Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario and the director, Thor Freudenthal talk about the new Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters film. The interview see’s into their opinions, what they experienced, and whether they would choose between being a God or a Demigod.
ComingSoon.net interviewed Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario, Brandon T. Jackson, Leven Rambin, and director Thor Freudenthal about the upcoming release of Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.
Q: Returning to these roles, did you just fall back into character or did you have to reintroduce your character to yourself?
Alexandra Daddario: I think there was a little bit of that. It was a few years, but it was kind of like going back to summer camp. It was great because you’re with your old friends and you’re very comfortable around them, and you have people to rely on and lean on if you’re having a bad day. If you’re having a good day you have someone to share it with. That was a really great part of it and that really helped us fall back into character. Now we know how to do green screen; we’re in different places in our lives and careers; so it was a really exciting, cool adventure.
Q: Do you have any thoughts on why this book series and movie so resonate with people?
Daddario: I think it’s really hard to be a kid, and it’s really hard to grow up. We all know that’s true. This series shows that no matter what you’re going through, no matter what you’re struggling with or what is difficult for you, you can still succeed. It doesn’t mean that you can’t be who you want to be. It doesn’t mean that you have amazing powers or amazing abilities, despite all your weaknesses. That’s really relatable and inspiring, and it’s really cool to be a part of that. I think that’s one of the reasons that people love it. It’s just a relatable inspiring story.
Jackson: Younger kids these days, it’s a cynical generation. It’s something good to believe in. There’s the reality type stuff, but you don’t see too many books and films, unless you’re a reader, that have underlying tones that have positive messages that can be for kids. Kids are kind of doing their own thing on the internet. So to have the positive force that readers can take from this is really inspiring and great for this generation because they definitely need it.
Lerman: The similarities between a film like this and, obviously very similar films structurally… There’s something really appealing, especially for me growing up, and now even, about young people in extraordinary situations dealing with human issues and problems. Flawed characters as well, none of our characters are perfect. But yeah, the extraordinary situation of being young – there’s something appealing about that. Kids who save the world? That’s fun.
Q: Leven, is it fun to be a brunette and kick butt? Have you enjoyed changing your personality a little bit this time?
Rambin: Yeah, I was really lucky that Thor was able to see me as a brunette with this blonde hair. That’s not typically the first thing that comes to mind when you look at me, I don’t think. But when I put on that wig – luckily they didn’t dye my hair – and change my physicality a lot… Nothing against brunettes – I still felt beautiful. But I felt a lot less inhibited, and I felt down to be a little more brash and powerful and strong. I kind of hid behind all this brown hair, and it gave me the power and confidence to verbally rip this one over here. [Laughs.]
Q: Thor, how did you want to push this forward cinematically but also keep it of a piece with the first film?
Thor Freudenthal: I felt that the first film did a great job of doing the footwork of establishing the world. But I felt reading the book, Sea of Monsters, that there was a lot of life in the camp in places that we don’t necessarily see in the first movie. So whenever we show the camp, I wanted to show different aspects than we had seen in movie 1. That was a great way to expand the world as a whole and the visual vocabulary. But also, obviously, a lot of this movie takes place at sea, which is a vast scope and very wide. Dealing with that was fun. Aside from that, I just kind of visually shoot the way I shoot and I don’t consciously think about it. It’s just a way of moving the camera, composing shots. I can’t really consciously say that I’m trying to stay within what Chris in the first movie established. It’s just kind of my own sense of pacing and rhythm and editing speed and so forth. I did, and luckily I think the material of the movie supported that. I think the books are irreverent and quirky. They don’t always take themselves all that seriously. And at times we wanted to do that in the film. It was maybe a bit of an expansion, or digging deeper into what the tone of the books are than before.
Q: Have any of you read most of the books in order to portray the characters better?
