You talkin’ bout stereotypes? Well, the answer may not be simple, but for this blog it will be. Again, Hollywood logic may seem like common sense but always heed the simple warning: “try before you buy.” Some of that shit really doesn’t make sense when you think about it. When a whole group of people from lands you’ve never been to act suspiciously strange or native or talk with outlandishly “funny” accents, or are Daniel Day-Lewis in Last of the Damn Mohicans, then what you have is a representation of what someone’s imagination dreamed an individual–or a group–were like. It’s real easy to do and like I said, Hollywood logic makes it seem like common sense. Want me to prove it?
Remember this foolishness right here?
If you don’t know the movie 300, it’s probably for the best. See that dude on the right covered in gold and sporting a fresh manicure? That’s Xerxes. See that strong and virile white man on the left? That’s a Spartan. Well the logic behind 300 was that all men who didn’t look like the Spartan were evil, deviant, and all around just not good enough. The lead evil was Xerxes from Persia. He’s evil because he likes jewelry, food, all things pleasurable and seems to like men. Now, this movie is about nations because the individual always stands in for the whole. So, if that’s the case then all Spartans are virile, straight white guys (who wouldn’t wanna be that, ::eyeroll::) and all Persians are heathenistic, jewelery-loving, effeminate ho-bags (yes, I brought that word back). Is that the truth? Hell, no. But that’s how Hollywood logic works.
Now dear readers, the point of this “opus” is that it is rumored a prequel to 300 is in the works. This prequel is called Xerxes and will feature? Yep, the Persians. Sighs.
Miller says the new project, now titled Xerxes, begins about 10 years before the events of 300, and Zack Snyder has expressed interest in it as a film property as well. “It’s the battle of Marathon through my lens,” Miller said. “I’ve finished the plot and I’m getting started on the artwork.” Miller said that during his research trips to Greece he realized that the myth and history overlap begins to blur, which adds to the storytelling allure. “The fact and the myth are inseparable and, believe me, when you go sailing for a while in the Aegean Sea, you start believing in Poseidon.””
Poseidon is not necessary because I’m sure the movie will have enough myths about the Persians to rival Greek mythology. Complete with a lack of actual Persians. Similar to this movie: