Tuesday, July 6, 2010

USA Today - Xavier Samuel rising star

USA Today writes:

When Australian actor Xavier Samuel shipped off an audition tape to Twilight producers, insta-fame seemed oceans away.
"It's kind of strange because you send them off into oblivion and you don't know if anyone watches them," says Samuel, 26.

That was last year.

Fast-forward to the Eclipse premiere, where thousands of fans are not only screaming but are screaming for him. "It's kind of 360 degrees of hysteria," Samuel says just hours before the Los Angeles premiere of the third film installment of Stephenie Meyer's blockbuster series. "The sound (of Twilight's fans) does really knock you off your feet."

BOX OFFICE: Nothing outshines 'Eclipse'

Samuel steals not only the first five minutes of one of most anticipated movies of the summer, but much of its finale. He plays newborn vampire Riley Biers, who, alongside vengeful vamp Victoria, leads a bloodthirsty army of young vampires with one goal: killing human Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and those who protect her.

Hailing from Adelaide, he now joins Hollywood's short list of hot young Aussie men in the spotlight, including brothers Chris Hemsworth (Star Trek) and Liam Hemsworth (The Last Song), and Sam Worthington (Avatar).

There was only one problem en route to the Eclipse set.

"I was going through the book going, where's Riley?" says Samuel, whose character gets a major upgrade in the screenplay version of Eclipse. But director David Slade slipped him an early top-secret copy of Meyer's recent novella, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, in which Riley and Victoria's relationship is more deeply explained.

Read More at USA TODAY.

Mandy's Mind - Well DUH he is the next big thing, he is so sexy, and he really dominates the screen - don't you agree?

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