Toby Kebbell Talks WRATH OF THE TITANS, AKIRA and THE EAST

     March 30, 2012

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Opening today is director Jonathan Liebesman’s (Battle: Los Angeles) Wrath of the Titans.  In the sequel to Clash of the Titans, Perseus (Sam Worthington) is tasked with stopping the titans and saving Zeus (Liam Neeson) from Hades’ stranglehold (Ralph Fiennes). The film also stars Rosamund Pike, Bill Nighy, Edgar Ramirez, Toby Kebbell and Danny Huston.  And for those wondering how the sequel turned out, Wrath of the Titans is what I hoped Clash of the Titans would be.  It’s got a solid story, incredible effects, and the 3D is really well done.  I’ve seen it twice (including IMAX 3D) and it’s definitely recommended.  For more on the film, here’s five clips.

During my interview with Kebbell, we talked about how he got involved in the project, what did he want to bring to his character, what surprised him about making the movie, and what’s his favorite director, actor and movie.  In addition, we talked about director Zal Batmanglij‘s (Sound of My Voice) The East and his thoughts on the live-action Akira.  Hit the jump to watch.

akira-imageHere’s what Kebbell told me about Akira.  It’s rare for an actor to be this honest:

“It works like this.  I’ll probably never get a chance to do it again, but I’ll be very honest.  When I read Akira I said, “So you’re remaking the anime, but changing things that are vitally important to telling it?” “Oh no no no no no.  We’re not doing that.”  I said, “You are.  You’ve made them brothers.  The point is Tetsuo can’t understand that a friend of his would love him that way.  That’s what drives him into that world, that ego thing.”  And then they wanted to make sequels.  And I said, “But you can’t do that.  The only way you can do that is if you’ve read the comics that were turned into the annuals, which are six annuals, that were then turned into the one anime.  So if you are going to do it, then why don’t you do two of the comics at a time and make three movies.  That’s fine.  And that way Tetsuo isn’t a lead with Kaneda.  It’s not that, it’s the whole group.  And you’ve got a much richer story.”  And they were like, “Yeah, I mean…”  So it was one of those.  I’m a geek and I like reading those things.  I don’t like to pretend.  I want to do it properly.  I also have brothers, and they’d beat the crap out of me if I did it wrong.”

Toby Kebbell

  • Favorite director, actor and movie
  • How did he get involved in Wrath of the Titans. Talks about what he wanted to bring to his character
  • I mention how much I enjoyed the film and then ask how much fun did he have making a fantasy film and the action scenes
  • What surprised him about making Wrath of the Titans
  • Talks about Akira and meeting for the project
  • Talks about The East


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