When Warner Brothers’ remake of “Clash of the Titans” opens in all its 3-D and special effects glory Friday at theaters around the country, Harry Hamlin will have a special interest in the film.
Hamlin played the hero Perseus in the original “Clash of the Titans,” which was released by MGM in 1981. Sam Worthington portrays the character in the 2010 version.
"I don't think you can make a comparison between the two movies," Hamlin said during a recent telephone interview. "The new one uses CGI effects and the other one used stop-motion animation."
The stop-motion effects were done by the legendary Ray Harryhausen, who during his career brought to life dinosaurs, a giant octopus, a creature from Venus and a variety of mythological figures.
"I had seen all of his movies and was a big fan," Hamilin said. "It was really interesting to work on one of his films because there were a lot of times when you were alone against the green screen background. They would tell you what the scene was, what you were fighting, and then you had to use your imagination."
"We had a disagreement on the set about the scene," Hamlin said. "I was supposed to cut off Medusa's head with my sword, but they (the director and producer) were against it for fear of getting an X
"Who wouldn't want to meet and work with Olivier?" Hamlin said. "We became good pals. I received a very nice letter from him at the end of the experience."
“You know, films come and go but this one has had a special following. It’s been 30 years and people still ask me about it.”
The original "Clash of the Titans" is available on Blu-ray ($34.98) and standard DVD ($19.98).
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