Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Who Played It Best? Perseus

Who Played It Best? Perseus
"Who Played It Best?" will be a weekly poll on my blog. Each Wednesday, I will collect a group of actors known for playing the same character in the movies. You will have the entire week to vote for who you felt played the character the best. I will announce the winner next Wednesday.

You will have to excuse the photo above, but that was the best picture I could find that featured both actors together in one spot.

I don't know how many of you know this, but "Clash of the Titans" in 2010 was a remake of a film made in 1981. The story of "Clash of the Titans" tells the story of Perseus, a great hero in Greek mythology. In a nutshell, Perseus must save the world from the Kraken, who was unleashed by the Gods because of their anger towards the humans. This puts Perseus on an epic journey which brings him up against monsters, giant scorpions, and Medusa, a beast that has the power to turn people into stone when she gazes on them. Medusa in particular has a special artifact that will help Perseus defeat the Kraken. In 1981, "Clash of the Titans" was one of the best movies to feature clay animation. It may seem silly by today's standards, but what the late Harry Harryhausen, who was the master of that type of animation. What Harryhausen created in 1981 may have been models and clay, but he made it effective, he made it detailed and he made it worth the watch. (The effects work of Medusa is actually quite scary for clay animation.) The 2010 update put Sam Worthington in the title role of Perseus. Instead of clay animation and models, the update featured the top line of special effects. The two films could not be more different from each other, but one thing both films had in common was that Perseus was its hero. So I am wondering if Harry Hamlin (who played Perseus in 1981) or Sam Worthington is best Perseus.

My Two Cents
I want to make it clear that I liked both versions of Perseus, the problems I had with the remake mainly lie in the script and direction rather the performance of Worthington. I will admit that the 2010 remake was still very early in Worthington's career, and most of his early career was sluggish in my opinion and he was still finding his footing as an actor at this point. Sure, he may have had a monster hit with "Avatar" in 2009, but that still doesn't make up for the hard start for this promising actor. For that reason, I believe Hamlin really captured the essence of the character. Hamlin embraced the heroism, the stoic presence of the character. Hamlin nailed the romantic part of the character, and he definitely nailed the art of being a badass. Perseus was so many things in the 1981 version, and I think Hamlin captured all of those emotions well. Worthington's Perseus was just a man on a revenge mission, not too much work there if you ask me. But that is just my personal opinion.

"Clash of the Titans" 1981 trailer

"Clash of the Titans" 2010 trailer

Which version of the character do you prefer? Let me know by next Wednesday. You can start voting today. You can email me ( or just simply leave a name in my comments section below.

Last week, two wizards had a great duel to decide who played Albus Dumbledore the best from the Harry Potter series. I was blown away to learn that we nearly had our very first tie. This is how close the vote came down (plus, some people voted it being a tie as well.) Alas, a winner was crowned, by only a mere handful of votes. That winner is...

Michael Gambon


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