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GQ interview with Twilight’s Xavier Samuel

By Tracy Rosenfield Xavier Samuel has certainly been thrown into the spotlight. GQ goes so far as to refer to him as “Twilight’s Poster Boy”, though it’s meant as a pun since he is, quite literally, on a poster for the next “Twilight” film, “Eclipse”.

GQ recently interviewed the actor via telephone while he was driving a black tinted car in Berlin. “Eclipse” hasn’t even released yet, and Samuel is hiding behind tinted glass. He’s currently filming a Shakespearean movie by Roland Emmerich, director of “Independence Day” and “2012”. But no, Hamlet doesn’t blow things up at the end of this film and there’s no Laz Buhrman type “Romeo and Juliet” here, though there is ample green screen use. The story focuses on Shakespeare himself and toys with the idea that Shakespeare was possibly gay and plagiarized his plays.

However, after that light discussion, the interview quickly switches back to “Eclipse.” Xavier Samuel got the part of “Riley” by sending in an audition tape from Sydney. He was called in with four other actors and won the “Eclipse” team over. He admitted, though, he watched the first film on the way over to the U.S. and bought the book when he landed. Though “Riley” himself isn’t mentioned much in “Eclipse”, aside from his initial disappearance and later when the army collides with the Cullens and Wolfpack, the character is given much more face time in the film adaptation. Samuel even has his own poster with the newborns glowering behind him. He is thrilled with the amount of screen time he’s been given, along with the massive power he possesses as a vampire. He jokes that one of the scenes “makes him look really strong.”

With all the press surrounding his role and his recent rise to fame, we can probably bet that Samuel’s acting will be pretty strong, too.

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