Kellan Lutz: Why I Didn't Want The Role Of Edward Cullen!

Mon, August 1, 2011 1:40pm EDT by 4 Comments

Kellan Lutz almost auditioned to be Edward instead of Emmett Cullen in ‘Twilight’, but ended up turning down the audition ‘multiple times’. Find out why!

Can you imagine a Twilight without Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen? Or even more bizarre — one where Kellan Lutz played Bella’s brooding vampire love? Kellan reveals he never wanted to do Twilight in the first place, and even more interesting, he specifically turned down multiple auditions for the part of Edward. “I turned down the audition a couple of times,” Kellan confessed. Why wouldn’t he want to play the starring role?He said it was too “depressing”! (We beg to differ).

“My agent wanted me to read for Edward and I read the script and thought that character was too depressing for me right now, I want to do something where I smile,” Kellan explained to JustJared. “I wanted to take a break from acting […] I spent so much time filming in Africa, seven months, and that’s a long time to be away from your family and dogs.”

So what made him change his mind and read for big, bulky, charming Emmett? “Ryan, my agent at the time, really knew it was going to be a special project so he told me to read the role of Emmett, and I read it, it was only about four lines, but he was the big brother, the comedic relief and I fell in love with him. I said ‘Sure, I would love to play this type of role’. I auditioned, and long story short, here I am finishing the saga and Emmett is going to be in my heart forever.”

Wow — how different would Twilight have been with Kellan as Edward? Can you even picture it? We’re glad everything worked out in the way it did, Kellan makes for a great Emmett! Sound off below on Emmett’s story — do you think it was rude to call the role depressing?

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