Three years after he shot to fame by terrorizing Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson in Twilight, Cam Gigandet finds himself once again in a vampire flick — only this time the bloodsuckers are really nasty, and Gigandet is one of the good guys. As a young sheriff in the upcoming Priest, Gigandet plays foil to Paul Bettany’s Jedi-like warrior, both searching for a missing girl in the vampire-infested wasteland. Gigandet met with Movieline to discuss Priest and more after he and his fellow filmmakers debuted first look 3-D footage from the film at WonderCo.
Your last few projects have been very different — a horror film, a comedy, a musical. Have you developed a strategy in the roles you choose, or do you just take them as they come?
There’s some thought. I feel like at least right now I’m playing more of a reactive role in my career. I don’t actually go out and pursue a route that will fit me best, it’s just that something comes to me and I enjoy it and want to be a part of it. When Priest came along I had just shot movies where I was a guy who had answers and who was always secure with himself. But when Priest came along and I saw that in the beginning of the movie he’s a guy who doesn’t have all the answers, and hasn’t reached his full level of maturity and manhood, and I love that journey — of him becoming a man.
Paul’s character, on the flip side, seems to be the one with all the answers. What’s the relationship between you two in the film?
Well it’s exactly that. He is the one with all of the answers, the skill, and the experience. Obviously I’m learning from him but the dichotomy, I guess, is that I had brought him in; this is the journey that I’m taking to rescue my girlfriend. So I enlist Priest’s help. And along the way our roles reverse; originally, I thought that I’d be the leader of this little journey and that quickly changes. Though we kind of butt heads in the beginning, my character is just not willing to accept that role. But he understands that Priest knows way more than my character ever would.
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