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ON THE RISE: Lucas Till On His Role In ‘Bravetown,’ His Evolution And More!

ON THE RISE: Lucas Till On His Role In ‘Bravetown,’ His Evolution And More!

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Lucas Till hit the radar of pop culture and genre fans with his starring role in 2011’s ‘Battle: Los Angeles.’ Shortly thereafter, he graced the screen in ‘X-Men: First Class’ at the mere age of nineteen. His hard work and dedication to his craft has paid of in spades as the Texas native continues to gain steam. He would follow those massive roles with appearance’s in Park Chan-wook’s acclaimed ‘Stoker’ and sharing the screen with film legends Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman in the techno thriller ‘Paranoia.’ 2014 ushered in his return to the role of Alex Summers (a.k.a. Havok, Cyclops’ brother) in Bryan Singer’s ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past,’ a role which he will soon reprise in ‘X-Men: Apocalypse.’ When he isn’t landing roles in blockbuster films, he is exploring his craft further in solid indie flicks that showcase his range. His latest role in ‘Bravetown,’ co-starring Josh Duhamel, Laura Dern, Mario Bello and Kherington Payne, i son exception to the rule.

In ‘Bravetown,’ Lucas Till plays Josh Harvest, a hardened New York City teen from a broken home – and quietly one of the country’s top dance club DJs and remixers. After a life altering incident, he is sentenced to counseling for a minor drug infraction, along with an extended stay with his estranged father, who lives in a small town in North Dakota. He is slow to warm to his new environment, a town best-known for sending its young off to war, many of whom never return. But when Josh is asked to help out the last-place dance team as they vie for the state competition title, his rough exterior begins to soften. As his relationships emerge with both the team’s captain, Mary, and his therapist, each of whom have lost someone special to war, it forces all three to begin to face and heal their pasts.

Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently sat down with Lucas Till to discuss his journey as an actor, his influences, his time on the set of ‘Bravetown’ and what he learned from the talented cast. Most importantly, we learn what he has in store for us in the months to come as this star on the rise continues to shine brighter with each passing day!

Lucas Till

Lucas Till

What intrigued you about the world of acting early on?

Oh man, I think I was too small to play sports and I really wanted attention from girls when I was younger! [laughs] In all honesty, my whole family is full of charismatic people, so I had influence from them. I did a lot of plays when I was in elementary school and stuff like that. When I was 10 years old, I ended up getting an agent and pursued it professionally. I had always loved entertaining people but, until that point, I didn’t know I could do it as a career.

Did you have any reservations about taking the plunge as a full time actor when it came time to choose your path?

Oh yeah! People tend to think that all actors are millionaire playboys but it’s really not the case! You have to really make sure it really is the one thing you want to do in life. That being said, I had been accepted to a local university and almost didn’t move out to Los Angeles to pursue acting when I was 18. It was almost a 50/50 chance things could have gone another way but I ended up going the other way and doing what I wanted to do.

It seems to be working out so far!

Yeah! [laughs] Maybe I made the right choice? I guess that remains to be seen as far as if the right decision was made.

No worries, Lucas. I have faith in you.

[laughs] Thanks, Jason!

On The Rise: Lucas Till

On The Rise: Lucas Till

Who are some of the people who had a big impact you; the guy we see off-screen?

My parents had a big impact on me. They were the perfect combination of supportive and indifferent to what I do! [laughs] I will think I have really accomplished something with a role in a movie and I will go back and tell my dad about it. He will be like, “Oh, man. That’s cool! You got to go up there and travel. That’s great.” I will say, “Yeah! And I got to work with this guy and that guy and this director.” He goes, “Wow. I don’t really know who that is but it sounds cool, man!” [laughs] It really keeps you grounded and they are really supportive as you would imagine parents would be.

'Bravetown'

‘Bravetown’

They should definitely be proud of you with your latest performance in “Bravetown.” I thought it was a terrific performance. What can you tell us about the project and what attracted you to the project?

There were a lot of things that intrigued me about the project. The cast was mostly put together before I came in or at least it was being tossed around. I liked everyone in it from Maria Bello to Laura Dern to Tom Everett Scott to Josh Duhamel. I have always liked Josh Duhamel since “Las Vegas.” I had definitely never played a DJ before and I was fascinated by that world. Originally, I felt like you just pressed the play button and there was nothing to it. That is not true at all! I know that now! I was also intrigued by the elements of the veterans and their families, which I think might have even been bigger in the script. The film is centered in a town of veteran families, which I was surprised to find out was fairly true to life. Half of my family is veterans, so it was something I could really relate to.

