As one major newspaper puts it: “Ryan Kwanten deserves a big shout out. Kwanten has been like a live electric wire on the show. [True Blood] He’s awesome.” True Blood has received many accolades including an Emmy nomination for Best Drama Series, a Golden Globe nomination for Best Television Series-Drama, and a People’s Choice nominations for Best TV Show and TV Obsession. Last year Kwanten received a Teen Choice nomination for Choice TV Male: Drama.
In his latest romantic comedy movie, The Right Kind of Wrong, adapted from the novel Sex and Sunsets by Tim Sandlin, Kwanten takes on the role of Leo Palamino, a failed writer-turned-dishwasher made famous for his many flaws and shortcomings in a blog called “Why You Suck,” a huge Internet success written by his ex-wife. Then Leo meets Colette, the girl of his dreams…on the day she is marrying the perfect man. And so, the ultimate underdog story begins as Leo, a fearless dreamer, risks all to show Colette and the whole wide world all that is right with a man famous for being wrong.
“The Right Kind of Wrong” will be available on the internet on February 6, 2014 and in limited release in theaters on March 14, 2014.
Ryan Kwanten talks about his role of Leo in the film, “The Right Kind of Wrong” below.
Can you describe your role as Leo in The Right Kind of Wrong?
Leo believes in love, he believes in the underdog, he believes in his writing, and he believes in himself. Leo is bold, he’s brash, brazen and brilliant. He’s a rolling stone that gathers no moss. He sees the world through boundless eyes, utterly convinced that if he stays true to his convictions, no matter what, he will succeed.
How has it been being taken from the True Blood set to the rocky mountains in Alberta, Canada, to film the movie?
It is one thing to set a novel in the mountains and then to adapt a script into such a beautiful setting, but it’s entirely something else when filmmakers have to deliver landscapes that are breathtaking. Talk about the beauty of the film gods! Some films you work on feels like you’re forever fighting the weather and all the external factors. But on this film we’ve been absolutely blessed. These days here have been poetic. With incredible surroundings like we’ve had, the romance is already done for me.
What was the deciding factor in your taking the role of Leo?
By all accounts, it seemed as if I bonded with the character during my first read of the script, starting with the character’s name. Can’t stop saying that name. Love that name. Leo Palamino. It actually gets said a lot during the film. It rolls off the tongue. And then there’s the Palamino philosophy of living life with no shame, no regrets. Even when I was reading, I was turning the pages thinking, I want to be this guy. I wish I had the tenacity and the kind of the fortitude to just say, “Yes!” You know, I want to act on that impulse.
And have you so far imbibed a part of the character into your own?
In one of those genuinely rare moments, I truly believed I grew as a person as a result of playing the role. I would like to think Leo’s almost made me a better man for the fact that I am going to question things in life now, not let things slide by and attacking things a little bit more, not in an aggressive way, but getting out there and doing it all.
read the entire interview with Ryan here: businessmirror.com.ph