The Expendables 3: The New Guys with Kellan Lutz
TALK ABOUT YOUR CHARACTER IN THE EXPENDABLES 3
Kellan Lutz: John Smilee is a sergeant who came back from a war and lost all his comrades, so he’s wearing a heavy heart. He gets himself into underground fights so he can feel any sort of feeling, any sort of emotion…and it numbs the inner demons that he has.
WHAT DREW YOU TO THE ROLE?
Lutz: This is my ideal dream job to work with all my favorite childhood heroes…To have an opportunity to work with all these guys in one movie, I’ve been trying to position myself for [this] since day one.
HOW DID YOU PREPARE YOURSELF TO PLAY YOUR CHARACTER?
Lutz: John Smilee is known for his motorcycle riding. So I’ve never done that before…Any day I wasn’t working, I’d hit [my stunt double] “Frog” up. I’d be like, “Take me to the track.” For me personally, that’s why I love action movies. I get to learn something fun [and] that I’ve never been trained to do.
WHAT’S IT LIKE BEING IN A BIG-BUDGET ACTION MOVIE
Lutz: There’s this scene where it’s just Stallone and me taking on fire and we’re saving each other and just shooting the guys. He throws a one-liner to me and it was the first take—mortars are going off, bullets are flying, bad guys are dying—and I’m sitting there just tagging up these guys with the biggest smile on my face. And Sly turns to me and he’s like, “You aren’t supposed to be enjoying this you know. And you aren’t supposed to be smiling.”
HOW DO YOU THINK YOU’D DO AS A REAL-LIFE “EXPENDABLE”?
Lutz: Lutz: It’d be a dream. I’d love to be a real-life “Expendable.” Before acting came around, I wanted to become a Navy SEAL. So I think it’s right up that alley.
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