He played a villainous vampire in “Twilight” and has won Best Fight at the MTV Movie Awards two years running -- so, it’s safe to say we all know that Cam Gigandet is a really good bad boy. Currently, the in-demand star is hard at work on “Easy A,” a comedic spin on “The Scarlet Letter” that has him setting aside the vampire attire and instead cloaking himself in mortality and school clothes.
“The whole idea is that people [develop] their personas in high school,” Gigandet explained about the film, which stars Emma Stone as a modern-day Hester Prynne, the “Scarlet” outcast forced to wear a red “A” to mark her shame. “Whether that’s true or not, you never know until afterwards. I’m one of those characters who you think is one person, where he turns out to not be.”
Although Gigandet isn’t the above-the-title star of the currently-shooting flick, he gets to steal some memorable scenes -- and he insisted that the comedy/drama won’t be easily forgotten.
“Will Gluck is directing it,” Gigandet said this past week of the comedy-savvy filmmaker behind the recent “Fired Up.” “He’s hilarious. I just worked yesterday for the first time, and I think it’ll be fun.”
The tale involving the repercussions of rumors and white lies -- this one being that a high school girl has lost her virginity -– could clearly result in some comedic situations. However, like Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 1850 literary classic "Letter," "A" has a deeper meaning.
“This is a comedic ‘Scarlet Letter,’” Gigandet explained. “But at the same time, it is meaningful, it’s sweet, it’s endearing and it has a killer cast.”
“It should be good,” Gigandet laughed. “It is different.”
Could “Easy A” be another literary-classic-turned-high-school-flick hit along the lines of “10 Things I Hate About You”? Or is modern-day High School too unlike anything Nathaniel Hawthorne could have imagined?