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300 Rise of an Empire – An Interview with Mark Twight


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In this interview I talk with Mark Twight, the man who developed the training schedules for the stars of 300 Rise of an Empire and Man of Steel.


300 Rise of an Empire was adapted from the screenplay by Zack Snyder and Kurt Johnstad, and based on Frank Miller’s graphic novel Xerxes. Producer Zack Snyder (Man of Steel, Watchmen) teams up with up-and-coming director Noam Murro to create this dramatic and explosive battle in the same visually stunning style as the original hit 300.

The stars Sullivan Stapleton (Gangster Squad), as General Themistokles; Eva Green (Dark Shadows), as Artemisia; alongside Lena Headey (Game of Thrones), as the Spartan Queen Gorgo; David Wenham (Better Man), as Dilios; Andrew Tiernan (Ripper Street), as Ephialtes; Andrew Pleavin (The Borgias), as Daxos; and Rodrigo Santoro (The Last Stand) returns in the role of the Persian God-King, Xerxes.

The main cast also includes Hans Matheson (The Christmas Candle) as Themistokles’ closest friend and advisor Aeskylos, Callan Mulvey (Zero Dark Thirty) and rising star Jack O’Connell (Starred Up) as father and son soldiers, Scyllias and Calisto and Igal Naor (Ambassadors) as the Persian King Darius.

Mark’s company is called Gym Jones, and he has worked with the likes of Gerard Butler, Henry Cavill, and Sullivan Stapleton, so over to Mark:

300 Rise of an Empire is available now on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD.

Andrew Edney
Andrew Edney
I am the owner and editor of this site. I have been interested in gadgets and tech since I was a little kid. I have also written a number of books on various tech subjects. I also blog for The Huffington Post and for FHM. And I am honoured to be a Microsoft MVP since January 2008 - again this year as an Xbox MVP.

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