American actor Kellan Lutz was reportedly offered the lead role of Edward Cullen in the Twilight film franchise before Robert Pattinson, but turned it down.

The 28-year-old actor revealed that he "didn't care" to audition for the role, opposite Kristen Stewart.

"The role just didn't… I just didn't care to entertain it," the actor told Access Hollywood, "I really wanted to play a happy role or no role for a little bit."

"I didn't care to audition for [the role of Edward] because he was a bit moody and emotionally challenged. But then I loved Emmett… I'm so blessed to have been able to play him," he said.

Meanwhile, Lutz has a number of potential projects lined up, since the end of the Twilight franchise. One of those is Hercules 3D, where he plays the title character. He had spoken about the difference between his film and the Hercules movie that former wrestler Dwayne Johnson is a part of.

"I love The Rock. I grew up watching wrestling. He's such a great actor. I wish them the best," he said, "They have a great cast but the story is completely different. He's much older and our Hercules is the man's journey from him being a boy to a man, and it's very real and human.

"Our character goes through being lovestruck and then heartbroken and then anguish and loneliness, sadness and remorse. It's really a story about a man, a man and the journey to get back to his love. So it's not a man with super powers.

"A man not understanding the strengths that he does have and he's in denial because he doesn't believe in gods at first and doesn't believe that he's the son of Zeus and just really feels rejected by who he thinks is his father. It's just really going through the story of what a normal boy would go through and the situation that he's forced into," he said.