Well, you said that you’ve played a bully a bunch of times. Does that make doing a love scene like in The Host harder because it’s a muscle you haven’t exercised as much?
Well, that’s 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 wasn’t even present during the scenes because it’s like, “Whatever...this is this. I get it." But I think what’s important about all of the villains I’ve played is the reason I’ve 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.
There’s talk of The Host sequel, obviously Stephenie is writing more books. The Percy Jackson sequel is coming up. Then you’ve 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 doesn’t quite work out as compared to something like Percy Jackson which did become pretty big.
I think it’s unhealthy for the actor to worry about the final product of a project. There’s 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 don’t want to be a part of a string of shitty films. I mean, the failure of I Am Number Four, that didn’t stop anyone’s career. DJ is directing another movie. Everyone is off doing other things. It happens. We’re artists. We take risks and sometimes those risks don’t pay off but that doesn’t mean you stop creating, so it’s OK.
Do you get the sense with The Host that it's different? There’s 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. They’re pretty tough. . It’s a lot more work, that’s 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. That’s the fun, that’s what we’re there to do and then a year later you have to go do like...not that this part isn’t fun. I mean, meeting the fans is really great and really rewarding, but it’s taxing nonetheless, so it is a bit of work. There’s a few actors who say they’ve 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 you’re really exhausted and there’s a thousand fans outside and every one of them is so fucking stoked to be there. It’s infectious and it’s rewarding in that way. Especially with Percy, it’s a lot of young kids. They don’t care if there’s cheesy lines or there’s this or that. They’re just so stoked that you’re 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 that’s like to wait in line to meet somebody.
Who did you meet?
It’s very random. I remember meeting Carlos Baerga, who is the Cleveland Indian’s second baseman, which was huge for me when I was a kid, right. I still have that picture somewhere.