In a 3D movie packed with gladiators, political intrigue, romance, and a mountain of molten lava, it’s the final scene between “Pompeii” co-stars Emily Browning and Kit Harington which will have viewers talking.
“It was very emotional at the time,” Browning said of shooting the climactic scene between lovestruck noblewoman Cassia and vengeance-seeking gladiator Milo when she sat down with MTV News. “We could tell that scene was special.”
Amid all of the fake sight lines and very real explosions on set, Harington and Browning said they had ample preparation for the effects-heavy moment, even if the scene itself was ultimately more about the emotion between the characters.
“I was very adamant that I wanted it to be very simple,” Harrington said. “It’s a moment encapsulated in time, and both [Cassia and Milo] find freedom in a kiss.”
And as the two characters find romance in the streets of Pompeii, in the arena, Milo and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s character Atticus strike up a bromance, despite some, shall we say, challenges.
“He still has this respect for his fellow gladiator, even if he’s going to kill him the next day,” Akinnuoye-Agbaje says of the undefeated Atticus.
When asked which character would have won in a matchup, Harrington jokes that he’d rather wait for Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s answer. “I don’t know. I think they probably would have ended up killing each other,” Harington finally adds. “It was quite even, I think.”
“He’s too nice, I couldn’t hit him,” Akinnuoye-Agbaje joked back. “I always say you’d have to kill him, but with kindness.”
“Pompeii” will be in theaters this week.