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