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Exclusive: Kellan Lutz and Director Renny Harlin talk 'Legend of Hercules'

Director Renny Harlin (L) and actor Kellan Lutz attend the 'The Legend Of Hercules' premiere at the Crosby Street Hotel on January 6, 2014 in New York City
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Fashion brand Dockers hosted the New York premiere of "Legend of Hercules" at the Crosby Hotel. Dockers was promoting their Alpha Collection. "The Legend of Hercules," which is being released by Millennium Entertainment and Summit Entertainment Jan. 10.

Film Synopsis: In the epic origin story, Kellan Lutz stars as the mythical Greek hero – the son of Zeus, a half-god, half-man blessed with extraordinary strength. Betrayed by his stepfather, the King, and exiled and sold into slavery because of a forbidden love, Hercules must use his formidable powers to fight his way back to his rightful kingdom. Through harrowing battles and gladiator-arena death matches, Hercules embarks on a legendary odyssey to overthrow the King and restore peace to the land.

Check out what Kellan Lutz told reporters on the red carpet:

What was your training like?

Kellan Lutz: A lot of horse riding, that really helped with the legs and the core, sword fighting works the shoulders and the chest, pushups on top of that, so I can work on that when I’m in between sets, but my diet was most important.

What made you fall in love with this script?

Kellan Lutz: Everything! For me, living out the childhood deem, when I was young, I didn’t become an actor until I was eighteen, I didn’t know you could act, I thought you had to like pay your way in nascar. So for me, once I heard about the project, the little Kellan in me was like “I can bring fantasy to real life!” I mean its been amazing to come true.

What do you have coming up next?

Kellan Lutz: Well "Tarzan" comes out in February, our third season of Abbot + Main launches this spring, and then "Expendables 3" comes out August 15th. So working with all those guys was legendary.

Check out our exclusive interview with director Renny Harlin.

What about the script did you fall in love with?

RH: I fell in love with the fact that I could rewrite it! No, but seriously speaking, I got the script in February a year ago and I was like “you got to be kidding! Hercules!” I’m a huge fan of Greek mythology and ultimately like every story comes from there, Shakespeare, everything! Everything really comes from there and I love the story, so I dove into a lot of research and rewrote the script. For me the key was A. that it's an original story, like how Hercules becomes Hercules, especially for the young audience, I wanted them to understand where this guy comes from and secondly the love story I wanted it to be a love story not just guys carrying rocks and killing people, but a young man’s love story, and everything he does in the story is because of love that he feels for this particular person. So I put all my passion, all my dreams into it, all my fantasies from my childhood, all the movies is saw like this Spartacus, Ben Hur…I put all that into this film”

What was your favorite scene to shoot?

RH: Good question because we have huge action scenes and then we have really tender love scenes and so I was like “I want this love scene to be really beautiful and have the lions to be graceful, and then we have the action scenes where its like “come on kill him.” It's hard to say what was my favorite scene.

Are you a lover or a fighter?

RH: I’m a lover. I’m a lover and I think love will always cure everything.

Can you tell us a little about the fight sequences, which one you liked shooting the most?

RH: Well there are so many! The movie opens with this ginormous fight scene and then we get into Hercules, you know, being a slave and having this huge sequence in the Egyptian desert where he’s fighting hundreds of people and then he becomes kind of like a gladiator slave and fights against all these different opponents, I would say probably my favorite action sequence is when he’s a gladiator and he has to face 6 gladiator undefeated champions, so it;s him against six and just insane fights.

What was the greatest challenge in filming this project?

RH: It's just telling an epic story, with a certain amount of money, a certain amount of time, and building sets that are epic and convincing, and the costumes, and having scenes where you have thousands of extras, and have the outfits and the weapons, controlling it all, you have horses, and it's just dangerous, you try to do your best to make sure that it's safe and that it's all going to end up well, but there’s always the danger that something might happen and somebody might get hurt. I have done a lot of action movies and I am so lucky that I have never had a problem, but anything could happen!

Following the screening, guests made their way over to Maison O’s VIP Stardust Lounge where they sipped on Champagne and Red Bull. Additional celebrity guests in attendance included Stephen Baldwin, Hailey Baldwin, Alaia Baldwin, Michelle Rodriguez, Voula Duval, Chaske Spencer, AndrewAndrew, Jay Giannone, Will Janowitz, Britne Oldford, Sinqua Walls, Shaun Ross, Julie Henderson, Randy Harrison, Jeannie Ortega, Tashiana Washington, Ty Hickson, Eric West, Maxwell Zagorski, Elena Foley, Parker Gregory and Ellis Mcradie.

JC Routh contributed reporting.

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