Playing a soldier is a lot more than just slipping into some fatigues and slinging a gun over your shoulder.
Just ask Kristen Stewart.
In Camp X-Ray, the Twilight star plays an army guard at Guantanamo Bay who befriends a prisoner (Peyman Moaadi) who’s been there for eight years. Directed by Peter Sattler, the film also stars Lane Garrison as a fellow soldier.
“I spent a few days with a couple of Marines that really put me through the ringer,” KStew told me yesterday at the Sundance Film Festival premiere of Camp X-Ray. “It was awesome. They’re great guys.
“We wanted to represent them in the best possible way we can and if I was remotely unauthentic, I would die,” she added. “I would hate that. We did everything we could to keep it real.”
But you won’t see Stewart in combat. “I had to move and respond like a soldier that was not given any room to breath,” said Stewart, who was wearing her character’s dog tags at the premiere. “She’s not using all the things she’s been trained to do. She’s walking around in circles. I needed to look like I learned those things but couldn’t really display any of it.”
As we first told you yesterday, Stewart would unwind from filming by hitting some golf balls.
“We built a driving range in the prison and I brought like 400 golf balls,” Garrison said. “We would go out there and hit about 100 golf balls. She has an amazing swing.”
Check out more of my chat with Kristen in the video below. Plus, see her show off her saluting skills.
In case you haven’t already heard, Kristen Stewart will soon be sharing the big screen with Jennifer Lawrence’s boyfriend Nicholas Hoult in Equals.
It was recently revealed that the pair signed on to the Drake Doremus-directed film, which is described as an updated version of the 1956 film 1984 (based on George Orwell’s famous dystopian novel of the same name), and since K.Stew and Hoult will be each other’s love interest, it’s clear that they had to have a chemistry read first, right? Nope.
Stewart tells E! News during the Sundance Film Festival that although she’s met Nicholas already, they haven’t tested the waters yet. “Drake works in a really cool way, he had a pair in mind and if one of us wasn’t able to do it, we’d both be out. That group works. And if it didn’t, he would’ve chosen two other people,” she explains.
How long does it take to become Hercules? Well, if you’re Kellan Lutz, that answer is … six days.
The star of “The Legend of Hercules” was informed by director Renny Harlin that he had less than a week to train before filming began on what will be the latest take on the epic tale of the Greek demigod.
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Kellan Lutz tells us about his new movie, “The Legend of Hercules” and tells Wendy about his TV obsession.
Then, is Kellan single? Does he think a younger guy and older woman could ever have a serious relationship?
Find out what he only tells Wendy!
Kellan Lutz had a bit of an issue with his behind while shooting the Legend of Hercules.
As it turns out, the 28-year-old actor who plays the lead role in the film, dealt with some butt chafing while he was trying to master riding a horse for it.
“It got rough. It got really rough,” Lutz told E! News’ Giuliana Rancic and Catt Sadler Friday. “There was some chafing. You’re bouncing up and down, you have to ride [the horse], so you really learn. So, my butt just got raw.”
“I got some scars on it and I had to be on the horse the next day, because the horse needs to learn that you are the rider, so you can never miss a day,” he continued. “So, I learned my lesson to listen to the experts and I will always do that from now on.”
Kellan Lutz Kick Starts the New Year, with Kelly and Michael, by doing the Doonya Bollywood workout!
The Sundance Film Festival is a mecca for independent cinema and a pool of fresh filmmaking talent. But with nearly 200 films selected for exhibition, it can be a dizzying game of catch-up. So this year, The Hollywood Reporter decided to do a bit of prep work for you: Here’s the who/what/where/when/why on films worth putting on your radar.
Peter Sattler’s Camp X-Ray will undoubtedly stir the pot when it premieres on Thurs., Jan. 17, the first full day of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. First there are the political provocations: the film follows a young woman recently assigned to prison guard duty at Guantanamo Bay who finds herself befriending an inmate. Then there are both critics and fans of Kristen Stewart, anxious to see how the film subverts the actress’ assumed evolution (and judging from the sold-out screenings, they latter will be coming out in throngs). Camp X-Ray marks Sattler’s directorial debut, though it would be an ambitious project for even a seasoned filmmaker. Before it bows at Sundance ’14, we talked to Sattler about his career, developing Camp X-Ray, and his hopes for this competition film:
Earlier this week I had the opportunity to visit the set of Joe Dante‘s new film Burying the Ex, a horror comedy about Max (Anton Yelchin), a nice guy who moves in with his girlfriend Evelyn (Ashley Greene) only to find she’s a controlling nightmare. He’s saved the burden of a nasty breakup when she dies in a freak accident, and soon after meets the girl of his dreams (Alexandra Daddario). Everything seems hunkydory until Evelyn returns from the grave, crazy as ever and now with added undead super strength! As a huge fan of Dante’s I was excited to get an early look at what the film has to offer and speak with some of the folks involved. Though the film is already in production Dante and co have mounted a crowdfunding campaign through FundAnything to help with post-production and distribution. There are some damn cool rewards on the table including exclusive footage, screening invites, and even lunch with Mr. Dante himself. You can check out the official page here.
While on set I sat down for an exclusive interview with Greene. She talked about what attracted her to the project, playing an emotionally unbalanced zombie, working with the effects makeup, and director Joe Dante. She also talked about how the film references and subverts genre tropes, shooting in Los Angeles, crowdfunding, life after Twilight and a lot more. Check out what she had to say after the jump.