The legend has been around for years. It's been talked about, studied, and researched by archaeologists for years. But who really is Hercules? Is he the Demi-God that we've all known and studied about? Or is he just simply a human who worked really hard to defy the laws of humanity? Hollywood has since created two films about Hercules and cast two different people to portray the character. Actors have different methods they use to approach a role. And I feel that it was very evident in the two films that Hollywood came out within the same year no less. These two films were released within months of each other. One film had a much larger budget than the other. The titles weren't that different, but the plot lines of the films were definitely different.
The Legend of Hercules starring Kellan Lutz as the Demi-God hero explains how the legend started. It touches on the background story of Hercules and how he struggled against his half brother. The story goes on to explain how Hercules was banished from his home land to live out as a warrior slave. Throughout the entire movie I felt that Kellan portrayed the character really well. Kellan has been known to express how much he loves the Ancient Greek mythology and how enjoys playing characters like this when he first appeared as Poseidon in Immortals.
Then we come to the film simply titled Hercules with Dwayne Johnson as the main character. This story line seems considerably different as the love interest for Hercules plays in almost close relationship to the Disney animated film. It is revealed that Hercules' was married and had three kids with his wife Megara. As far as I know, that's the closest this film got to the Disney film besides the different trials that Hercules had to go through to prove himself to the Gods.
The differences that I noticed between the two actors is that Dwayne tends to enjoy showing off his muscles a lot more than Kellan. The role in itself is tiring and taxing on the body. So, the process to get ready to play such a role was definitely time consuming for both actors.
In my personal opinion, I felt that Kellan played the role of Hercules better because of the way he displayed his emotions felt more real instead of forced like with Dwayne. I don't think that Dwayne is a bad actor by any means. I just get the feeling that he takes on roles that allow him to show off his muscles more than roles that can be emotionally connecting to audience members. Dwayne Johnson did a good job as Hercules, but I still feel that Kellan Lutz did a much better job at portraying the role.