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Article Date: April 10, 2007 | Publication: Penrith Star Online | Author: Kevin Sadlier
Source: Penrith Star

Posted by: DaisyMay

It's only an eye: In a film in which many limbs - and heads- get severed, David Wenham, in 300 is able to assure his king his remaining eye works fine.

WHAT were once known as comic books but are now pretentiously known as graphic novels are the source for new movie release 300.
The original comic, sorry, graphic novel, written and illustrated by Frank Miller (who was also responsible for 2005's Sin City  and Sin City sequels two and three due next year) retells a famous battle from ancient Greece  the battle of Thermopylae in 480BC in which 300 Spartans fought 100,000 Persians and, inevitably, lost.

The film, rated MA, is breathtakingly violent and is destined to be breathtakingly popular. With Scottish actor Gerard Butler as King Leonidas of Sparta, it also stars Aussie actor David Wenham, sporting a very odd accent, in the twin roles of narrator and Spartan soldier Dilios.

 There is an odd link between another new release, TMNT, and 300 - the Spartan's shields look, at times, like turtle shells. Turtle shells? Yes, welcome back those 1990s heroes, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, now just known by their initials.
Unlike the previous live-action movies, this one is animated.

 Also animated is Happily N'ever After, rated G, and set in somewhere called ''fairytale land'' where a wicked stepmother is plotting evil. Naturally, the goodies are going to live happily ever after!
Sarah Michelle Gellar provides voices for both Happily N'ever After and TMNT.


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