Alex attended Elton John’s AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party on Sunday night and I’ve added photos into the gallery. Be sure to check them out!
• Events > 2014 > March 2: 22nd Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party
I’ve just added some photos from Alex’s appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday night.
• Events > 2014 > February 13: Jimmy Kimmel Live
Hunger Magazine is getting ready to release their Mighty Blighty issue and they’re releasing 20 different covers, including Alex gracing one of the covers. The other covers include: Jamie Campbell Bower, Ellie Goulding, James McAvoy, Kristin Scott Thomas, Plan B, Sam Claflin, Amber Anderson, Hayley Atwell, Nicholas Hoult, Holliday Grainger, Polly Morgan, Harvey Newton Haydon and Isaac Carew, Imogen Poots, Tinie Tempah, Damian Lewis, Jake Bugg, Rebecca Hall, Ella Eyre and Katie Eary.
Hunger issue 6, Mighty Blighty will be released on February 20th.
Photo courtesy of Alex’s Instagram.
English actor Alex Pettyfer seems destined to be a dashing leading man. He made his screen debut in 2005 in the title role of ‘Tom Brown’s Schooldays.’ Since then, he’s fronted the spy adventure ‘Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker,’ the Michael Bay sci-fi drama ‘I Am Number Four’ and the modern-day ‘Beauty and the Beast’ adaptation ‘Beastly.’ He strutted his stuff alongside Channing Tatum in the critically heralded ‘Magic Mike,’ then joined the star-stuffed ensemble of ‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler.’ Now he’s back in theaters looking to make us swoon once more with ‘Endless Love.’
We had the opportunity to speak with Pettyfer about his latest role, and what it’s like being in the spotlight.
So, ‘Endless Love’ is a remake of the 1981 Franco Zeffirelli drama. Have you ever seen the original?
Yes, I have. The original is very different from our movie. I mean, it was a different time back then. I think because it was set in the ’80s the subject matter was quite controversial whereas ours is very light-hearted. It’s a much simpler movie.
While the core story of star-crossed teen lovers is the same, a lot of the details have shifted in this remake. Do you want to talk about how your characters are different from the ones we saw Martin Hewitt and Brooke Shields play?
Um, yeah! I guess the characters are different in the sense that the first movie was more focused on the lust between two people, whereas ours is basically more about two people who fall in love and the hurdles that they have to overcome to actually be together.
Were you at all intimidated to take on a remake?
No, no. Because when I read the script — and then I went back and researched the book and I researched previous movie — this movie is so different, that I knew that it was really only the title we were using, and the names of the characters.
What was the biggest challenge you faced making ‘Endless Love’? (I just realized how that sounds.)
I know! [Laughs.] The biggest challenge I faced making ‘Endless Love’? [Laughs more.] Nothing a blue pill won’t help! No, I’m joking. Sorry, that’s my dark humor coming in. I guess, playing an 18-year-old and going back to that headspace of a young man and that naiveté.
Did you and your ‘Endless Love’ co-star Gabriella Wilde audition together at all while you were vying for the role of David?
No. She actually had the movie before me. She was attached to the movie before I was; I came on after her.
So when did the two of you meet?
We met for the first time in rehearsal, which was scary. But I think because Shana [Feste, the film's co-writer and director] set the environment for us to be very comfortable with one another. I think a lot relationships need to be built off trust, and Shana really set the atmosphere for us to learn to trust each other and to go into this movie together, as a team.
What was it like shooting ‘Endless Love’s’ love scene?
You think that they would be very easy, but they’re hard. It’s very mechanical. You know, you get into something. You start to feel a certain way, and then you look to the right of you and there’s like 12 burly men standing over you with lights and cameras and such.
Did you have any discussions during the filmmaking about what is and is not allowed within a PG-13 rating?
No. I think that we just wanted the energy between the two people to [be] more above the sexual thing, more than the actual physical [aspect].
What was it like working with Gabriella?
Grabriella is so easy [to work with]. Because she’s English, I think we have a connection that way. Yeah, she’s such a sweetheart. She’s just a lovely, lovely woman.
Well, speaking of being English — you actually get to use your accent a bit in this movie.
I do! Yeah, before the party scene.
Was that your idea, or how did that come about?
Shana just wanted a different accent because I’m calling the police. And I just said, “I guess, why don’t I just do a shout out to England?” Easy. And she said, “Sure.”
Were there any takes where you tried any other accent, or was it always an English accent?
I tried one in South African, because my manager’s South African.
Being as good looking as you are, working as a model and an actor, is that at all something you’ve had to fight against in typecasting?
I actually was an actor before I was a model. I did ‘Tom Brown’s Schooldays.’ That was the first in-front-of-camera thing I ever did. Then I did a couple of more movies. Then I was asked to do Burberry. But Burberry was the only modeling I really did, except for press [photos] for movies.
Do you feel like your looks are an advantage or do you feel they hold you back at all in the acting industry?
Well, I did a movie with a shaved head and prosthetics, so…
‘Beastly,’ yeah. Was that to break from some kind of niche…
I’ve never really had to think about that. I’m not very self-aware.
I see. So, your father’s an actor too, right?
He was when he was younger, yeah. He was on the West End.
Has he given you any pointers about this profession?
Uh, no. He’s just very proud of me, proud of what I’m doing.
I had heard you turned down Zac Efron‘s role in ‘The Paperboy.’ Is that true?
