Taylor Lautner Was Approached For ‘X-Men: First Class,’ Bryan Singer Says
www.mtv.com: After his breakout turn as a muscle-bound shape-shifter in “New Moon,” Taylor Lautner has become a go-to Hollywood action star, landing roles in the thriller “Abduction,” the superhero flick “Stretch Armstrong” and, possibly, the martial arts-heavy “Cancun.”
There had also been a rumor the 18-year-old was approached for a role in “X-Men: First Class,” Marvel’s adaptation of the comic series that follows the young mutants as they enroll in Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters. Turns out that rumor was actually true, as producer Bryan Singer revealed over the weekend.
“I wanted Taylor to do it, I really did,” he told Blastr.com. “He’s doing a movie in Pittsburgh called ‘Abduction’ and then he’s got the next ‘Twilight’ movie. We talked about it a lot, he is a friend, and I really wanted to make it work. It just doesn’t look like it’s possible to do it.”
‘Twilight’s’ Billy Burke goes to the dark side in ‘Drive Angry 3D’
www.hitfix.com:There have been a number of supporting players in “The Twilight Saga” who have been able to use their newfound notoriety into bigger roles but none who have deserved the chance more than Billy Burke. Better known as Bella’s dad Charlie Swan, Burke has been working in Hollywood for almost 20 years with small roles in films such as “Fracture,” “Ladder 49,” “Along Came A Spider” and TV series roles on TV series such as “Gilmore Girls,” “My Boys” and “24.” Now, he’s getting his most significant break yet as a conniving and evil cult leader in the supernatural action thriller “Drive Angry 3D.”
Visiting the set of “Angry” in Shreveport, Louisiana a few months ago, Burke was the center of a massive action scene between his character and a vengeful father from hell played by none other than Nicolas Cage. Burke took some time off from his shooting schedule to sit down and talk to the assembled press on a very warm May night. He was as candid and classy as you’d expect for a longtime Hollywood veteran.
Q: The obvious and immediate thing that all of us nerds are thinking right away is wondering whether or not this is a little bit cathartic after having played the dad in ‘Twilight.’
Burke: It is, indeed. I started my career actually, maybe the first 10, 11 years, playing the bad boyfriend with the gun. And I got ill with that and moved on, for some reason, to playing cops all the time. And so this is quite a nice and refreshing departure from all that. I get to, yeah, let loose a little bit, do some stuff that I wouldn’t normally do; that nobody would normally do, I suppose. [laughs]
Q: I am curious. How has the ‘Twilight’ success affected you? You can’t go into Hot Topic can you?
Burke: Hot Topic’s a rough one, yeah. When I’m not…when I don’t have the mustache on my face, it’s a lot easier. But yeah…Look, I’m not Nic Cage or Robert Pattinson now. But yeah, it does happen. So when I go into the poker rooms and stuff like that, they…it’s mostly like…especially sitting across the table from somebody, and with these nails, they start with that, and they go, ‘Hey, what’s that?’ And then they start to look up…It’s one of those “I know you from somewhere type of things.” And then somebody else will say, ‘He’s the da, da, da, da da.’ And then it ends up with, ‘Can you take a picture with my daughter?’ That’s where it usually goes.
Full interview here
Christian Serratos talks human improv in ‘The Twilight Saga: Eclipse’
www.examiner.com: With The Twilight Saga: New Moon, we saw how entertaining improv could be when Anna Kendrick murmured about the associations between zombie films and lepracy, and with The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, it seems, the human actors were expected to do improv once again.
Christian Serratos (“Angela Weber”) talked to the Huffington Post about her work in Eclipse, saying :
“A lot of the improv was literally us trying to make each other mess up. It ended up working. It’s really cool. It’s funny to see what scenes they end up taking.”
Taylor as Wolverine. Do you imagine him as Wolverine? I don’t think I do, maybe someone else like Daniel Cudmore’s character Colossus. There are so many characters in the X-Men world 😉 But time didn’t let him participate, too bad. Would you have like to see him in X-Men: First Class?
What do you think of Billy Burke’s new role? Do you prefer him as Charlie Swan?
From the few scenes the “Humans” where in Eclipse, what did you think of them? Join us in the discussion!