Telfer plays Hercules in the NBC TV-movie airing May 16 and admits he and his fellow cast and crew had a hard time pronouncing names like Amphitryon, Asurybus, or his characters lover, Deianeira, played by Leelee Sobieski.
As the British actor tells it, I tried Di-yan- nara, Dee-an-nyra before settling on Dey- yan-nayra, which I think sounds the prettiest.
By comparison, Sobieski didnt have much trouble with the name game. Not only is Hercules easy to pronounce but she adds, I never had to say my own name.
Although Telfer had his mouth full with the names, he says he had it easier than some of his cast members, who ruined whole takes by mispronouncing Asurybus, a three-headed lion Hercules battles in the movie.
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