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Kevin Sorbo stars in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys



There's one face notably absent from the upcoming movie reboot of Hercules starring ex-wrestler Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

Conspicuously missing in action: Kevin Sorbo, who portrayed the heroic demigod on the seminal nineties TV series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.

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And what makes the omission even more egregious is that Sorbo actually contacted Hercules director Brett Ratner to let him know he was available for a cameo.

"We approached the director," said the 55-year-old Sorbo in a recent interview with the syndicated entertainment program Dish Nation. "I don't know what his reasons are. I don't know if it was political or ego or what it is. To not put me in for a stupid little cameo? The audience would have loved it."

Launched in 1995, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys was a syndicated U.S./New Zealand coproduction that ranked among TV's most-watched programs throughout its six-season run. The show also spawned the successful spinoff series Xena: Warrior Princess.

After hanging up his loincloth in 1999, the strapping Sorbo went on to star in the sci-fi series Andromeda and headline a steady string of low-profile features, including Kull the Conqueror and Tales of an Ancient Empire.

All of which might have made Sorbo's presence, however fleeting, in the new Hercules film a logical nod to Hollywood kitsch, but the idea never seemed to get past stage one.

"I think it's kind of stupid, really," said Sorbo. "To not put me in a cameo is taking the business out of show business."

Meanwhile, Sorbo isn't the only person unlikely to line up for Hercules when it opens in theatres this Friday: Renowned comic-book figure Alan Moore is urging moviegoers to boycott the film.

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In a recent interview with the website, Moore, best known for writing the graphic novels Watchmen and V For Vendetta, made no secret of his distaste for the new Hercules.

More specifically, Moore is unhappy at the fact that the new Hercules movie is largely based on the graphic novel Hercules: The Thracian Wars, which was written by his friend Steve Moore (no relation), who passed away earlier this year.

According to, Steve Moore received no compensation for the Hercules film and asked that this name not be connected to the project.

But soon after his death last March, the prolific author's name suddenly began appearing in publicity material for the film, presumably to take advantage of any posthumous interest in his work.

"I'd have to look at my thesaurus and see if there are any words other than 'vile' which I could use for that," said Alan Moore in the interview. "But even in the low estimation in which I hold the greater part of the comic industry, that is a new low."

Even more pointedly, Alan Moore – who defiantly took his name off the big-screen adaptations of the movies based on his novels V For Vendetta and From Hell – is advising fans to skip the new Hercules movie altogether.

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"I would ask that anybody out there who gives a damn about Steve Moore or his legacy not go to see this wretched film," said Moore. "It is the last thing Steve would've wanted. And I cannot un-recommend it too highly or anybody involved in it."


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