Daddario: I read the first book in lieu of the script, because I did not have the script when I screen-tested. It helped a lot. And I read the second book, but actually after I read the script for the second movie. Because I find that they are two different mediums, and structurally they’re different. I think focusing on the script is most important when you’re making a film. But the books definitely help with character development, and you see some different stories that are left out of the script, so it’s an interesting read.
Rambin: I read the second book, in which Clarisse is described as pig-faced and disgusting. So I tried to incorporate that. [Laughs.] I wasn’t concerned with vanity, and I wasn’t super body conscious. I kind of let myself fall into that a little bit, just because I didn’t want to feel like a pretty girl. I didn’t want to feel like someone who was upkeeping, who cares about that kind of thing. I kind of shut my eyes at certain parts, but it did help me to understand what the fans are looking for. And what I should bring to diehard fans of the book.
Q: What’s really caught your attention about these fans who get so deep into this particular mythology?
Daddario: The biggest thing for me is that it’s kind of amazing [how] you’re jumping into something that so many young people are inspired by. When I was a kid – ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen – I used to go to Broadway shows and wait outside the back and wait for autographs from the actors. I thought they were godlike and the most amazing people. My dream was to be on stage or be in a movie. To be in the opposite position now is kind of amazing. It’s really exciting to be able to inspire somebody and meet somebody and uplift them just because you get to play a relatable character that everybody knows in a movie. That’s kind of cool.
Lerman: Yeah, the majority of people that would recognize me in my normal everyday life from this film are kids. My family works a lot with children, and it’s really nice to see that a movie can make them so happy. And that a photo might make them so happy because that’s the character that they love from the movie. That’s the most value I get out of being a part of this film.
Read the entire interview here.
Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson), Thor Freudenthal (director), and Alexandra Daddario (Annabeth) answered fans’ Twitter questions on the official Percy Jackson movie Twitter.
Question (@Dunic777): Who is your favorite Greek God? Why? #PercyJackson
LL: Posiedon, because I’m a little biased!
Question (@Gomezcirlce): What do you like about your character?
LL: Whats not to like! Percy is a lot of fun.
Question (@AlexLermanBR): To Logan: have you ever considered playing a villain?
LL: Of course I have… who says I haven’t!
Question (@MrHalonoob123): Logan how much has Percy changed in this movie with the addition of Tyson into the picture.
LL: He’s changed a lot. He found out he’s got a half-brother, and his whole world is flipped upside down.
Question (@st0rybrooke): To Logan: What was the last movie you watched that made you see the world through different eyes?
LL: It’s been awhile, but the last movie I watched that did that was A Place Beyond the Pines.
Question (@LoveMaeDarcy7): What is one of the funniest things that happened on set/at camp?
LL: Filming in Charybdis on a boat w/ zombies. We’re shooting our way out, I was going crazy, thinking “this is hilarious”
Question (@ThomasDylanC): @ThorFreudenthal What steps did you take to become a director?
TF: I moved from doing artwork to commercials to short films to a studio film. I was always making stuff. That’s the most important thing
Question (@Hi_Reanna): What’s your favorite mythological creature?
TF: I find Kronos and his incredible evil endlessly fascinating! He ate his own offspring and stopped at nothing to get his way!
Question (@Eminunal7): Which god would you want as your parent? Not asking your existing ones. And Thor, this question is for you, too.
TF: I would probably want Zeus as my godly parent because I imagine it would make a lot of things easier to attain!
Question (@WeLoveHPJV): Has anyone gotten hurt on set?
TF: No! But during one night, there were a lot of mosquito bites which was traumatic enough!
Question (@noel1122): If you could have lunch with any god or goddess, who would it be
TF: Hermes! He’s a one man entertainment center!
Question (@SaraWu04): What is a scene you are excited for fans to see?
TF: I’m excited for fans to see Thalia’s sacrifice and what Thalia becomes! Very exciting, very emotional.
Question (@Percasm): favorite moment/scene?
AD: My favorite scene from the movie is when we meet Tyson for the first time! I love Tyson’s character!
Question (@pennsaballa2): I wanna ask @AADaddario if she liked being blonde better than brunette?
