Alex Pettyfer hated training for role

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Aliens and their Guardians are hiding on Earth from intergalactic bounty hunters. They can only be killed in numerical order, and Number Four is next on the list. This is his story. Starring Alex Pettyfer, Timothy Olyphant, Teresa Palmer, Dianna Agron & Callan McAuliffe and based on the book of the same name by Jobie Hughes and James Frey. 

February 24th, 2011

Alex Pettyfer found it hard to motivate himself to go to the gym for new movie 'I Am Number Four'.

The British star - who plays alien John Smith in the sci-fi drama film - did many of his own stunts but had to train because he could barely touch his "toes".

He told BANG Showbiz: "I worked with wires and I worked on flexibility. I found it hard enough to touch my toes let alone do back flips.

"I'm not very good. I had to work very hard to try and do that."

Despite the role marking one his first as a leading man, the 20-year-old hunk doesn't intend to stay in Hollywood and hopes to return to his British roots in other film projects.

He added: "I don't know if it means a permanent switch. I love English films. I love Steve McQueen's 'Hunger' with Michael Fassbender and I love our British independence. Most of our British talent have really been recognised through that. Like Tom Hardy with 'Bronson'.

"I would definitely come back to England to do a movie like that. Unfortunately for a 20 year old there are not many roles like that. Maybe in my mind, but not physically."