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Article Date: November 16, 2006 | Publication: Premiere Magazine | Author: Tom Russo
Publication/Article Link:http://www.premiere.com

December 2006 Issue

In the Year 480 B.C., a detachment of just 300 Spartan warriors led a doomed, heroic stand against Persia's massive invading army. "They're so cocky," says Butler (Phantom of the Opera), who plays Leonidas, the Spartan King, in the adaptation of Frank Miller's (Sin City) graphic novel account of the Battle of Thermopylae. "They take great joy in going to war: 'We're here, and we're going to have a f***king ball'"

Departing from the sun-baked location approach of other sword-and-sandal fare, Snyder (Dawn of the Dead) and his crew shot their reenactment of the episode entirely on a Montreal blue-screen stage, inserting their dark, sinewy backdrops afterwards. "Frank's books are the exact opposite of technological, because they're so organic," says Snyder, "But if you're serious about translating his visuals into a movie, CGI is the only way. The landscapes, the perspectives, just don't exist."

SET FACT: Per Frank Miller's book, and history, most of the cast wore only capes and codpieces, despite the winter shoot. "I had a very nervous conversation with Zack," Wenham said at Comic-Con.

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