It may be hard for some people to believe, but the first Twilight movie is ten years old. The film, directed by Catherine Hardwicke, introduced a whole generation of people to the author Stephanie Meyer's world of vampires, werewolves, and star-crossed love. Like it or not, the love triangle between Edward, Bella, and Jacob is one of the most talked-about romances of the 21st century.
Among the high profile cast which included Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Ashley Greene, and Billy Burke, was Kellan Lutz. Young Lutz was in his early 20s when he was cast as Emmett, the barrel-chested hunk of the Cullen vampire clan. In the years since the close of the saga, Lutz has appeared in films like The Expendables 3 and Experimenter, as well as the upcoming project, Adi Shankar's Gods and Secrets.
At New York Comic Con, we spoke to Kellan Lutz about the tenth anniversary of the mega-blockbuster film franchise, and he shared his thoughts on that famous baseball scene, as well as his undying love and appreciation of the worldwide community of the Twilight fandom.
Kellan Lutz on Playing Baseball with Robert Pattinson in Twilight
One of the most famous scenes in the original Twilight film is when the Cullen clan get together to play America's Pastime, baseball, in the picturesque woods of Forks, Washington. Lutz explains it, the scene served as something of a team-building exercise for the film's young cast, and a great symbol for the indie attitude of the original film compared to its more high-profile sequels:
That was a really unique experience. I kinda wish we had another baseball scene. I wish we had a baseball scene in all the movies. That was just really fun. We went out, and Catherine (Hardwicke, director) was like, "Let's go hit some balls." Half the time, I didn't even know the camera was on unless it was right in front of me. I think there's one scene where I'm like, shadow boxing, and they're like, "alright Kellan, do that!" But for the most part, we were just playing baseball out there. A lot of us... I'm pretty athletic, Jackson's pretty athletic. As you can see in the movie, Carlisle (Peter Facinelli) is pretty athletic, but Rob (Pattinson) wasn't at all! I would randomly toss the ball at him, and he wouldn't be ready for it. That's what was great about the first one; the innocence, the purity, the fun of it all. They're all very enjoyable movies, but as we got to Breaking Dawn Part 2, I think if I threw a ball, there would be five security guards before it got to anyone.
While the indie spirit of the original may have been lost during the production of its blockbuster sequels, the whole series was still warmly received by its massive fanbase, who continue to adore the romantic saga of Bella and Edward.
Kellan Lutz On His Relationship With The Twilight Fan Community
In the history of pop culture, few fandoms as are dedicated and devoted to their passion as Twilight fans. These Twi-hards express their love for the saga by forming internet fan clubs, attending conventions, writing letters to the stars, and going on pilgrimages to Forks, Washington. One writer of fan-fiction, E.L. James, even turned her Twilight-inspired prose into an original series, Fifty Shades of Grey, which itself became a literary sensation, inspiring a blockbuster film series of its own.
For his part, Lutz is exceedingly grateful to the fan community, and even keeps in touch with his most devoted followers. He shared some fun fandom stories with us:
There's so many stories. I'm so grateful for them, because we're all just people at the end of the day. When people have passion for the projects that you do, it's very humbling for any actor. As artists, you're creating something. You want people to feel, and when people do feel and they appreciate and they're able to escape their lives and be entertained, that's the best pat on the back. In particular are these Philly Moms, who always camped out to the Twilight premieres. We became friends and they really took us under their wing and were like, "we want to send you Christmas presents!" It's not the gifts, it's more about the intention behind them. And another guy, Rob Hunter, from Australia, has been a huge die hard fan. He's been going to Forks for the past few years. He helped one of my smaller companies out by doing a booth out there. And we're like, bless your heart for doing that!
What is your company selling? What's the product?
Blackout Bands. It's like a sleep mask, but they're sunglasses that are completely blacked out so you don't have to wear a sleep mask on your head on airplane flights or at the beach.
With more focuses in life than just Hollywood stardom, Kellan Lutz is more than just a pretty face and chiseled abs, and has given the opportunity to do what he he wants with his life, rather than just chase after the next big role, and it's all thanks to his work on the Twilight films:
Twilight's really given me the security in the industry, as well as in life, to pursue other passions, so I can create a life outside of the industry, so you can be choosy of what you want to take and what you don't want to take. It's really a blessing to be in that position.
The Twilight fandom is just as passionate now as it was when the series ended back in 2012, and will continue to persist well into the future, especially if the rumors of new Twilight stories turns into an exciting prospective reality.