Rodrigo Santoro reprises his role as Xerxes, the God King of Persia.
Rodrigo Santoro on playing the Persian God-King in '300: Rise Of An Empire'.
IN 300: Rise Of An Empire, Rodrigo Santoro plays the role of Persian God-King Xerxes. While in reality, eight years have passed since 300 was released, in the film the audience finds out exactly what happens to Xerxes after 300 ends.
In an interview with SFX magazine, the 38-year-old Brazilian says: “I’m not 20 any more, so it’s a little different. I remember having to watch the scene in the first one – right after the 300 are dead and Xerxes has just had a spear cut his face – and thinking, ‘Oh my god ... I have to connect right after that battle. How do I do it?’ It’s the same character, but what can I do to make it fresh for myself?”
It helped that the film delves into his character’s past, revealing how the mortal Persian turns into a gigantic tyrant. “We get to know a little about how and why Xerxes becomes the God King.”
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