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By Suzanne

Kellan Lutz

Interview with Kellan Lutz of "Bullseye!" on FOX 5/21/15

I wasn't that familiar with Kellan before this interview. I mean, I've seen most of the "Twilight" movies but I don't remember which werewolf he was. I'd have to go back and watch them again.  I don't watch a lot of movies, and he's more of a movie star than a TV star. He was super enthusiastic on the phone and clearly he loves this show and is jazzed about it. I don't watch reality shows or game shows, but I know lots of people love them, so I hope they watch this, for his sake! It's a very entertaining call below. Some of the people asking questions were clearly fan girls of his from his movies, so it's very funny.

Final Transcript
May 21, 2015/1:00 p.m. PDT

Allison Daulerio
Kellan Lutz


Moderator: Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by. Welcome to the Bullseye conference call. At this time all participants are in a listen-only mode. Later, we will conduct a question and answer session. Instructions will be given at that time. (Operator instructions.) As a reminder, this conference is being recorded.

I would now like to turn the conference over to your host, Allison Daulerio. Please go ahead.

Allison: Hey, everyone. Thanks for joining the Bullseye call today with our host, Kellan Lutz. Due to the post production schedule unfortunately we were not able to make the episode available in advance. But we are posting a brand new Sizzle on the Fox Screening Room later today, so make sure to check it out.

Everybody is allowed a question and a follow up, but if time permits we can absolutely accommodate a second question as well. So, without further ado, Iíll turn this call over to Kellan.

Kellan: Hi, guys. How are you doing? Itís Kellan Lutz, host of Bullseye. Yes, we are bringing you a crazy adventure May 27th at 9:00 p.m. only on Fox, so please tune in and see the thrill that makes me go crazy every single day on set. How are you guys doing?

Moderator: (Operator instructions.) One moment, please, for the first question. Your first question comes from the line of Suzanne Lanoue from The TV Megasite. Please go ahead.

Suzanne: Good morning. Thanks for talking to us today.

Kellan: Hi, Suzanne. How are you?

Suzanne: Pretty good, pretty good. I was wondering, what about this project attracted you to it?

Kellan: Everything. I am an adventure, risk taking junkie at heart, and I just live for action movies. Thatís why I do a plethora of action movies. I just love driving fast cars, shooting guns, doing fight scenes, and layering that with crazy stunts like Expendables 3, where I got to ride my motorcycle up eight stories. So, any time I can do something that really makes me push my comfort zone to the max, thatís what real life living is to me.

When Jon Kroll, an amazing producer, brought this to my attention, I saw this as a rule that he had. And I was just floored that they could get a way, production value of making these stunts, because a lot of the stunts that he showed me excelled way past any stunts Iíve ever done in my movies. So, being a part of the show, I wanted to be on the show and I said, ďWhen can I do the stunts?Ē And he was like, ďWell, weíd like you to host it because we know this is right up your alley.Ē And Iíd never hosted before, so I took a little bit of time and I thought about it, and it made sense because how I look at my career is I want to do stuff that Iím passionate about, stuff that just is me, is Kellan.

And hosting a show like this, it just seems right. It seems right up my alley. Iíd be really excited every day with every new stunt. And Iím a people person, so I just love encouraging other people to step outside of their comfort zone and push their limits, and really live life the way that I love living, so the showís very organic for myself.

And also asking them, and the studio, Fox and Endemol if Iíd be able to participate and partake in some of the stunts, they were hesitant at first, but they knew that that was the deciding factor for me. I couldnít just sit on the sidelines and watch everyone else have fun. So, they agreed and weíre off to the races.

Suzanne: Cool.

Kellan: This whole project has been such an amazing experience, and I love every day on set. Thereís always amazing contestants, and thereís always a new stunt that Scott Larsen creates, and the whole company creates. And the crewís worked together on Wipeout and Fear Factor before, so I really stepped into a great family unit and they welcomed me with open arms. Then I get to do it with Godfrey who has us cracking up on set. So, the energy on set is just unlike anything Iíve ever experienced.

