Herald Sun - Switched On - - Cover Story -

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.’’

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