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(Wall Street Journal)   Classics scholar forced to watch Hercules says that the Rock's portrayal is neither historically or mythologically accurate, that at no time did Hercules ask if anyone could smell what he was cookin'   (blogs.wsj.com) divider line 143
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2014-07-30 11:57:29 AM  
SPOILERS:

One of the main points of the movie is that Hercules didn't act alone but with a band of people. So yeah I could see where it differs from the classic mythology, and I didn't need a degree in Greek mythology to do it.

side point: my god that red head was hot
 
2014-07-30 12:10:21 PM  
Sounds to me like this "scholar" needs to know his role.

AND SHUT HIS MOUTH.
 
2014-07-30 12:56:21 PM  
mojoimage.com
 
2014-07-30 12:59:26 PM  
It could have been worse, Mr. Scholar Guy:

photos1.blogger.com
 
2014-07-30 01:00:24 PM  
Bacon. Was it bacon?
 
2014-07-30 01:00:25 PM  
Historically?  Really subby?
 
2014-07-30 01:00:28 PM  

Englebert Slaptyback: It could have been worse, Mr. Scholar Guy:


Anybody have the original of that?
 
2014-07-30 01:01:16 PM  
Lordy, hope this guy doesn't catch an old episode of Kevin Sorbo Hercules on Hub network late one sunday night.

/a guilty pleasure
 
2014-07-30 01:01:17 PM  
And they also alluded to Hercules not being so "urban looking".
 
2014-07-30 01:02:24 PM  
"Atalanta's skort" ????????
 
2014-07-30 01:03:37 PM  
Did he like pie?
 
2014-07-30 01:03:51 PM  

Zul the Magnificent


Englebert Slaptyback: It could have been worse, Mr. Scholar Guy:

Anybody have the original of that?


*shrug* Okay.

ic.pics.livejournal.com
 
2014-07-30 01:03:56 PM  
i61.tinypic.com

What?
 
2014-07-30 01:04:14 PM  

tnpir: Sounds to me like this "scholar" needs to know his role.

AND SHUT HIS MOUTH.


Ha!

My whole thing is that the legend of Hercules has been around for thousands of years, since before it was spelled Hercules. Why are you trying to improve on thousands of years of editing? The hubris of Hollywood to think they can do better than men throughout history (like Tarantino thinking he could write a better 'biblical' verse than the Bible)...

If you're not going to do THAT story then don't give your character THAT name! Don't piggyback on ancient myth, stand on your own feet and give your character his own name. If you can't do that and get a movie into production / make a profit then maybe your story isn't any good any way.
 
2014-07-30 01:04:14 PM  

skinink: And they also alluded to Hercules not being so "urban looking".


What's a dazzling urbanite like yourself doing in a backward dictatorship like this?
 
2014-07-30 01:04:29 PM  
Was one of the labors of Hercules to wrestle a bear in Central Park?
 
2014-07-30 01:04:46 PM  
IF YA SAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMMMMMMMEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEELLLLLLLLLLLLL LLLLLLLLLLLLLL............... hat the Augean Stables......are cookin'.
 
2014-07-30 01:04:48 PM  

neongoats: Lordy, hope this guy doesn't catch an old episode of Kevin Sorbo Hercules on Hub network late one sunday night.

/a guilty pleasure


I always enjoyed that he didn't even try to have a straight face while doing that series.
 
2014-07-30 01:04:57 PM  

Zul the Magnificent: Englebert Slaptyback: It could have been worse, Mr. Scholar Guy:

Anybody have the original of that?


snarkerati.com
 
2014-07-30 01:05:49 PM  

Englebert Slaptyback: It could have been worse, Mr. Scholar Guy:


You shut your whore mouth. Steve Reeves is a national treasure. Sure he ain't no Kevin Sorbo, but at least he bent iron bars like no one's business.
 
2014-07-30 01:06:25 PM  

Heims: tnpir: Sounds to me like this "scholar" needs to know his role.

AND SHUT HIS MOUTH.

Ha!

My whole thing is that the legend of Hercules has been around for thousands of years, since before it was spelled Hercules. Why are you trying to improve on thousands of years of editing? The hubris of Hollywood to think they can do better than men throughout history (like Tarantino thinking he could write a better 'biblical' verse than the Bible)...

If you're not going to do THAT story then don't give your character THAT name! Don't piggyback on ancient myth, stand on your own feet and give your character his own name. If you can't do that and get a movie into production / make a profit then maybe your story isn't any good any way.


So basically do the opposite of what writers have been doing since we started making up stories to tell?
 