No, I didn’t turn it down. I was just already attached to ‘Magic Mike.’
So it was a scheduling conflict?
Then you got to work with Lee Daniels in ‘The Butler.’
Yeah, he’s an amazing supporter of mine, and I love Lee so much.
What else do you have coming up?
Nothing at the moment. I’m just trying to put together a few films. My manager and me are looking at each other, trying to figure that one out. Hopefully it will be something good.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done to impress a girl?
Craziest thing I’ve ever done? I think going on a plane at 18 on my own — I don’t like flying — to go see her. That doesn’t sound crazy, but when you have a phobia — it’s crazy for me
How long was the flight?
Oh, wow! That’s pretty impressive with or without a phobia. One last question: There’s a recurring discussion about deal-breakers in the movie. What’s a deal-breaker for you in a relationship?
I think it’s a deal-breaker for everyone: cheating.
So very similar to David in the movie?
Yeah, yeah I’d agree with that. David and me have very similar morals.
Actor Alexander Pettyfer spoke Tuesday afternoon about his early film experiences and his method to choosing which roles to audition for to about 30 students on the Tempe campus.
He entered the room with a shy smile on his face and took a moment to explain his nerves. His admitted that anxiety affects him during movie promotions.
His sense of humor lightened the atmosphere and he gradually relaxed. Pettyfer answered inquiries about how he got into acting.
His first major role was in 2006 as protagonist Alex Rider in the British spy movie “Stormbreaker,” based on the well-known book series by Anthony Horowitz.
Despite his skills, acting was never an intentional career choice for Pettyfer. He intended to become a race-car driver. The actor remains a racing-enthusiast, and he owns a variety of sports cars.
“I qualified for an F1 race, and they sent the letter to my house,” Pettyfer said. “I got an audition that same day, so my mum ripped it up. I ended up getting the movie — that was my first film.”
Pettyfer still travels to attend F1 races.
His interest in film stemmed from a visit to Universal Studios in Hollywood when he was 11. He spoke of his experience near the tower lot where “Back to the Future” was filmed and how that surreal moment inspired his desire to be in the film industry.
Pettyfer was ambivalent to which role; he simply wanted to be a part of the industry.
“As a grip or a cameraman,” he said. “I just wanted to be a part of making movies.”
He loves films that are passionate and genuine. Pettyfer emphasized that actors should have personal integrity in their own work and the roles they choose to play. When asked about his process for selecting roles, Pettyfer joked that he begs for roles.
He explained the roles need to interest him because he wants to learn more and be better. Versatility should be an actor’s prerogative.
“If I can’t bring anything to a movie,” he said. “Then I won’t do it.”
He talked about working with directors Lee Daniels (The Butler) and Steven Soderbergh (Magic Mike). Pettyfer explained how the projects required different mindsets and presented different challenges for him as an actor.
Pettyfer briefly went into the difficulties of established-studio versus independent-studio film making. He also mentioned that his latest movie, “Endless Love,” was the hardest film for him to do.
“Romance is external,” he said. “All of my past roles have dealt with internal and physical conflict.”
Pettyfer found it challenging to emote to that degree and keep it honest.
He went on to explain the cultural differences between his birthplace and America. Pettyfer joked that Americans were friendlier and warmer to strangers than in the U.K.
A student inquired about the overseas move to Los Angeles, and Pettyfer explained that he is good at living with nothing. He talked about living on a friend’s leather couch for six months at only 17.
“Endless Love” premieres Feb. 14.
Source: State Press
I’ve just added more Endless Love stills into the gallery.
• Productions > 2014 | Endless Love > Stills
Last night, Valley hung out with heartthrob and Magic Mike superstar Alex Pettyfer.
Okay, so we didn’t get to actually meet him (maybe in our dreams). But Valley was given the amazing opportunity to join a virtual college roundtable and talk to Pettyfer about his upcoming film, Endless Love (out February 14) as well as past and future projects.
Pettyfer, an England native, began his acting career in 2005 when he was cast in a British TV movie Tom Brown’s Schooldays where he played the titular role. He started gaining popularity in the U.S. by being cast in the leads of I Am Number Four and Beastly, and in 2012 wooed the female crowd as Adam in Magic Mike.
While Pettyfer always seems to get cast as the “bad guy” in movies, he said he took this role to do something a little different.
“I liked this role,” he says. “I’m always the bad guy – I was just the bad guy in The Butler.”
When asked about the movie’s tagline – “Say goodbye to innocence” – Pettyfer giggled before answering, “She’s innocent… and I show her a new world.”
While his response and the movie trailer imply a steamy scene, Pettyfer says that certainly wasn’t the most awkward thing he’s done in a movie.
“Getting in a thong and being thrusted by Matthew McConaughy was awkward,” says Pettyfer of his 2012 film Magic Mike.
Pettyfer says he realizes that this movie isn’t geared toward men, but said that he as a man would have gone to see it.
“I love love,” he says. “I would have wanted to see this movie, but most men wouldn’t. My brother didn’t want to see it but went and said he liked it.”
Ladies, there’s your excuse to drag your boyfriends to see this with you on Valentine’s Day.
Pettyfer ended the interview by saying the movie was “charming” and that his mom will be his Valentine (cue the awws from millions of girls everywhere).
Look out for Valley’s review of Endless Love early next week!