“One of my commercial agents actually reached out to my manager saying that Jennifer Lopez wants me to do a table read,” Guzman said. “I, of course, thought it was a prank so I hung up … quite a few times.”
The 27-year-old actor stopped by TheWrap’s studio to discuss the role with executive editor Joseph Kapsch. In the movie, Guzman stars as a young man named Noah, who shares a night of passion with Lopez and then becomes obsessed with her.
Of the film’s very intimate sex scene with Lopez, Guzman said he didn’t quite know what to expect going in.
“It wasn’t actually so clear in the original script. It was just like one line that said ‘intimate scene,’ or ‘sex scene,'” he explained. “So that’s not what gave me the interest in the film.”
But the scene proved challenging for Guzman, who admitted to Lopez on day of shooting that he was very nervous.
“She’s the one who told me, ‘This is for the film, and without this particular piece being so memorable or passionate [and] intense, none of the movie makes sense,” Guzman said.
The actor also admitted to ad-libbing one of the trailer’s most memorable lines: “I love your mother’s cookies.” Guzman just said it in the moment, with director Rob Cohen (“The Fast and the Furious”) calling him out for it.
“He goes, ‘What did you just say?'” Guzman recalled. “I thought he was going to get angry at me. I was like, Aw crap, I ad-libbed. ‘Uh … I love your mother’s cookies.’ He goes, ‘Say that again.'”
Prior to being cast in “Boy Next Door,” Guzman auditioned for the role of Christian Grey in “Fifty Shades of Grey. He said he was excited to see it and wished Jamie Dornan and the film well, but said that his film just might give “Fifty Shades” a run for its money when it comes to steamy on-screen intimacy.
“I guarantee you that after you see this film, they’ve got a lot to live up to,” he said of the E.L. James adaptation.
Guzman said of his own audition for “Fifty Shades”: “I read for it like all the thousands and millions of other actors. It just didn’t work out for me and they went with their guy now and, yeah, I can’t wait to see it.”
Universal Pictures will release the film to theaters on Friday, Jan. 23.
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