message the god of thunder and lightning has been trying to
convey to his brother Hades as well, but his warnings have fallen on deaf ears.
"Jonathan was very intent on redefining the relationship between the gods,
particularly Hades and Zeus," says Fiennes. "They've always had a difficult
history, but this time it's really coming to a head. The gods' powers are
diminishing as humankind is finding its own sense of self-worth. Hades has
decided that the only way to maintain any kind of power-which for him equals
immortality-is to release the eternal destructive force of his father, Kronos,
from where he's been imprisoned for so long. Zeus is against this as he knows it
will mean mass destruction, so the brothers are at odds from the beginning."
"Zeus realizes that the gods are weaker because it is time for humans to be
strong," Neeson explains. "He sees the rightness of that, he understands this
new world order, and he's okay with it. Unfortunately, he's unable to convince
Hades, and his benevolence toward mortals leaves him open to his brother's old
Though onscreen enemies, Neeson and Fiennes are great comrades off camera, and
enjoyed working together once more. "Ralph is a very dear friend, and it was
terrific to have so many scenes with him this time around."
Occasionally, though, the seriousness of their roles got to the pair. "We burst
out laughing a few times," Neeson continues, "because, well, there we were again
in long wigs and beards and breast plates, me with my thunderbolt and he with
Fiennes adds, "Liam and I had much more interaction in this film than in the
last, and some really strong scenes to play, which we loved. And to be working
with a friend is always a good thing."
Several new cast members joined the production in critical roles as well.
Venezuelan actor Edgar Ramirez took on the part of Ares, embittered son of Zeus.
Resentful of the attention he feels his father has bestowed on his half-brother
Perseus, the god of war is out for blood.
Ramirez relished the role. "I grew up watching fantasy movies and always had a
wish to be in one," he reveals. "So to play Ares, one of the most prominent
Olympian gods and, by definition, the greatest warrior ever, was a chance to
fulfill that in a really fun way. Ares enjoys fighting for the sake of fighting;
the heat of battle is what ignites this character. He's violent and aggressive,
with a very big ego, yet fragile in a way-his pride is easily deflated by what
he perceives to be Zeus' preference for Perseus, the son who never loved Zeus.
Ares feels excluded, so when Hades presents him with an opportunity for revenge,
he takes it."
"Edgar had an incredibly passionate take on Ares. He really delved into the
jealousy and passion and anger that have built up inside the god for so long,"
Another slighted offspring of the gods is Agenor, Poseidon's long lost son who
has turned into quite the criminal. Needing his innate expertise on the seas,
Perseus seeks out Agenor, and finds him rotting in Queen Andromeda's battlefield
The role of Agenor, who proves not only a surprisingly strong ally but also
provides a fair amount of comic relief on the dangerous endeavor, is played by
Toby Kebbell. "Toby was fantastic," his director states. "He has an edge and a
real biting wit that he brought to the character, and he and Sam had a terrific
banter together. Even though Agenor and Perseus had never met before our story,
they almost immediately feel like family-they're cousins, after all-when we see
"My character has no interest in the gods or the fact that he's a demigod,"
Kebbell offers. "He's been deserted by his father and so he's turned his back on
that world. Perseus brings him around to realizing that it's their generation's
responsibility to take care of this mess with the powers that they possess. And
even though Agenor is nonchalant about it, he knows he's got an understanding of
the sea, given to him by his father, Poseidon, and that Perseus will need him to
win this fight. Secretly, he appreciates the respect Perseus has given him. No
one else has ever given him that; everyone else just looks on him as a thief,
which is fair because he is a thief."
English actress Rosamund Pike plays Agenor's captor, Queen Andromeda. The
princess of Argos in the previous film, Andromeda inherited the crown after the
death of her parents, the king and queen, and has since become a warrior in
defense of her kingdom, even as the world collapses around her.
Producer Iwanyk felt Pike's physicality was "perfect-rough and tough, but
queenly at the same time. She exuded leadership but never lost her femininity.
And she could go toe-to-toe with Sam."
"I liked Andromeda because she felt like a real heroine for girls," Pike shares.
"I think boys have so many action hero role models in films, and there are fewer
female characters like that. But Andromeda has changed a great deal from the end
of the first film, when she was helpless and needed to be rescued. Now she's
Queen of her country and leading her army in war. She's a fighter, and is going
to make sure she never needs to be rescued again."
Once Perseus has gathered his forces-Agenor, Queen Andromeda and a few of her
soldiers-they set off at sea, under Agenor's navigation, for the remote island
home of Hephaestus. As the forger of Zeus' thunderbolt, Hades' pitchfork and
Poseidon's trident (collectively known as the Spear of Triam), as well as the
architect of the Titans' prison, Tartarus, Hephaestus has valuable knowledge
that Perseus must obtain in order to save his father and the world from the
wrath of Kronos. Once married to the beautiful goddess Aphrodite, the fallen god
now lives alone, with only a few giant Cyclops and mechanical owl Bubo, back in
another brief but memorable cameo, for company.
Hephaestus is played with a sense of demented delight by Bill Nighy, who delved
into the blacksmith's background in order to fuel his character's
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