2014-07-30 01:06:27 PM  
More like

Classics scholar forced to watch Hercules as part of his job operating the projector at the cineplex
 
2014-07-30 01:07:21 PM  

pkellmey: neongoats: Lordy, hope this guy doesn't catch an old episode of Kevin Sorbo Hercules on Hub network late one sunday night.

/a guilty pleasure

I always enjoyed that he didn't even try to have a straight face while doing that series.


It wouldn't have even seemed right, really. It's all puns and innuendo and camp and eye candy fun, it would probably be hard to reign it in, heh.
 
2014-07-30 01:08:41 PM  

skinink: And they also alluded to Hercules not being so "urban looking".


I understand the term is actually "swarthy".
 
2014-07-30 01:08:59 PM  

Englebert Slaptyback: Zul the Magnificent

Englebert Slaptyback: It could have been worse, Mr. Scholar Guy:

Anybody have the original of that?


*shrug* Okay.

[ic.pics.livejournal.com image 626x480]


Perfect.
 
2014-07-30 01:09:43 PM  
What do you think scholars? It doesn't matter what you think! The Rock says this. The Rock will take you down Know Your Role Boulevard which is on the corner of Jabroni Drive and check you directly into the Smackdown Hotel, if you smell what the Rock is cooking!

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2014-07-30 01:10:11 PM  
wait.. you mean to say a movie.. made by hollywood, about a mythical person.. isnt historically accurate??

you dont say
 
2014-07-30 01:10:50 PM  

advex101: Historically?  Really subby?


Not subby, but yes.  From TFA: "Athens was [not] a monarchy by the century in which the film is set."  Sounds like a historical criticism to me.
 
2014-07-30 01:11:30 PM  

advex101: Historically?  Really subby?


We'll any myth is a product of its very real era. I don't see how the word "historical" is misused
 
2014-07-30 01:11:58 PM  

meat0918: Heims: tnpir: Sounds to me like this "scholar" needs to know his role.

AND SHUT HIS MOUTH.

Ha!

My whole thing is that the legend of Hercules has been around for thousands of years, since before it was spelled Hercules. Why are you trying to improve on thousands of years of editing? The hubris of Hollywood to think they can do better than men throughout history (like Tarantino thinking he could write a better 'biblical' verse than the Bible)...

If you're not going to do THAT story then don't give your character THAT name! Don't piggyback on ancient myth, stand on your own feet and give your character his own name. If you can't do that and get a movie into production / make a profit then maybe your story isn't any good any way.

So basically do the opposite of what writers have been doing since we started making up stories to tell?


Greek myths and legends were only able to be edited up until 1974, then NO MORE. It's a scientific fact.
 
2014-07-30 01:12:06 PM  

Frank N Stein: advex101: Historically?  Really subby?

We'll any myth is a product of its very real era. I don't see how the word "historical" is misused


I don't know why the iPhone insists on always changing well to we'll
 
2014-07-30 01:12:32 PM  
As a Classics major and former Latin teacher, I find all this amusing.

I pretty much expect Hollywood to get a lot of this stuff wrong and have no problem with it, for the most part, just so long as there is someone around to explain the way things really were.

For instance, "300." A lot of liberties were taken with that, but many were needed to advance the story and to make it comprehensible to an audience who, like as not, didn't know the first thing about the real history. A lot was made about the Spartans in Speedos and other nudity. This is, of course forgetting that the Greeks themselves depicted as lot of battle scenes with the principals in "heroic nudity." Just look at the metopes of the Parthenon or the frieze on the Great Altar of Pergamon.

However, I think the best thing about these sword and sandal movies is that they will spark an interest in a kid to go to the real sources and read about it. That's when the fun begins.
 
2014-07-30 01:13:29 PM  
"So, Dr. Scharffenberger, what did you think of the accuracy of The Rock's new movie?"

"Well, I think-"

"IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT YOU THINK OF IT!"
25.media.tumblr.com
 
2014-07-30 01:13:50 PM  
Classics scholar forced to watch Hercules says that the Rock's portrayal is neither his-- IT DOESN'T MATTER IF ITS HISTORICALLY OR MYTHOLOGICALLY ACCURATE!!!
 
2014-07-30 01:14:28 PM  

Frank N Stein: advex101: Historically?  Really subby?

We'll any myth is a product of its very real era. I don't see how the word "historical" is misused


I'll kind of grant that in the same way that there was a "historical" Jesus.
 
2014-07-30 01:14:56 PM  

Aulus: As a Classics major and former Latin teacher, I find all this amusing.

I pretty much expect Hollywood to get a lot of this stuff wrong and have no problem with it, for the most part, just so long as there is someone around to explain the way things really were.

