"Twilight" star Kellan Lutz had his misgivings about joining the film that would go on to balloon into a five-movie franchise and international phenomenon, concerns he enumerated in an interview in the inaugural issue of Document Journal.
His main issue was with Melissa Rosenberg's screenplay, which adapted Stephenie Meyer's novel. The relevant passage from Jeremy Kinser's interview with Lutz:
“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."
Of course, Lutz found a way to overcome his apprehensions. It proved to be a lucrative decision. Lutz was recently spotted driving around in a shiny new Lamborghini.
But though the financials certainly worked out, Lutz has been known to wax poetic about his life before vampires and werewolves and screaming hordes of teenagers took over. In an recent interview with Us Weekly, the actor said the best experiences he had filming the movies all took place before the first chapter was released.
"I gotta say my favorite moments were during . . . the first movie, before any of this craze happened. We were just ourselves, no one really knew who we were yet," he said. "I remember Peter [Facinelli] and Jackson [Rathbone] and myself would go to different bars and different concerts ... We'd go do karaoke all the time."
It's a rough life! For more on Lutz' rise from an impoverished childhood to bankable hearthrob, head over to Document. Photos, courtesy of the journal and photographer Jeff Burton, are available below.