Terence Stamp Originally Reluctant For 'Elektra'

Terence StampTerence Stamp, who plays the blind ninja master Stick in Elektra, says he was originally reluctant to accept the role. "Oh, I didn't want to do this," Stamp told Sci-Fi Wire. "I didn't want to push my luck. I got away with it with Zod [in Superman II]. I don't think I can get away with it again, you know?"

Stamp says he was finally persuaded by producer Gary Foster and director Rob Bowman. "I just kept saying no," Stamp said. "They just kept coming after me. And then I had to kind of look at it, you know?" Stamp plays the mentor to Jennifer Garner's Elektra Natchios, the tortured martial-artist-turned-assassin.

"I think that the only things that I really regret in my life, or the decisions that I regret in my life, ... are films that I passed on for the wrong reasons." Stamp added. "And films I passed on for the wrong reasons were just out of a personal fear of the project, fear of not being able to do a good job. And with increasing age, I've learned to kind of become aware of the fear. And sometimes I choose to go against it, and in this case I thought, 'Well, maybe it's that. Maybe I don't want to do it, because I don't want to fall flat on my face again.'"

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