Eva Green found herself about to lay siege to an army of half-naked Greek soldiers, all of whom looked like they were carved out of marble.
There are perks to being one of two major female characters in the testosterone-infused “300: Rise of an Empire.”
“You can’t help but stare at the beginning,” the French-born actress tells the Daily News of the sequel to the 2006 hit that opens Friday.
“But after a while you become blasé about it. You don’t notice anymore.”
For her co-star Lena Headey, who reprises her role as Spartan Queen Gorgo from the original “300,” the most important man on the set was her 3-year-old son.
“He came on the day (of my big fight scene) and he was mightily impressed that he thought he had a ninja as a parent,” says the “Game of Thrones” actress, laughing.
“That was the highlight for me.”
Of course, the 40-year-old actress quips that she will be 80 by the time she will let Wylie actually watch the R-rated movie with its rivers of CGI blood.
Headey was surprised that there would be a sequel to the film, despite its $456 million box-office haul. When we last saw Gorgo’s husband, King Leonidas (Gerard Butler), he and his titular band of Spartans were left dead on the wrong end of the Persian army’s spears.
“I thought are they going to do a zombie apocalypse film this time,” she says. “But it was intriguing because this time I got to hold a sword.”
Directed by Noam Murro off an unreleased graphic novel by Frank Miller, “Rise of an Empire” is less a sequel and more an equal, happening around the same time as the Battle of Thermopylae that formed the basis of “300.”
In the new story, the depleted Greek forces led by Themistocles (Sullivan Stapleton) pit their fishing boats against the much larger Persian navy under the command of Green’s sadistic Artemisia.
Green, 33, endured months of four-hour training days to make sure she wasn’t going to play a damsel in distress. The lunges and squats burned, but her rock-hard abs made the guys look like marshmallows.
“I remember telling my mother before I got offered the part, there was ‘Gladiator’ on TV and I went, ‘I want to play a man. I want to play a warrior, not a love interest.”
While shooting her climactic battle scene, Green realized she got to do just that. She wielded a pair of swords.
Then again, there were hazards that the guys just didn’t have to endure, like the leather outfit that Artemisia had to wear with spikes poking out of the back like a porcupine.
“My hair got caught in the spikes one time,” she says, laughing.
Source: NY Daily News, thanks to BigMan3000.