For instance, "300." A lot of liberties were taken with that, but many were needed to advance the story and to make it comprehensible to an audience who, like as not, didn't know the first thing about the real history. A lot was made about the Spartans in Speedos and other nudity. This is, of course forgetting that the Greeks themselves depicted as lot of battle scenes with the principals in "heroic nudity." Just look at the metopes of the Parthenon or the frieze on the Great Altar of Pergamon.

However, I think the best thing about these sword and sandal movies is that they will spark an interest in a kid to go to the real sources and read about it. That's when the fun begins.


i.chzbgr.com
 
2014-07-30 01:15:30 PM  

bluorangefyre: Classics scholar forced to watch Hercules says that the Rock's portrayal is neither his-- IT DOESN'T MATTER IF ITS HISTORICALLY OR MYTHOLOGICALLY ACCURATE!!!


You forgot to show off The Rock's $500 shirt, jabroni!
 
2014-07-30 01:16:05 PM  

Aulus: As a Classics major and former Latin teacher, I find all this amusing.

I pretty much expect Hollywood to get a lot of this stuff wrong and have no problem with it, for the most part, just so long as there is someone around to explain the way things really were.

For instance, "300." A lot of liberties were taken with that, but many were needed to advance the story and to make it comprehensible to an audience who, like as not, didn't know the first thing about the real history. A lot was made about the Spartans in Speedos and other nudity. This is, of course forgetting that the Greeks themselves depicted as lot of battle scenes with the principals in "heroic nudity." Just look at the metopes of the Parthenon or the frieze on the Great Altar of Pergamon.

However, I think the best thing about these sword and sandal movies is that they will spark an interest in a kid to go to the real sources and read about it. That's when the fun begins.


Having 7,000 helots standing behind the Spartans would not have added to the story, no.
 
2014-07-30 01:16:27 PM  

Car_Ramrod: meat0918: Heims: tnpir: Sounds to me like this "scholar" needs to know his role.

AND SHUT HIS MOUTH.

Ha!

My whole thing is that the legend of Hercules has been around for thousands of years, since before it was spelled Hercules. Why are you trying to improve on thousands of years of editing? The hubris of Hollywood to think they can do better than men throughout history (like Tarantino thinking he could write a better 'biblical' verse than the Bible)...

If you're not going to do THAT story then don't give your character THAT name! Don't piggyback on ancient myth, stand on your own feet and give your character his own name. If you can't do that and get a movie into production / make a profit then maybe your story isn't any good any way.

So basically do the opposite of what writers have been doing since we started making up stories to tell?

Greek myths and legends were only able to be edited up until 1974, then NO MORE. It's a scientific fact.


Was the writer Greek?

Or, more seruously, did this story add anything to the myth or did it just aim to take advantage of the name recognition to gets its shiatty story made?
 
2014-07-30 01:16:49 PM  
I hope there's some sort of homage to tossing that bear into outer space.
 
2014-07-30 01:16:55 PM  
Heims:
If you're not going to do THAT story then don't give your character THAT name! Don't piggyback on ancient myth, stand on your own feet and give your character his own name. If you can't do that and get a movie into production / make a profit then maybe your story isn't any good any way.

That could be argued as well to all animated movies who hire famous actors that have minimal voice acting experience.
 
2014-07-30 01:17:38 PM  
The only historical documentary I need:

3.bp.blogspot.com

100% historically accurate
 
2014-07-30 01:18:05 PM  
Next we will find out the Scorpion King isn't accurate. Yes, that movie is a major guilty pleasure.
 
2014-07-30 01:18:05 PM  
Please give The Rock a moment so The Rock can catch the People's Breath

i.imgur.com
 
2014-07-30 01:18:35 PM  
I doubt the Greeks would have cared. Of the surviving works of Athenian drama, many are side stories revolving around the Trojan War and are often the same story over and over. There are half a dozen or more to do with Agamemnon's murder and his children's quest for revenge. No two are the same. The playwrights would modify the story to suit their needs much like Hollywood does.

Greeks invented the reboot.
 
2014-07-30 01:18:58 PM  
Loved all those "sword and sandals" movies as a kid....
 
2014-07-30 01:19:45 PM  
But Hollywood is so well know for its historical accuracy.
 
2014-07-30 01:21:12 PM  

limeyfellow: Next we will find out the Scorpion King isn't accurate. Yes, that movie is a major guilty pleasure.


Next you are going to tell me Walking Tall didn't really happen that way??

/2x4 turned club hanging from the gunrack of his truck, classic
 
2014-07-30 01:22:22 PM  
oblig 'Why isn't this in the Entertainment tab'...
 
2014-07-30 01:23:15 PM  

Englebert Slaptyback: It could have been worse, Mr. Scholar Guy:

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I loved that Hercules. He was always wanting to take a nap.
 
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