The Behind the Scenes Story of "This is SPARTA!"

August 27, 2019
This is Sparta

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Remember the movie 300? It's a super stylish take on Frank Miller's graphic novel of the same name, starring Gerard Butler and Lena Headey WAY before she was Cersei Lannister. And even if you didn't watch it, odds are you know one of its most iconic and parodied lines: "THIS... IS... SPARTA!!!" 

It's been 12 years since the movie hit theatres, but just yesterday, Gerard Butler did a deep dive into some of his most iconic characters for GQ - and naturally, one of them is 300's King Leonidas. You get a little tease right up front, where Gerard admits that his fellow actors LAUGHED at his attempts to nail the classic line, and then the Leonidas part continues at 1:30. The whole thing is worth watching, though. He's a great storyteller.