What did you bring to this character that might not have been on the written page?

It is almost as if I flipped as this character is opposite me in a lot of ways. There are some similarities and some people I know say I am a lot like that character but some say I couldn’t be anymore the opposite. A lot of times, that is what attracts you to a character, wanting to do something you have never done before by going outside of the box. It is always a challenge to become something you are not naturally, if that makes sense.

Lucas Till in 'Bravetown'

Lucas Till in ‘Bravetown’

It does. There is a lot of focus on music in this film with the character’s passion for DJing. Did you have to learn a lot on that front and want can you tell us about it?

You know what? I did learn a lot. I worked with a DJ and really tried to get good. Truth be told, I could almost pull it off. I could do it for about 20 minutes at a party! [laughs] You really have to know your stuff. It is an art form. You have to be so smart and the beats have to be so similar and know how to connect them. You really have to have a knowledge of music history or know thousands of songs in order to connect them. If you are doing the battling, there are a lot of skills that go into it. For me, because the song is simply playing back, all I had to do is fake it. I really just went over the motions, watched YouTube videos and applied it.

The entire cast had a great chemistry, specifically the chemistry between your character and Josh Duhamel’s character. Did you and Josh hit it off immediately?

I think so. Let me explain it this way. It’s a funny story. To answer your question, we did hit it off and I liked working with him a lot. Like I said, I have always liked him and he has always been pretty solid and he is a really nice guy. I do remember kind of shaking him. Our scenes were sometimes 10-and-a-half minute long takes. There was a lot that goes into it. On bigger movies, you often find yourself shooting three pages a day and with “Bravetown” we were shooting 10 or 17 pages a day, which means there is five times the dialog and you are sitting there forever. He thought, “Oh no. This kid has no idea.” We were running the scene before shooting it and I was messing with him. I was like, “Uhhhhh. What is it again?” I acted like I didn’t know any of my lines. When we got on set, I could see he was sweating because he wanted to do a good job with this movie and he is thinking about this kid who is being lazy not learning the lines. Anyway, I knew the whole thing and I think I surprised him in the scene that I was able to pull it all off. So, I definitely liked him enough to try and pull a prank on him! [laughs]

Kherington Payne and Lucas Till in 'Bravetown'

Kherington Payne and Lucas Till in ‘Bravetown’

What was the biggest challenge for you as an actor on this project?

The film has changed a few times since I have seen it but I will say that I did have to cry a lot. [laughs] Ya know, I am a pretty happy guy, so when you have to cry for three days straight you are so wrecked by the end of it! You find yourself throwing stuff because you think you are supposed to be angry but the director, Daniel Duran, would say, “That was amazing but this time you love your mother and are not angry at her.” Three days of crying puts you through an emotional and mental blender! Honestly, the DJing was the biggest challenge. I remember being frightened right after I had really sat down with the turntables for the first time. I went to the doctor’s right afterward and he asked, “Are you feeling OK? Are you normally pretty healthy because your heart is through the roof right now!” So, that was definitely the biggest challenge for me.

You mentioned one of the things which attracted you to the role was the cast. Are you the type of actor who sits back and tries to learn a little bit from your co-stars from their process?

Ya know what? Yeah, now that you say that, I do. When I was shooting, a series of three weeks, each week was a different actor I looked up too. There was no time to settle down and relax. I would get done with a week and feel like I was finally worthy of being in a room with this person and then the next week it would be a new actor coming in and keeping me on my toes. Everyone is different. For example, when Josh and I were at the house it was almost like we were actually there. When I finally went up to him, he would say something to me in character and I fire back at him in character and we were getting pretty heated. It got pretty intense. Then, with other actors in the movie, they could go 100% into character and come back to being super sweet. Everyone was so different but I think you definitely learn something new from every actor you work with.

Laura Dern and Lucas Till in 'Bravetown'

Laura Dern and Lucas Till in ‘Bravetown’

Your roles grew through the years and it looks like you have a lot of good stuff headed our way. Do you ever take time to reflect on your work and how have you most evolved along the way?

