Had a very busy weekend but did manage to see this at 9pm last night. My usual bedtime! As LTM says, its not a movie I would normally go see at the theater. I saw the 2D version, 3D gives me a headache, but I imagine it was amazing in 3D. I enjoyed the movie. It did not challenge me on an intellectual basis, but who wants that all the time. Rufus was great! Sexy and funny. The great one-liners by Rufus and Ian made it much lighter than I expected. Rufus had more screen time than I thought he would. I really thought the focus would be on Hercules fighting all these mythical beings, but that was not the case. The cast was great. Lots of testosterone. The women were strong characters.
I love the fact that Rufus played a good, funny character. I imagine more people will see this movie than some of his in the past. Hope that's a good thing for his career/typecasting. Really would not mind another Hercules movie or two with the same cast. Bottom line...Rufus was fine and I was entertained!
Thanks for all your reviews, ladies! It's good to know that people who aren't usually fans of this type of movie still find it entertaining.
Hope you make it through your work day, Kygal!
Edited to add a link to production notes for Hercules. Here's the bit about our favorite character, plus a random quote from Rufus, but there are several pages of notes on the costumes etc if you click through.
Autolycus might lack for Hercules' astonishing strength, but he has more than made up for it with the sharp blade of his wit, ultimately becoming Hercules' master strategist. Rufus Sewell, the English actor recently seen in "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," takes on the role of Hercules' wisecracking friend.
"Autolycus and Hercules go way back, and they've got each other's backs," Sewell explains. "They have a kind of communication that goes beyond words. They've always worked together, and that's a source of great pride to Autolycus, that he knows Hercules better than anyone else."At the same time, Autolycus has a cheeky side Sewell found a lot of fun. "He's a bit of a wheeler dealer," Sewell confesses. "He's got a sarcastic tongue and a real sense of humor with Hercules. He not only is the brains of the operation but he's also the one who is always thinking about the gold coinage. He does have a good heart, but he often keeps it hidden."
In battle, Autolycus utilizes a series of blades to his advantage - which for Sewell, meant he knew he had to start training the minute he accepted the role. "You know there's going to be a lot of training when you have to stand next to Dwayne Johnson, and be even remotely believable as the same species," jokes Sewell. "I did fight training, weight training and weapons training. Since we're mercenaries, the fighting in the film is very much to the point. There isn't a lot of fancy footwork. At the same time, what I love about the film is that it has so much humor and humanity."
"Every set was like something out of Cecil B. DeMille, with that kind of scope," recalls Rufus Sewell. "It makes a big difference to actors because you're reacting to a real environment."
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RUFUS Sewell was in Sydney a fortnight ago, filming his last “chunk” of Alex Proyas’s Gods Of Egypt. Due in early 2016, the fantasy film is led by Gerard Butler and Game Of Thrones’ Nikolaj Coster-Waldau along with locals Geoffrey Rush and Brenton Thwaites. While Sewell’s credits (Cold Comfort Farm, Parade’s End, Middlemarch) and accent are as English as Colin Firth, he was counted among the locals — Sewell’s father was Australian and he uses his Aussie passport to enter the country. Not that he’s done that a lot lately. “It’s been too long,” admits Sewell, who was last here at the end of the 1990s shooting Bill Bennett’s In a Savage Land, not long after he’d made Proyas’s Dark City. “It was wonderful to go back. I guess I was just waiting for another job to take me back … I’m such a cheapskate.” Gods Of Egypt offered more than a belated homecoming; Sewell is also enjoying the blockbuster secrecy. “I’ve always wanted to be told I wasn’t allowed to talk about a film,” he grins. All he will say: “I was playing a character called Urshu, a chief architect, and it was great fun.” For Sewell, Gods Of Egypt followed an equally godly shoot in Hungary for Hercules. “I only do gods now,” he deadpans. Given English actors are usually lumped with an inert villain/ king/adviser role in such films, it’s refreshing to see Sewell in the thick of the Hercules action, alongside Herc himself, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. “I’m well in there,” Sewell agrees. “I have to say, I’ll always be grateful to (director) Brett Ratner for having no idea who I was, so he didn’t have any preconceived ideas about me. “For the first time in years, to be not on a horse commanding my serfs to kill each other but actually down there in the action myself … it was great fun.” With his mate Ian McShane, Sewell bulked up to become one of Hercules’ band of mercenaries. “We were all eating our own versions of the Dwayne Johnson diet. I mean, f--- me, I was so sick of salmon by the end of that job,” Sewell groans. “But now I’ve become institutionalised, I can’t get off it! I’ve got a protein habit that I just cannot keep under control. “But no matter how much you work out, it’s quite easy to develop dysmorphia because if you stand next to Dwayne Johnson, you’re always going to look like there’s not enough going on. “I was standing next to Dwayne every day thinking, ‘My arms are so spindly’. It was only when I got home I realised none of my old suits fitted me.” Sewell trained in acting at a prestigious London school and has done a lot of classical theatre, including a West End stint last year with Kristin Scott Thomas in the Harold Pinter play Old Times. Yet he approached working with wrestler-turned-actor Johnson with little scepticism. “I’ve always liked Dwayne, I always thought he had a really great presence, a lot of humour and a great humility. “When the cast assembled for a read-through, it was so much less cheesy and obviously blockbuster-ish; it was a very eclectic cast with a lot of really wideranging experience.” Among that cast was Sewell’s hero, UK veteran John Hurt. “It’s funny, when you meet someone very famous, unless you’re slightly pathological, you can’t maintain the idea of them as ‘famous’ if you actually engage with them,” Sewell says. “It was only really when I saw the trailer for Hercules that I thought, ‘F---! I’m in a film with John Hurt’.”
And as to the arms - Rufus, don't worry. They are fine the way they are. There is such a thing as too much muscle!
Thanks for posting Adina.
I just spotted another seller on Ebay is asking $360 for a Hercules poster. It's supposedly signed (I ca't see an autograph) but what's the point unless it's for you personally Oh and postage is extra. I'd expect it hand delivered by the man himself for that