LET’S get right to Tyler Posey’s, ahem, body of work. Booking his first TV commercial at six, then schooled on Hollywood sets alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger ( Collateral Damage) and Jennifer Lopez ( Maid In Manhattan), the 19-year-old surprisingly boasts the CV of a showbiz veteran.
But in the era of Twilight, the new star of the Teen Wolf reboot had to flex more than just his acting muscles to win the role.
Spending a large part of the production wearing the costume of the modern werewolf – i.e. half naked – Posey shapes up, and how, in the new Channel 7 series.
It wasn’t that way when Michael J. Fox first rocked the role of Scott McCall for the big screen in 1985. Fox was decked out in sweatbands and a basketball singlet.
Fast forward and the game has changed for Posey and his Lycan kind.
He admits he ‘‘ stands around for hours with my shirt off’’.
Call it the Twi-hard effect, where young audiences expect their werewolves today to come buffed and polished.
Interestingly, Twilight author Stephanie Meyer is said to have eyed the new Teen Wolf star for the role of Jacob Black, which eventually went to Taylor Lautner.
It’s no coincidence Posey was given the lookin for the TV series, which unabashedly takes inspiration from the best-selling books and movies. But it’s the physicality of this reboot that has proved the biggest challenge for the newbie teen pin-up.
‘‘ I didn’t really know how to train my body to look like that, but as soon as I signed on, they hired me a trainer,’’ Posey says.
‘‘ Oh my god, I can’t even tell you how intense it was and how much it helped. I threw up a lot.’’
The glamour on set doesn’t end there.‘‘Usually it’s freezing cold and I am being spritzed down with water to look like I’m sweating,’’ he says. ‘‘ Honestly, I’m freezing my nipples off.’’ For all the gratuitous body shots in this highschool-is-horror show, it’s also surprisingly smart.
US critics who wanted to write it off as just another raunch fest, a la MTV’s controversial Skins series, had to think again.
Australian director Russell Mulcahy can take credit for the success.
He was determined to balance the beefcake within a quality production.
‘‘ We had this mantra when we were shooting — make it sexy, scary and surprising,’’ he says.
A pioneer of music videos, then cult films such as Highlander and Razorback, Mulcahy’s signature can be seen in the frantic cinematography, the in-your-face action racing like your pulse.
‘‘ Early on, we talked about just calling it Wolf,’’ Posey says.
‘‘ But MTV really wanted to relive and bring back that classic iconic role and see what we could do with it.
‘‘ It’s a great metaphor, it’s a timeless story of a kid falling in love for his first time, growing up ... it’s this classic story told through modern eyes.’’