December 03, 2010

The movie “Burlesque” has it’s roots in the classic musicals of the past in more ways than one. The music is catchy, the dance numbers are frenetic and the plot is simplistic at best. Although people do not break out into song in the middle of breakfast, they might as well, as the world of “Burlesque” borders on the surreal the way movie musicals tend to do. The bank is always foreclosing tomorrow, the solution is always just in time, and there’s always an excuse to sing. What is necessary to keep things from flying completely out of the realms of believability is a cast that can sell the world they live in to the audience.

Cam Gigandet and Christina Augilera do an admirable job of anchoring the film as leading man and woman. Christina plays Ali, a small town girl trying to make it big as a singer and a dancer, Gigandet plays Jack, the handsome bartender who takes her in, but cannot go from friend to lover as he’s engaged to be married.

There are a lot of firsts for both young actors in “Burlesque.” It is Christina Aguilera’s first feature film, and along with acting duties she wrote the music and performed it in the film. “It was exhausting… I had a lot on my plate.” said the young star. She does plan to keep acting, however, and didn’t want her first film to be a musical, but “‘Burlesque’ really spoke to me, I knew I had to do it.” she said smiling.

For Cam Gigandet, best known for playing villains like James the evil vampire in the first two “Twilight” films, it was his first go around as a romantic lead. This new direction “was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up” said Gigandet. When asked if he modeled his performance on any leading men of the past he said he did his own thing but of course that actors like Brando, Newman and McQeen influenced him Gigandet says with a smile “Those people know how to fall in love.”

Source: Hit Fix

December 03, 2010

Cam Gigandet has praised Christina Aguilera after working together on Burlesque.

The actress makes her big screen debut with the movie and Gigandet was impressed with the singer’s desire to learn and dedication to her role.

Speaking to Collider the actor said: “She has such an amazing work ethic that, if she was on set and there to work, whatever scene it was, she was fully there. She was open to learn.

“There was no ego surrounding her, as a music artist, when she came on the set to be an actress, so it was such a pleasure to work with her because I was able to watch someone figuring things out for the first time, finding their own process and figuring their way through how they work themselves.

“She learned things so fast. And to be able to help in whatever way I possibly could it made it cool to say I was working with Christina Aguilera on her first role.

The actor has already enjoyed success this year after starring alongside Emma Stone in comedy Easy A this autumn and has completed a series of movies.

Gigandet will be back on the big screen next year with Making Change, trespass and the delayed Priest, which sees him star alongside Paul Bettany.

Source: Female First

December 03, 2010

While Xtina squeezed into ‘push-up bras, high heels and fishnet stockings,’ Gigandet wore …a cookie box?
Fresh off Christina Aguilera’s saucy song-and-dance number at the American Music Awards on Sunday, many are sweating out the release of her new film, “Burlesque,” which hits theaters Wednesday.

“Burlesque” follows a small-town girl (Aguilera) who journeys to the city looking for her big break but instead finds herself in the sensual world of burlesque. Aguilera makes her feature debut alongside the legendary Cher and a beautiful and talented supporting cast that includes Cam Gigandet, Stanley Tucci, Julianne Hough and Eric Dane.

We recently caught up with the stars of the film, who giggled as they recalled their unique wardrobe racks for the suggestive-yet-sweet musical.

Gigandet joked that, unlike the women in the film who were clad in elaborate bustiers and stockings, his wardrobe included “cookie boxes and pajamas.” (In one very memorable scene, Gigandet parades around with nothing but a Famous Amos box covering his nether regions.) Aguilera lamented that he got off easy: “You didn’t have to do any push-up bras, any high heels, any fishnet stockings.”

Aguilera did reveal a few makeup secrets, however, and reported that Gigandet donned eyeliner for his part as Jack, the love interest to Aguilera’s Ali. Gigandet took it all in stride. “It was fun to be something different,” he said. “Yes, it was. I gotta say, it made my job easier to kind of, you know, step into a different character, into a different world.”

On a side note, Gigandet also commented on how the legion of fans from his stint in the “Twilight” series has followed him, as compared to other roles — particularly as martial-arts champion Ryan McCarthy in 2008’s “Never Back Down.”

“It varies, where I am,” he said, regarding whether he’s still bombarded by Twilighters wherever he goes. “I mean, you know, when I was in New Orleans and Louisiana a few months ago, it was ‘Never Back Down’ that caught everyone’s attention. I know, I love it. But there’s ‘Twilight’ fans all over the world.”

Aguilera noted that, once “Burlesque” hits theaters, it will be Gigandet’s character Jack who will get all the buzz from fans. “Of course,” Gigandet laughed. “Then I’ll be ‘Famous Amos cookies’ for the rest of my life.”

Source: MTV News