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Medusa goes modern

Actress Uma Thurman on her latest film, co-stars, beauty, and more.

india Updated: Feb 25, 2010 02:14 IST

Oscar-nominated actress Uma Thurman discusses her inspired and spirited portrayal of Medusa in the new movie Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief, that released in Indian theatres last Friday.

What interested you about the character of Medusa?
Medusa is both a contemporary and classical figure. She has a very modern attitude and style, but her head is
covered with the traditional vision of Medusa: writhing snakes, which will turn an unfortunate onlooker into stone. I found the character of Medusa very intriguing and I am also a huge fan of [director] Chris Columbus.

Can you describe your look in the film?
I wear a long black leather sort of jacket slash cape and pants. I looked pretty ghastly when they cut my head off; it’s a rather scary sight.

How did you prepare for the role?
We did some training with real snakes to understand their movements and how they behave in certain situations. It was scary initially but pretty interesting too!

What do you think about co-star Logan Lerman?
I met Logan during the initial days when we were all preparing for the film. He’s so hardworking and dedicated; I felt my heart going to this young guy. I was really impressed by his efforts.

Many have praised your unearthly beauty. What are your views about ‘beauty’?
It’s really nice when people say good things about you. But my mother always taught me not to get too attached to your beauty because it’s not yours to keep. Don’t go around thinking that it’s some big bonus and that you can count on it.

Your forthcoming films?
I have a new film that I love, called Ceremony, coming out sometime next year and I am going to make a film in England called Belle Ami.