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. redbella

    Okay, I saw the movie yesterday and i have to admit it was pretty cool. The only problem? It was totally unlike the book, they left out half the people in the book, and the only thing that was right in the movie and the books was their names. There was no Clarise, no Mr.D, and no Thalia. NO THALIA!!! I’m really ticked now.>:(

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  2. minifriskie123

    I already saw the movie, and it’s great. the only prob is that they changed the whole thing so I didn’t really know what it was about.

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  3. jordan

    I love the books but the cast is off and the movie was a total downer on the book and it strayed from the main plot. They also took out some of the main characters from the book. They took out sooooo much that it makes me want to redirect a new version that’s by the book.

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  4. Clara

    The movie in itself was good, but based on the book, it didn’t stick to it that much. I’d still see it again, though. And I’m also wondering why there’s no interview with the girl who plays Annabeth.

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  5. cn

    Of all the gods Artimis is the best!She thinks for herself and is a archer like me I got into the sport because of Artimis.In the moive they left everything out exept for like 5 seconds

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  6. Haerts123

    I looooove the books but I hear that the movie is horrible to the ones who’ve read it because some people don’t look like how you imagined them. Plus, they added and subtracted some big parts. It’s awesome for the ones who haven’t read the book thoe!

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  7. readingfangirl

    wow i am so exctited for the MOVIE i just went to the thearters saturday an the moveie was……………………………………………..GREAT/PERFECT/FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  8. abi loves pie

    YES YOU ARE SOOOOOOOOO RIGHT CRYSTAL! THATS WHAT I THOUGHT TO AND ANNIBETHS HAIR IS SUPOSED TO BE BLOND DUHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  9. amber!!

    I LOVE THESE BOOKS!!!! i have read them all ten times in a row and my mom had to hide my books so i couldnt read them any more!! just so u know, the movie is NOTHING like the book at all! i saw the very first showing in the world and i was so mad after i saw it!!! it would be a good movie if you didnt compare it or read the books! GO GROVER!!

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  10. Sarah

    Me and my friend(let’s call her Maya*)saw it. Maya* and me LOVED it! GO PERCY JACKSON!!! GO GROVER!!! GO ANNABETH!!!

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  11. Pinkhorse11

    I saw it today! It was awsome, especially when Percy, Grover, and Annabeth fought Madusa. And it was funny when her head ended up in the fridge when Gabe went in it to get a drink. I hope they make a second movie!

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  12. Sydney

    I saw this movie today and LOVED it!!!! It isn’t exactly like the book but it’s still good. Some people will get really worked up about the differences. I was really worked up about it but then I decided to just relax and try to enjoy the movie. So I did and I LOVED it!!!!
    I know a lot of people are complaining about the movie. Some of us have a different opinion. Please respect that.
    *** Possible spoiler if you haven’t seen the movie***
    I like the how they did the Lotus Hotel and Casino. I also loved the music that they played in that scene.
    I was a little dissapionted that they didn’t put in the battle with Aries but, I think that it was still a good movie.
    ***Possible spoiler end***
    If you liked the book(and you relax about the differences) you will most likely like the movie.

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  13. peppersneeze

    I have read the whole series and so has my buddy. We saw it a few days ago and it was awesome, but the book was a lot better.

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  14. Isaiah

    This book rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  15. Crystal

    that was a great movie and love the book but just make the other 1 like that and that would be great and so loved the ending off it was great loved everything about it was just when u make some more i am going to see it all of them that is how great and the books are great read them for my self and loved it i am not a teacher at all bye this is Crystal

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  16. redbella

    i dont want to see the movie because its so different from the books wich are like this close to being as good as harry potter!!!!;)

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