The December 12, 2014 premiere date for Netflix’s SVOD series, Marco Polo grows ever near, and the latest trailer premiered this week, granting a first glimpse of what fans can expect.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, actor Amr Waked (Lucy) shared details about his character, as well as details about the diversity and scale of the cast and crew and production as a whole. “I think Netflix has made a very, very powerful production.” he says. “The value is immense, and the actors are so powerful, all of them, and each from a different part of the world. The amount of nationalities and languages spoken set was crazy – 26 nationalities and 30 languages, I think. I was very stimulated by the massiveness. The first thing that shocked me was the production value. I filmed in Kazakhstan and Malaysia. In Kazakshtan, it was in the middle of nowhere, in the mountains. We had to travel four hours from the airport to the hotel, and then two and a half hours to the location. It was very tough to film it.”
Of course, that did not end there as actor (pictured front row, second from left) also talked about what viewers can expect from the bold new series regarding all of the martial arts action, drama and intrigue, in addition to all of the naked, sexy sexiness it will get between episodes, all of which sound very juicy and exciting. “There are quite a few orgies in there. But not for my character, the Mongolian prime minister. No flesh for me!” he adds. “There are also a lot of fight sequences, with martial arts on a par with many Hollywood or Chinese films featuring martial arts. And wars scenes. There’s a lot of action, and a lot of sex and politics. And there’s nudity, for everyone. Except my character! But unlike Game of Thrones, it is rooted in reality rather than fiction. These things really happened like that. Yeah, there’s a little bit of fiction in the story, but there’s no fantasy, magic or dragons.”
Intrigue. Deception. Bloodshed. These are just some of the obstacles awaiting legendary explorer Marco Polo as he navigates the inner court of 13th century ruler, Kublai Khan. From the back alleys of Venice to the perilous Silk Road, from the opulence of the Imperial City to the battlefields of China, Marco Polo is an epic action-adventure, where cultures clash, blood is spilled, and lies are told…
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