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Five little-known facts about '300'
By Mike Cotton
Posted July 30, 2007 10:45 AM
1. King Leonidas (Gerard Butler) singlehandedly kills 33 Persian soldiers, one Persian messenger and one wolf over the course of the film’s 117-minute
2. Director Zack Snyder used blue screen technology 90 percent of the time instead of the traditional green screen, primarily because the Spartans’ red capes appeared more vibrant when shot over blue.
3. Snyder clashed with the studio over the R rating for “300,” but the $70 million opening weekend proved that action movies don’t have to be for the whole family. The studio later bought Snyder a new Aston Martin as a “thank you” for the film’s success.
4. The film was blindsided by controversy when Iranians complained of the portrayal of Persians in the film. “Ancient Persia was 2,500 years ago,” said Snyder. “[I thought] everyone would just get it was just a movie. I think sometimes people read more into things that aren’t there.”
5. After the success of “300,” Snyder next takes on “Watchmen” in the fall. “Look, in my movie the bad guy wants world peace. Superman doesn’t give a f---ing sh-- about humanity and Batman can’t get it up. So that’s the movie I’m making,” says the director.