'Hellboy II' Actor Luke Goss On 'Magdalena': 'Like Da Vinci Code With Substance, And More Action'

Luke GossWe've been hearing a lot from the ladies behind "Magdalena" -- what with our week-long sting with Jenna Dewan and our recent chat with the film's producer Gale Ann Hurd -- but what about the film's male lead, Luke Goss? (You might remember him as Prince Nuada in "Hellboy II").

He was in New York recently to be honored by the Motion Picture Club as a "Star of Tomorrow," just across the street from Splash Page HQ, so we made a beeline over to the event to get the lowdown -- and wouldn't you know it? He's actually a Splash Page fan. ("I've seen the coverage, it's been exciting," Goss blurted out before we could even get out the first question.) It certainly helped in loosening his lips about how he got involved in the project and what he's doing for it right now.

"Basically, I had a meeting with Gale, and Gale said, 'You're the guy for me,'" Goss said. "You know you're in good hands with her. She's wonderful. And she was adamant about bringing in a screenwriter who was going to bring a rich story to it. We're not going to hold back. We're going to make it a rich mythology. People realized with Downey [in "Iron Man"] that when you put a story behind a superhero, it's actually quite irresistible."

This one, Goss said, is going to be "pretty sexy" because of the religious history.

"For me, it's almost like 'Da Vinci Code' with substance, and more action," he said. "And I don't think she's going to shy away from that religious foundation. It's not a religious movie at all, but she's not going to shy away from that content."

Goss said that by the time they start filming -- "I was told the first third of next year" -- he needs to be pretty fit to play Kristof, Patience's mentor/trainer. "It's a two-hander," he said. "For me, there's going to be a lot of physicality. So it's a case of, I'll get a little bigger, put on 20-25 pounds, get fit and strong, and learn some new techniques."

Goss also wants to spend time developing his chemistry with Dewan, since their characters' interaction is a big part of the film. "She gets handed this responsibility," he said, "and as great as she is, she still needs to evolve, and I'm going to be there for that."

Basically, Goss just wants to give it his all, and make this his best part ever.

"I'm going to work really hard to make sure that I do as absolutely much as I can," he promised. "If I can make this more than any other role I've done, than I will."

Are you looking forward to seeing what they do with 'Magdalena'? How can they make it a richer story?