Theo's time

Theo's time

Divergent is going to put rising British hottie Theo James on every girl's radar - if he is not there already.

The handsome 29-year-old first made women sit up in 2010 with his one-episode role as charismatic Turkish diplomat Kemal Pamuk who suddenly dies in Lady Mary's (Michelle Dockery) bed after having sex with her in the first season of British period drama Downton Abbey.

But it is his portrayal of dark and dangerous Tobias "Four" Eaton in the upcoming action blockbuster Divergent, opening here tomorrow, that will really put him under the international spotlight.

He plays a member of the Dauntless faction who is also instructor to the characters born outside of the faction and the love interest of heroine Pris Trior (Shailene Woodley).

The pair must find out why their society - which is divided into factions based on virtues - is plotting to destroy Divergents who do not fit in before it is too late.

But even though everyone thinks James is sexy as hell, the actor - who recently finished production on two upcoming films, London Fields and Franny - does not see himself as Hollywood's next big heart-throb. Boy is he ever wrong!

He spoke to the media at the Four Seasons hotel about his current project.

Four is a very physical character. How did you prepare for the role?

James: It began with covering myself with body milk and staring longingly at myself. (Laughs)

No really, we had a month to prepare, which in a way isn't long enough because you feel like the more you can get in, the better.

I had to gain a bit of weight because I wanted him to look a certain way, but I didn't want him to look like a meathead or anything.

I wanted him to have this certain air of danger; someone who can really be dangerous if he is pushed.

Training took a mix of learning the fight movies, going to the gym and a lot of stuff that I already knew.

I had a local Chicago guy, whom I met before the film, train me in boxing and sparring stuff so that the performance was as real as possible.

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