Ryan Guzman 'Steps' Out of Channing's Shadow
By PAIGE FEIGENBAUM
July 26, 2012
One of summer 2012's breakout stars is sure to be Ryan Guzman. The former Calvin Klein model will win over the ladies' affection with his shirtless dance moves in Step Up Revolution.
He's ready to step out of the shadow of Channing Tatum, whose career the franchise launched years ago. "It's a blessing to even be uttered in the same sentence as Channing. He has an amazing career. I know ladies went gaga over Magic Mike, so if I can have any bit of what he's had, I'll feel blessed," Ryan said humbly. "I don't know if I want to battle that guy with looks. It'll be a good contest. Maybe in Step Up 5 he'll come back and we'll battle it out."
Channing not only danced away from Step Up with fame, but also with the love of his life. He went on to marry co-star Jenna Dewan. Did sparks fly on the Revolution set? "No romances, a lot of friendship though," Ryan dished. "I'm currently single." He wouldn't be opposed to being linked to a co-star though, especially if he ever works alongside Kate Beckinsale.
Ryan once hoped to be a Major League Baseball player, but traded the baseball diamond for the mixed martial arts octagon. His fighting background helped him transition into dancing. "I had to know the placement of my feet and what my body could and couldn't do," he explained. "So it kind of coincided with dancing and knowing the rhythm and the musicality of the music and matching that to your body movement."
Hollywood's newest hunk put in laborious hours to keep up with a cast comprised of professional dancers. "I was very, very avid about not having a body double," he boasted. "I wanted this movie to be very authentic, so we trained for three weeks, nine hours every single day and then I'd go home and train for another three to four hours, get all the moves and the combos in my body and I actually surprised the director and the producers."
The burgeoning actor literally busted his butt when pouring his blood, sweat, and tears into the film. "The one injury that I did get was...I pulled my butt muscle a little bit," he cringed. "Those dance numbers are pretty intense and you have to be pretty flexible to do some of the stuff."
Step Up Revolution pounces into theaters on July 27.