Small star, giant feat

Small star, giant feat
Logan Lerman (above) is on a quest to find the magical Golden Fleece in Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters.

Being in a massive young-adult movie franchise can be a drag sometimes. Just ask former Twilight stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, whose every youthful indiscretion has been chronicled by the tabloids.

The star of the emerging Percy Jackson franchise has no intention of going down that road. Logan Lerman tells Life! that he plans to stay away from the media circus and the pressures that come with it "as much as possible".

"I don't like actors who are bigger than their movies, you know," he says in a chat with a group of reporters in Los Angeles during the film's promotion.

Still, the fresh-faced 21-year-old, who was relatively unknown before these films, wants desperately for them to keep doing well.

Based on Rick Riordan's best-selling fantasy adventure books about Percy - the half-human, teenage-delinquent son of Greek god Poseidon - its first big-screen adaptation, Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010), earned a respectable US$226 million (S$290million) worldwide, against a US$95-million budget.

Its sequel, Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters, which opens in Singapore on Thursday has its work cut out for it if it wants to get anywhere near the US$3.3 billion grossed by the five-film Twilight franchise that ended last year, nevermind the US$7.7 billion made by the eight Harry Potter films from 2001 to 2011.

Lerman, who has signed up for a second sequel, would like to have a stab at matching those feats.

"There are five books and I'd love to make all of them, if the movies are good and people like them."

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