Right on tar­get

Kel­lan Lutz on what life is like af­ter the Twi­light hys­te­ria died down

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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.”

Photo: NBCuniver­sal

‘ 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

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