I try not to, man! Every time I look back, I keep getting more and more depressed! [laughs] No, I am kidding! [laughs] I think I have learned to relax a little bit more. That is for certain. I used to feel so high-strung. It is hard for anyone to watch movies they are in but I really felt like been a little more focused, not that I wasn’t before, but I have learned to relax. It was more that I couldn’t tell I was high-strung, as opposed to other people seeing it. I felt like I was twisted up like a windup toy! I just felt I was wound up on screen all the time and that was annoying to watch. Now, it is like, “OK, kid. You are picking it up! You’re gettin’ it!” [laughs]

What projects do you have in store for us in the near future and are there specific roles you would like to tackle?

Lucas Till: One To Watch

Lucas Till: One To Watch

There are so many masters out there and the guys who would like to take their careers a little more seriously but, at the same time, I don’t know those are the type of movies I watch over and over. Then you start thinking, “Would I rather be in the type of movies I watch over and over?” I don’t know, so I am not even going to put a name on a role I would love to play but I do love action and I do love comedy. Nowadays, action comedies are a real thing. They are their own genre. I would like to be in more stuff like that. To answer your other question, I have a movie called “Sins of Our Youth,” which I am definitely plugging that one right now because I feel it would lead to more attention than anything else. Definitely check it out because I couldn’t be more proud of it and I think it is one of the best things I have done in my career. Everyone involved, from the director to the cast, was amazing and it is a terrific little film. Then next year, I have another movie coming out called “Monster Trucks.”

How did being a part of a huge franchise like “X-Men” impact you and the way you work today?

It had a huge effect on me. Like I said before, it is the type of movie I would watch a lot. I think I am such an annoying cast member to the people on “X-Men” because I am such a fan. That is the film that I definitely think chilled me out a lot. I realized, “Oh! I can be in movies that I really like and had a built-in nostalgia for.” To get to be a part of something you know the history of and get excited when you see a certain actor you recognize from their past role was amazing. It was so cool, being a nerd, to be able to watch it and appreciate it on that level, as well as to be a part of it. It has definitely made me pretty happy to be a part of something of that caliber.

That is great. Clearly you are busy in front of the camera. Do you aspire to explore the world behind the camera in the form of writing and directing at some point?

Yeah, definitely. I have some things going on. I am afraid to put that out there in the ether. I didn’t want people knowing that yet and have been keeping that close to my chest but, yes, to answer your question.

It will be our little secret. [laughs]

Thank for your time today, Lucas! I have to say you are a lot of fun to watch and it has been great chatting with you! Keep up the great work!

Thanks so much, Jason. I really appreciate! Have a good one!

Alright. Our secret and however many thousands of readers! [laughs]

‘Bravetown’ is now playing in select theaters & VOD/iTunes!
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David Lyons Discusses His Career, Role In ‘Safe Haven’ And Much More!

David Lyons Discusses His Career, Role In ‘Safe Haven’ And Much More!

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David Lyons is being quite a familiar face to American audiences. The Australian star is a graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), Australia’s most prestigious acting college, and has performed onstage with both of Australia’s leading theatre companies—the Sydney Theatre Company and Melbourne Theatre Company. Building his resume with roles on the Australian series ‘Blue Heelers’ and ‘Sea Patrol’, in 2008 Lyons was added to the cast of the wildly popular medical drama, ‘ER,’ as Dr. Simon Brenner, the doctor who ends up being the third person in the final season’s love triangle between Parminder Nagra and Shane West’s characters. His impressive body of work landed him the lead role in NBC’s 2011 drama, ‘The Cape.’ The Aussie actor is currently a series regular and fan favorite on the J.J. Abrams-executive produced drama ‘Revolution’ for NBC.His work on the silver screen is no less impressive, as he starred alongside Julia Roberts in the Ryan Murphy film ‘Eat, Pray,Love’.

