February 5, 2010

Percy Jackson! The Lightning Thief Movie Cast!

Pjato_130 Rick Riordan's The Lightning Thief hits theaters February 12th. Last week we brought you an interview with Alexandra Daddario who plays Annabeth. Some of you are less than pleased with the ways the movie will be different from the book. But for those of you who are still really excited about the movie anyway. . . here's some more! We chatted with Logan Lerman who plays Percy, and Brandon T. Jackson who plays Grover. First let's hear from Logan. . .

Q: Were you a fan of the Percy Jackson books before you were cast in the movie?
Logan Logan:
No, I actually didn't know anything about them and then I asked around to my younger cousins, and I guess it is a huge thing for the younger generation. Because Harry Potter is more for the older teens now, and the younger kids want to find something for themselves.
[Ratha: Interesting. I never thought of it that way.]

Q: Did you read any of them after you got the part?
Logan:
Yeah I read the first one. I didn't invest any time in the other four yet, because I hate to read them and get so attached to them if we're not doing the sequel. So once they greenlight number two, I'll be reading all of them!

Q: Describe Percy. What's he like?
Logan:
An unlikely hero. You don't expect the hero to be some teenager in Brooklyn, and he ends up saving the world.
[Ratha: Hmm. . . my Spidey senses are tingling. Except I think that was Queens.]

Logan_2 Q: What do you think kids can learn from Percy?
Logan:
It's that you can be anyone and make a difference. It doesn't matter how old you are or what you look like — you can make a difference in any situation.

Q: Did you get to do any of your own stunts?
Logan:
Oh I did all of them. Our goal was to try to use the actual actors as much as possible. [With the lightning bolt shooting parts] we're actually flying around on wires in this huge stage in a 360 green-screen stage and doing all this stuff, and they're just adding in the effects later. So when you're watching and you're thinking, "Oh is that really them?" It really is us.
[Ratha: Now you can add "Lightning Bolt Battle" to your resume!]

Q: Is this the first really big action film that you've done?
Logan:
Yeah, yeah it is. I've done a few other films but nothing as grand as this. Not as much green-screen involved and insane action sequences. This is an amazing movie. I haven't read any script as action packed as this one.

Q: Do you have a “favorite” god or goddess?
Logan:
I've gotten this a few times. I'm still sticking with Poseidon, and Percy's the coolest too. To be able control the seas and horses — I just think that's awesome.

Q: Is there any other character in this book that you would have liked to play also?
Logan:
I think Grover is just a lot of fun. There's so much you can do with that character, that it's just a playground for any actor. Brandon T. Jackson makes that character come alive in such a cool way.

[Ratha: What a perfect way to segue into Part II of our interview with. . . none other than Brandon T. Jackson, who plays Grover. We started with the same question. Notice the similarity in answers.]

Q: Were you a fan of the Percy Jackson books before you were cast in the movie?
Brandon:
You know I didn't even know about the Percy Jackson books at first until my little sister had it at the house and I'm like, “What is this Percy Jackson book?” and then when I found out they were doing a movie, I went back and I read the books and I was like, “Whoah.”

Q: Did you have to train before starting the film?
Brandon:
Yeah they put me, Logan and Alex [who plays Annabeth] through a three-week boot camp. We learned sword fighting and dagger work. We had to lift weights and get in shape. I have crutches in the film, so I had to learn how to fight with my crutches.
[Ratha: Wow sword fighting boot camp? One of the perks of being an actor!]

Q: They CGI your legs later on in the film?
Brandon:
Yeah, it's CGI but it looks so cool. It looks so real. People are gonna flip when they see it.

Q: Is there any other character you would have liked to portray other than Grover?
Brandon:
Uh-uh. I couldn't have. Grover is so me. If it wasn't Grover, I just would have been a fan of the books and the movie.

Q: What do you think about the comparisons to Harry Potter?
Brandon:
I guess I'm Rupert [the actor plays Ron]. [laughs] It is like Harry Potter but not really. It's done well, like the first Harry Potter movie was done really well. Chris Columbus has a habit of doing things really well.
[Ratha: Chris Columbus is the director of The Lightning Thief, and also directed the first Harry Potter movie.]
Brandon: Of course you can compare it in a way but at the same time, Percy Jackson is its own story. There's a different movie, different sound, different adventure. It takes place in present day, and it's not British.

Percy_jackson_hand Q: Is there a character from any other book that you would like to play?
Brandon:
Besides Grover I can't think of one, because fantasy is my thing. I love fantasy movies, I love magical movies and it's weird because being African American has different literature. You have African American literature you learn about in school, you have your mainstream or whatever. And I went to a multi-racial school so I would learn about everything. I never understand. Man, why don't I ever see a brother, a black man in fantasy? So I'm writing my own children's fantasy book. It's an African American story but at the same time it's for everybody.
[Ratha: That's so exciting. I'll definitely be watching out for it.]
Brandon: Certain fantasy movies, African Americans are there, but we're not there. Like if you watch Harry Potter we're there, but not the leads. We don't drive the story. But you know it's life. It's nothing to complain about, I'm just telling you it's fact. So I'm excited to break that barrier. Will Smith did it with the aliens. But I wanna be the first with the magical lane which is pretty tough to do.

Personally, I think I'm going to have nightmares about Medusa's hair. What about you guys? Planning to see the movie? Big fan of the books? Let me know in the Comments! Until next time, may the gods look favorably upon you!

