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Madison Iseman and Diego Tinoco from live-action Knights of the Zodiac | Pro Club Bd

Actors Madison Iseman (Sienna) and Diego Tinoco (Nero) offered hints on what fans can expect from their characters and spoke fondly about their time filming together Knights of the Zodiac. Iseman previously starred as Bethany Walker in the final series jumanji Played movies and Tinoco Cesar Diaz in Netflix‘s on my block. During the interview, Iseman expressed her character’s desire to be a normal person despite the heavy responsibility that rests on her shoulders as the reincarnation of Athena. On the other hand, Tinoco spoke about Nero’s sneakiness and how he is willing to do whatever it takes to get what he wants.

Can you tell something about the chemistry between your two characters and Seiya?

Madison Iseman: It’s definitely hard not to give too much away.

Diego Tinoco: But we didn’t have too many interactions on set that didn’t involve screaming and a little bit of pain.

Madison Iseman: Seiya is at the forefront of this whole film. I would say that in this whole story we balance a lot around Seiya without saying too much.

Do we find out early in the film that Sienna is Athena?

Madison Iseman: Those are all the questions I knew we were going to get and we were sworn to secrecy on so many things. Until there is a trailer that comes out I will say that Sienna is there and Athena is there too.

Diego Tinoco: In the comics, she is known to have the power. She possesses the power of the goddess of war. It will appear in the film.

Madison Iseman: It’s fulfilling. I feel like fans will definitely get the story they want and I think everyone will be very satisfied.

What can you tell us about your characters and how do you prepare for these roles?

Diego Tinoco: I would describe Nero as a sneakily intelligent young man with a very strong perspective on life and the way he does things. That could be misinterpreted as a very cold and heartless person. But according to him, he does everything for a reason. He does it because he genuinely believes that doing things for himself, for those around him, and for all of humanity is the best possible way. In the third act of the film, we’ll really see how dirty Nero is willing to play to get what he wants. I think my approach to taking on this role, and any other role, is to just read the script. Of course, do your homework and try to justify your character’s actions. Don’t try to make him a villain or a hero, just make him a person with motivations and behavior patterns.

Madison Iseman: Sienna is a young woman in hiding living under the care of Alman. Being the coming reincarnation of Athena, goddess of wisdom, she is a bit stubborn and stubborn. But I think all of this comes from struggling with an identity crisis and impostor syndrome of her true destiny and where her path is meant to take her. Part of her would rather be a young girl and run away and be a normal teenager for a few hours. But in terms of research, we were the last to be cast.

Diego Tinoco: They saved the best for last.

Madison Iseman: That’s right. We had a short time to do a lot of research and as you know there was a lot. The universe is huge, so thank goodness there were specialists on set who answered us anytime we had questions about anything. I think they probably hated us at the end of the shoot with all the questions we had. But we did a lot of research on Greek mythology precisely because I didn’t know much about it. I feel like it was information, at least for me, I want to know as much as possible. It is a great responsibility to be part of this universe because fans have been a part of it for decades. This is for them and we want to give them the best possible film. I feel like that really comes from understanding what we’re doing here.

Could you talk a bit about Tomek and his style and personality as a director?

Diego Tinoco: Tomek is obviously very experienced in this world. He comes off The Witcher, this is a pretty great established show starring Henry Cavill. Working with him was a great time. You always knew when you were doing a good job or when you weren’t because he always liked that happy dance when he got the attitude he liked.

Madison Iseman: He’s a very serious guy, but if you can get Tomek to dance, you have to get him to dance.

Diego Tinoco: You knew it was good when you didn’t get a take because he just told you so. He would say, “You could do better than that.” I enjoyed that honesty. It wasn’t an ego trip with him. It’s either good or it isn’t, and there was a vision that needed to be captured and we think we certainly captured it.

Can you tell us something about the action that we can expect in the movie? The original series was more sci-fi and magical, but tell us about the action scenes in the movie.

Madison Iseman: I’m sure Andy will probably be able to tell you more about it, but what’s so cool is that they really did their own thing. All action sequences are very specific. They feel like they’re straight out of the manga or the anime and they just have a certain quality that I’ve never seen before. I think Andy is so great at creating his own style. Diego and Mackenyu both were so good and fought a lot.

Diego Tinoco: I have to admit I was pretty nervous working with such an icon and legend as Andy. He worked on several films Jackie Chan and my personal favorite Marvel movie, Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. So this is not a novice choreographer. This is someone who knows what they are doing because they have been doing it for so many years. In addition to what Madison has said, each of his projects has its own unique style. I think we’re going to see something new and exciting.

Madison Iseman: You will see in the panel. There’s a little taster and it’s a stunt team and it’s impressive shot for shot. He’s just the coolest man.

Diego Tinoco: They really took us under their wing.

how would you say Knights of the Zodiac different from other live-action adaptations of manga and anime?

Madison Iseman: I think we’ll see this trend come to life and happen. Saints Seiya has been around for so long and we’re doing it with Toei Animation. They were a part of it and I don’t think they would come out with anything that they think contradicts the original anime. I’ve heard from a lot of people inside that they love it too. The right team is behind it, and that’s what matters in the end.

Diego Tinoco: We’ve seen DC and Marvel with their movies. I think we’re entering a new phase of cinema where anime is starting to make more debuts in cinemas than live-action adaptations. We see it with you One piece and you will see with our film. I’m sure our movie and One piece will be the gate openers in this all-new storm of anime live-action adaptations.

Toei Animation has referred to this film as the basis for future films. This film hasn’t been released yet, but after researching and acting in this project, how much potential for more stories and more films do you see here?

Madison Iseman: So much.

Diego Tinoco: There are so many stories in anime and so many different characters.

Madison Iseman: We’ve barely scratched the surface.

Diego Tinoco: I will say that we focused on that interface very thoroughly so it didn’t feel like it was all over the place.

Madison Iseman: It’s a simple introduction, so if you have no idea what Knights of the Zodiac or the entire universe, it’s so spoon fed that I think die hard fans get whatever they want. But if you don’t have a clue, you won’t be completely lost. It’s a really great introductory film for many of the main characters that you will see throughout the film. Of course, if there were sequels, that would be great. People need to watch it so we can do sequels, but it’s a great opportunity to have more fresh faces.

Diego Tinoco: I keep saying that Sienna and Nero need their own spinoffs. Maybe we’ll see that after this one.

Did you two read chemistry together?

Diego Tinoco: Our first interaction was, believe it or not, we were flying side by side on a 13 hour flight. I had no idea. The first time we all read the script out loud was in Budapest. It was me, Madison, Tomek, Mackenyu, and our producers. Famke wasn’t there because she was filming something else at the time. But everyone else there, it was just electric. You felt the chemistry immediately.

Madison Iseman: We never read together. I’ve met with Tomek many times before and just talked about whatever they wanted to achieve as well. They just always had such a clear idea of ​​what they wanted from the start. I haven’t met Mackenyu either until we got out of Budapest. They had great faith in us.

If they could adapt an anime for you, what would it be?

Madison Iseman: I’m a baby for anime. I have so much catching up to do.

Diego Tinoco: It was done but not done right but…Dragon Ball Z as Gohan. I’m just not sure which chapter, but maybe the Cell saga? We will see.

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