Bond girl Eva loves being evil

THE action-packed movie 300 made quite an impact when it was unleashed at cinemas, not least for the exquisitely honed Spartans, led by Gerard Butler's King Leonidas, who dominated the screen in little more than skimpy briefs.

Loading Comments
Eva Green as Artemisia in 300: Rise of an Empire
Eva Green as Artemisia in 300: Rise of an Empire

Seven years on and a new chapter of this epic saga has arrived. It boasts just as much, if not more, blood, brutality and buff flesh as 300.

After award-winning commercial director Noam Murro was chosen to helm the project, focus turned to casting.

Australian actor Sullivan Stapleton was picked to play general Themistocles, part-soldier, part-politician.

"Whereas Leonidas rules Sparta in a very authoritative, military style, Themistocles must be a great speaker to rally all of Greece to fight as one," says the 36-year-old.

His formidable adversary is Artemisia (Eva Green), who Murro asserts "is also driven but her brutality is born of vengeance".

French actress Green, who came to prominence as Daniel Craig's doomed love interest in Casino Royale, savoured the opportunity to don an array of vampish costumes while carrying out unspeakable acts, like kissing the lips of a man she's just decapitated.

"I love playing evil characters, but especially those who are complex and have a reason to behave in such a way. It's always more interesting," says Green, 33. "What I like about her is that she's utterly fearless. Her tragic flaw is her obsessive need for revenge."

Although she was able to do some research on the real Artemisia, the character in the film is "quite a bit different", Green notes. "But then a woman commander all those years ago was rather unusual, so she had to have been exceptionally strong."

The actress threw herself into training, admitting she's "not the most co-ordinated" person.

"It was a bit scary in the beginning," she recalls.

While fighting with two swords was a big challenge, Green says the stunt team on the film were "the best ever".

"It was so much fun. I felt like I was living my dream," she concludes.

But perhaps the most daunting task fell to the actors who had to appear on screen as if no time had passed, like Rodrigo Santoro, who reprises his role as Xerxes, the God-King.

The process to look the part "was as intense as the first one - hours and hours in the gym and months without ice cream or chocolate".

"But that's the price you pay to be a God-King," adds the Brazilian star, grinning.

Arts and Entertainment

Commenting & Moderation

We moderate all comments on Evening Times on either a pre-moderated or post-moderated basis. If you're a relatively new user then your comments will be reviewed before publication and if we know you well and trust you then your comments will be subject to moderation only if other users or the moderators believe you've broken the rules

Moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. Please be patient if your posts are not approved instantly.


Have you got a story?

Contact the news desk on 0141 302 6520 or email
Games news:

Putting the world to rights

Gail's Gab

Good luck Nicola Sturgeon and support Glasgow’s homesless caseworkers.




Michelle McManus

Michelle McManus

Columnist Michelle McManus is Sussed in the City, and loves to chat about anything and everything.

Janice Bell

Janice Bell

You Couldn't Make This Up

It’s rubbish getting rid of trash, isn’t it?

Cat’s Eyes on Glasgow

Cat’s Eyes on Glasgow

Cat Cubie’s job is to find and share with you the fabulous things the city has to offer, from gigs to gastro.