Five Facts About Solomon Kane
RT goes straight to the star for the lowdown on his puritan hero.
Fact #4: James Purefoy Will Never Be the Same Again
What you want to do during these fights is make it look as close as possible. So there was a guy coming at me with a big, big sword. I meant to duck, and of course, I'm trying to judge it so that sword just skims the top of my head. I was tired. It was the end of the day. I didn't duck enough. He struck me, hard, across the forehead and there's this enormous spray of blood that just started pouring down my face. The director Mike Bassett
doesn't even stop camera. He's thinking , "Oh God, that's James, looks like he could have just died." I'm figuring we can just carry on but the blood just keeps coming. So, twatted, seven stitches in my head, and off to an amazing Czech plastic surgeon. You can't see [the scar] now. My girlfriend tells me it only comes up when it's really cold, then you can see it. It's a bit like Harry Potter's.
Fact #5: There Will Be Two More Solomon Kane Movies... If You Go and See This One
Solomon Kane is the first part of a trilogy -- Solomon's adventures take him to Africa so there's all sorts of places we can go with this character. But only if this one is successful. There's no such thing as a good film, it seems, in America. There's a successful film. And that qualifies it as a good film. They're only interested in box-office. One of the things that happens, as an actor, when you go to America, is you have to check-in your taste. When you check-in at Heathrow, you also check-in your taste. When you're asked to do Final Destination 7 by your agent in London, you just laugh hollowly. When you land in LAX, it suddenly seems like the best idea anyone's ever suggested to you in your life. Because you're agent's going, "It'll make a ton of money! Come on!" And of course, that's what they respect.
Solomon Kane is released in the UK on 19th February. Its US and Australian release dates are TBC.