Suzanne: Cool. Was there anything about being a host that surprised you, that was very different from other things that you had done?

Kellan: When youíre acting you usually have lines, and you know what youíre saying or what the scenes are about. When youíre fighting you have choreography, so you know when to punch, or when to shoot the gun, and when to hit the brakes so you donít crash, or fall off a cliff. Hosting, itís very ad lib and very organic, so itís great to have a co-star like Godfrey, like I said, whoís a comedian by nature, and he just pulls tons of stuff out of his little rabbit hat.

For me, I love talking to people. I love encouraging them to do these stunts. Itís a place where I can be me, a place where audiences and the contestants can see my excitement for these stunts, and also my science background and physics background with knowing how to describe the stunts.

Also, Iím not supposed to give advice, so I donít give advice, but afterward most contestants would ask me, ďHow would you do this?Ē ďWould you do this?Ē And then I get my little nerdy science background out and talk about velocity, speed, and trajectory, and really break it down scientifically how I might go about doing it. But at the end of the day, youíve just got to have instinct, and strategy, and a lot of good hand-eye contact, and reaction speed.

Suzanne: Alright, well, it sounds like an interesting show. Thanks a lot.

Kellan: Thanks.

Moderator: (Operator instructions.) Next weíll go to the line of Jamie Ruby from Please go ahead.

Jamie: Hi. Thanks so much for talking to us today.

Kellan: Hi. Thanks for having me.

Jamie: Out of all the stunts youíve seen so far, which ones do you think were the most fun, or the most interesting?

Kellan: Every single one is. It doesnít matter if we have a helicopter, or a train, or a boat, each and every one is something out of a kidís drawing book. Thatís how I feel like. I feel like I used to draw these and make crazy little stunts on my pad of paper, but you can never really turn them into a reality due to budget, right? As a kid youíd always want to do these things, you were kind of fearless, and Scott Larsen and everyone thatís a part of Bullseye, now we get to make those dreams a reality.

So, the stunts that really stick out to me, oneís called the Corkscrew. This one we lift our contestants up to about 30 feet up in the air, we start spinning them as theyíre dangling from this crane like a tire swing, as one would when theyíre on a playground, you just spin them until they either fly off or throw up, none of that happens on our set, but you let go of the rope and they start swinging.

And slowly theyíre lowered down to a very thin balance beam, and as soon as they land on the balance beam theyíre supposed to collect their bearings and just walk, balance themselves, towards one end of the beam, unlatch a bullseye, a small target, and walk all the way to the other end of the beam, roughly 15 feet, 20 feet, and put on the giant bullseye. Now, theyíre supposed to do this three times.
And the funny thing about it is, as soon as they touch down the time starts. Once their toes touch the balance beam everyone, they look like theyíre Bambi, or they look like theyíre just wasted, like they had just drank, and they would shake. They would just sit there trying to catch their bearings while dangling on this balance beam thatís 100 feet up in the air over a cliff. And they would just freeze and shake like nothing Iíve ever seen before.

And some of the contestants would fall off, but they wouldnít plummet to their death. This is a very safe, safe show. But they would fall about three feet where they then would have to grab this rope ladder and maneuver themselves on this net back to the big bullseye, climb back up, and start from the very beginning.

Youíd never see that coming. Again, you would expect them to be a little dizzy, but not to the extent that they were. One contestant lost his shoes. He kicked one off, and then kicked the other one off and did it with his socks on. Another one fell off. Another one had to get down to his hands and knees to make it. It was just very intense.

I get to stand there in reality, which was 30 feet away, feeling like I was right next to them doing the stunt. You have that ďOh noĒ moment when they slip off and fall, and then they catch themselves and bring themselves back up. But then also that one was a timed stunt, so you want them to go as fast as they can. And youíre just like, ďOh, you have to hurry. You have to hurry and then do it.Ē And then we get to give away $50,000 to whoever wins that.

