â€śInitially I wasnâ€™t convinced I could pull this off,â€ť Efron says, recalling the challenge of playing this rugged, battle-scarred character. â€śBut the more I thought about it, and the more I talked to Scott, I realized if there was ever going to be a chance to play a role so different from what Iâ€™ve played before, this was it. I knew I had to put in the work to be able to play Logan, and I felt capable in Scottâ€™s hands.â€ť
For Efron, taking on the role of Logan meant making a serious commitment to not just learning the character and his motivations, but wholly immersing himself in the mindset of a combat-readied soldier. To convincingly adjust his perspective, Efron accompanied Hicks to Camp Pendleton in California to talk with the Marines there and to learn to see combat through their eyes. â€śIt was like stepping into a different world,â€ť Efron remembers. â€śThey stood with a purpose. They had laser focus, never broke eye contact. This is my generation, on the front lines. Theyâ€™ve experienced some pretty gruesome things. We sat and talked for several hours and they were the most amazing conversations Iâ€™ve ever had with anybody. In terms of research, it was priceless. I canâ€™t thank them enough. The stories and personal feelings they shared became part of the canvas for Logan.â€ť
The Lucky One is available starting Aug. 28 on Video On Demand. Check your cable system for availability.
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