Immortals was released on DVD & Blu-Ray last week and Female First discussed the movie with Joseph. He talks Lysander, working with Mickey Rourke, filming and more.
Immortals has just been released on DVD so for anyone who has not seen the movie yet can you tell me a little bit about it?
It’s a story of Theseus, played by Henry Cavill, whose village is overrun by King Hyperion and the army that he is building. Hyperion is played by Mickey Rourke and he is scarring their faces and they are joining his army and turning to the side of evil.
So Theseus decides to make a stand against Hyperion after his mother is killed. My character is called Lysander and he is one of the soliders in Theseus’ village but after seeing how devastating the damage is that Hyperion’s army is doing he decides to get with the winning side.
He beheads two of his guards and takes them to Hyperion as a token of his loyalty – but it doesn’t all go to plan. It gets worse and worse for Lysander and he becomes the dog of the army at the bottom of the food chain. Eventually he has an opportunity to do one final thing that will redeem him slightly. So it is the age old struggle of good against evil.
You take on the role of Lysander in the movie so what was it about the character and the script that drew you to the movie?
The utter wretchedness and hopelessness of the character to be honest with you – I think there is a certain liberation that comes with playing a part that is so utterly self-loathing.
The coolest moment for the character is when he is just about to join Hyperion and he realises that that is the decision that he has got to make, that is the highest point from him and from then on it gets worse and worse.
What really attracted me was that in a huge film like this, where there are lots of people, often characters just have little moments but this character really seems to have an arc and a journey and that was a huge part of it for me.
And then working with Mickey Rourke that is… (laughs) he was on my list as an actor that I wanted to work with before I got the job.
So was he great to work with?
He was fantastic! He is a wonderful kind of crazy. There were a lot of people who were intimidated by him, you hear horror stories about everyone and you wonder ‘how will they be?’ But he was wonderful with me as he read off camera for me and he was open to talking about it all. He improvised a lot, which was great.
Tarsem told me ‘I’m going to just let Mickey go crazy with this part so just stay in character’. In one of the scenes he offers me a walnut and the whole scene becomes about this walnut and that was no where in the script. I was able to just go along with whatever was thrown at me and that was a wonderful challenge because I didn’t have to stick to the script so strictly.
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Theseus is a mortal man chosen by Zeus to lead the fight against the ruthless King Hyperion, who is on a rampage across Greece to obtain a weapon that can destroy humanity.
Immortals is now available on Blu-Ray, DVD and Digital Download. Get your copy at Amazon.
Joseph plays Lysander (he does FANTASTIC job):
When Hyperion dispatches his army to ravage the land, one small village fights back. The Athenian army forces some citizens, including the brave Theseus, to stay behind, and it’s on like Donkey Kong. Theseus wrecks a ton of guys before Athenian commander Lysander is discharged from duty. Pissed off, he decides to switch sides and flees to Hyperion to give him information about the Athenian resistance. Hyperion accepts his services but then shows him what happens to traitors in his army – they get mutilated and castrated.
Joseph talked to TVLINE about the difficulties of wooing his new love interest, Klaus and Stefan’s game of one-upmanship, his character’s family troubles, breaking sire bonds and more. Read full interview HERE.
TVLINE | We have to talk about this love interest that Klaus is getting. What can you hint about the storyline?
He has his eye on somebody. It’s not going to be an easy process for him. He’s used to getting his way, and he’s not going to get his way straight away here. This girl is going to play hard to get and is going to be difficult for him to woo. And after a 1,000 years of the same old, same old, to have someone new and interesting and intriguing is a novel concept for him. So a part of it is the excitement of having this new challenge and part of it is just I feel like he’s picky. You roam for a 1,000 years, you’ve been there and done that, so he really is looking for someone who is going to challenge and stimulate him, and I think he really does find that. So I’ve enjoyed tremendously the last couple of episodes, playing a different side to him, and it’s different to how he is with his family. … It’s a different kind of humanity, a different kind of emotion, with somebody who you’re trying to woo, who you are trying to invest in, and you desperately want to invest in you.
TVLINE | Were you surprised by who the person is?
Yes. It’s not what I saw coming. … It’s incredibly exciting. That could be said for all off the twists and turns. Every time I get script I’m like, “Really?! Oh my goodness, I didn’t see that coming.” Even to the point when I got my first script — “This guy’s a hybrid?! What?” It’s all so exciting.
TVLINE | They’re introducing your brothers, Kol and Finn. What’s Klaus’ dynamic with them like?
What’s wonderful about that is that the writers have really worked to make these two guys individual. It’s not just like there are these two badasses, and they’re both the same and you can’t tell them apart. They really have distinct personalities ,just like Elijah and Klaus are very different. … You can’t say Kol is “kind of like Damon” or Kol is “kind of like” that. They’re really not. They’re on their own, and they have distinct motives and relationships. It’s just been really interesting bringing in, again, a new dynamic. I feel like we’re getting closer and closer to a spin-off.
Anders Christian Madsen has posted an interview he did with Joseph for Varon Magazine. Joseph talks Warhouse, Immortals, the Vampire Diaries and also photoshooting! Great interview!
Tell me about Warhouse.
It’s by Luke Massey who’s an up-and-coming British director. It’s about a royal marine, who wakes up in a house and can’t remember anything. He’s desperately trying to get out but he can’t. So he goes back to sleep, and when he wakes up everything he broke has been reset. And so, he endures two years of this. Every day the house resets itself, and every day at nine o’clock in the morning, a bell rings and a creature enters the house. Every day he has to kill it. He gets covered in blood and smashes up the house and the next day it’s back to normal, over and over again.
A slight contrast to today’s job…Do you enjoy these kinds of shoots?