AD: I loved being blonde for the movie. I’ve always wanted to be blonde but being brunette is easier, less work!
Question (@TjernagelBreck): What was it like to work with Nathan Fillion?
AD: It was wonderful! He’s so funny and such a joy to be around! He’s REALLY great in the movie
Question (@mrsdaddario): to Alex: what aspect of Annabeth does she identify with the most?
AD: She is a combination of strength and weakness, I share that. I can be vulnerable but also have my moments of bravery.
Question (@percabethness): to @AADaddario : If she enjoys the filming and who’s her favorite character on Percy Jackson, out of Annabeth.
AD: I love Clarisse. It’s really cool to see another strong female character. I think she’s really badass in the movie
Question (@WeLoveHPJV): Funniest blooper on set?
AD: We had a scene running on a dock, I slipped and fell right on my butt. It was really embarrassing but funny at the same time
Cinema.de interviewed Logan Lerman about Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters. The original interview was in German and then translated into English by PercyJacksonMovies.com, so the translation might not make sense at some points.
CINEMA: For all the the first part have not seen: How easy is it to get into the mythology of the film? LOGAN LERMAN : The second part stands alone. The first film tells the story behind that one does not necessarily need to understand the sequel. All you need to know is rolled up at the beginning again. Also, the story is independent of “The Lightning Thief”.
In “Percy Jackson: The Curse of the Cyclops” you have to fight with sea monsters – that is a lot of work with the green screen and special effects. How is it possible to make this type movies? If a lot of GCI and visual effects are involved, it is sometimes funny. For everything that you see are tracking markers and tennis balls. I try always on set to ask as many questions as possible so that I understand what the director wants to visually express -. Finally we realize his vision for the camera How to set the order? The visual designs give one an idea how the end result might look like and what the director envisions. My job then is to make several acting offers. Most of that is for me to go out and just have fun. I think then to films that I like and how the scene could be implemented and ready to go.
Percy seems often to be in trouble times. They are personally as adventurous as him? Thus to make a film, an adventure in itself. There are so many scenes with special challenges such as monsters, sword fighting and visual tricks – that alone requires a lot of stamina. On such a project depends on a lot of money and time, not to mention that most productions have a very tight schedule. So as an actor it helps quite a bit of responsibility. My kind of courage it is to come out of me, just so there is enough variety in the section to the point where I have to force myself already.
Besides all the action Percy tries to get the recognition of his father Poseidon, you can personally identify with it? Actually, not at all. I’ll be honest: My relationship with my parents is great, we are very close to us. But I can understand Percy’s problems and still think that this aspect appeals to many viewers. Percy is in an unusual situation, but he is struggling with the same things, how many kids his age. Uncertainty, for example. In the second part he is no longer the glorious hero that makes him so likeable.
Did you struggle with self-doubt? Yeah sure, in this regard, I am very similar to Percy.
Percy has to face his responsibilities, but he will need the help of his friends. Yeah, that’s the gist of the film. It’s about the importance of friendship and family. Percy is plagued by self-doubt all the time: Will he manage to save the world, or not? He could kill everyone and would be responsible for it. It makes him just nervous that so much load is on his shoulders. His friends and new family members make it easier for him to deal with it.
Did you have siblings? I have a brother and we are very close to us.
And a Magic Sea Horse? Yes, that (laughs). A girl shows him a good in their place. How do you deal with competition? I’m not very ambitious. Probably why I was never good at school. I see other actors not necessarily as a competitor. Of course I am upset when someone whose performance does not please me, snatches me a role. But when they deliver good work, and I am glad that I respect their success. What about competitions? It depends on the game. Something like at the beginning of the film would probably not be me, but no one does what in poker me before.
Percy lives with a prophecy. Are you spiritual? No, I do not think so. I am rather of the opinion that everyone is responsible for his own fate. What is happiness? Nothing other than preparation and opportunities that you have to use. Nothing is laid down before.
