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Rodrigo Santoro talks about returning to the role of Xerxes for 300: Battle of Artemisia

May. 16, 2012by: Alejandro Stepenberg

Rodrigo Santoro

The prequel/sequel/something like that anyway to 300 has been shaping up for a while now, with the most recent development being the announcement of a May 24th, 2013 release date.  But today brings some insight from someone who is perhaps most important of all to 300: BATTLE OF ARTEMISIA, Rodrigo Santoro aka Xerxes (the movie was originally titled XERXES). 

Not only does he reveal in an interview with Cinemablend that filming is set to begin this summer (which of course makes sense considering the release date), but he also talks a bit about what sorts of things he has to do to get ready to take on the role again.

Cinemablend: Have you started your preparation process for the film yet?
Santoro: Yes, I have. We’re going to start shooting in July. I have started going to the gym. It’s a lot of work. People don’t know how much work we have to put into this – especially for Xerxes. It’s not only about working out, but, you know, the character has a very specific look. People ask me, “Were you bald?” I had to shave, workout, there’s five hours of makeup. 

Cinemablend: And all those piercings...
Santoro: Piercings are all very delicate. So it’s a lot to get there. It’s the first time that I’m returning to a character, I’ve never played the same character twice. That’s interesting, I want to try and make this experience fresh, somehow for me. I want to find different layers. Let’s see what the script is going to give me, because they’re still working on it. They’re working on the last draft. I’m looking forward to show something to the fans that they haven’t seen in the first one, in 300. We’re all excited. The interesting thing about this is that they’re not calling it a prequel or a sequel or a spin-off. There’s a bit of what you saw in 300 and what happened a little bit before. It’s interesting the take they have on it.

300 Xerxes screaming

Extra Tidbit: 300 or IMMORTALS?
Source: Cinemablend

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9:45AM on 05/16/2012
is Naom Murro still set to direct this? That guy has zero experience.
is Naom Murro still set to direct this? That guy has zero experience.
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11:36AM on 05/16/2012
Minus having directed a ton of effects-heavy commercials. But you're right, that doesn't count at all.
Minus having directed a ton of effects-heavy commercials. But you're right, that doesn't count at all.
3:39PM on 05/16/2012
I think that Joss Whedon just signed on to write and direct this. He can't wait to bore the audience for an hour and a half before tricking you into thinking it's a good movie by cranking out mindless action for the last 30 minutes.
I think that Joss Whedon just signed on to write and direct this. He can't wait to bore the audience for an hour and a half before tricking you into thinking it's a good movie by cranking out mindless action for the last 30 minutes.
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6:46PM on 05/16/2012
Don't feed the troll.
Don't feed the troll.
4:52PM on 05/16/2012
Troll much?
Troll much?
5:16PM on 05/16/2012
Being the sole person who spent their entire time at The Avengers folding their arms and jutting out their lower lip isn't a thing to be proud of.
Being the sole person who spent their entire time at The Avengers folding their arms and jutting out their lower lip isn't a thing to be proud of.
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11:52AM on 05/17/2012
Is that what I was doing? Huh. I didn't know that I wasn't allowed to have an opinion on a movie.
Is that what I was doing? Huh. I didn't know that I wasn't allowed to have an opinion on a movie.
6:45PM on 05/16/2012
Immortals sucked big time that is all.
Immortals sucked big time that is all.
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7:43PM on 05/16/2012
Do you really need to come on here and bash movies? Grow up.
Do you really need to come on here and bash movies? Grow up.
8:43PM on 05/16/2012
That is not what I expected that dude to look like in real life
That is not what I expected that dude to look like in real life
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