His latest project is certainly his most challenging to date. ‘Safe Haven’ is based on the novel from Nicholas Sparks, the best-selling author behind the hit films ‘The Notebook’ and ‘Dear John’. The film is an affirming and suspenseful story about a young woman’s struggle to love again. It begins as a mysterious young woman arrives in a small North Carolina town, her reluctance to join the tight knit community raises questions about her past. Slowly, she begins putting down roots, and gains the courage to start a relationship with Alex, a widowed store owner with two young children. But dark secrets intrude on her new life with such terror that she is forced to rediscover the meaning of sacrifice and rely on the power of love in this deeply moving romantic thriller. David Lyons recently sat down with Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon to discuss his inspiring journey as an actor, the challenges of his dark role in ‘Safe Haven’ and what the future holds for this actor on the rise!

David Lyons

David Lyons

You are getting to be quite a familiar face on television and in film. What was it about acting that intrigued you early on and made you pursue it as a career?

That is a good question, Jason. I started out pretty late in the game. It wasn’t until I was about 26 years old that I finished my degree. I had traveled the world and I tried desperately to do the 9 to 5 job, always with this thought in the back of my head of really wanting to tell stories. It was through the goading of some of my best friends saying, “Why don’t you just go out and do it!” That is when I came to the realization that I would rather be poor and happy than poor and unhappy, which was what I was at the time! From there, I just kinda jumped on in. I, for a long time, thought it was such a fickle environment, such a weird industry to try and tether yourself to. I was a little apprehensive to say the very least.

With that being said, what kept you inspired?

It is a love for it. The inspiration comes from the people you meet, the work they produce and the scripts they write. The inspiration is found everywhere in this industry. Everyone is trying to tell stories and you find one that really inspires, it inspires the crew, the director, the actor and all of the things in between. That is what makes people get up and go to work with a smile!

This latest project, “Safe Haven,” seems like a perfect one for you then.

That is a great segue into Lasse Hallstrom. You ask about what is inspiring, working with a man like Lasse Hallstrom is that to an nth degree! He is such a wonderful spirit as well as a wonderful director and storyteller! Inspiration was all around on this project.

What was it about this script and the character or the people involved that drew you the project?

Obviously, working with Lasse was at the top of the list. I had gone in for an audition for this role. We worked on improvising with this character. I knew in working with him, we would really start to be able to penetrate this character and getting to what makes him tick. He was able to do that with all the characters in the film. After meeting with Lasse and working with him on only a few scenes, I knew I really wanted to pursue this role and felt very much I would get it.

In Theaters On Valentine's Day!

In Theaters On Valentine’s Day!

What did you bring to the character which might not have been in the script?

I really don’t know what I brought that no one else would have brought. I don’t know if anyone really understands their own quality in that way. My version of Kevin Tierney would be different to someone elses and I am not sure how or why that would be. I guess what I tried to do with that character is understand him and try to swim around in that darkness for a bit to figure out what it is he is acting upon and why he is the person he is. It was important for me to figure out how he responds to Julianne Hough’s character and how he fits into that environment. Who knows if I was successful or not but that was what I tried to bring to it! [laughs]

As you mentioned, this is a dark character. This is a tough question but, even in that darkness, do you see a little bit of yourself?

[laughs] It is definitely a tough question considering the nature of that guy! Just for self-preservation, I would have to say no! [laughs] It is a fascinating question that you have asked. This is a man who loves and loves very deeply. All people are capable of that but he demonstrates it and it fills him with something darker than anything I would ever anticipate in myself.

From what I read, you had a bit of writing and work on some of the scenes with the director. What was that experience like?

It was a great scenario because once we started to explore these characters, Lasse was really willing for us to add our own flavors to it. When dealing with relationships and so on, you might see something on set that won’t be picked up later on in the film as it is written, so you start to add little pieces in order to create a truthful portrayal of all the characters. In each house, whether it was Josh, Julianne or myself, we all brought things everyday to every scene to make them sing and be more real. It was fantastic! It was something I have not been privy to too often, for someone to have confidence in his actors to say, “You do what you think you should do in this scene,” as opposed to sticking so closely with the script. It was incredibly liberating in that respect. It was daunting at the start but, after awhile, you start to realize he is allowing you the space and updraft to spread your wings and fly a bit. It was good.

David Lyons

David Lyons

What was the biggest challenge for you as an actor on this project?

