How does a teenager attempt to lead a normal life after he has learned he’s the son of a Greek god?
That’s one of the many questions we posed to the cast and director of Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters
… and their answers likely are going to surprise you. The sequel, derived from author Rick Riordan, follows Poseidon’s offspring Percy Jackson (Logan Lerman) on an adventure into the heart of the Bermuda Triangle to attempt to retrieve the Golden Fleece before it falls into the clutches of the wicked Luke, son of Hermes.
We trekked to New York City to interview the stars of Percy Jackson. Here’s what we found out:
1. There are how many effects shots?!
“If you want to count it, there are about 800 [special effects shots] in the movie,” director Thor Freudenthal told us about Percy Jackson. And the action sequences escalate in both tension and creativity, to the point where we eventually reach a point where Percy and his friends are helping Civil War-era zombies fire a cannon on a massive battleship in the middle of the Sea of Monsters.
If he could choose only one sequence that fans absolutely needed to see on the big screen, however, Freudenthal says he’d lean towards the mechanical bull attack that basically kicks the movie off.
“It’s hard to pick one; I’m going to say that off the bat,” he says. “But the bull scene in Camp Half-Blood really kicks off the story. It tells the campers, and our audience, that the camp is in trouble. The barrier that protects us is broken, and we have to go fix it. So the bull sequence really was great to put together, especially when you go back and take a look at the design of the creature, and how it interacts with its environment, with the campers, and with Percy. That was exciting to do!”
2. There’s a real Camp Half-Blood?!
There is. It’s a summer literary camp
located in Brooklyn, New York. And the morning we sat down with Sea of Monsters
costar Alexandra Daddario, she had just returned from a visit where she surprised a number of unsuspecting young campers!
“The kids are between ages six and nine, and they do all different kinds of activities,” the actress told us. “They join the different houses – House of Aries, House of Athena – and go on quests.
"At first, I don’t think they were sure who we were when we stepped in. [Laughs] I think, because they are so young, they were only two or three years old when the first movie came out," she continued. "But when they found out they were going to see the new movie, and who we were, they became really super excited! It was just really cute and really fun. It’s a really cool program.”
3. Logan Lerman would like a Percy Jackson video game… now, please!
The young star tells me that he grew up on Harry Potter films and the Star Wars saga. He hasn’t been to the Harry Potter theme park in Orlando, Florida. (“The idea of standing in long lines give me anxiety,” he says.) But he’d love for his own franchise to take the story to the next level by releasing an expansive Percy Jackson video game.
“I remember on the first film they had some sort of version for the Nintendo DS,” he recalls. “It was cool. It was fun. But like a big video game would be cooler. One that allows us to go to other worlds. I don’t think that’s happening, but that would be cool.”