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Vince Vaughn, the father figure

Posted: 06 Jan 2014 08:00 AM PST

The actor embraces parenthood in his new movie and in real life.

All Vince Vaughn had to do to find inspiration for his role as a sperm donor who's fathered 533 children in Delivery Man was think about his own life.

Vaughn married Kyla Weber in 2010, when he was 40, so the couple made a conscious effort to have children right away. The 43-year-old actor's now the father of two. In a bit of art imitating life, the second child became a reality while Vaughn was filming Delivery Man.

"So there was a day, it was around Christmas, that my wife came to me with a Christmas ornament with the family and there was an extra little person in a Santa hat. That's how I found out, which was great," Vaughn says. "So I was really excited both times, thrilled to have impregnated my wife at this point."

Unable to pass up a joke, Vaughn laughingly boasts the pregnancy "is more about me being proud of the fact of my own ability."

It may have been all the pregnancy talk, but Vaughn signed on to star in the movie – a remake of the Canadian film Starbuck – despite it being different than the films that help make him a star.

There's no swagger to the character, like the one he played in Swingers, or the lunacy of his roles in Old School or Wedding Crashers.

"I think for all actors, it's fun to do different things," Vaughn says. "I'll definitely do something more crazy, but I think part of it is your age, and different roles present themselves to you. Change is what you play, I think, at 23 to some degree different than what you play at 43. So for me, it's more about tone.

"I think I started off doing more dramatic and character stuff, and had a lot of fun. Now for me this movie particularly has been really great because it is more dramatic, but I think it also is very funny and also a lot of different things."

Delivery Man is about family, responsibility and parenting that at times is deeply endearing. Vaughn was attracted to how the film looks at a group of people – who all share the same biological father – looking for a connection. They want to be a part of something. He likes how the film deals with that quest in a "non-fluffy" way.

Vaughn brings to the role the perspective he's gotten as a father. It's important for him to enjoy being a dad and to have fun being with his children. At the same time, he's trying to figure out how to give his children the tools they need to be happy in life.

And, he's trying to balance that with being a husband.

"I'm very fortunate with my wife. You realise how much the relationship, when kids are young, can suffer. And it's important to make sure that you are able to spend some time with each other. I think as a father, the best thing you can do for the kid is to love the mum," Vaughn says. "Even as a parent I believe that loving the mother is the most important thing.

"And even parents, who maybe aren't together, I think that's important for them to respect each other and to be kind to each other."

Vaughn's happy the Delivery Man script came to him at this point in his life. He loved being able to play a more grounded character, but he's not turning his back on more outlandish roles in the future.

"I would definitely do another kind of more outlaw or comedy again, depending on what that story was," Vaughn says. – The Fresno Bee/McClatchy-Tribune Information Services

> Delivery Man is currently showing in cinemas nationwide.

Hercules is coming

Posted: 06 Jan 2014 08:00 AM PST

Kellan Lutz takes on the role of Hercules in the latest film about the demigod.

MYTHOLOGICAL hero Hercules has had his share of limelight on both the big and small screens – a Disney animated feature and a series starring a very charming Kevin Sorbo are two memorable ones.

Now Kellan Lutz gets to add his own spin to Hercules' tale in the film The Legend Of Hercules. The 28-year-old actor describes the film as an epic origin story – from a young boy who falls in love and fighting for that love, to a man who realises he has a greater destiny to fulfill.

"It's a story of him coming to terms with his true identity, being born to a mortal woman and the god Zeus," said Lutz, who is best known for his role in the Twilight franchise, in an online interview.

Lutz's fascination for Hercules started from young when he saw a picture in a colouring book of a man getting ready to fight a lion. This, apparently, resulted in his love for wild cats and Greek mythology. Hence, playing the role of Hercules is a childhood dream come true for him.

The Legend Of Hercules begins with Queen Alcmene (Roxanne McKee) being granted a son, Hercules, by the Roman God of War. Unfortunately, his presence brings about resentment from the queen's husband, King Amphitryon (Scott Adkins) who never shows any affection towards Hercules and favours Hercules' older brother, Iphicles (Liam Garrigan).

When Hercules falls in love with Iphicles' betrothed (Gaia Weiss) and runs away with her, the king locates him and then sends him to fight in a raging war as a punishment.

Unfortunately, Hercules is then sold into slavery and forced to battle in a gladiatorial arena against impossible opponents. It is here, however, that he befriends a fellow gladiator (Liam McIntyre) and comes to realise his true fate. What happens next, is something Hercules' stepfather would've never predicted.

The reality that he is playing Hercules truly sunk in when Lutz put on the gladiator costume and walked onto the grand sets depicting ancient Greece.

It was at that point, he became mentally ready for the shoot. Lutz, who was born in North Dakota in the United States, had prepared himself physically as he knew he was going to be shirtless for quite a bit in the film.

Lutz packed on the muscles to play the son of Zeus, who is said to be able to defeat six men all by himself, by going on a high-protein diet. He admitted that it, "was kind of tough because I really love candy".

But this helped to shape his body as much as the intense workout, which included riding a horse, spear-throwing and swordplay on top of regular routines like push-ups and bearing weight. "It was a lot of hard work," he confessed. But this allowed him to do most of the stuntwork himself. "Almost 99% of it is me," he said.

In the production notes, Lutz added: "I love doing stunts and action films which is the genre I've chosen as an actor. Some of the combat is of a grand scale, while other is hand to hand and I've really put all of myself into all of these scenes, with some scars to prove it." 

> The Legend Of Hercules opens in cinemas nationwide this Thursday.


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