5th January 2012
Wrath of the Titians
Cold. Rain. Wind. Hail. Sleet
ID Fight Unit member Richard Roberts braved the elements like warriors of old whilst filming Wrath of the Titans, the sequel to Clash of the Titans.
Rain, wind, sleet and hail were all part of another fine summer's day in mid Wales, where 225 men were drilling in Phalanx formations. Three weeks of training with 15 foot Sarisa spears and shields to be able to move and advance whilst looking like professional soldiers - a tall order as the fighters in "Alexander" had three months of desert combat training. Not only did they have to move and fight as a unit, but also to break apart and let out the elite swordsmen then reform... that's where Richard came in.
During the three weeks rehearsal and training he had been picked out to play one of the few swordsmen of the army. 14 years of freestyle combat pays off when they ask for aggression and intent to kill! This allowed Richard the dubious honour of being at ground zero for ten explosions, to be hit by a flying stuntman and to throw himself to the floor repeatedly.
The main battle scene comes as the Greek armies invade the Underworld to... we won't spoil it if you havenit seen it already – but the 160 men (65 dropped out due to severely bad weather and our costume of Hoplite armour which covered virtually nothing) and a few pieces of siege equipment when cut together looks like an army of thousands of well drilled Hoplites.
Keep an eye out and you'll see Richard commanding a defensive line in the chaos of the attack.
Clash of the Titans 2: Wrath of the Titans is hitting cinemas March 2012.