Greek gods go to Rio as 2016 Olympics theme tune released

Relaxed scenes of sunny Rio de Janeiro contrast with Muse's tune about gritty determination

LAST UPDATED AT 15:14 ON Wed 15 Aug 2012

THE LONDON Olympics might be over but Rio de Janeiro is just getting started in its preparations for the 2016 Games. To kick off the four-year countdown, the city's official theme song, entitled The gods of Olympus visit Rio de Janeiro (Os Deuses do Olimpo Visitam o Rio de Janeiro), has been released.

Described by The Hollywood Reporter as "a samba-funk anthem", the song was composed by Arlindo Cruz, Roge and Arlindo Neto in collaboration with members of traditional samba schools from the Rio Carnival.

The music video features sunny scenes of Rio with actors portraying Greek gods, such as Apollo, Poseidon and Hercules. The lyrics explain that the gods fell in love with the city and didn't want to leave.

Brazilian actor Rodrigo Santoro, who starred in 300 and Love Actually, can be seen as one of the gods, holding a surfboard on the beach. However, as Gawker says, the actors "only resemble gods in as much as normal Brazilians resemble gods. No one is wearing gladiator sandals".

In contrast to Muse's Survival, a rock theme tune about gritty determination, Rio has taken a more relaxed approach inspired by sea, sunshine and samba, says The Daily Telegraph.

The song's release coincides with the Olympic flag arriving in Brazil. Yesterday, Brazil's president Dilma Rousseff received the flag in the capital city Brasilia. The flag will now pass through different parts of Rio de Janeiro, where it will remain until the end of the next Olympic Games in 2016.

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