Tarsem Singh's greased-up Greek god action flick Immortals looks like the sexiest take on Greek mythology yet — and leading lady Freida Pinto tells us that it gets pretty intense. We also asked Stephen Dorff about being the only mortal among the Immortals.
And Dorff tells us about his ideas for a movie about Deacon Frost from Blade.
What's it like being the only mortal in Immortals?
Stephen Dorff: Cool. He's basically your kind of everyman. He's a bit cocky, a bit sweet, a bit charming, a bit stubborn, he likes the pretty girls, and ultimately, I think, joins forces with the crew because he
doesn't want to be left alone to die. He'd rather go out with the pretty girl. That's pretty much
Stavros in a nutshell.
What's your relationship with Theseus?
Stephen Dorff: Strained through most of the film, because I'm hitting on his girl the whole time, but ultimately we join. When things are getting really rough, there's no point in continuing that between us. We
kind of join forces for the better of the world, for our lives, and for humanity. And we do that
together and we take them down.
Why did you want to get involved with Tarsem?
Stephen Dorff: Tarsem's a really talented director and we talked about doing a movie a few years back and I liked the character on paper. He had the most personality, I thought, of any of the characters and
I just wanted to bring him to life. I also wanted to do something bigger in this genre I hadn't
done in a while.
So your character is always trying to steal the main guy's girl. What are his moves like? Is he
Stephen Dorff: He's just going to say what he wants. He's not afraid to say what he wants or do what he wants. I mean Stavros is pretty much kind-of like Han Solo, if you saw Star Wars, he's more that kind of guy.
Are we ever going to see a movie about Deacon Frost from Blade?
Stephen Dorff Maybe, but I don't know. I mean me and Steve Norrington, who's a mad genius, want to do
something together again, but he has a tricky time working in Hollywood. He doesn't really like
studios, so we'll see. One day I can maybe summon him out. I wouldn't want to go near that with
anybody but him. Also, Marvel seems to now be owned by Disney and they're doing all these
different weird things, putting all these characters together, and group movies and strange things.
It doesn't feel like we'd probably do it that way. We'd probably might conceive of something
else, and do more of a graphic novel type thing is what we've been talking about.
He's such an epic character you want to follow. What's the story you want to tell that hasn't been told about Deacon?
Stephen Dorff: I don't know. The idea before was we were going to do almost a prequel like how he became a vampire because he was always, I guess, turned in the movie. He wasn't a true blood, he was
like a half-blood, I don't know what they call it, its been so long. But we talked about kind-of
how did Deacon become that guy. We were going to do almost a Scarface version in New York,
really gritty. really mean, and almost show this lonely, empty guy and the transformation and
set up almost our own little franchise with it. It's an idea that Steve had, it might not even be a
Deacon Frost movie. It might be a whole new envisioning of a vampire movie, which maybe we
will create now, so we're kind of up in the air. There's been a lot of different things written about
it. Every time somebody asks me, I say something and then it's on Google, but it was a great
character. It was way bigger than I ever thought. People still come up to me and talk to me about
the movie, even though it's been like 12 something years.
How does your character fit in with all the turmoil between the gods and the humans?
Freida Pinto: Well I play the Greek priestess Phaedra, who has the gift of seeing the future and she forms the part of the core group that, before the Theses fight, that is going to help Theseus fulfill his mission. And so she's very, very important, a very vital person in that sense and she has this, like I said, this gift of seeing the future, but she also has this dilemma of choosing between the gift and love.
Well okay, but if she sees the future and she chooses Theseus…
Freida Pinto: I didn't say she chooses Theseus. I just said she has a dilemma.
Why wouldn't everyone go with what she wants to do since you can see the future?
Freida Pinto: I kind-of have the dilemma myself when someone asked me: "if you had a superpower would you keep the superpower, or would you go for love or something else that is in the real world?" And my first reaction was of course I'd keep the superpower because all of us deep down want to have a superpower, so I would keep it. But then you only know how agonizing it is and nothing is a bed of roses. You only know how agonizing it is once you've lived that life, so who knows? Phaedra probably needed a break. [Laughter].
What was most surprising when you saw Tarsem's footage, whenever the first time you saw it was?
Freida Pinto: The first time I saw the 3-D footage was today. I've seen bits and pieces in ADR sessions, but this is the first time I've probably seen 3-D footage. And I've never felt so kind-of overwhelmed in a way because this is what we did for four months of our lives in Montreal, and Tarsem said "that cliffs going to be really big," we obviously imagined a big cliff, but big like that? No. So everything is so much bigger than what we expected and that's just been an amazing experience.