First, a disclaimer: any reference to director Paul Anderson doesn’t mean Boogie Nights, There Will Be Blood and The Master director Paul Thomas Anderson. It means Paul W.S. Anderson, the director of Mortal Kombat, Alien Vs Predator and the Resident Evil movies.

Paul W.S. Anderson’s next, uh, masterpiece is the upcoming Pompeii, the story of – spoiler alert – the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius that killed the entire population of the city of Pompeii in 79 AD. Shot predominately in Toronto, Canada (?), the film is basically Titanic in Ancient Rome with a scrappy young slave-turned-gladiator named Milo (Kit Harington ) who falls for the upper class cutie Cassia (Emily Browning). And that’s why you’ve got to love Paul W.S. Anderson, he can take two completely random things – like Titanic and Gladiator – and turn it into another piece of crap. Probably.

Anyway, for your viewing pleasure, here’s the trailer for Pompeii.

In addition, Entertainment Weekly interviewed Harrington about the film, including the first instance we meet his character:

“This is the first scene you see me in. It’s set in London, in fact, and it’s a scene where my character is a gladiator fighting in an arena. That’s his gladiator look. It’s a great little fight against three masked gladiators and sets up who he is and where he’s going. You see me display my skills quite early on.”


But wait, don’t cry “derivative” too soon, Harrington talks about his character’s motivation in more detail:

“Milo is a Celt who is enslaved when he is a child and his family is killed. There’s a time cut that happens in the movie where you see me go from a child to a man, and you realize he’s been a gladiator for a long time. Eventually he’s taken to Pompeii… There are some beautiful scenes in there.

He’s a good swordsman and good fighter, and quite brooding, which is all of what Jon Snow is, and he doesn’t really speak a hell of a lot, even though I’ve got a lot of screen time. He kind of keeps himself to himself.

He’s an angry, angry man who doesn’t care what he does. For a large part of the film, he’s driven by pure rage.”

I think there’s going to be a lot of angry men when Pompeii comes out February 21st, 2014.

Source: Geek Tyrant

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