Although he was initially skeptical about remaking such as an iconic film as Ben Hur, star Jack Huston is convinced that the new version will stand up in its own right.
The 1959 version of Ben Hur, with Charlton Heston in the title role, remains one of the best loved Hollywood epics and won a record-breaking 11 Oscars.
In the new version – which opens in cinemas on August 25 – the formerBoardwalk Empire star plays the eponymous hero, a prince falsely accused of treason by his adopted brother Messala (Toby Kebbell) and forced into slavery.
Huston admits to being taken aback when first approached about the taking on the role, but soon changed his mind when he read the script. “Whenever someone asks me, ‘Why would you remake something like Ben-Hur?’ I point out that this is actually the fourth time it’s been remade,” Huston told STACK. “There’s always room for a modern audience where a lot of people haven’t seen its predecessor, and we have a lot more at our fingertips, technology-wise. I loved the Wyler version, and I would be the first person to say, ‘Oh, don’t do that,’ if I felt in any way it wasn’t going to hold up. But now I feel we’ve created something incredibly special.“
Check out the August edition of STACK for Gill Pringle’s full interview with Huston.