Now that I am Number Four Alex Pettyfer has had a taste of fame, he’s also experiencing one of the negative consequences: the dreaded “misunderstood” interview quotes. Pettyfer, 21, explains that although he does have a tattoo above his crotch, it doesn’t say “thank you” like VMAN magazine reported in a recent interview. “It says my name, ‘Alex.’ It’s boring,” Pettyfer clarified.

He was also upset that his comments bashing L.A. were “misunderstood” — though not misquoted, he points out. In the interview, Pettyfer was quoted saying "L.A. is growing on me a little bit, but it's still a s**t hole…I think it's this insidious pool where nearly everyone lives in fear. Geographically it's fantastic, but socially it's disgusting. I wish they'd run all the c**ts out."

How that can be misunderstood is puzzling, but Pettyfer has nevertheless learned an important lesson: In interviews, the sound bite is king.

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