I’ve always loved Greek mythology. In elementary school, one of my reports was on the subject. I actually remember going to the old Showplace 6 Theater in Austin, TX to see Clash of the Titans when it came out.
All that being said, of course my interest was peaked when I heard about the Percy Jackson movie for the first time. I had never read the books and just barely had heard of them in passing. It’s difficult not to immediately disregard the project as the next in a long line of fantasy-oriented films tailor-made for the whole family like Narnia, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Harry Potter, and Eragon.
Well, whether you like it or not, it’s hard to deny that the themes of Percy Jackson and the fantasy elements of the mythological Greek world are popular when you see 600 teen boys and girls standing in line to meet the young actors who will be portraying their beloved characters from the book series. That was the exact scene at Stonebriar Mall outside of Dallas, TX on Sunday, January 17th. The main cast members of the upcoming Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief movie were on a press tour, hitting the Hot Topic at the mall to greet fans and sign autographs.
Jake Abel (Luke), Alexandra Daddario (Annabeth), Brandon T. Jackson (Grover), and Logan Lerman (Percy) all hugged, shook hands, and chatted with the crowd who had been lined up for somewhere in the realm of three hours. There were screaming girls and fans reading their books, most of them dressed in Percy Jackson Tour t-shirts. One group brought a sign for Logan Lerman that wished him an early Happy Birthday, as Tuesday was actually the big day that the actor would turn 18.
As I stood outside the exit of the line, I kept an eye on the kids and parents coming out. Every one of them seemed pleased with their experience of meeting the actors who will be playing their favorite heroes in the upcoming film. They were smiling, crying, squealing, or giddy. One thing for sure - they all seemed content. You can check out some video below that I took of the actors greeting fans and signing autographs. I also interviewed a few fans to see what they had to say about the event and Percy Jackson. There's also a link posted to a photo album with tons of pics from the signing. (Article by Eric Shirey)