Thursday, November 24, 2005

Blog Number 73 - Ephialtes in Frank Miller's '300'

It was reported several weeks ago that the role of Ephialtes would be played by British actor Andrew Tiernan. Zack Snyder who is the director of '300' said in an interview last year that they had worked on a maquette that looked exactly like the character as illustrated by Frank Miller. Therefore, we can only assume that Ephialtes will appear as he does in this image and that Andrew Tiernan will have to endure hours sitting in a chair while they prep him for all the prosthetics and makeup.

Let's not forget the artists whose skills prepare the actor so that they appear according to the director's vision. Even the most subtle application of sweat, dirt, blood, etc. provides the realism which is needed. It is almost too easy to see the character as a 'finished product' and to forget the hundreds of hours that are spent getting the characters ready for how they will appear on camera.

I tip my hat off to the artists behind the scenes and hope that some of their magic is made available as extras on the DVD!

7 comments:

Miyuki said...

It seems Ephialtes is full of expression.Ephialtes was a rare man who met and spoke to the two kings,Leonidas and Xerxes.They forms a striking contrast to the other.Come on,Andrew Tiernan!

John Trikeriotis said...

Hi Miyuki~

This will probably be one of the more challenging roles in '300' because Andrew Tiernan's face will be obscured by the mask/prosthetics. I can't help but think of John Hurt in 'The Elephant Man' and how he had to convey his emotions when his face was hidden.

Cheers,

John

Miyuki said...

Hi John,
It will take all their energy,especially on 'The Third Day'.I think the original is like to the Great Bear which indicates the polar star,film version.It must be amazing to see Leonidas,Xerxes and Ephialtes in a tactful film.

John Trikeriotis said...

Hi Miyuki~

The third and final day will without a doubt be the climax to the film. I am anxiously awaiting for '300' as are many others.

Cheers,

John

Miyuki said...

Hi John,
I'm anxious to know how they(Leonidas,Ephialtes,Xerxes..)walked, spoke and moved when they met and made history.

Suki-lou said...

I bet it was very painful for Andrew Tiernan, imagine having to walk about with a hunchback and loads of prosthetics on a movie set for hours on end, never mind the hours just getting the kit on! I really liked the elephant man (the film) I think he really did express himself very well. I think that Ephilates might have actually been afflicted with same disease, or proteus syndrome, as he was so deformed and his body parts were so unequal, like a HUGE hand.

John Trikeriotis said...

Greetins Suki-lou~

I couldn't imagine sitting in a chair for that period of time and then having to act with all that gear on.

Thanks for your comment!

Cheers,

John