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.
If you’ve seen Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, you probably got a kick out of Nathan Fillion as Hermes, especially when he made a reference to his very popular but very short-lived television show, Firefly.
Director Thor Freudenthal recently talked to Hypable about how that role came to be and why Nathan Fillion was the perfect Hermes:
“I worked with a great writer on this film, and I told him that we would cast Nathan. And he instantly went back to the computer and revised lines. He actually wrote a very direct Firefly reference into it that had Hermes say, ‘Hey, the best show ever is Firefly.’ And that really takes you out of the movie. So while it was a great sort of general direction to go in, Nathan came up with ‘Greatest television show ever so of course, canceled.’”
The director said that Fillion, who plays Hermes, brought a lot of what fans already love about the actor to Sea of Monsters. “He’s got razor sharp comedic timing. He does a lot of his own tweaking of dialogue and writing. Literally you can tell him ‘Okay you have to cross from here to there, but we don’t have enough words to fill that.’ So he’s like, ‘Okay I’ve got something’ and then it’s the funniest line in the scene.”
The Hollywood Reporter interviewed Thor Freudenthal, director of the Sea of Monsters movie, about the film and its loyalty to the books:
THR: The first film got a bit of heat for not being completely faithful to the book. How aware were you of that issue?
Freudenthal: I was aware. I read through some of the issues hardcore fans of the book had with the movie. While I sort of saw the issues here and there, I also felt that the movie has to restructure and re-think a lot of things in order to work as a movie, as opposed to a book, which is a sprawling, maybe at times episodic, adventure. The book can obviously afford the luxury to do that, whereas a movie has one straight through-line you have to follow. What was important to me in making it was there’s some central elements in the mythology of Percy Jackson that our story wouldn’t work without. It’s all a big part of the first book in the series. I thought this story we’re telling gave us the opportunity to bring those elements that were missing the first time around into this movie.
THR: In the books, the characters are younger, about 11 or 12 years old. Are you glad that the film has older characters?
Freudenthal: That was a decision that [Lightning Thief director] Chris [Columbus] made, and, think of it what you will, I fully understand it because I’ve done a couple films with young actors, with kids, and as much as it’s really gratifying to work with young performers, there’s limitations to the physical abilities, to what you can do with action. I find it fully understandable that Chris wanted to go with older actors and I’m thrilled that he picked the actors he did. To me, it’s definitely different from the book, but I felt it helped me in my day-to-day work in trying to create action with young people. Even though the actors are older, I think they embody the youthful spirit that the characters have.
THR: Have you had any talks about directing the next film in the series? Are you interested in that?
Freudenthal: I have not talked to people about it, but generally, yes, sure, I’d be interested. I think it’s a fun world to visit. I think that the books series continues to explore different worlds. In the movie alone we went from Camp Half-Blood to the open ocean to surrealistic environments such as Hermes’ house. It feels like you were in so many different places exploring so many different worlds. I’d be attracted to continuing down that road to explore different worlds. Obviously it depends on how people like this movie and how well it does.
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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.
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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