Once I heard Kevin was to act in the movie version of the book (Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan), I took the time out to read it and I must say even though I do not fall into the intended age category I really enjoyed the book so much so that Ive now bought the whole series...Of course my reasoning for reading the book was to discover the character Poseidon and how big his part was in the story.
Here is a quick look at Rick Roirdan's Poseidon...Image below and short bio available at source
How big is his part? ...
...“My son, since I started doing it, he’s read the first three books,” McKidd said in a group interview over the weekend in Pasadena, Calif., where he was promoting ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. “I’m watching him read the book, and I’m like, ‘So, Joseph, am I in this one much?’ He’s like, ‘Nah, nah, you’re not. Maybe in the next one, but in this one not so much.’”
A little bit about Poseidon ...
"I'm 40 feet tall for most of the film, but then we come to human form," McKidd continued. "We can atomize ourselves because we're gods. We can do what we want, right? So we can atomize ourselves and walk around the streets of Manhattan, wandering Manhattan, and dress in Gap clothing and do all that stuff, then atomize ourselves back to 40-foot Greek god stage. It's a really fun film.
Considering that the god of the sea is usually depicted as a pretty ripped dude, did McKidd work out to get ready?
“Right at the last minute, they changed the wardrobe concept and gave us all armor and arm bracelets,” he replies.
Kevin on Percy Jackson ...
MCKIDD says: "This is an amazing mix of set in modern day times but it has the Greek gods walking amongst us and incredible adventures. It was a real blast to do. Chris Columbus was fantastic to work with and all the young cast were great. Some of the cast Uma Thurman, Pierce Brosnan some of these people I have been watching in movies since I was a kid so for me it was really exciting on lots of levels."
MCKIDD says: "What is great about the film is it teaches kids in a really accessible way about Greek mythology. I used to sit in the classics classes and fall asleep when I was a kid and this is a really great way to make those stories vibrant and digestible for young audiences."
“It’s a tricky thing in this movie,” the Scottish actor said. “I do modern times right now on ‘Grey’s,’ and on ‘Rome’ I played a character from antiquity. With this film, you have these gods who scale themselves down to walk the streets of modern Manhattan. But you think you have to play it differently because you have these classical texts. So how do you strike the balance? Chris Columbus helped us define it. These gods can be contemporary and act in a contemporary way. It’s a great thing because you can hit the ground running with emotion instead of putting on this classical mask as you would on stage.”
McKidd, who hopes to carry the trident in multiple “Percy Jackson” films, said that if both films do find glory there will be rejoicing in classrooms well beyond Hollywood. “The stories of Greek myth are very allegorical and, as a adult reading them, I see a lot of truth in them. They’re archetypal. But that’s not what I thought when I was young. Listen, I remember reading Greek myth and it was dry and arid. That was the class I always fell asleep in. Well, we’re keeping those kids from dozing off now.”
International release dates can be found here
PG rated USA
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