I think the nature of the role was the biggest challenge. The emotional space that my character inhabits. It goes a bit to your question before because it is not a space I ever inhabit. That was probably the hardest aspect but it was made a lot easy working with Julianne in those scenes and working with Lasse. They were both incredible to work with. I know that is something everyone seems to say when talking about a film, “Oh, they were fantastic to work with!” But, honestly, I can’t say enough good things about either of them. Considering the nature of our relationship in the film, Julianne and myself, we felt safe with each other in that tumultuous environment constantly. With Lasse helming, it was fantastic. It was all good, all good!

Looking at your career so far, it is easy to see you have a wonderful range. How have you evolved as an actor since you started out?

They say it takes 10,000 hours to master something. I am nowhere near 10,000 hours! I think, as an actor, you start to understand the blueprints of your body and your emotional makeup. Through the years, when you need to access it or evolve in certain ways to inhabit a character, you start to see a landscape of what is available to you a little bit more clearly. I have a long way to go, I know that but I guess the more you do something, the more comfortable you become with it. I have been very, very lucky that most of the characters I have done more recently have been way out of my comfort zone. That means you start to explore areas of your own emotional state and also see the potential you have as an actor.

David Lyons

David Lyons

Is there a genre or type of character you are looking to take on in the short term to keep moving in that direction?

I have been doing darker characters more recently and I have really enjoyed that and, to an extent, endured that. I think maybe I might start to pull that back a bit and perhaps delve into the light a little bit more. We will see. I never really know what is going to inspire me from day to day. It is not until you see something that you really start to fall in love with it and start to realize it is where you want to go as a direction. It is kind of like sculpting in the sense I keep taking away more of the clay to figure out what it is I am sculpting. I am not sure what I may be doing next but I am enjoying the process.

What is the best piece of advice you can pass along to young actors looking to pursue a career path similar to yours?

The best piece of advice is to just go and do it. I think I was shackled by fear for so long that there were parts of me that regret not doing it sooner. One of the best pieces of advice I ever received was to not run from your fear but run towards it. There will be times mistakes are made and the times you are rejected but you have to understand that is OK. Run towards the fear and you will never die regretting it!

Thank you for your time today, David. All the best to you in the future!

Thank you! It was lovely to speak with you.

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Explosive New Trailer For ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’ Unleashed!

Explosive New Trailer For ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’ Unleashed!

The new trailer for Michael Bay’s ‘Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon’ has made it’s explosive debut on Apple.com. One of the most anticipated films of Summer 2011, opens in 3D, 2D and IMAX theaters on July 1st. The cast for this flick includes Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, Kevin Dunn, Julie White, Frances McDormand, John Malkovich, Ken Jeong, Patrick Dempsey, Alan Tudyk, John Turturro and Leonard Nimoy. Check out the trailer check out the trailer at this location and weigh in with your thoughts!

Synopsis: Shia LaBeouf returns as Sam Witwicky in ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’. When a mysterious event from Earth’s past erupts into the present day it threatens to bring a war to Earth so big that the Transformers alone will not be able to save us.

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‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’ – New Looks At Optimus Prime & Sentinel Prime

‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’ – New Looks At Optimus Prime & Sentinel Prime

Fans of the ‘Transformers’ franchise have something to be excited about today as two new images from the highly anticipated flick ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’ have been unleashed on the web. The images give us a new look at Optimus Prime (on the banner above) and Sentinel Prime (below). Sentinel Prime will be voiced by the legendary Leonard Nimoy.

The film stars stars Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, John Malkovich, Patrick Dempsey, Ken Jeong, John Turturro, Frances McDormand, Peter Cullen and Tyrese Gibson.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon is currently slated to explode into theaters on July 1, 2011.

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Teaser Trailer For Michael Bay’s ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’ Unleashed!

Teaser Trailer For Michael Bay’s ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’ Unleashed!

Paramount Pictures has released the first teaser trailer for Michael Bay’s Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Check it out below or watch it in HD on Apple.com.

The film stars stars Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, John Malkovich, Patrick Dempsey, Ken Jeong, John Turturro, Frances McDormand, Peter Cullen and Tyrese Gibson.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon is currently slated to explode into theaters on July 1, 2011.

he film, directed by Michael Bay brings Shia LaBeouf, the Autobots and Decepticons back to the big screen along with Josh Duhamel, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, John Malkovich, Patrick Dempsey, Ken Jeong, John Turturro, Frances McDormand, Peter Cullen and Tyrese Gibson.

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