Another fun one was, we have contestants running on top of an old school train thatís going about 40 miles an hour down the track. And trains are already shaky when youíre inside, well, try riding on top of one and also be racing against the clock. So, youíre having these contestants, again, not really knowing how to keep their balance and engage their core, jumping from car to car, going down ladders, ripping off bullseyes, and climbing back up the cars.

Then for the final one they have to run onto the engine part of the car and jump about five feet off the front of the engine while itís driving straight to grab a bonus bullseye. If they get the bonus bullseye that will take away 30 seconds on their clock, so they jump without any fear, or with fear, or whatever encourages them to do that, and then they smack dab right into the center of the bullseye thatís on the front of the engine, because theyíre on a little leash system. So, they get the wind knocked out of them, but itís like, well, are you going to risk it for the 30 seconds off your clock? Of course, because thereís $50,000 on the line.

Another one, our contestants are scaling a 35-story building on the outside and they have to rappel down, use their momentum, much like Mission Impossible, or Tom Cruise would do, to pull themselves on these thin, finger-tipped panels to swing themselves to get these bullseyes.

And our contestants arenít all fearless. They arenít all adventure-seeking daredevils. Two of them during that stunt had issues of heights, vertigo, but of course theyíd push themselves to do it because they wanted to beat that fear and of course they wanted the $50,000.

Then another fun one was our dune buggy rollover, which itís just a little car that theyíve rigged up so as soon as you accelerate, you have to brake hard, the whole car flips. It does a full 360. And if you land close to the center of the bullseye, you potentially move on to the next round.

And then we do stuff on the water as well, where they have to jump from semi to semi as the semis are careening down this airfield. And slowly the semis separate, so the distance and due to fatigue make it harder and harder to jump from semi to semi. And then we have somewhere they have to jump from a semi to a floating bullseye in the water 30 feet below while being blasted by water cannons.

We just add so much to the show that no one could ever replicate this in their normal life, or a normal ride. So, each and every one is so different, but so exciting in their own way.

Jamie: Is there one that anybody ever backed out of in the end because they were too scared?

Kellan: No, no oneís ever backed out, surprisingly.

Jamie: Thatís good. Alright, thank you so much.

Kellan: Thank you.

Moderator: Your next question comes from the line of Monica Gleberman from TV Addicts. Please go ahead.

Monica: Hi, Kellan. How are you?

Kellan: Hi, Monica. Good, and yourself?

Monica: Good. I have a question for you, having the pleasure of being able to meet you in person, how much of this show are people going to get a chance to actually get to know you? I know that you had mentioned earlier that itís off-the-cuff and youíre obviously not acting, so itís a reality show, but how much are people going to get to know you. And what are you going to bring to the hosting, because meeting you youíre a very nice person, youíre so nice to your fans, and so is all that going to come across on the show?

Kellan: Yes, yes, tenfold. For me, you do these roles as an actor, and especially Twilight, Emmett wasnít the sharpest tool in the shed. He was the protector of the family. Then Iím seen with shirt off in a lot of other movies, so maybe people see me as a dimwitted, beefhead, which I can play those roles, Iím glad that theyíre believable, but I also have some brains to me and I do a lot of science and math stuff, especially with my inventions in my normal life.

But being a part of the show, we have fans that are contestants, and theyíre still fannish. Iíll have guys and girls jump on me and give me a giant bear hug, and say, ďOh, my God, itís a dream come true.Ē It warms my heart. And I get to be personable, just chat with these people from every walk of life, 70-year-olds, high schoolers, single moms, war veterans, people currently in the military, and I just get to be me, so if they have a question. I hang out with the cast, I ask them on and off camera about themselves, what they would do with the money, how living in LA is. I get to know them in a personal way.

