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Alexander Ludwig's star rising
By LIZ BRAUN - Sun Media


Alexander Ludwig does not lack enthusiasm. The 15-year- old is talking happily about his starring role in The Seeker: The Dark is Rising, and even over the phone his giddy energy is obvious.

Small wonder. After a gruelling audition process, the Vancouver resident was chosen to star in the fantasy-adventure movie, jumping his profile from a couple of small roles in a few small movies, to lead.

Ludwig is very handsome, and this role will probably win him quite a following among teenage girls. He bursts out laughing at the very idea.

"After everything else that's happened," he says, "I have no idea what's going to come next. This has been such a roller-coaster ride. It was the opportunity of a lifetime."

The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising, which co-stars Wendy Crewson, Ian McShane and Christopher Eccleston, is based on the award-winning novel by Susan Cooper. Ludwig plays the central character, a boy who discovers his crucial role in a fight between the powers of good and evil. The movie was filmed in Romania, and that, says Ludwig, was an eye-opener.

"For people who had so little, they wanted to give so much," says the young actor. "To visit this place that's just recently come out of the communist era -- you really learn how much we have in North America. You really appreciate life here."

The shoot did not, he adds, involve the usual perqs associated with a major feature film, and that suited him just fine.

"I think too many kids get sucked into that Hollywood stuff," he comments.

Ludwig is a Grade 10 student, and he admits there was a period of adjustment when he returned to Canada from Romania. For one thing, he left in a rush to do the film, and keeping up with his schoolwork while shooting was tough. He caught up eventually, but it was stressful, Ludwig admits.

"And I want to go to university, so it's important. Luckily, my friends have been really supportive and my family keeps me grounded."

He's not the only actor in the family. Ludwig has twin siblings of 12 (a boy and a girl) and a younger sister of 8, and they're all involved in the acting world. The two girls, he says, just got their first commercial.

Yesterday, before The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising opened in movie theatres, Ludwig and his family hosted a private screening in Vancouver to thank family, friends and co-workers. A lot of people helped him land the role, says Ludwig, and a lot of people were rooting for him.

"I really wanted this part," he says. "As soon as I read the script, I thought, 'This part is for me.' Ever since I was little I wanted super powers," he jokes, referring to his character.

It gets better. "They let me do pretty well all my own stunts," Ludwig says. "I love this -- meeting new people, experiencing new things. Who would believe that something like this could be your job?"


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