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‘Hercules The Legend Begins’ [TRAILER] Features A Slimmer, Younger Hercules Before He Became A Hero

By Staff Writer | October 13, 2013 09:36 PM EDT

The movie “Hercules: A Legend Begins” seeks to distinguish itself from other Hercules films. It even has a different image.
It’s a challenge for director Renny Harlin since there is also another Hercules film starring Dwayne Johnson. However, he contends that the two films are very different. It starts with the plot.


“We think this story is special because it is about a young man who comes from a dysfunctional family with problems, with parents. Scott plays his dad, but then we find out he is not really his dad because his dad is Zeus. He has problems with his friends … and like any young man he has huge issues in his love life, which is where Gaia comes in. So he has all the angst, all the issues, all the problems of a typical young man. And on top of that, one day he starts realizing, and he’s basically told, ‘You’re a demi-god. You’re the son of Zeus, and your mission in life is not just have fun, and have some sword fights and make love to a beautiful girl. Your mission is much grander than that. And you have a destiny that you have to fulfill in your life. And we thought that was a really interesting way to dive into this story.”


The image of Hercules is also drastically changed. Harlin’s advice for Kellan Lutz, the film’s lead star was: “Get cut. Look Great.” To which Lutz responded: “There’s another Hercules, and already that guy has a lot of muscles, and I wanted to make my guy a little more real, a little slimmer.”
Lutz (from Twilight fame) claims this is a dream come true: “Like Renny said, you have dream projects, and for me growing up, born in the Midwest, you play a lot of pretend. And Hercules was always that hero to me. I think he is the first iconic hero in the stories told over and over again. And for me, meeting Renny, seeing his vision, seeing where he wanted to take this story, I was just so excited for the opportunity and to get to work. It’s every boy’s dream to ride horses and fight Spartacus with swords. So it was an honor to be a part of it. Then Gaia (newcomer Gaia Weiss plays Hebe) … she’s a good love interest, that’s for sure. So it’s very much a blessing to be part of this movie and to be Hercules.”

Hercules: The Legend Begins premieres in March.

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