Last week at WonderCon Summit Entertainment screened a sneak peek of their upcoming action adventure The Three Musketeers.
In addition to the footage that was presented, Summit offered select press interviews with Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson, 3:10 to Yuma) who plays D’Artagnan in the film.
Lerman found the experience of portraying “one of the most iconic characters in literature” to be an incredible one.
The young actor embraced the opportunity to be a part of the retelling of one of his grandfather’s most beloved tales. When asked how his interpretation would differ from the previous depictions of D’Artagnan, Lerman replied:
“It’s much more badass. We definitely wanted to up the action, and give it a cooler spin. A well deserved cooler spin. This is nothing that anyone’s going to expect when thinking about the long line of D’Artagnans, and how much older they were than the character is. Paul (W.S. Anderson) wanted to get somebody who was closer to the actual age of the character, because he’s 18 in the novel. So, yeah, expect a badass D’Artagnan who actually is the most dangerous character in the film, because nobody knows who he is when he comes to the city from a small town, and he’s trying to prove himself.”
According to Lerman, becoming the most “badass” D’Artagnan that the world has ever seen requires a fair amount of preparation:
“I think I had the most fight scenes in the film, so I wanted to make sure that D’Artagnan looks like a badass with a sword, and fencing is such a detailed sport that I wanted to make sure that it looked right, and we can please fencers all over the world. So I trained for maybe eight or nine months. Right when I found out I was doing it I was training immediately and throughout filming we were (training) every day. Any free time, in between takes, or lunch breaks, I would be training with the stunt team on the film for hours and hours a day.”
Though Lerman had done some fight and weapons training for Percy Jackson, the actor feels this film is in “a whole different league of sword play. It’s way more detailed, way more dangerous — and it’s going to blow people away.” Lerman continued by saying that, D’Artagnan “is supposed to be the best swordsman of the group. He’s also supposed to be the most wild and insane swordsman, so we tried to make a different style for him.”
The film itself seeks to differentiate itself from the previous iterations of The Three Musketeers as, what Lerman calls, “a more contemporary version” of the classic tale.
“It’s the untold chapter where the Musketeers are weaponry experts, and they’re kind of looked at as being the James Bonds of their time, with gadgets, and little gizmos, and fun things instead of just sword fighting. It makes for a lot of fun, and offers a different twist than the other “Three Musketeers” films.”
One of the aforementioned “gizmos” just happens to be a flame-thrower that Matthew Macfadyen (Athos) makes use of in the film – a fact which Lerman laughingly tells us was cause for “a lot of jealousy” on his part during production. If you have not yet done so, take a look at The Three Musketeers trailer, and see for yourself that this is, as Lerman says “not your father’s ‘Three Musketeers.'”
The Three Musketeers opens in theaters on October 13th, 2011.
Paul W.S. Anderson directs a cast that includes Logan Lerman, Matthew MacFadyen, Luke Evans, Ray Stevenson, Christoph Waltz and Milla Jovovich.