“Maybe better tomorrow” was such a great movie. What was it like to play Charlie? Charlie embodies very many facets of me. In school I did not really like him, but I can sympathize with him and did not understand what someone like he’s going through.
They were seen getting started in TV series, in the meantime you have starred in numerous films: How do you see yourself in Hollywood? Percy Jackson The first film has opened a lot of doors to me. Especially for small films like “Maybe better tomorrow.” A real pearl, which would otherwise probably went completely under my radar. This film then has opened many new opportunities for me again to work with great directors. That’s my big goal: to work with people whose work inspires me and to be able to live from my job. More claims I have not yet actually.
You mentioned earlier that you are struggling with self-doubt. How do you cope in the film industry? There is heavy. After a negative experience, I wanted to talk to plunk down everything. How so be it, if you get bad review. I have searched the blame on the other, the producers and managers. But then I pulled myself together and made more simple. You always have to finally believe in yourself and your goals.
What are your plans for the future? I just shoot a war film called “Fury”. So something very different, very intense and somewhat scary. Ayer is the director. I’m really excited to see what he will do in the movie. … in which Brad Pitt plays along, too. Yeah, Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf ! David Ayer really doing a great job, he makes sure that every half a year previously prepared intensively for the movie – otherwise you can not be there. At the moment we are just about to get to know us better and to prepare all the shooting as well as possible. As we just do our homework!
How is Brad Pitt doing? We have not had a chance to talk privately. Surely we go again together in the pub or something like that. At our meetings we went to far more weapons and what we will do everything in the movie. But I can say that Brad has behaved quite normally on the set before – without ego Attitude, or something. He seems to be very humble and kind.
For “Noah” They stood again with Russell Crowe and Emma Watson in front of the camera. What do you play in this film? In the biblical sense I represent an evil person.
Red Carpet News TV spent some time with Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario, and director Thor Freudenthal in an abandoned Six Flags in Louisiana during the filming of Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters. They chatted with the stars about the franchise, new characters, and filming in such a creepy location!
The former Six Flags theme park in Louisiana, which was closed after the damage and flooding wreaked by Hurricane Katrina, is alight for the first time since that devastating event. In the years that followed, it had become part of the surrounding swamp, and home to alligators, armadillos, snakes and the other flora and fauna of this part of the world. It was about as far from habitable as could be.
But the crew of PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS have moved in for a two-week shoot at the park, which will double for the damaged lair of the blind cyclops Polythemus as part of a new quest for the character first brought to the big screen in 2010’s PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIANS: THE LIGHTNING THIEF, which grossed more than $200M at the global box office. The crew has spent the past five weeks getting it ready: laying down new wiring and adding to the rundown nature of the place. Oh, and moving the alligators out.
“It’s a pretty eerie set and a pretty harsh environment to work in,” says Logan Lerman, who returns to the title role. “Hot, humid and full of bugs.”
“They took out all the alligators that had been there, but there are still armadillos other creatures walking around,” laughs Alexandra Daddario, who returns to the role of Annabeth. “So you’re sitting there in the mud, tied up to posts, with bugs crawling all over you: all you can do is laugh. It’s either laugh or cry, and it’s best to laugh!”
We are now less than a month away from the release date of Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters!!! Sure, there’re still a lot of Percy Jackson fans out there unsure of this sequel to the first film, but I’m optimistic! And on the official Percy Jackson Facebook page, they’ve recently posted these stills:
The movie brings back some of the original actors to reprise their roles – Logan Lerman as Percy Jackson, Alexandra Daddario as (a blond) Annabeth Chase, Brandon T. Jackson as Grover Underwood, and Jake Abel as Luke Castellan. There are also some new faces to the sequel – Anthony Head as Chiron (a role originally played by Pierce Brosnan), Stanley Tucci as Dionysius, Nathan Fillion as Hermes, and Leven Rambin as Clarisse La Rue.
The movie is scheduled to open in theaters on Wednesday, August 7th!