Liam Neeson had big shoes to fill, portraying Zeus in "Wrath of the Titans," but the actor didn't take the task too seriously.
"All these fake beards and long hair and costumes and stuff - you have to have a giggle," Neeson said on the British morning show "Daybreak," where he appeared with his co-star Ralph Fiennes, who portrays Hades in the film.
"It's a romance, a Godly bromance. We go in very serious - like we're going to do this - and then we catch each other's eyes," Fiennes said of acting opposite Neeson.
The 59-year-old actor didn't mind the challenge though, telling OnTheRedCarpet.com at the film's New York premiere, "He's the god of gods. It doesn't get any better than that."
The film, which is a sequel to the 2010 movie "Clash of the Titans," takes place ten years after the first film and sees Zeus' half-human son Perseus (Sam Worthington) being called into action, forced to abandon his new life as a fisherman. Zeus tells Perseus that he can save mankind by overthrowing the Titans, after a dangerous deal is made between Hades, god of the underworld and Ares, god of war.
"The story's about a guy trying to figure out his place in the world. This guy just happens to be half god," Worthington told OnTheRedCarpet.com at the film's New York premiere. "I don't think Perseus is a superhero in this one. I think he's a reluctant hero. I think he's a reluctant, rusty gun slinger, who's having to put his gun belt on even though he doesn't want to."
Neeson was born in North Ireland and got his start in films like "Excalibur," "The Bounty" and "The Mission." Neeson is best known for his work in "Schindler's List," "Star Wars: Episode I" and "Batman Begins."
Neeson will next appear in Peter Berg's action film "Battleship" and is also set to reprise his role as Henri Ducard, aka the villain Ra's Al Ghul, in the new Batman film, "The Dark Knight Rises." The film, which is the third in Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, hits theaters on July 20.
"Wrath of the Titans" hit theaters on March 30. Watch a trailer below.