The sword and sandal spectacle “300” managed to divide auds into two clearly defined camps following its premiere Wednesday. Enthusiastic fanboys cheered the film while irate detractors took issue with the pic’s simplistic view of what they called the complex political relations between the ancient Greek kingdoms and the Persian empire.
“You can either start discussing the historical geo-political accuracies of the film or you can enjoy it purely on an entertainment level simply because it looks cool as all hell,” said actor Gerard Butler, responding to critics of the film at Wednesday’s press conference.
The comment drew applause and whoops from fans, who generally described the latest retelling of the Battle of Thermopylae as “kick ass.”
Pic nevertheless drew packed crowds at its latenight premiere and aftershow party at the Bangaluu nightclub.
Ditching the lonely VIP section upstairs for the more egalitarian dance floor area, Butler and Brazilian co-star Rodrigo Santoro mingled with the crowd, happily chatting with partygoers and journos.