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Emma Thompson almost made an accidental uncredited 'cameo' in this movie while visiting friend Liam Neeson on the set. Thompson, who'd been filming Nanny McPhee Returns (2010) in an adjacent studio, went to visit Neeson during a break just as Neeson was about to shoot a scene with Ralph Fiennes and Danny Huston. Unable to exit the set fast enough as the cameras began to roll, Thompson, in clumsy Nanny costume, had to hide behind Huston's throne during the take so she would not be picked up by the cameras.
The mechanical owl Bubo from Clash of the Titans (1981) has a cameo as the toy Perseus picks up before he leaves on his quest. According to the filmmakers, the cameo was widely debated as to whether to keep it in the film or not. It was eventually decided to keep it in the film to please the fans of the original film.
Sam Worthington's sandals are Nike trainers with toes painted on them; he didn't wear sandals because he needed shoes to perform the stunts well.
Luke Evans plays Apollo, a son of Zeus. He went on to play Zeus himself a year later in Immortals (2011).
The Stygian Witches were actually played by men.
Concept designer Aaron Sims considers designing Medusa his most difficult task: "Are they all the same snake in her hair? Do they look more like hair? Are they different in silhouette or in light? And how much of a human face does she have, or is it more like a snake? I worked on one design, and people said it reminded them of Lord Voldemort because there was no nose. You have to be careful so it still looks like it's an original idea."
A replica of the owl Bubo used in Clash of the Titans (1981) was used for this film. Sam Worthington hated it and threatened to destroy it when director Louis Leterrier wasn't looking. According to Leterrier, "[Worthington] would say: 'This is ridiculous! This is a ridiculous thing to have in the movie! You're going to ruin my career with that owl!'"
The second film released in 2010 to feature Greek gods, the other being Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010).
Although Greek mythology contains different versions of the story of Perseus, the film deviates from all of them in some parts. Perseus supposedly flew to an island using winged sandals he borrowed from Hermes, and Medusa was only one of three Gorgons (i.e. half-woman half snake creatures with serpents for hair, the other two were called Stheno and Euryale).
The language of Djinn is actually Arabic.
The word Kraken (sea monster) is Norwegian/Swedish, not Greek. Early script drafts considered changing it to its Hebrew counterpart Leviathan (famous from the Bible hymn of Job 41). It was changed back to Kraken as a tribute to the original Clash of the Titans (1981) tagline "Release the Kraken!" Surprisingly, the creature's Greek name, Cetus, was never considered.
Originally Perseus was envisioned as being more of a young slender man. Louis Leterrier had watched Sam Worthington in the film Somersault (2004) and thought that he would be ideal and was therefore somewhat taken aback when he met Worthington. The actor had bulked up considerably for his roles in Avatar (2009) and Terminator Salvation (2009).
In Greek mythology, Io is Perseus' great great great great great great great grandmother, and an old flame of his father Zeus.
Louis Leterrier donned a green suit for the green screen sequences so that he could act out the part of the Kraken.
Temperatures in the Ethiopian locations would frequently top 120 degrees.
The volcano scenes were shot at the Dinorwic Slate Quarry in Wales. This is a notorious location, used for fantasies like Willow (1988) and Street Fighter (1994).
WILHELM SCREAM: When the army is killed by Hades in the castle.
Sam Worthington stated in an interview that Perseus was meant to start out the film with long hair but would cut it short before going off on the journey. This idea was scrapped because they felt the scene didn't work and Perseus was given short hair throughout the whole film.
Warner Brothers acquired the rights to remake Clash of the Titans (1981) in 1996.
Louis Leterrier originally wanted to make the film in 3D but Warner Brothers nixed the idea as it was too expensive. After the success of Avatar (2009), the studio reconsidered. At this stage, however, most of the filming had been done so the 3D conversion was a retrofit.
There are 55 snakes in Medusa's hair.
In later interviews, Louis Leterrier would disown the film, claiming that the 2D-to-3D conversion was a studio decision that was forced on him despite his attempts to point out that it wasn't working. He now says "it's not my movie" and the experience of dealing with that made him choose not to return for the sequel.
Despite the mythological nature of this film, it draws heavily on actual Minoan (Crete, approx. 2700-1450 BC) archeology for its props and costuming. The characters' long, curled hair is seen in palace frescoes from Knossos and other sites. The tiered dresses of the dancing girls in Argos' palace are PG-13 versions of the Snake Goddess figurines' costumes from the same palace site. With Andromeda's final costume, a nearly perfect replica of the Bee Pendant from Malia graces her neck; the only difference is that the movie version is constructed from silver rather than the original gold.
The 3D conversion cost $10 million.
While the film is primarily based on Greco-Roman mythology, aspects of it are drawn from other cultures. The Kraken comes from Norse mythology, and the Djinn originated in the Arabian/Oriental regions, while Cepheus's snipe about Andromeda being a missionary might hint at the coming Christianity (Christians often served as missionaries).
An orchestral version of "The Bird and the Worm", a rock song by The Used, was composed for this film.
This film begins with a set of constellations portraying history's events. Clash of the Titans (1981) ended with a set of constellations portraying history's events (though not the same constellations).
When chasing Calibos, the characters run through the Winged Bulls doorway of the palace of Sargon II of Assyria. The bulls are currently in the Louvre.
Matthew Bellamy, lead singer of Muse, was originally hired to do the music but dropped out halfway through to concentrate on touring with his band.
Originally, Stephen Norrington was going to direct the film, but as he hadn't seen Clash of the Titans (1981) he wasn't sure he could make a new yet faithful remake, so in June 2008 he handed the project over to Louis Leterrier.
Director Louis Leterrier frequently requested that Ray Harryhausen, co-producer and visual effects creator of Clash of the Titans (1981), be involved in the film. However, Harryhausen had retired in 1981 and would not be drawn back.
Like the original Clash of the Titans (1981), the new film features a former James Bond Girl. The 1981 version featured Ursula Andress from Dr. No (1962), this one has Gemma Arterton from Quantum of Solace (2008).
The thirteenth film released in select D-BOX enabled cinemas, located in the US and Canada. In D-BOX's words, the motion control technology "adds to the movie's plot and underlying themes of fear, terror and explosive action by offering realistic sensations during most of the film's action scenes."
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The name of one of the hunters, "Kucuk" means "small" in Turkish.
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Lawrence Kasdan and Stephen Norrington were attached to make the film in 2007.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

In Greek mythology, Perseus and Andromeda had seven sons, one of whom is Perses, who became an ancestor of the emperors of Persia, and from whose name "Persia" is supposedly derived. Io (who in Greek mythology, is Perseus' great great great great great great great grandmother) is portrayed by Gemma Arterton, who appeared in Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010), as the love interest of a Persian prince.
According to the director, the movie was meant to end with Perseus and Andromeda ending up together (as in all previous tellings of the Perseus story) with Perseus and Io's relationship being purely platonic. However the studio disliked this idea and the movie was re-shot to have Perseus and Io end up together.
When Acrisius is disfigured, he takes the new name of Calibos. Calibos was a character who first appeared in Clash of the Titans (1981). He is named for Caliban, the antagonist of William Shakespeare's play The Tempest (1611).

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