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‘Unapologetic,’ ‘Strong’ Female Leads Praised at ‘300: Rise of an Empire’ Premiere

Blood, brute and brotherhood are all portrayed in “300:Rise of an Empire,” but it’s leading ladies Lena Headey and Eva Green who take charge of the film. At the TCL Chinese Theatre premiere of the film March 4, helmer Noam Murro talked how the two command the screen.

“They’re unapologetic and they’re strong women, and there’s a historical truth that Artemisia was the head of the Persian navy, so why not, strong women—good,” he said.

Lena Headey reprised her role as Queen Gorgo from the original, “300.” She said she had older knees, so she had to do a bit more training the second time around.

“I have a moment with a sword, which I love,” said Headey. “But really it’s Eva and Sully’s movie and they’re both amazing. Her character is extremely badass and ruthless.”

The former Bond girl, Eva Green, plays Artemisia, the woman who dismantles many Greek heads throughout the film and leads the Persian navy into battle.

“She’s so extreme, she doesn’t tolerate people who doesn’t follow her orders, she has no patience—completely irreverent,” Green said.  “She’s a man.”

She added, “I wish I could fight like her or have the courage that she has, but she’s on the edge. She’s crazy.”

Callan Mulvey, who plays the Athenian soldier Scyllias, said for six days a week before shooting began, they would have three hours of fight training in the morning, have lunch in the van on the way to the gym, and work out for a couple of hours in the afternoon. He would also train on his off days.

“We needed to look the part and more importantly we needed to be able to move like soldiers,” said Mulvey. “I’d much prefer eating ice-cream and sitting on the couch.”

There was one thing that seemed to bother his co-star Jack O’Connell most: “The spray tans. I’m not a frequent spray tanner myself on my usual personal time—lots of residue.”

In the film, Mulvey plays father to O’Connell, and O’Connell hoped that the relationship would add a human element to the action-focused film.

Mulvey said he became a father eight months before the shoot. “It’s a love that I couldn’t have even comprehended, so having that understanding really helped me to empathize and connect to Scyllias and why he cant let go of his son and let him become a man.”

The party continued at the Roosevelt Hotel. The lobby and ballroom were unrecognizable as shirtless soldiers walked around the party, and a life-size mast and sail were built over the bar.

Guests included Brett Ratner, Tyler Hoechlin, Gene Simmons, Peter Mensah, Igal Naor, producers Mark Canton, Gianni Nunnari and Deborah Snyder, and screenwriters Kurt Johnstad and Zach Snyder.

Noticeably absent was Sullivan Stapleton who was recently injured in Bangkok, Thailand.

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