–Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief star Logan Lerman is featured in the January issue of Vanity Fair. The 18-year-old has worked with some big names in the past, including Jim Carrey, Christian Bale & Russell Crowe, but now he’s ready to take on his own leading man status in the movie version of the best-selling series written by Rick Riordan. “I think I’m signed on to do three of them or something like that,” Lerman says. He also revealed he’s ready to make his own movies. “I feel like almost the only thing I want to do in my life is to make movies, but growing up on sets, I feel like if I go to a film school I might discover that I don’t need to be there to make films.”
In the interview, Logan talks about working with Jim Carrey, youtube, film school and more:
On working with Jim Carrey & Russell Crowe: I watched him and studied him a lot, and I learned a lot from him on how to embody a character and get into a scene and the lengths you can go to feel comfortable. So, once I came around to working with Christian Bale [on 3:10 to Yuma], I just kind of did my own thing. I looked at our relationship and realized we were supposed to be distant from each other. I didn’t really want to talk to him during the whole filmmaking process. I wanted that awkwardness to pay off, I tried not to get too close to him. But I talked to Russell a lot, because he was supposed to be the guy I looked up to.
On if he gets nervous: It’s strange when I’m going into a scene. It’s a whole different personality; it’s a whole different feeling. I try to build these artificial comfort levels. It’s kind of—a person comes out, like I get loud and talkative. I don’t get the jitters and I don’t get nervous, because I build that comfort on set for myself. Sometimes if I’m gonna do something really crazy, it helps me to yell or look like an idiot on set, so that when I’m about to do a scene, I’ve already embarrassed myself. I find ways to work around getting the jitters. I love movie sets. It’s another home for me. Movie theaters and movie sets—they’re just the best places to be. I love them.
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief hits theaters on February 12.