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Logan Lerman won’t be returning to the role of Percy Jackson in a third film based on the long running YA fantasy series of the same name. In fact, a third movie won’t be happening at all.
“It’s not happening,” Lerman said when MTV News asked about a threequel at the junket for Darren Aronofsky’s upcoming biblical fantasy “Noah.”
Lerman starred as the title character in 2010’s “Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief,” as well as last year’s “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.” The first two movies followed the title character, the demigod son of Poseidon as he survived the life of a hero-in-training at Half-Blood Camp while battling the forces of the Titan Kronos.
The award-winning “Percy Jackson: The Titan’s Curse” would have been the next book in the series coming to the big screen — presumably in 2015 or 2016, if the pace of the first two films’ release was continued — following Percy and his allies’ attempts to rescue the goddess Artemis and Percy’s long-time friend Annabeth from the clutches of their kidnappers.
“It’s been a great experience for me,” Lerman said of the role. “It’s opened up a lot of doors for me, but I don’t think it’s happening.” One of those doors is playing the role of Ham, middle son of Noah (Russell Crowe) in Aronofsky’s (“The Fountain”) epic flood fantasy. It was a role that he wasn’t even sure he’d be offered.
“I was interested in this movie before I even knew what it was. I heard that Darren Aronofsky was making a film, and there [were] potentially two roles that I could play, and I was like, ‘I’m in for either one of them.’ ”
Initially, the actor went in to audition for the role of Shem (which would ultimately go to his co-star Douglas Booth), when the director asked him to read for the part of Ham. “It was actually the role I wanted more,” Lerman says. “It’s the role I liked more. There’s a lot of tension between [Ham] and Noah throughout the script and I really responded to that.”
“Noah” will be in theaters March 28th.
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Logan Lerman made his name playing teenagers in films such as The Perks Of Being A Wallflower and the Percy Jackson franchise. Now, though, the actor is growing up fast…
“That’s all yours,” says Logan Lerman, pointing his chopsticks at some salmon caviar on a sushi platter. “I’ve never really been an egg guy. I remember having dinner with Michael Shannon, while he was playing Zod in Man Of Steel, and he ordered that. He said, ‘Do you know what I love about this? It’s like, I’m eating a hundred salmon in one bite.’ I was like, ‘Alright dude, you’re obviously in a zone or some sh*t.’”
Lerman, as the reaction suggests, is very Californian. He’s the archetypal laidback, good-looking guy – strikingly similiar to a young Christian Slater – and seems slightly out of place among the snow-covered streets of New York outside this restaurant. He’s into music, into films and, unlike so many who flock to his hometown of Los Angeles, actually in films.
His most notable roles to date have been ‘teen’, in the Oscar-nominated Western 3:10 To Yuma, the excellent Perks Of Being A Wallflower and as a demigod in two less-excellent but extremely popular Percy Jackson films.
Now, though, Lerman’s decided it’s time to grow up, to go toe-to-toe with the caviar-eating big boys, with two heavyweight films in 2014.
“It’s a conscious move,” he says. “It’s something I want to break out of, diversify my characters, not let it get boring doing the same thing. It’s also about working with the filmmakers I like – and great filmmakers aren’t doing teen movies.”
He couldn’t be doing all this in finer style. In November, he’ll be sharing a tank with Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf in David Ayer’s unnamed Second World War film (working title: Fury), but first up he’s battling worse weather than even New York can throw up, in Darren Aronofsky’s Noah.
Lerman plays Ham, son of Russell Crowe’s titular hero, alongside Ray Winstone, Anthony Hopkins and Emma Watson. It wasn’t a hard sell.
“I’ll do anything for a role with a filmmaker that I really love,” he says. “I’d entertain their kids, nanny, whatever. I’d literally fight for a role. I found out that Darren was doing a movie and I just wanted to do it, regardless. I’m not really religious, but I was excited by this idea, this Aronofsky-esque approach to the Bible. I initially went up for Shem, the older brother, but then Aronofsky asked whether I’d mind going for Ham. I was like, ‘F*ck yeah, I’ll do it. Anything you want. I’ll suck your d*ck!’”
It should be made very clear that Lerman’s laughing when he says this; keen as he is, the 22-year-old is not a man who needs to sleep his way to the top. The rightful acclaim he received for his role as a mentally ill high-school student in The Perks of Being A Wallflower, also with Watson, got him noticed by, and working with, the best – including some personal idols.
“Ray Winstone is a hero of mine,” he says. “He’s one of the greatest – a beast. A sexy beast. I had a good time working with him. You go into a scene and there are so many options. And you just play. The better the actor, the more options and the more unexpected choices you make. Like a tennis match, the better the player you’re playing against, the better your game is. Ray’s character in Noah, Tubal Cain, was so rich and violent – a lot of fun to work off. It’s always interesting to see a tough guy on screen. It’s always interesting when they’re crazy, too. There is a certain level of badass which guys respond to, but it depends what the director does with the character, because it can always go south. A lot of tough guys have failed and haven’t been comfortable to watch.”
Lerman’s MODE shoot earlier in the day didn’t fail; the military look even hinted at his own inner tough guy, with the urban, dark florals providing just enough ‘California’. He admits, though, that it’s not something he’d normally opt for.
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Logan turns 22 today and we here at Logan Lerman Network wish him a safe and happy one!