He plays the titular shy high schooler in the new film The Perks of Being a Wallflower, but off-screen Logan Lerman is happy to stand out from the crowd. Here’s what you need to know about the 20-year-old rising star.
1. He’s been a Greek god, a Musketeer – and soon the biblical son of Noah
The Los Angeles-bred actor got his big break in 2010′s Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, in which he battled Medusa and other mythological baddies as the teenage son of Poseidon. A year later, he showed off his sword-wielding skills as D’Artagnan in The Three Musketeers.
Next up: Lerman stars as Ham, the son of prophet Noah (played by Russell Crowe), in the upcoming Biblical epic Noah.
2. His toughest critics share his last name
“The only people I can really rely on for honest review is my family,” says Lerman, the youngest of three siblings. “There are so many times my brother has called me and said, ‘This movie is crap. You need to make better films.’ ” After seeing The Perks of Being a Wallflower, “it was the first time they all walked out and said they were really proud of it.”
3. He’ll always love Pittsburgh
He and his Wallflower castmates – including Emma Watson and Ezra Miller – bonded while shooting in the Steel City.
“We took over this wing of the Crowne Plaza in the middle of a mall in a residential area of Pittsburgh,” he says. “None of us had a car, so we couldn’t really go anywhere, so we were kind of isolated there. We were all living on this one floor next door to each other, room to room. Doors were open all of the time; we never slept. It was like a dorm. We had a lot of fun. Mainly we played a lot of music together and really supported each other.”
4. He may be coming to a lobby near you
“I enjoy playing music,” he says. “I enjoy writing music. I play a few [instruments], primarily piano and guitar. I travel with an instrument. If I’m in a hotel and there’s a piano in the lobby, I’ll try to play.”
5. He likes to rock
“At the moment I’m listening to a lot of Neil Young, Arcade Fire, The Strokes, a little bit of Alabama Shakes,” he says of his current iPod playlist.
Would he ever consider releasing an album of his own? “I don’t know if that will ever happen. But I do love music.”
“The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” Stephen Chbosky’s movie based on his own novel, will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.
It is set in Pittsburgh and was filmed here a year ago with Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, Nina Dobrev, Melanie Lynskey, Paul Rudd and Dylan McDermott. It’s a coming-of-age story about a high school freshman grappling with new friends and experiences and an old, buried secret. No Toronto date has been announced for “Perks” just yet.
Well, it’s about time. THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER, based on one of my favorite novels by Stephen Chbosky, has finally got a release date, reports The Film Stage. The film is set for release on September 14th, 2012, which means that it could premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.
The film, starring Logan Lerman and Emma Watson, tells the story of a young man in high school experiencing the ups and downs of being social and, well, not being social. The introverted protagonist Charlie, who fancies himself more of an observer, falls for a girl named Sam, with whom he is best friends with, as well as with her gay older step brother Patrick (Ezra Miller, still looking creepy after WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN). Patrick and Sam push Charlie to become more extroverted and sociable and the results in honest, tender, and heartbreaking moments.
The film is directed by the novel’s author, Chbosky (who also directed the film adaptation of RENT), and will be released by Summit Entertainment. The trailer will be aired on June 3, just prior to the MTV Movie Awards.
I was initially skeptical of Watson undertaking the role of Sam, but now having realized that she’s incredibly versatile, I have faith in her to execute it well. Lerman I’m unsure of, as he does not seem to look “wallflower” enough, but who knows. I’ll be interested to see how the book translates to the screen, especially since the author himself has adapted it and directed it. The novel’s epistolary style 9in the form of letters) is one of my favorite aspects, and I’m intrigued as to how that element will be included, or excluded. I hold the novel close to my heart, and I hope the film does it justice.
All of you who have been waiting for a peek at Emma Watson’s new film The Perks of Being a Wallflower won’t have to wait much longer. The actress tweeted that not only will the film’s trailer premiere during the 2012 MTV Movie Awards, but she and co-stars Logan Lerman and Ezra Miller will be there to give out an award.
“#PerksOfBeingAWallflower Trailer is going to show at the @MTVMovieAwards pre-show! @LoganLerman and Ezra and I will be there to present. : )”
“Perks’ – which is based on the popular Stephen Chbosky teen novel of the same name – centers on introverted high school freshman Charlie (Logan) and his friends Sam (Emma) and Patrick (Ezra) who help him come out of his shell.
Emma will be doing double-duty at the awards – along with being part of the “Perks” unveiling, the actress will also be representing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2. The 22-year-old is nominated in both the Best Female Performance and Best Kiss categories.
The 21st annual MTV Movie Awards air live Sunday, June 3, at 9 p.m. ET.
Following yesterday’s announcement that she has committed to Disney’s Frozen and Some Girl(s) comes word that Kristen Bell is set to team up with rising stars Lily Collins and Logan Lerman for Writers.
The Josh Boone directorial debut boasts a cast of Nat Wolff, Liana Liberato, Rusty Joiner and Patrick Schwarzenegger in a film that will see Greg Kinnear as a famous novelist obsessed with his ex-wife, who will be played by Jennifer Connelly.
Word is that Collins will feature as their collegiate daughter who will be pursued by writing student Lerman.
Bell will feature as Kinnear’s friend-with-benefits who is desperately trying to help him get over the breakdown of his marriage while Wolff will play Kinnear’s young son and Liberato will be his love interest they will be joined by literary legend Stephen King who will make a cameo as himself.
Collins will next be seen as the titular heroine in Mirror Mirror: The Untold Adventures of Snow White which arrives in cinemas on April 6 as well as recently signing on to modern-day Romeo and Juliet update Rosaline.
As for Writers, it is due to start shooting in North Caroiina next week.