In a new interview with Just Jared, Kellan Lutz (“Emmett Cullen”) explained how he almost didn’t audition for the Twilight Saga.
Apparently, he was first encouraged to read for the part of “Edward Cullen” (which later, of course, went to Robert Pattinson), but he found the role a little too depressing and was looking for something a bit more upbeat. Enter “Emmett.”
“Yeah, I didn’t want to do it. I spent so much time filming in Africa, seven months, and that’s a long time to be away from your family and dogs. My agent wanted me to read for Edward and I read the script and thought that character was too depressing for me right now, I want to do something where I smile. I wanted to take a break from acting and I said that, I turned it down, I turned down the audition a couple of times. Ryan, my agent at the time really knew it was going to be a special project so he told me to read the role of Emmett, and I read it, it was only about four lines, but he was the big brother, the comedic relief and I fell in love with him. I said ‘Sure, I would love to play this type of role’. I auditioned, and long story short, here I am finishing the saga and Emmett is going to be in my heart forever.”
Lutz is lucky to have such an intuitive agent, then, isn’t he? As with most of his Twilight Saga co-stars, the series has opened up many, many doors for him, and he knows that.
He likened the “Twilight ride” to the Superman ride at Six Flags, saying, “you just shoot and you have no idea what’s going on and it just continuously gets higher and higher and more enjoyable.”
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At this point, Kellan Lutz has made “Emmett” the fun-loving, hearty on-screen persona that he is in the Twilight Saga films, so it’s hard to imagine anyone else in the role. It’s especially difficult, however, to think of him being “Edward,” right? The Twilight series films seem riddled with castmates who were first interested in one role or the other before becoming their characters (Ashley Greene and Nikki Reed both reportedly pursued the role of “Bella,” and Jackson Rathbone was another “Edward Cullen” contender, e.g.). This makes it kind of fun to think, “What if?” Right? Maybe not; the landscape of the Twilight Saga would be completely unrecognizable.
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