“I’m playing an across-the-board Greek hero type,” he defined. “Perseus has no superpowers himself. He has a few accoutrements, such as a sword and a helmet which makes him invisible. He has a magic shield. He’s a real hero in the classic sense. It’s a good role. I’ve always wanted to be a hero.”
Esteemed British actors like Olivier, Smith, Jack Gwillim, Claire Bloom and Sian Phillips embodied the consistently scheming, calculating gods Zeus, Thetis, Poseidon, Hera, and Cassiopeia, whereas Meredith — greatest often called the Penguin on the Batman TV collection — was cast because the playwright Ammon. John Gielgud, Ralph Richardson and even Orson Welles had been thought-about for Zeus till Olivier accepted the position.
“I told Ray that if he thought he was the star of our pictures, then I was going to upstage him once and for all,” Schneer jokingly instructed Starlog. “I was going to cast actors who were bigger names than he was, and whose work the world knew better than his. I wanted to see if he could survive.”
The film begins with an toddler Perseus and his mom Danae being sealed in a field and cast into the ocean by Danae’s father, King Acrisius, who’s enraged that the god Zeus (Olivier) impregnated Danae with the kid. Perseus is rescued and grows to turn out to be a younger man, whereas a livid Zeus orders from Olympus that the Kraken — final of the Titans — be launched to destroy Acrisius and his kingdom.
Sometime later, the grownup Perseus desires to win the hand of the gorgeous Andromeda (Judi Bowker), who was as soon as betrothed to a prince named Calibos. But Calibos (performed by each actor Neil McCarthy and a stop-motion mannequin) was was a monster by Zeus after the previous offended the gods, and any potential new husband for Andromeda should now answer a riddle concocted by the man-monster.
Andromeda is ultimately provided to the Kraken as a sacrifice even after Perseus efficiently solutions the riddle. The solely manner for the enormous sea creature to be defeated is for Perseus to voyage to the island of Medusa, sever her head, and use her eyes to show the Kraken into stone — until Perseus succumbs first.