Exclusive: ’300: Rise of an Empire’ Cast Conquers Epic Workout Regimen
It takes a lot of pain and gain to become a Spartan soldier, you know.
Sullivan Stapleton, Rodrigo Santoro and Eva Green will go to war in next spring's "300: Rise of an Empire," and their preparation for glory involved a rather intense workout regimen that even King Leonidas himself might find a bit of a challenge. Getting the muscular physique of a screaming, spear-wielding Spartan is hard, hard work ... and requires some pretty over-the-top exercises.
"Basically, these trainers take every exercise everyone else knows and [they] try to find the hardest possible way in doing that," says Stapleton, looking a little shell-shocked by it all in our exclusive behind-the-scenes clip.
From Left: Rodrigo Santoro, Eva Green and Sullivan Stapleton (Photo: Getty)
Santoro describes his regimen as a mix of three to four hours of cardio and weights, with Stapleton saying his involved an hour and a half of sword training (just to "warm up") and an hour and a half of gym. It's all part of what Stapleton describes as "functional training," which is used in real-life military training.
So, does this mean that the cast members of "300: Rise of an Empire" technically now qualify as actual Spartan soldiers? Perhaps this will make for a new level of realism that was missing from Zack Snyder's highly stylized original film.
"300: Rise of an Empire" opens March 7, 2014.