It’s not unheard of for an actor’s performance to define a film so greatly that it lifts that film to another level. It’s a little more rare, though, in a big-budget, visual-effects driven vehicle like this weekend’s “300: Rise of an Empire.” Yet it happens there because of Eva Green. She owns this movie.
Green — who rose to prominence after playing Vesper Lynd in 2006’s “Casino Royale” — will never be accused of phoning in this performance. She struts and swashbuckles her way through this “300” sequel with confidence and gusto. Actually, “sequel” isn’t quite the right word here. Green plays Artemisia, a commander of the Persian navel forces who battle the Greeks at the same time as the events of the original “300” are playing out. (Many times during this film, we will see glimpses of Gerard Butler’s King Leonidas and even Michael Fassbender’s Stelios.)
For being such an overwhelming force on screen (at one point Artemisia makes out with a decapitated head of a man she had just killed), Green, in real life, could almost be described as shy — and when we spoke, she hadn’t even seen the movie yet because she doesn’t like watching herself in movies. Boy, is she in for a treat.
I love that you went “all in” with this movie.
Oh, thank you … I haven’t had a chance to see the movie yet. That’s terrible — I’ll see it at the premiere.
So you don’t even know how good you are in this yet, do you?
Oh, I don’t like watching myself. But thank you for the kind words.
Thanks to Kellyk and Leo.
Thanks to Spot, BigMan3000, Sebastian and everyone else who shared links to the clips.
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.”
Thanks to everyone who shared links to the new trailer and to Sebastian for the screencaps.