Fighting off adversaries with mere might and the sway of your sword can be hazardous to your health. Even when you're a virtually indestructible demigod.
Such was the problem facing Kellan Lutz when making "Hercules: The Legend Begins" — debuting its trailer on Yahoo Movies today.
"I got scraped every single day. I got bruises every single day," Lutz told us on the phone.
"The gladiator gear looks cool, but it's really not functional," he added, referring to his costume as a "skirt"… and not much else. "I really didn't have much to wear to protect me," he said with a laugh.
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The action-packed trailer is a clear testament to the level of physicality required of the 28-year-old "Twilight" star. he said of filming the Hercules origin story in Bulgaria.
The blond hunk, who noted he had to tone up and trim down to play the ultra-powerful man-god of Greek and Roman mythology, got beat up. Literally.
A fellow actor accidentally slugged Lutz in the face during a muddy fight scene. "He really knocked me." Lutz was also thrown off his horse, leaving the cast and crew who witnessed it in a panic. "I saw it in slow motion as I'm flying, I land on the ground. … Everyone was like, 'Oh my god!' … Then I asked, 'Did you guys get that on film!?'"
Despite getting dinged up, Lutz loved the adrenaline. "I'd love to put that skirt on again, wield the sword again, and get on my horse Xanthos again," he said, admitting he'd be stoked if his Hercules flick became a franchise. "I'd rather have scars and bruises as tattoos of my life story."
Getting banged up is just part of the job of being an action movie leading man — a position Lutz is currently transitioning into. Until now he has been best known as Emmet Cullen, part of the sizable "Twilight" ensemble.
But now he receives action star advice from the guys who know the most about it: his "Expendables 3" co-stars. "Especially Sly [Stallone]," the actor revealed. "Sly is a big time mentor for me now," he said, mentioning quality time spent with Stallone on the "Expendables" set and also at the "Rocky" star's house, which included discussions of career ups and downs. Lutz said the two would "riff all the time. We would do improv," adding that Stallone likes to collaborate and be creative with his colleagues.
Stallone's best advice, per Lutz: "I've had flops as well but that doesn't stop me from doing what I love."
"Hercules: The Legend Begins" muscles its man-skirt into theaters on Jan. 10.
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