Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Blog Number 30 - '300' final stand illustration

This is my second favorite page in the '300' comics by Frank Miller. The illustrations by Lynn Varley are phenomenal and this one in particular shows a resolute Leonidas and the 300 Spartans in a battle formation before their final stand.

If you ever have a chance to see 'The 300 Spartans', you'll see this scene depicted with Richard Egan as the heroic King Leonidas of Sparta. Here is the King Leonidas and the 300 Spartans of Thermopylae 2/3/05 blog which includes the lobby card from the movie to see how it was captured in 1962.

In my opinion, this scene will require the greatest range of acting since a myriad of emotions will have to be displayed such as courage, fearlessness, anxiety, etc.

Can Gerard Butler do it? I'm betting he can! What do you think?

9 comments:

leigh said...

Gerry Butler is more than up to this task. He will be a superlative King Leonidas! in every way.

Anonymous said...

I recently re-watched the original 300 Spartan's movie, thoroughly enjoyed it, especially since it was filmed in Greece.. I ordered Frank Miller's book as soon as I heard about this project.. Having never been into this genre it will be interesting.. I just saw Gerry in Beowulf and Grendel yesterday in Vancouver, where once again in gave a riveting performance.. I think he actually is particularly suited to this format, since he can convey so much without words..Will look forward to following this films development, here and at gb.net..Teri S

John Trikeriotis said...

Greetings Leigh~

I believe that you are right ant that Gerry Butler will make an excellent King Leonidas.

Cheers,

John

John Trikeriotis said...

Hi Teri~

I don't know how many times I've seen 'The 300 Spartans', countless times would be an accurate description. That being said, it's about time that this movie is getting updated. I'm looking forward to it and can't wait to hear of its release.

Cheers and thanks for the comment,

John

Cat said...

From his past movies, Gerry is certainly up to it - an, in my humble opinion, better than most. I have watched recent epics and find most of the leads a bit woody. Never found this to be tru of Gerry - see the Phantom scene on the roof of the opera.

John Trikeriotis said...

G'day Cat~

I think G.B. is going to make an excellent King Leonidas in '300' and can't wait for the movie to be released in 2006.

Cheers,

John

webberphan said...

I also recently saw Beowulf and Grendel and Gerry's emotions told by his face and eyes, were the best part of the story. And I might point out, a lot of these emotions were shown through a helmet so I think Gerry was a very good choice for Leonidas

Anonymous said...

I agree with webberphan completely - Gerry uses his eyes and to communicate what words will not. He did it in Phantom - the pain was palpable behind that mask - he did it in Dear Frankie - because when you communicate with a deaf person you use expression not words - and he did it in Beowulf - you could see the conflict regarding what he had promised he would do in his eyes and on his face.

John Trikeriotis said...

Greetings webberphan & to the 'anonymous poster'~

Gerry Butler's face will be covered by a helmet in several scenes, therefore, he will need to convey his emotions as he did when his face was partially obscured as it was in 'Phantom of the Opera'. No worries!

Cheers,

John