Ryan Guzman had some pretty hefty dance shoes to fill as the lead of Step Up Revolution. Without any formal dance training, the model and MMA fighter joined a cast of professional dancers, including many So You Think You Can Dance alums.
Producer Adam Shankman sure was fooled at the rookie actor's try-out. "We didn't know he was a non-dancer," he says blindsided. "He lied. He danced really well in the audition."
The rhythmic cast got the newbie up to speed in no time. "They're so open and inviting. They're willing to teach me and spread their art form," Ryan tells ETonline. "There was no lack of chemistry [with Kathryn McCormick]."
Newly minted People's Sexiest Man Alive Channing Tatum met his now-wife Jenna Dewan when they co-starred in the first Step Up film, but Ryan stuck to the scripted romance with Kathryn. In real-life, he's still single. Of his predecessor's honor, he acknowledges Channing is "a very sexy man. He's got good looks and I think People got it right."
Ryan would be open to bringing his own sexy back to the big screen if approached to star in 50 Shades of Grey. "I'd love to go after it," he admits. "I've seen the character description. I've read some of the book. It's definitely not really me, but that's what's fun about it. Get a little naughty, get a little dirty."
Step Up Revolution diverted off course from the battling featured in previous installments of the ever-growing franchise and instead focused on the flash mob dance craze that has gone viral as an internet sensation. The flash mobs in the film were used as protest art, showcasing the culture of a Miami community that might be torn down for a construction development project. "It was strange to coincide with the whole Occupy movement," Adam tells ETonline. "Made it relevant. Happy accident."
One thing that has stayed consistent throughout all Step Up films is they all promise and deliver elaborate dance numbers. "When you have dancers that are that talented and that precise, you don't need as [many takes]," Adam boasts. "They give it to you pretty much every time. The movie is extremely well rehearsed."
Both Ryan and Adam agree that the Step Up Revolution DVD and Blu-ray, out November 27, makes a great stocking stuffer and can be enjoyed with the entire family this holiday season. Watch an exclusive bonus clip above.