Kellan Lutz talks his love of comedy, going method and what exactly people do at Burning Man

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By: Gibson Johns

Kellan Lutz may be best known for his turn in the "Twilight" movies, but what he'd really rather be known for is his unexpectedly impressive comedic chops. In his new Mr. Clean campaign video, Lutz shows off his knack for getting into character and hilariously making fun of himself as he sings, dances and acts his way through an audition.

That ability to laugh at himself is what Lutz considers to be a key to success in an industry that can occasionally take itself too seriously, he recently told us. And, though he put his comedic talents on display during his recent audition to be the new Mr. Clean, he ultimately didn't snag the part.

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Despite the disappointment, Lutz is helping them discover #TheNextMrClean. During a recent promotional event to kick off the exciting search in Chelsea, we caught up with the actor to discuss his fondness of going "full method," his upcoming feature films and what exactly people do at the infamous Burning Man.

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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Actor Kellan Lutz attends Mr. Clean #TheNextMrClean Open Casting Call at 404 NYC on September 7, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Desiree Navarro/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Actor Kellan Lutz (C) poses for a pictures with Mr. Clean contestants during the Mr. Clean: #TheNextMrClean open casting call at 404 NYC on September 7, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Actor Kellan Lutz walks in Midtown Manhattan on September 07, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 14: Kellan Lutz and Colton Haynes attend John Varvatos - Front Row - New York Fashion Week: Men's S/S 2017 at The Django at the Roxy Hotel on July 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Sean Zanni/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 14: Kellan Lutz attends Piaget Launches a New Game-Changing Timepiece at the Duggal Greenhouse on July 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Presley Ann/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 14: Actors Michael Doyle, Andrew Rannells and Kellan Lutz attend the Todd Snyder fashion show during New York Fashion Week: Men's S/S 2017 at Skylight Clarkson Sq on July 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 14: Kellan Lutz attends Love: From Cave To Keyboard, Imagined By Pepsi Exhibition Opening on July 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 13: Actor Kellan Lutz attends NYFW: MenÂs celebration at Samsung 837 on July 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Samsung)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 14: Actor and CFDA ambassador for NYFWM Kellan Lutz (L) and Markus Ueberjahn attend the General Idea fashion show during New York Fashion Week: Men's S/S 2017 at Skylight Clarkson Sq on July 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 12: Eric Jennings, Kellan Lutz and Douglas Hand attend Ovadia & Sons - Front Row - New York Fashion Week: Men's S/S 2017 at Skylight Clarkson Sq on July 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Presley Ann/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 12: Kellan Lutz attends the N. Hoolywood runway show during New York Fashion Week: Men's S/S 2017 at Hudson Mercantile on July 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jared Siskin/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 12: Eric Rutherford and Kellan Lutz attend Joseph Abboud - Backstage - New York Fashion W at The Park on July 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Victor Hugo/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 11: Kellan Lutz attends CFDA & Cadillac Kick Off New York Fashion Week: Men's and Mark the Debut of Platform 4 at Cadillac House, with a Special Performance by Common at Cadillac House on July 11, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Victor Hugo/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 12: Kellan Lutz is seen on May 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Gardiner Anderson/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
THERMAL, CA - APRIL 16: Actor Kellan Lutz attends the Levi's Brand and RE/DONE Levi's presents NEON CARNIVAL with Tequila Don Julio on April 16, 2016 in Thermal, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Best Events)
PALM SPRINGS, CA - APRIL 16: Kellan Lutz attends The Music Lounge In Palm Springs at the Ingleside Inn on April 16, 2016 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for The BMF Media Group)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Actor Kellan Lutz attends the book release party for Kris Wolfe's '10 Ways To Win A Girl's Heart' at The One Banquet Hall on November 19, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: Actor Kellan Lutz attends the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show after party at TAO Downtown on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
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Check out our full conversation with Kellan Lutz below:

You underwent quite the transformation for your Mr. Clean spot. What was that experience like?

Really fun! The bald head process was definitely interesting -- I know I have a small head already, and they only brought a size medium and large bald caps! The first cap didn't work, so we had to really work on it on set. [Laughs] We really had to mat it down, get some hair gel on my head and color it to my skin complexion. But it was fun! It's fun going full method.

So, you didn't end up getting chosen to be Mr. Clean, but what was it like to be able to portray such an iconic role even for just a few minutes?

Really, it was just real. When you get a look at yourself in the mirror, and you actually look like the person, you kind of just take on the personification of that character. With Mr. Clean, it's about how he holds himself with his flexing and the body positions, the wink in his eye, the earrings. Everything. It was very legit.

What about this partnership felt like a good fit for you?

I grew up using the product! I'm not one of those actors that will say yes to everything -- I just don't need to. For me, it's got to be fun, and I love working with this team. I also love doing comedy, and when they showed me the script, they allowed me to collaborate and add some more fun to it. I really got to poke fun of myself, and if you can't laugh at yourself or you take yourself too seriously, it's just not a good move.

For this, paying homage to the vampire movies and some other pop culture moments was also fun. What was really hard is to act like a bad dancer, because I'm actually a really good dancer! [Laughs] And you're trying to emulate some artists with the moves and you're like, "I hope this looks like a good bad!" I was trying to do it and pay homage, but it's hard.

Would you like to do more comedy in the future?

I love comedy -- I started my career doing comedy. "The Comeback" was really fun, as were "Stick It" and "Accepted." I love comedy, action movies, all of it. It would be fun to do something that combined the two.

What are some upcoming projects that you're working on?

"Science Fiction Volume One," which I shot in Australia last year. That comes out later this year, and that was very much a futuristic, sci-fi film. It was with an awesome director, Shane Abbess. It's probably one of my favorite, hardest working movies that I've done. Also, "Nest," which I shot with Kelsey Grammer and Li Bing Bing, who's like the Taylor Swift of China. That'll come out at the end of this year, and that's all about arachnophobia meets Indiana Jones.

You were also recently at Burning Man. For those of us that have never been, can you explain what people actually do at Burning Man?!

You do whatever your heart desires! [Laughs] Thankfully I was with a camp so you kind of work all day. As a kid, you envision crazy worlds in your mind, especially when you play a lot of video games like I did, and that's what it's like. It's kind of like "Tron," with a lot of lights everywhere, and and I had my bike decked out with all of these art cars decked out around me and flames everywhere. It's just the coolest, post-apocalyptic environment.

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