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Kellan Lutz Dishes on '50 Shades of Grey' Rumors and 'Tarzan'

As Twilight's Emmett Cullen, Kellan Lutz is accustomed to fans monitoring— and weighing in on— his every move.

But according the the actor, the attention can be helpful. Case in point: the online push for him to play either Christian or his brother Elliot Grey in the film adaptation of the racy bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey.

PARADE spoke to the Lutz while he was in New York helping launch the teenage-geared id Gum about the casting rumors, what he was like in high school, and on starring in the modern version of Tarzan:

On his teen years.
"I loved jumping from trees. I grew up in the Midwest and Tarzan was really near and dear to my heart. I was pyro. I loved being outdoors."

On his version of Tarzan.

"It's very modern. We have black hawk helicopters. We deal with family issues. Its a huge movie. It's going to look big. As an actor, [Twilight] is a blessing and allows you to be more choosy. You get tons of projects sent to you and you don't have time to read it all. But I have a great team. They know I want to be a jet fighter or boxer or He-Man, Hercules, Flash, Aquaman— characters you want to spend time with. But Tarzan was at the top of my list."

Will he wear a loin cloth?
"[Laughs] No. For my audition, I wore a wig and walked in my underwear but I didn't know it was going to be motion capture!"

On the 50 Shades rumors.
"I've been hearing about that! I haven't read the books; I need to though. The fans saw similarities between Emmett and Elliot. I don't know much about either. I know Christian is the lead but that's why I didn't want to play Edward [Cullen, in Twilight]. He wasn't really like me. I'll trust the fans."

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