I always feel slightly uncomfortable, to be honest with you. It’s almost like dog training. »Move your head a little bit this way, do this, do that…« But today was great for me. These clothes give you a different feeling.
Full article can be found here.
The Insider has a fantastic interview with Joseph where he tells us more about Immortals, filming of it and of course, about the Vampire Diaries.
Insider.com: Congrats on the movie, Joseph. I feel like everywhere I look, there’s Immortals posters!
Joseph Morgan: I know, it’s turned into a pretty big deal, hasn’t it? I didn’t realize it would be this huge, but it’s everywhere. I got back to LA and I couldn’t walk 100 feet without seeing a poster for it. But, I have to admit, it’s rather pleasing to have people know what your movie is. And I’m thrilled. I had such a fantastic time shooting the movie. Just the other night I had dinner with some of the cast at [director] Tarsem’s house, and it was like old times.
Insider: Was that the first time you all ate non-muscle building, ab creating foods with one another?
Joseph: [laughs] Yea, it was actually. I didn’t think of that. We had lovely curry, were stocking up on bread and plenty of white rice. Tarsem was forcing us to eat everything we could, probably to make up for our filming diets.
Insider: Which was?
Joseph: We would eat egg white omelets, protein shakes, then we’d train really hard for two hours, have a break and eat all our mid-morning snacks. Then it was naptime for 30 minutes before getting back up for more training. We were like a pack of animals: grazing and exercising and sleeping [laughs]. But I must say, with no coffee and lots of exercise, I’ve never slept better in my life.
Insider: This wasn’t your first boot camp experience though, right?
Joseph: It’s my fourth boot camp, actually. I did a naval boot camp for Master & Commander, a desert boot camp for Alexander, I did an intense horse riding/chariot racing boot camp for a Ben Hur miniseries I did and now Immortals. It’s funny because each time you think you’ve done it before, but it’s incredibly painful and tiring [laughs]. I always think I’ll get in the good shape once I have a part, but that’s the worst decision. It’s so hard to get there again, so you kick yourself for not staying in good shape. Luckily being on Vampire Diaries, where the word “shirtless” can appear in your script at any time, you stay at the ready. It’s like shirtless roulette – someone has to take their top off every week.
BuzzSugar has posted a great interview with Joseph where he talks Klaus, his human side and his upcoming movie Immortals (in theatres 11-11-11).
BuzzSugar: How has it been being the big villain of the season?
Joseph Morgan: It’s been very, very fun; I enjoy my job immensely. I’ve been asked a few times, “what other character would you like to play?”, and I just think I get the best stuff to do, or the most fun stuff at least. It’s been great, but I feel like I’ve always wanted to play a character like this. When I read for the part, I got through the pages I had to read, and I looked at them like “Oh yeah, I know exactly how I want to do this.” I guess because I’m a fan of the genre, [I was] subconsciously preparing for a role like this for a while, you know? It’s an immense amount of fun and I get to push a lot of buttons with the other characters on set, which is always fun. And to play someone who really isn’t worried about anything — there isn’t any real threat to him most of the time — it’s really an interesting challenge.
Buzz: The characters are trying to kill Klaus, so do you get panicked that the next script may have your death in it?
JM: Yeah, there’s a little bit of that going on! Certainly, at the end of last season when I read the penultimate episode, all the way through they’re talking about this plot to kill me, and I thought, what if I turn this page and that is what happens? But I trust them; if it’s the end of the line, they’re going to do it epically and it’s going to be in keeping with the quality and the style they already put out. So I’m really not worried. I feel like if Klaus is going to die it’s going to be the biggest dramatic death we’ve seen so far. There’s some merit in that as well. But I do worry a little bit. I’m very, very happy to be a part of the show and I do feel like there’s more that could be explored with this character.
Buzz: Would you ever want Klaus to get a love interest?
JM: Oh, man I hope so. I’ve been pushing them for ages. There’s a certain amount of humanity they’re bringing to the character now, which is really great, because people are starting to empathize with him, and really understand the dysfunctional background he comes from. But there’s a side of a person that you only get to see when they’re with someone they care about. And I think that’s the side we’re missing with Klaus. I think it would be wonderful if they were to introduce some sort of love interest for him. I’m confident if they think that’s where we need to go, that’s what will happen. I certainly keep nagging Julie Plec [The Vampire Diaries executive producer] about it.
Buzz: If you were Elena, would you pick Damon or Stefan to be with?
JM: That’s a pretty big hypothetical. I think Klaus has got a lot going for him. He’s just misunderstood, that’s all. The Salvatores are old news. She should move on now from that major crush that she had on both of them and become a real woman and fulfill her potential and be with the misogynistic, puppeteering, manipulative, egotistical, and deeply misunderstood character Klaus.
“The whole season has been upping the stakes dramatically, there’s more action, there’s more flashbacks, they’re really amping it up,” Morgan teases. “The midseason finale is just going to take it to a whole new level. There’s going to be a huge confrontation, blood will be shed. It’s going to be action-packed.”
We’re thinking Rebekah will be providing all the confrontation Klaus needs when he rolls back into town considering she just learned that he was the one who killed their mother and lied about it, saying their father Mikael (Sebastian Roché) murdered her. You know the old saying: hell hath no fury than a thousand-year-old, hot vampire chick scorned.
“Look, this is a relationship that’s been forged over the last thousand years and it’s built on a lie because he lied to her about the fate of their mother,” he says. “They’re not going to skirt around the issue. That’s a huge thing. She’s certainly going to be upset with him.”
And Rebekah isn’t the only sibling Klaus has to worry about, with Morgan saying, “Heaven help him when they pull the dagger out of Elijah (Daniel Gilles) as well!”