Right on target
Kellan Lutz on what life is like after the Twilight hysteria died down
ACTOR Kellan Lutz’s buff bod certainly lends itself well to the slew of muscle- bound movie roles he’s portrayed over the years.
It all began with his breakout role on the Twilight film series in 2008 as the strongest of the Cullens, Emmett Cullen. Lutz’s muscular physique definitely fit the bill in portraying a vampire who made lifting logs and fighting off baddies look as easy as swatting flies.
The 31- year- old North Dakota- native says being fit comes naturally for him.
“From a young age, I’ve always just lived an active life so I think my body just grew accustomed to it,” he says in a phone interview with Star2 from Los Angeles.
“Also, I have some good genetics thanks to my family, so it’s easy for me to maintain because I live a healthy lifestyle. I eat pretty healthy, I try to do some sort of activity every now and then.”
With good genes and hard work, Lutz later proved he had the body of a Greek God, landing the role of Poseidon in 2011’ s Immortals.
And of course, in 2014, Lutz portrayed perhaps the most quintessential strongman of all time, Hercules, in The Legend Of Hercules, besides playing a former US marine alongside veteran action hero stars Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Expendables 3 in the same year.
Despite having built a steady career playing these brawny and some even, iconic characters, Lutz says he wouldn’t mind changing things up, forgoing his ripped physique to play a role, especially if the right one comes along.
“What draws me to roles is not that I get to take my shirt off or that I get to be fit. It’s the material itself. So if I’m passionate about the character, the story and the character development, I’m drawn to it.
“It just so happened that I’m drawn to playing the hero sort of role, but I would love to do a movie like The Machinist that Christian Bale did, and he had to lose all that weight. And you’ve got Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club which was brilliant. So I definitely wouldn’t mind doing it.”
Bale lost 28kg and McConaughey lost 21kg to play a factory worker suffering from insomnia and an AIDS patient respectively.
But Lutz stresses he wouldn’t compromise on his health in the process: “I won’t do a movie that would harm my health per se ... I care about my health and there’s a way of losing the weight in the right way.
“If I had one month to lose 50lbs ( 23kg), there’s no way I can do it - that would kill my body. If I had enough time, sure. As long as everything is done in a healthy way, I’d be up to the challenge.”
Prior to Lutz’s success on the big screen, the actor got his start playing small roles on TV shows such as The Bold And The Beautiful, CSI: NY, 90210 and a recurring role on The Comeback.
And since many have dubbed the era we’re living now as the golden age of TV, does Lutz see himself back on the small screen?
“For me, it’s all about the work, it doesn’t matter if it’s movies, TV or animation as long as it speaks to me and I’m passionate about it. But my passion right now is travelling around the world and playing different characters and for me, it has to be e a very interesting piece,” he shares.
“But it doesn’t interest me to pla ay the same character for 10 years of f my life.”
Let the games begin
One of Lutz’s recent projects, Bullseye, does see him on TV actu--ally, though not as an actor.
Bullseye is an eight- episode real lity game show where four men an d four women battle it out in three extreme challenges that all have one thing in common: hitting a bullseye. The winner walks away with US$ 50,000 ( RM201,000).
For instance, in the first episode e, contestants must hang from a heli icopter and wait for the right moment to drop a “bullseye bomb b”, hoping it will land right smack on a target marked on the ground. In a another challenge, contestants driving an A ATV in a dirt track must ram through thre ee bullseyes.
“I love stunts. That’s why I want ted to be part of this show,” Lutz says. “I tho ought that when they came to me, they want ed me to be a contestant on it. I was really e excited about it and then they said ‘ No, we e’d like to see if you wanted to host it with Godfrey,G who is just a comedic genius. Thatt was really fun.’”
Still, Lutz, who shares hosting d duties with comedian and actor Godfrey on th he series, did get a chance to take part in on ne of the challenges, Human Slingshot. Con testants are launched into the air by a gian nt slingshot and they must drop the bullse eye bomb on a target on the ground.
While on the Human Slingshot, Lutz sustained an injury when the carabin ner ( a metal component of a harness) hit t the back of his head. The scalp wound requ uired five staples.
“It was a freak accident. I’m fine e, I’m good, still got my brain up in there e. I would still do it again. They aren’t scary. We have the best stunt teams, the best coordinators and safety teams there so no one e else would have got hurt at all. It just sos happened that I got hurt.”
Lutz also shares about what it fe eels like hosting a TV show for the first tim me: “I’ve worked with a lot of charities whe ere I host different galas and different e events here and there. So for this one, do oing a TV show was way easier than thos se, because those are live.”
He adds: “It’s really different fro om my action acting because I’m playing a character. But on this show, I got to be me. I got to be a contestant, I got to be ju ust blown away by seeing the stunts t ake place live.”
As for revisiting the film that sta arted it all for Lutz, Twihards would be happy to know that the actor wou uld be up for starring in a Twilight reb boot.
“If they ever did a reboot, which h they easily could, say five years fro om now, they just want to rebuild it al ll again, sure,” he says.
“Even if I couldn’t play Emmett, , maybe I could play ( the Cullen patriarch) Dr. Carlisle.”
‘ It’s really different from my action acting because I’m playing a character. But on this show, I got to be me,’ Lutz says about hosting
Bullseye. — NBCUniversal