In an interview with Document, Twilight star Kellan Lutz talks about he didn’t like Twilight at first, how being a sparkly vampires was scary, and his latest work, and his charity.
It’s a serious existence; one that caused him to think twice about taking the Twilight gig. And besides, Lutz was unimpressed.
“I didn’t like the script,” he admitted to Document recently in a bustling Marina del Rey coffee shop, baseball cap pulled snugly over his curly dirty-blond locks in an effort at anonymity.
“How scary would a glimmering vampire really be?” he added, his twinkling blue eyes driving the point home. “It just doesn’t make sense.”
To add to his consternation over taking the part of Emmett, Lutz explained that he had just come off of filming HBO’s heady Iraq War series Generation Kill in poverty-ravaged Africa.
“You’re seeing all of these murals with little girls bleeding, saying, ‘Please don’t rape me. I won’t cure your AIDS’; you see people with no water, people taking baths in dirty rivers,” he said. “That project matured me five years and it really just spoke to my heart.”
Perhaps it matured Lutz enough to accept what would turn out to be his breakout role, affording him the means to raise awareness for Saving Innocence and the St. Bernard Project, the charity helping to rebuild New Orleans. The actor has created a Twitter account to spread the word.
“There have been times when I’ve been in New Orleans working on a St. Bernard project and I’ll tweet and 50 people will show up to help build a house,” said Lutz, who knows firsthand what it means to be down and out.