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300: Rise of an Empire

102 min
Action | Drama | Fantasy | War
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Noam Murro
6 nominations
Country: USA
Release Date: 2014-03-07
Filming Locations: New Boyana Film Studios, Sofia, Bulgaria
Budget: $110,000,000
Opening Weekend: $45,038,460 (USA) (9 March 2014)
Gross: $106,580,051 (USA) (21 June 2014)
Hans Matheson
Hans Matheson
300: Rise of an Empire
Eva Green
Eva Green
300: Rise of an Empire
Jack O'Connell
Jack O'Connell
300: Rise of an Empire
Jade Chynoweth
Jade Chynoweth
300: Rise of an Empire
Sullivan Stapleton
Lena Headey
Queen Gorgo
Callan Mulvey
David Wenham
Rodrigo Santoro
Andrew Tiernan
Igal Naor
King Darius
Andrew Pleavin
Peter Mensah
Persian Emissary
Ben Turner
General Artaphernes
Christopher Sciueref
General Kashani
Steven Cree
Decapitated Greek marine
Caitlin Carmichael
8 Year Old Artemisia
Kevin Fry
Lascivious Greek
David Sterne
Old Statesman
Clive Sawyer
Christopher Boyer
Fred Ochs
Price Carson
John Michael Herndon
David Pevsner
Dimo Alexiev
Rope Puller
Peter Ferdinando
Greek Ambassador
Gregor Truter
Small Ambassador
Vincent Walsh
Naval Commander
Nick Court
Theban Commander
Mark Killeen
Greek Commander
Anthony Valentine
Young Greek Soldier
Alexander Nikolov Dimitrov
Greek Marine
Atanas Srebrev
Blacksmith (as Atanas M. Srebrev)
Stefan Ivanov
Persian Commander
Luke Roberts
George Georgiou
Greek Citizen
Farshad Farahat
Persian Officer
Daniel Rashev
Persian General 1
Dimiter Martinov
Persian General 2
Asen Asenov
Politician 3 (uncredited)
Aleksandar Belovski
Greek Citizen (uncredited)
Scott Burn
Spartan Warrior (uncredited)
Hunter Clowdus
Spartan Warrior (uncredited)
Wayne Dalglish
Young Spartan (uncredited)
Max Decker
Daius (uncredited)
Jared Degado
Spartan & Greek Warriors (uncredited)
Dimiter Doichinov
Spartan Warrior (uncredited)
Dimitar Ilkov
Greek Warrior (uncredited)
Cvetomir Ivanov
Greek Warrior (uncredited)
Michael Johns
Spartan Warrior (uncredited)
Jeffrey James Lippold
Greek Shipwright (uncredited)
Christopher Maleki
Reza (uncredited)
Nancy McCrumb
Athenian Woman (uncredited)
Velizar Peev
Spartan Warrior (uncredited)
Anton Poriazov
Greek Oarsman (uncredited)
Bo Roberts
Spartan Warrior (uncredited)
Joel Shock
Spartan Warrior (uncredited)
Jaswant Dev Shrestha
Armenian Advisor (uncredited)
Nicholas Guy Smith
Senator (uncredited)
Joe Sobalo Jr.
Spartan Warrior (uncredited)
Georgi Stanislavov
Persian Bomber 03 (uncredited)
Julian Stone
Voice Actor (uncredited)
Gary Terranova
Spartan Warrior (uncredited)
Marc Trottier
Spartan Warrior (uncredited)
George Venev
Greek Warrior (uncredited)
Mark Aaron Wagner
Artemesia's Father (uncredited)
Corey Weber
Spartan Warrior (uncredited)
Did you know?
The film is prequel, midquel and sequel to 300 (2006).
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Sullivan Stapleton said that he was extremely skeptical when he was cast whether he would be able to build the requisite "six pack" for the role. He thought some people naturally had it and some people didn't and he was one of the latter group. But once he went through the training, he got "six pack abs" himself and said he was pleased to realize that anybody could develop them with the proper training.
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Sullivan Stapleton was filming the television series Strike Back (2010) while preparing for the film. So along with filming every day, he had spend 3 hours training - 1.5 hours in the gym lifting weights and 1.5 hours sword training to get the stunts right. He was extremely exhausted at the end of the day.
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When the young Artemisia is training, the last two close-ups of her face reveal plenty of freckles. In an earlier close-up, there were none.
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When Themistokles returns from the ship of Artemisia telling the others that "The next time that we face her, she's going to bring all of hell with her." he looks to the side and in a close-up his contact lenses are clearly visible.
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Admiral Artemisia's street-urchin back-story is completely fictional. She was born with a proverbial silver spoon in her mouth to the royal family of Halicarnassus in what is now Turkey, and inherited great wealth and power.
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Xerxes: For glory's sake, war!
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Ephialtes: There will be death and destruction!
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Xerxes: Nothing will stop the march of my empire!
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Did Themistocles win the Battle of Salamis by luring Xerxes into a trap?
Yes. Themistocles had sent a messenger to Xerxes, telling the Persian King that the Greeks intended to flee by ships that were harbored in the isthmus of Corinth. Unlike in the movie, that messenger was not Ephialtes of Trachis, the disfigured hunchback who had betrayed the Spartans at Thermopylae. The real Ephialtes, who was not a disfigured hunchback, escaped to Thessaly and the Greeks offered a reward for his death. Thinking that the Greek forces were scattered, weak, and intending to flee, Xerxes believed the messenger and sent in his navy for an easy victory. To his surprise, his ships encountered the full force of the Greek navy ready to engage in battle.
Had the Athenian general Themistocles been born into poverty?
Yes. According to historians Herodotus and Plutarch, the brave Athenian general Themistocles was not born into wealth. His father, Neocles, was an ambiguous Athenian citizen of modest means. It is believed that his mother was an immigrant. Other children kept Themistocles at a distance. It didn't bother him much, because as other children were off playing together, Themistocles was studying and sharpening his skills. As described by Plutarch, his teachers would say to him, "You, my boy, will be nothing insignificant, but great one way or another, either for good or for evil." In researching the 300: Rise of an Empire true story, we learned that Themistocles' less than modest upbringing benefited him in the newly democratic government of Athens. He campaigned in the streets and could relate to the common and underprivileged in a way that no one had before, always taking time to remember voters' names. He was elected to the highest government office in Athens, Archon Eponymous, by the time he was thirty. http://www.historyvshollywood.com/reelfaces/300-rise-of-an-empire/
Was Artemisia's family murdered by Greek hoplites, after which she was taken as a slave?
No. In the 300: Rise of an Empire movie, a young Artemisia (Caitlin Carmichael) watches as her family is murdered by a squad of Greek hoplites. She then spends several years being held as a sex slave in the bowels of a Greek slave ship. She is left to die in the street and is helped by a Persian warrior. She soon finds herself training with the finest warriors in the Persian Empire, hoping to one day exact revenge on Greece. This backstory for Artemisia was invented by Frank Miller and the filmmakers to explain the motivations behind Artemisia's ruthless thirst for vengeance in the film.
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Photos from cast
Hans Matheson Eva Green Ashraf Barhom Jack O'Connell Jade Chynoweth