Attention “Twilight” fans: Kellan Lutz does not bite.
Lutz, who’s risen to fame playing the vampire Emmett Cullen in the film adaptations of author Stephanie Meyer’s beloved saga, tells PopcornBiz he can’t get enough of the feedbacks, mementos and snapshots he shares with the Twi-Hards, and he’s always ready for a memorable fan encounter.
“I'm so, so blessed to have such amazing fans and for them to be so supportive and to enjoy what I'm doing for them and for myself,” says Lutz. “I love art and all the scrap books and all the letters that they send…If I can make a phone call when it'd make their day, their month, their year, just to say hi or play games with them or do anything like that, I'm all for it.”
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The actor, who stars in the new indie film “Meskada,” says he really appreciates it when fans send their scrapbooks around the world for their fellow Cullen clan enthusiasts to contribute to and the projects ultimately make their way into his hands. “I had a fan bring one to Atlantic City when I was over there, “ he says. “It means so much that people would spend so much time. I'm terrible with taking pictures, and so for these fans to give me something that I can hold onto forever and cherish and show my grandkids one day, it's really special.”
Lutz says he’s especially excited to have roles in several new films on the way – including playing a newlywed in the rom-com “Love, Wedding, Marriage” with Mandy Moore and the Greek god of the sea Poseidon in “The Immortals” –to demonstrate his range beyond his supporting stint in the “Twilight” firmament.
“In the 'Twilight' movies we're playing these characters that are from a book, so people already have a notion about how the characters should look and act. Doing movies for ‘The Man,’ so to speak, now I can choose to do other movies where I can try out different things. It's great to have the chance to show that you can do different things.”
He was drawn to “Meskada,” a bleak tale about a killing of a young boy during a home robbery that ignites both an investigation and potboiling small-town politics, because “it's kind of like a snapshot of small town America. I grew up in North Dakota and Iowa and I saw firsthand how kind of economically, the farming industry was on a decline, so people had to go to extra measures. They had to drive further to farm or to get jobs or to pick up other jobs. It's kind of an issue that a lot of the United States and the world doesn't really see too often or know really what's going on or how hard the living is. “
And while shooting in the Catskills, there was no shortage of encounters with “his admirers. “They never really have actors come up there, let alone shoot something there,” he says, “so working and having the towns people be extras and hanging out with them and getting to meet them and them bringing cookies to set…I'm just a normal person. I'm Kellan inside and out, and it's just funny when they have that look in your eyes, like, 'Oh, my gosh, Kellan! You're real!' It just kind of warms your heart.”