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CLASH OF THE GODS….thunders on

August 26, 2009

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Here’s the upcoming schedule for Clash of the Gods on HISTORY, Mondays at 10PM/9c

Most weeks, HISTORY follows the new episode with a repeat of the previous week’s.

Also, HISTORY posts previous episodes for free viewing on their website www.history.com/video

8/17 HADES
8/24 THE LABYRINTH OF THE MINOTAUR (watch now)
8/31 MEDUSA(watch now)
9/7 (pre-empted by Charles Manson special)
9/14 ODYSSEUS: CURSE OF THE SEA
9/21 ODYSSEUS: WARRIOR’S REVENGE
9/28 BEOWULF
10/5 THE MYTHOLOGY OF THE LORD OF THE RINGS
10/12 THOR

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ZEUS’s WALL OF QUOTES

August 3, 2009

It is not possible to trick or escape the mind of Zeus. – Hesiod

The dice of Zeus always fall luckily. – Sophocles

Open your mouth and shut your eyes and see what Zeus will send you. – Aristophanes

You may fetter my leg, but Zeus himself cannot get the better of my free will. – Epictetus

All strangers and beggars are from Zeus, and a gift, though small, is precious. – Homer

CLASH OF THE GODS: Experience with Lightning preferred

July 28, 2009

On Monday August 3, KPI’s new series for HISTORY launches at 10PM ET/PT.
CLASH OF THE GODS tackles myths–big gutsy unwieldy myths filled with sex, snakes, sirens, flying dragons and monsters eating people.

Zeus Typhon

First episode is ZEUS–the greatest of the Greek Gods. So how do you cast a god? That was the question we kept asking ourselves. Zeus. All-powerful. Larger than life. Experience with lightning preferred.

We were filming in Ouarzazate – a remote studio town in the Moroccan desert where films such as Kingdom of Heaven, Gladiator and Lawrence of Arabia filmed many of their scenes. You’d think you could find godlike superheros in a setting like that. You’d be wrong.

For days we scoured the town – home to about 80,000 people with droves of tourists passing through. We held casting calls at our hotel, scoured street corners, checked out the only gym in town, which looked more like janitor’s supply closet than a Bally’s. No one had the ZEUS “look”.

We extended our search across the country. Casting photos poured in from Casablanca, Marrakesh, Tangier. Where had all the superheros gone?

In the end, we settled for a mere mortal. We cast Joseph Beddelem, an experienced Moroccan stuntman with credits including The Bourne Identity, The Hills Have Eyes and Alexander as our Zeus.

Moroccan stuntman Joseph Beddelem

Moroccan stuntman Joseph Beddelem

Joseph is one strong and rugged dude. He had an air of authority about him and his screen experience suggested he’d be able to carry the role more convincingly than the janitor down the street (who usually has a steady side job thanks to small, poor productions like ours.)

We had our man.

Next…the task of turning him into a god.
(to be continued in our next blog post–)

–Chris Cassel,
Clash of the Gods, Series Director & Writer