Iíve always been that way, just growing up with a large family, being a middle child, and my mom was a great mother, and really instilled those qualities in me. And I just love people, so being a part of a show where we constantly have a new gathering of contestants that I get to talk to, and they ask me fun questions, and I get to talk to them about the science behind these stunts afterwards, and give them my point of view of how I would do it. Then we joke around all the time. We have Godfrey on set, and he and I we get to poke at each other, and weíre a good little duo. And just being around the cast as well, itís just a really great time on set.

I think the audience will see that I am just a guy who loves driving fast cars, and flying through the air, and lighting stuff on fire. Iím a guy from the Midwest, so Iím personable, and we have a lot of time to showcase that. And itís just me being me.

Monica: Yes.

Kellan: And it really comes through transparently.

Monica: Now, Iím totally going to embarrass you probably with this question, but I have to ask it, because when I saw you I couldnít believe, obviously when youíre doing these stunts, youíre participating in some of them, you have crazy people participating. I would assume that you had to be somewhat fit, or maybe not, like these contestants are average every day people, but youíre a very fit guy and I was really surprised when I saw you because you had slimóI donít know, I probably embarrassed you when I saw you because you had slimmed down but are still totally full of muscle.

And so what do you do to maintain that body? I remember [indiscernible] and asking you, but it was just crazy because you got really slimmed down but really muscular. Itís got to be difficult to maintain that while filming and doing all these other things that you have to keep in your brain.

Kellan: Yes, I remember you saying that. I have this running joke with one of my best friends, Chris Wolf, who is a bodybuilder. And he and I always joke around and call each other ďskinnyĒ as if the biggest diss ever to a guy who likes being big and known as a big guy.

Monica: I know. Well, I didnít know what to say to you. I was like, ďYouíre tiny, but not tiny.Ē

Kellan: Yes.

Monica: I didnít know what to say, because you were still this big, muscular guy.

Kellan: Yes, Iím 6í1Ē. Iím weighing 200 right now at 6í1Ē. I think for me, I have a really good muscle memory that comes from just ever since I was a little kid always being outside and being active, and then playing sports. I think itís really important for our youth to be outside and to start teaching your muscles, and then keep that muscle memory, so when you canít work out you still are able to recoup that once you can go back in the gym. But more importantly, find a way of working out or being active that you enjoy and that you want to do.

But for me itís really strange, I shoot Bullseye in LA, and Iíve only worked out once, maybe twice in about two months. I donít knowó

Monica: Thatís so not fair.

Kellan: óright on set, thank God. Itís weird because you would think youíd have tons of time to work out on set, youíre just hosting a show, but really Iím always there with the contestants. Iím always chatting with them. When youíre doing a movie you have an hour between scenes, so I can go back to the trailer and do some pushups, or pick up some sandbags and do some curls. But on this show itís really hard because I get to set two hours beforehand because weíre about 40 miles away, so I hate traffic, so Iíll just leave at 6:00 a.m., bypass traffic, crash out in my trailer, you shoot until about 6:00 p.m., and then you drive home.

And by the time youíre home youíre just tired, youíre zonked out being outside. I love being outside under the sun, but then again the sun zaps your energy. So, yes, for me, and also I donít need to be big right now. I can easily get back to it, but Iím not doing Hercules in 3D, where you need to have that God-like mass.

Monica: Congratulations on everything, the show looks amazing.

Kellan: Thank you.

Moderator: Your next question comes from the line of Jenny Rarden from Please go ahead.

Jenny: Hi, Kellan.

Kellan: Hi., I love it.

Jenny: Thanks. Yes, that was my husbandís idea actually. Itís perfect for me. I wonít take up too much time gushing, but I was given strict instructions by the thousand members of my Twilight fan fiction group I run on Facebook to say that the Sargeís Girls group says hi and they love you.

Kellan: What group is it?

Jenny: Itís a Twilight fan fiction group on Facebook.

Kellan: Yes, and whatís the name?

Jenny: Weíre called Sargeís Girls. Itís a characteró

Kellan: Got you. Got you. Yes, I love you all. Give my love to everybody.

