Interview: Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje Talks ‘Pompeii’ Training And Breaks Down His Character

The trailer for the upcoming Paul W.S. Anderson film, Pompeii, showcases the power of man and nature amidst chaos. One of those stars, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, reveals just how much effort went into preparing for the film.

Whether you’re familiar with Mr. Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s work on the popular prison drama, Oz, or are anticipating him in the upcoming light-hearted musical Annie, this British actor is heavy in demand and a treat to see on film.

The next film to hit theaters after playing Algrim / Kurse in Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World is Pompeii, where he joins Emily Browning, Kit Harington, Kiefer Sutherland, and Jared Harris in the period disaster piece. Based on the one of the world’s most famous natural occurrences, Pompeii centers on Milo (Harington), the slave of a shipping tycoon who survives hoping to earn his freedom and marry his master’s daughter, Flavia (Browning).

Unbeknownst to Milo, the lady of his dreams has already been betrothed to a corrupt Roman senator, and making matters worse, Mount Vesuvius erupts. This prompts Milo and his brother-in-arms, played by Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, to fight through all the calamity to rescue the former’s love and escape the land unscathed.

If you haven’t seen the trailer (watch below) for the upcoming project, check it out and see what fantastic physical condition all the stars of the film are in.

While the celebrated British actor’s name isn’t one that slips easily off the tongue, it is one that has been bankable for the past few years. He’s played the former drug lord turned fake priest on J.J Abrams’ television series, Lost; he’s handled heavy artillery in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra; he’s even played a member of the NYPD in George Tillman’s wonderful The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete.

Last week, we were able to get the Nigerian screen veteran to talk about his time on the set for the attention-grabbing action film, describe and breakdown the character he plays, and offer insight into how much training went into the role.

You can listen to the full chat below:

Pompeii will heat up theaters on February 21, 2014.