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GQ interview with Twilight’s Xavier Samuel

By Tracy Rosenfield

HollywoodNews.com: 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.

For the full GQ interview, visit GQ.com.

About Tracy Rosenfield

Tracy, a Chicago native, is a Client Services Manager for one of the world's largest internet marketing companies. When Tracy isn't working, she spends her free time with friends, watching films, planning her wedding, traveling and blogging. In the past year, she's allowed "Twilight" to take over her life. She's interacted with and met numerous members of the cast, including the entire Cullen coven (excluding Nikki Reed) and the entire Wolf Pack (excluding Taylor Lautner). She visited the "Eclipse" set and has seen many of the locations where the upcoming film will take place. Tracy has experience both reporting on "The Twilight Saga" and interviewing cast members. She's looking forward to bringing you the most exciting "Twilight" news with a unique perspective - She's over 30 , a self-proclaimed Twi-hard, and "Team Edward". Watch out Twi-hards - here she comes!

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