Jenny: I will tell them, and they will be thrilled. You mentioned a few contestants, but were there any who were really memorable, and if so, why?

Kellan: Brent will always forever be memorable because this guy, heís 70, 7-0, years old.

Jenny: Wow.

Kellan: And on the show he could do the splits. Iím like, ďHey, so what do you like to do?Ē He was like, ďOh, Iíll show you,Ē and just jumps down in the middle and does the splits. I canít even do the splits. Iím like what the heck. Then he had the most amazing, beautiful energy Iíve ever seen. And I just pray that when Iím 70 that I can look like him, have the energy like he does. He rides a unicycle, juggles while he does it. He even then lifted his shirt and said he could massage his colon, and weíre like ďWhat? Where are you from?Ē And he was the best. He lost. I want to be friends with him. He was just such a positive energy anywhere he goes. He was just really, really special.

Who else was there? This guy named Chris who works with, I believe the charityís called Happy Humans, he and I connected a lot via our charities and all the good stuff that heís doing. So, weíre going to collaborate together and make some T-shirts and help support each other on that.

Who else was there? Thereís so many. Rodney was awesome, some of these guys, Tasha, the ones that really surprised me are the ones who are gamers, because my little brother, Tanner, he loves playing games, heís 17 and plays games. The gamers that we have on the show, they have been beating out our athletes.

Jenny: Right.

Kellan: Because a lot of these stunts take strategy, versus just brute strength to complete them the best way.

Jenny: Thatís great. Yes, my son is 17 and he loves playing games too. So, I think he would love the show.

Kellan: Get him on the show. As soon as he turns 18, letís do it.

Jenny: Letís see, I guess my follow up is, whatís next for you? Do you have any projects in the works?

Kellan: Yes, itís great to be a part of this show, and shoot in LA, and sleep in my bed, but I am getting the itch to act and become a character again and shoot in a random part of the world, because I love to travel.

So, next up for me I get to collaborate again with one of my most favorite directors that Iíve worked with, Steven C. Miller. We had just shot Extraction with Bruce Willis, and weíre teaming up again to shoot The Feud. And The Feud is going to go, I think weíre shooting in Michigan somewhere in July, so thatís a really great rendition, revenge movie, kind of in the vein of The Raid, but taking place in a barn in, itís supposed to be Iowa, but I think weíre now doing it in Michigan.

So, a lot of fun action work for me. Iíve got this thriller, I canít really name the name right now, that Iím going to be doing in the Hamptons all of June, so thatís coming up. So, thereís that one. Then Iím really excited for another action movie based on the book called Sandstorm by Alan L. Lee, and thatís going to be shooting for three months in Germany, in Cologne, Berlin, and Munich, and then another week in Costa Rica, I believe. Iím really excited about that one. That book is an awesome book. Heís already writing the sequel, so Iím pumped. I would love to have my own action franchise trilogy to do myself. That would be a dream role.

Then on the side Iím working on my inventions, and just continue to make upgrades to the Blackout Bands, and have the [indiscernible] coming out, the Whip Weight, and then designing the clothing line, Abbot and Main. So, I stay busy.

Jenny: I was going to say you sound like a busy guy. Well, good luck with all of it, and Iím really looking forward to seeing Bullseye.

Kellan: Thank you, May 27th.

Jenny: Thank you very much.

Kellan: Set your DVR, TiVo, or just watch it live. Iíll be tweeting. Ask me some fun questions.

Moderator: And Miss Daulerio, there are no further questions. Please go ahead.

Allison: Alright, thanks, everyone for joining todayís call. Just a reminder, Bullseye premieres Wednesday, May 27th, at 9:00 p.m. on Fox.

Kellan: Love you, guys. Thank you for the great questions, and canít wait to see you guys again.

Moderator: Ladies and gentlemen, this conference call will be available for replay after 4:30 Pacific Time today through May 28th.

That does conclude your conference for today. Thank you for your participation, and for using AT&T Executive TeleConference. You may now disconnect.

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