Rodrigo Santoro Talks ‘300: Rise Of An Empire’

Gerard Butler turned down the “300” sequel, but that doesn’t mean some of the old guard aren’t returning.

One such actor is Rodrigo Santoro, who reprises the monstrous dictator Xerxes in next summer’s “300: Rise of an Empire.” Santoro spoke with Coming Soon about what it was like to get back into Xerxes’ skin, how the movie differs from what fans saw in the first “300,” and more.

“I had to shave, I had to work out again, I had to go back to Xerxes. It’s the same character,” he said. “There’s little new things—a little before, a little after—but most of the movie, it’s during… kind of the same time where the first movie takes place. There’s a lot going on. It’s hard, the green screen, it’s a different way of working. It’s really challenging to work that way and the character wears a lot and Xerxes is a giant. He’s almost not human, which is a poetic license. It comes from a graphic novel so it’s not based in real history, so that character is very very tall and his voice is like thunder and that’s the description of this character. So there’s a couple special FX and tricks that have to be done to accomplish that figure so I do scenes by myself. It’s interesting, it’s a lot of work.”

“300: Rise of an Empire” hits theaters on August 2, 2013.

Are you looking forward to the “300” sequel? Let us know in the comments section below or hit us up on Twitter!