Kellan Lutz has been a speed-defying vampire, an Expendable, and a Greek hero, but now he’s about to play a different kind of role: reality show host. The actor is the face of Bullseye, Fox’s new ultimate challenge show—not to be confused with EW’s own Bullseye. In the network TV version, four men and four women compete in three levels of intense challenges that involve everything from fire to helicopters. They’ve got just one objective: to hit the bull’s eye. (Well, and to win a $50,000 prize.)
Lutz chatted with EW about his new gig, his comedian co-host Godfrey, and the kind of stunts viewers can expect to see on Bullseye—as he says, things “you can’t even pay money to come up with yourself.”
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How did you get the hosting gig?
KELLAN LUTZ: [Fox] approached me about Bullseye and showed me the trailer they had put together, and my mouth was agape. I wanted to be on the show, and they said, “Well how about hosting?” And I said, “Well, I’ve never hosted…could I still do some of the stunts?” And they said, “Well, no.” So I said, “I don’t know if it’s for me.” And they’re like, “So if we say you can do a few stunts, you’ll do it?” So I said, “Yeah, in that case I’ll do it!”
Why do you think you’re a good fit for the show?
For me, I get to showcase Kellan. I went to college for chemical engineering. I love science, I love engineering, I love extreme stunts, and I get to talk about that on the show organically with the contestants—encourage them, talk about the velocity and what kind of angles you’d have to jump at. When you’re dropping down at 60 mph, you know by the angle that the helicopter’s going it’s 30 mph—it’s all physics. And that is really cool to me.
It seems like you’re the primary host, so what’s Godfrey’s role as co-host?
He’s talking contestants through exactly what they have to do and safety and whatnot. He kinda gets in their heads like, “You’re gonna do this? Oh hell no, I wouldn’t do this!” And I’m at home base, like the finish line, so I talk to them about how they did. I send the next contestant off, I talk to them about what they want to spend the money with. 90 percent of the stuff he says we can’t even use, so he’ll just rap and they’ll be like, “All right, Godfrey, let’s tone it down a little bit.” And he’s all, “Aw yeah dog, yeah dog.”
What’s the best part about being involved with the show?
When you see someone step out of their comfort zone and they have that enthusiasm and that thrill for life, you take that energy on. It kind of fuels me. It’s kind of like, when you give someone an awesome present and they’re like “Oh my God, it’s a puppy!” You get that enthusiasm and excitement from their excitement. That’s what this show is.
What kind of stunts can viewers expect?
We have them running on trains—they have to crawl down the ladders and get bull’s eyes and jump back up, then get themselves off the front of this moving train. We have them hooked up on cranes being catapulted in the air to hit a bull’s eye on a target that’s 350 feet below on a cliff. We have them scaling down a 35 story building, and they have to swing to get these bull’s eyes. And it’s great because these contestants, they’re just normal people. You don’t have to be an athlete or super, super strong to do these. More so it’s just about being strategic and patient and having good agility or balance. And we have people from every walk of life—we have high school students all the way up to a 70-year-old named Brent who can do the splits.
Do you have any good stories from witnessing the stunts?
The other day, we had one where we lifted the people up on a crane and then we spun them like they’re on a tire swing 20 feet up. Then we lower them down on this little balance beam. It’s above this cliff that’s like a 100-foot drop—and of course they’re cabled in, but they look like they’re spinning fast. They do like 50 rotations before they touch down on the ground. And as soon as their feet touch, the timer goes, and they have to walk on this balance beam, grab one bull’s eye, walk it to the other side, and stick it to the big bull’s eye. Every time, as soon as they touch the ground, they look so wasted—they look drunk because of all the rotation. They’re just wobbling and can’t get their bearings. One guy lost his shoe, so he kicked his other shoe off and then his legs were all Bambi-ing out. He couldn’t get his footing. It was pretty funny.
So they’re not always using their bodies to hit the bull’s eye?
They use their bodies sometimes, sliding into the bull’s eye or jumping onto the bull’s eye to see how close you get. Sometimes you have to throw our Bullseye bombs to get close to the bull’s eye—like our helicopter ones, they take you up in the air, and you’re 50 feet up going about 20 to 30 mph. You have to time when you release the bomb to get as close to the bull’s eye. Those are always fun, because they’ll hit the ground and it’s like rolling a quarter down the road. Like, “Whoa, which way is it gonna go?!”
Bullseye premieres May 27 at 9pm ET on Fox.