As well as generally being a total hottie, you’ll probably recognise Charlie Bewley as Vaughn from The Vampire Diaries and the fairly terrifying Demetri from Twilight. But taking a break from bloodsucking, Charlie’s about to hit screens in new flick Hammer of the Gods, a badass viking style flick that just so happens to involve a lot of blood, sweat and arm muscles.
Being connoisseurs when it comes to admiring the odd arm or two, Sugarscape cornered Charlie for a chat about all things vampire and viking related..
Give us the hard sell for why we should go see Hammer of the Gods.
I just heard someone in an interview describe it as lock, stock and two smoking actors which I really enjoyed! It really is that, it’s not going to bore you with Viking references and all the bloody details, but it’s a lot of fun and it doesn’t take itself too seriously even though there’s this overriding sense of danger to it. Well, there’s a looming danger throughout the whole thing – I don’t know what it is, but it’s awesome!
So why did you decide the Vikings were for you?
I’ve had the chance to work with some great people in the past, and the director himself, Farren Blackburn, was the first port of call on the project and I just got along with him so well. We still get along together well now obviously, and it was his first feature. I got to explore a lot of sides to my acting that I’d never done before, and that was all quite apparent in the script that I got to do all of that, so it was a no brainer really.
A lot of fans know you from the Vampire Diaries and Twilight, so was this a conscious move away from all that bloodsucking?
I don’t think I really needed to consciously move away from it. I think some of the guys at the top of the hierarchy of Twilight might be trying to negotiate that but I really enjoyed my time on Twilight, I still do. Obviously it crops up a lot these days but it was my first role and I think your first movie role is always going to be a point of reference. But I think I’ve got enough range in my ability to not be never to be pigeonholed by it. I’ve played a veteran, I’m playing a Viking and I don’t think it’s going to be a problem.
I’ve got to ask for all of the Vampire Diaries fans out there, will you ever be making a return to the show? Maybe as a ghost?
I think anything’s possible in Mystic Falls! I’d really love to – I had a great time and loved the people. Working in TV is just so different to film. I enjoyed the character, I think he had a lot of potential!
you must have had some experience of fight scenes from Twilight after the mahoosive bit at the end of Breaking Dawn Part 2…
Yeah I got to do some great stunts in that!
Although you didn’t have the best end, with the head…..
You know what, whatever happens in the end, whatever happens in the film itself, what happens during the filming of it is completely different. It was a strange demise, but I was really relieved.
It was amazing how it didn’t get out, how it got kept as a massive secret. Were you worried about accidentally letting the cat out of the bag?
I was a little bit yeah, because it was really well done. I just know how difficult it was to film a fight scene with 50 vampires, 50 backup vampires and a bunch of wolves and humans and stuff, it was a massive group scene. It was an impossible challenge that they managed to pull off!
It looked amazing as well, the whole cinema was SO SHOCKED. We’re kind of still not over it.
I remember at the premiere, people were literally in tears, like ‘Carlisle, NO!’ Like freaking out. I remember reading the script for the first time and being like ‘Wow, WOW that’s so smart! That’s really going to play with the fans.’
Amazing. It must feel a bit weird now Twilight’s all over?
Yeah it does, I was involved, although it’s different for me because it never consumed my life. So it’s been quite a gradual leaving process, it was a part of me, and I loved every moment, but it’s also nice to move on and get the chance to work on other projects too. I still see people from time to time and that’s nice, because the cast and crew really were like one big family after spending all that time together over the years.
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