When Billy Unger isn't fighting ninjas on Disney XD's 'Lab Rats,' he's searching for a medallion for his father in 'The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone.' The 17-year-old actor plays Billy Stone in the action flick slated to hit theaters, today, March 1. We got a chance to talk to Billy about how important the film is to him, doing his own stunts, and of course, 'Lab Rats!'
J-14: How did you get involved in 'The Lost Medallion?'
Billy Unger: It all starts with the first audition. I remember I actually sought this one out. I read about it somewhere that they were auditioning for this role. They had a little breakdown description of the character and I was like, 'Wow, I really feel like I could do something with this.' I went in there one day, did my audition, and they were just loving the energy. I was sitting there just talking to Bill Muir, who is our director/producer/writer, about how in love with this character I was and he was really digging my vibe. He was like, 'I have not seen another kid walk into this audition room that has the energy that you do,' so I felt really good walking away from that. Of course, though, it never comes easy. I did like six other callbacks on top of that, but every time that I went in there, I felt pretty confident. I felt like I had already booked the role. I was just then proving it again and again that I was Billy Stone.
J-14: What does this movie mean to you?
Billy: I sought it out for the reason that this was an action film and I love action films, but then I fell in love with it even more so once I read the script. I saw that it wasn't just about the action as much as it was about the story that came along with it. This movie will make you laugh, make you cry, and make you cringe when the bad guys are this close to snatching up Billy and Allie. I felt like that's what a movie should be. A movie should take you on a roller coaster ride and it should make you feel a certain way. It should bring out emotions in you and when I read the script, that's exactly what it did to me. I thought if we can make this movie and if this film is half as good as the script is, then we could really have something here. That's why I fell in love with the movie.
J-14: How are you similar or different to your character, Billy Stone?
Billy: We're pretty similar. We're both super adventurous, we're both risk takers, and we love adrenaline. You see that in the film long before the medallion takes him and Allie back in time. You see that he's a risk taker because he jumps off a waterfall with a palm frond, thinking it'll keep him afloat and clearly, it won't. Although Billy Stone is really smart, it's kind of like he's the brute strength, he's sort of the muscle, the protector, and Allie's all brains. The two of them make a perfect team.
J-14: Did you do any of your own stunts?
Billy: I actually did all of my own stunts. I can recall one little stunt that they wouldn't let me do on a dirt bike and it didn't even make it into the film. So all that you see in the movie was done by yours truly. I wanted it to be that way.
J-14: Is there anything else besides 'The Lost Medallion' coming up for you want readers to know about?
Billy: The number one thing that I could say, other than 'The Lost Medallion,' to look out for is season two of 'Lab Rats.' We've got some really fantastic episodes. We've got a ton of new plots and characters that are going to be revealed. A lot of the questions that were asked in season one are going to be answered. We're pulling out all the stops. We want to make everything bigger, better, and crazier. Just trust me, it's going to be a huge deal. We've got a few hour-long episodes because a half hour just isn't long enough. Plenty of new tricks, toys, jokes, laughter, and action.
Will you be hitting the theaters to see Billy Unger in 'The Lost Medallion?'
Photo courtesy of MeThinx Entertainment.
Written by: Sora Hwang