The Japan News posted an article last week about Haruma Miura, the actor who portrays Eren Jaeger in the live-action Attack on Titan films. The news site reports that the actor took the role quite seriously and put all of his efforts into successfully playing the main protagonist. Miura, a fan of the original manga by Hajime Isayama, said of Eren:
Eren isn’t satisfied with his current life, as if he feels like he’s destined for more. He wants to take on something and straightforwardly struggle to carry it out, which I think shows his naivety. This character trait appears in both in the original manga and the film.
In preparation for the rigorous action sequences, Miura took his trainer along to the set. During these sequences, the actors would be suspended by wires. His trainer stayed for around a month after filming initially started in order to help Miura train his core muscles, which isn’t something Miura typically does. He commented that “it’s pretty unusual to ask [his] trainer to come to a location.”
Interestingly enough, this isn’t the first time Haruma Miura has portrayed a male lead from a manga series. In 2008, he starred as Fujimaru Takagi in the drama adaptation of Bloody Monday, written by Ryumon Ryo. He also portrayed Shota Kazehaya, Sawako’s love interest, in the live-action version of Kimi ni Todoke in 2010.
Miura’s main goal is to become an in-demand actor. Despite already being in the business since the age of four, the 25 year-old actor wants to continue to work hard in order to be a great actor. Hopefully, this film is a step in the right direction for him to continue pursuing that dream.
As for the live-action Attack on Titan films, the article goes on to mention that the titans are played by 20 different individuals, and that a 120-meter tall titan (likely the Colossal Titan) was made with silicon and urethane and had to be operated by twelve people. The set for the film was Gunkanjima, an island in Nagasaki Prefecture. While it had once been a center for coal mining, the island is now in ruins, quite similarly to how the world in Attack on Titan once flourished but soon faltered due to the appearance of the titans.
In release news, Funimation announced that tickets are now available for purchase! The first film will be in theaters on September 30, October 1, and October 7, while the second film will be shown on October 20, October 22, and October 27. Look for a theater near you here, and check out the theatrical trailer below!
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