The Host's Jake Abel On Punching Mark Wahlberg And The Franchise That Didn't Happen

RETIRED - Katey Rich 2013-03-28 10:09:16discussion comments
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Well, you said that youíve played a bully a bunch of times. Does that make doing a love scene like in The Host harder because itís a muscle you havenít exercised as much?
Well, thatís what I wanted to prove, like Percy Jackson, for instance...we just went and filmed the sequel. It takes very little work for me at this point for me to play Luke. I was worried that I wasnít even present during the scenes because itís like, ďWhatever...this is this. I get it." But I think whatís important about all of the villains Iíve played is the reason Iíve chosen to do them is mostly because of the people involved, the filmmakers involved were tremendous...Steven Spielberg, D.J. Caruso, Peter Jackson...I was a bad guy in that one, but those are the reasons to do these films.

Thereís talk of The Host sequel, obviously Stephenie is writing more books. The Percy Jackson sequel is coming up. Then youíve got something like I Am Number Four, which is set up to be a franchise, and then it doesn't just quite happen. What's the contrast in those experiences, where you set yourself up for maybe being a part of something bigger and then it just doesnít quite work out as compared to something like Percy Jackson which did become pretty big.
I think itís unhealthy for the actor to worry about the final product of a project. Thereís a lot of people that get paid to have that pressure and worry about the success. So, yes, absolutely you want your movies to be a success, obviously. You donít want to be a part of a string of shitty films. I mean, the failure of I Am Number Four, that didnít stop anyoneís career. DJ is directing another movie. Everyone is off doing other things. It happens. Weíre artists. We take risks and sometimes those risks donít pay off but that doesnít mean you stop creating, so itís OK.

Do you get the sense with The Host that it's different? Thereís not a mall tour for every movie.
You know, Percy Jackson was the only other time/ That was a really good introduction to this for me, because they beat you down. Theyíre pretty tough. . Itís a lot more work, thatís for sure.

In terms of going from the audition to now?
Yeah, you know, because our job is that we go and we make the movie. Thatís the fun, thatís what weíre there to do and then a year later you have to go do like...not that this part isnít fun. I mean, meeting the fans is really great and really rewarding, but itís taxing nonetheless, so it is a bit of work. Thereís a few actors who say theyíve been paid to promote the movie. They do the work for free. Their payment is from the tour, because it is a lot of work, but with a film like this, you do get to meet fans who are really, really into it and it does give you a bit of a lift up, like book signings at the end of the day and youíre really exhausted and thereís a thousand fans outside and every one of them is so fucking stoked to be there. Itís infectious and itís rewarding in that way. Especially with Percy, itís a lot of young kids. They donít care if thereís cheesy lines or thereís this or that. Theyíre just so stoked that youíre there, that they get to be there. I was that kid when I was young, who waited in line to get to meet a ball player or something, so I know what thatís like to wait in line to meet somebody.

Who did you meet?
Itís very random. I remember meeting Carlos Baerga, who is the Cleveland Indianís second baseman, which was huge for me when I was a kid, right. I still have that picture somewhere.
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