— Ratha, Stacks Writer

Interview by Marie Morreale
Photos courtesy of 20th Century Fox

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  1. Nate

    They ruined every thing. I’ve read all the books.
    1. He doesn’t get his shield till the second book.
    2. He’s supposed to uncap the pen.
    3. He can stay under water as long as he wants yet he comes up gasping.
    4. Grover isn’t black and annabeth has blond hair
    5. In the book there 12 but the actors are 17-23
    6. Hades doesn’t steal the bolt Ares does
    7. Persephone isn’t evil but she is in the movie
    8. When percy gets in the elevator he puts in a card but in the book it’s a key
    9. There’s no dragon in the book
    10. The hellhounds look nothing like they should
    I think there going to ruin the movie. I can’t wait to criticize the movie with my friends.

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  2. Grace

    Oh, No wait I haven’t read the Demigod Files. I thought I had but no. And I bet there is a bigger Percy Jackson Fan then me.

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  3. Grace

    There are a lot of mistake’s in the trailer. Percabeth rules. What’s with the tattoo?
    Grover’s not supposed to have crutches. What’s with the dragon? Where are they when they are publicly beating up people. Not the Lotus Casino there where to many grown ups dress for a party. Annabeth is all wrong I hope she is good at acting though.

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  4. Grace

    I can’t wait for this movie! I have read every Percy Jackson book made including the Demigod Files, And the Ultimate Guide. I really hope the movie is true to the book though and why is Grover on Crutches? In the book he only had A limp. Anyway I love Percy and Annabeth Together and Grover and Juniper. Not a fan of Thalia though I like the Origanal 3 better (Percy, Annabeth, Grover). I have to say I THINK I am the biggest Number 1 Percy Jackson fan of the books. Annabeth is my favorite character but I heard that she 23 in the movie and Percy is 18. Aren’t they supposed to be 12? Yes they are. But I am cool as long as the movie is basically book. I know the page 374 and 373 of Percy Jackson The Last Olympian. But that’s not the point I am supposed to be talking about the movie… Anyway Medusa’s effects are really cool from what I have seen so far. Annabeth Isn’t really true to the book because of her age hair color and eye color but her weapon is cool. Percy Is good it’s again just his age that bothers me really. Grover is fine except his age. And I think the person who plays Luke is perfect that’s what I always imagined him to look like! PERCABETH RULES! RECY (Racheal and Percy) is not ok! Anyway I keep getting off topic. I am goign to see it with my friend the day after it comes out. I am so Excited! I am counting down the days!!!!!!
    And i can’t wait fro Rick Riordan’s new series The Kane Chronicle’s to come out and then he is making a new Demigod series also for more go to Rick Riordan’s website… I think. Anyway Logan Lerman was good in Hoot so I have High hopes for him. PERCABETH RULES!

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  5. Maddie

    I LOVE the Percy Jackson series! The end of the 2nd book is SO cool! I can’t wait to see the movie!!
    PS I’m on the third book, I didn’t start to long ago

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  6. Melissa

    Alexandra is probably a great actress, but they should have casted someone younger. She is 24 almost. The series is great though and I hope they do a good job. And he lives in Manhattan, Percy.

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  7. puppy9298

    AT FIST I SAW PEOPLE READING THE PERCY JACKSON BOOKKS AND I THOUGHT IT WAS ONLY FOR BOYS AND THEN WHEN I MY TEACHER TALKED ABOUT IT AND GIRLS TALKING ABOUT IT I FORCED MYSELF TO READ THE FIRST BOOK. WHEN ISTARTED READING IT I COULD NOT STOP!! THE BOOK WAS SO FUNNY AND ACTION PACKED ALL TOGETHER!!!! THEN I STARTED READING THE WHOLE SERIES!! I LOVE THE BOOKS SOO MUCH!! THE CHAPTERS OF THE BOOKS ARE SO FUNNY. I REMEMBER THE FIRST CHAPTER OF THE THE LIGHNING THIEF- I ACCIEDENTLY VAPORIZE MY PRE ALGEBRA TEACHER!!!! THEN WHEN I FIRST SAW THE TRAILER FOR THE MOVIE I COULDNT BELIVE IT!!!! IM SOOOOOOOOOOO EXITED FOR THE MOVIE ONLY FOUR AND A HALF DAYS TO GO!! NOW I KEEP ASKING MY MOM CAN I WATCH THE LIGHNING THIEF? MY MOM ALWAYS SAYS YES!! I LOVE WATCHING THE TRAILER IN MY TV TOO!!! I THINK THAT LOGAN LERMAN IS CUTE!! ANNABETHS HAIR SHOULD BE BLOND BUT IF THEY DYE IT BLONE SHE WOULD LOOK TOO GIRLISH. I THINK ANNABETH LOOKS GOOD WITH JUST BLACK HAIR. I THINK GROVER LOOKS FINE!!!! GROVER LOOK JUST LIKE THE GROVER I READ IN THE BOOK!!! LUKE LOOKS JUST LIKE I PICTURED IN MY BRAIN TOO!!! PEOPLE, ITS OOKAY IF THE THE DIREECTER PUT IN SOME ROAMANCE TOO!!!I THINK THE MOVIE WILL BE AWESOME!!!!! PERCY JACKSON ROCKS!!! ANNABETH CHASE RULES!!!!!!!!!! GROVER IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!IM SOOO GONNA WATCH THE MOVIE. IF MY PARENTS DONT LET ME WATCH THE MOVIE THE DAY IT COME OUT IM GONNA SOOOO WATCH IT WHEN MY BIRTHDAY COMES IM GONNA BE TURNING ELEVEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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