Published On: Mon, May 23rd, 2011

Joseph Morgan talks ‘Immortals’, Mickey Rourke and a zombie film

Joseph Morgan talked about his role as Lysander in the upcoming action fantasy Immortals (due out on November 11th) in an interview with Collider. Morgan also discussed what it was like working with Mickey Rourke.

How was the experience of working on Immortals, and who are you playing in that film?

Joseph Morgan as Klaus, will be set for the fall in ‘The Originals’

MORGAN: I thoroughly enjoyed working on “Immortals”. My character is very different from Klaus. Klaus is at the top of the food chain in Mystic Falls. He’s the person with the highest status. And, my character in “Immortals” is the person with the lowest status. I play Lysander, who becomes a traitor of his own race. I leave my people and I go off to join King Hyperion, played by Mickey Rourke, who’s raising this army of God warriors. I go there, but it doesn’t turn out to be everything that I want it to be, and I find myself stuck with him, and yet not getting anywhere in his world. I’m treating so badly because I’m a traitor who betrayed my own people and he doesn’t see me worthy of his trust. So, I end up with the worst of both worlds, almost like a dog that is dragged around, mocked and kicked, and not respected by anyone. It was just a completely different experience.

What was Mickey Rourke like to work with?

MORGAN: I loved working with Mickey Rourke. He’s a wonderful kind of crazy. He’s so generous, as an actor. He’s just fantastic. He’s someone who throws a huge curve ball to you. You never know what you’re going to get, on set with him, but it was so exciting to be in that position where I could just do whatever I wanted because he did, in terms of the performance. I’m so excited to see that film. Tarsem Singh was such a fantastic director.

Are there any types of roles or genres that you’d love to explore, but haven’t had the chance to yet?

MORGAN: I love “The Walking Dead”. I’m a massive fan of that show. I loved Zack Snyder’s “Dawn of the Dead”, and “28 Days Later” and “28 Weeks Later”. I would love to be involved with a film that shows the breakdown of society and a small group of survivors in a world that has crumbled. That’s something I would like to explore.


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