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When it comes to big breaks, starring in the film adaption of a beloved coming-of-age novel, The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, is about as good as it gets. Logan Lerman, who portrays the troubled high-school freshman, Charlie, is feeling the pressure. He calls from Iceland, where he’s filming the Darren Aronofsky-directed Biblical epic, Noah, alongside his Perks co-star, Emma Watson. “I have no idea how much longer I’ll be here. Maybe a couple more weeks; maybe a couple more days.” Despite his dizzying schedule and a grumbling voice hinting at a need for some rest, Lerman’s still got Charlie on his mind.

“My concerns weren’t about pleasing the fans of the book, but more about getting to the place where Charlie is,” he says, which was “a little daunting”. Besides slight uneasiness, Lerman sounds nothing like the achingly awkward lost teen he plays in the film: he is articulate and composed, coming across as an artist far wiser than his twenty years. For the seasoned actor whose professional career began at five, including roles alongside Russell Crowe, Jim Carrey and Mel Gibson, it all makes sense.

But this time, it’s Lerman whose name is splattered across movie posters, though he shares much screen- time with a handful of young actors who portray Charlie’s fellow misfits. they include Charlie’s out-of-his-league love interest, Sam, played by Harry Potter’s Emma Watson, and Sam’s quirky gay stepbrother, Patrick, played by We Need To Talk About Kevin’s Ezra Miller. Despite the film’s dark script, the cast’s off-camera experience was lots of fun. “We literally took over the wing of a hotel [in Pittsburgh] and the whole hallway was filled with the actors – it was just like a dorm. Everyday we were in each other’s rooms, making music, getting to know each other.” In one particular bonding moment, Lerman fondly recalls them dressing as “Greasers” complete with gelled-back coifs whilst getting rowdy at a Pittsburgh Pirates ballgame.

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25 September 2012 @ 12:38 pm

Logan Lerman on making a movie he can be proud of:
"I don't wanna make any more stupid films--I've done a few of those! I realized I had to do some films in order to do the films I wanted to do. Because there's a whole game in trying to work yourself to be in a position that you can make films that you want to make."

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