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Kellan Lutz on The Twilight Saga: New Moon

Published November 21, 2009 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Images property of Summit Entertainment
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Kellan Lutz wasn’t even in that much of Twilight but it was enough to get him obsessed fans. Emmett Cullen may have even less screen time in The Twilight Saga: New Moon, but the second time around was easier for Lutz.

Kellan Lutz on The Twilight Saga: New Moon

“It’s nice to have that weight off your shoulders,” Lutz said. “I mean, we all are stepping in and giving a face to our characters, which fans already have celebrities, actors, who they envisioned as Emmett or Alice or Bella. It’s nice to have their support, so it’s a huge weight off our shoulders shooting New Moon and then Eclipse.”

Perhaps surprisingly, having a new director on board actually helped Lutz relax. “With having Chris Weitz who’s such a laidback, easygoing director who really had everything so organized, it trickles down. When we feel at ease, with knowing the scene and what he wants out of us and then allowing ourselves to go then to Chris and be like, ‘I want to try it this way’ or ‘what do you think of this?’ He’s so open to all our actors’ decisions. It’s nice to feel like an actor and not a robot. So it felt so easy.”

Not to say anything bad about Catherine Hardwicke. “I loved her. I’m not saying it like that.”

Even though Twilight was a popular franchise, the success of the films has exceeded Lutz’s expectations. “I think that’s what’s really cool. We didn’t know what this would become in a way. We were just actors who fell in love with a script and within doing that, it’s not like a [comic book] hero where you know Green Lantern or Captain America, whoever is that is gonna be famous right off the block. With us, we fell in love with our characters and kind of looked at this as just another job. I know for myself I didn’t know it was a book series. It’s just great to be a part of something for the reasons that we are a part of it.”

Even if paparazzi and fandom come along with that, Lutz has a healthy perspective. “So the paparazzi stops at my front gate. It’s usually kind of crazy have paparazzi step outside your house and the coolest thing with the Vancouver guys are they’re respectable, and they will just ask for a signature or photo and let us go about and go have a cast dinner away from set where we can feel human and we’re out of the white makeup and the contacts. It’s a double-edged sword. I mean, we’re blessed to be actors and have such a loving fan base and the fans are always so great, and they’re giving us presents, which is so crazy because we’re allowed to work because of them. The time they put into making dolls or buying gummi bears or anything like that, it’s very humbling. So it’s really nice to just have everyone who is respectful just understand that it’s a job at the end of the day. We aren’t really these characters in life, and just thank them for everything.”

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