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Interview with Kellan Lutz of "Bullseye!" on
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.
FBC PUBLICITY: Bullseye
May 21, 2015/1:00 p.m. PDT
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
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: 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
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.
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.
Moderator: (Operator instructions.) Next weíll go to the line
of Jamie Ruby from SciFiVision.com. 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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
Kellan: Thank you.
Moderator: Your next question comes from the line of Jenny
Rarden from TVIsMyPacifier.com. Please go ahead.
Jenny: Hi, Kellan.
Kellan: Hi. TVIsMyPacifier.com, 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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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