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OTRC: Kellan Lutz on Miley Cyrus dating rumor: 'It's comical'

Kellan Lutz of 'Hercules' fame talks to OTRC.com in December 2013 about the movie 'The Legend of Hercules,' which is set for release on Jan. 10, 2014. / Miley Cyrus appears at the MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 25, 2013. On Jan. 8, 2014 on the 'Today' show, Lutz responded a rumor that claimed that two were dating. (OTRC / Lionel Hahn / ABACA_USA / Startraksphoto.com)

Kellan Lutz and Miley Cyrus sparked romance rumors after they were recently photographed together at a party -- but are they dating?

The 28-year-old actor, known for his past role as Emmett Cullen in the "Twilight" films and the star of the new 3D movie "The Legend of Hercules," addressed the matter in an interview on NBC's "Today" show on Wednesday, Jan. 8.

"Did you see that picture? I mean, why would you assume that someone's dating," Lutz said.

He is referring to a photo that was posted online in late December that shows Cyrus standing over and looking down at Lutz with a drink in her hand, while he looks elsewhere. The picture was taken at a party at the nightclub Beacher's Madhouse in Las Vegas that several celebrities attended following the first concert of Britney Spears' two-year Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino residency.

"Miley and I have been friends for ... It's like, I'm looking this way, she's looking down on me ... it's comical for me to, you know, I'm a public figure, she's a public figure. I've been friends with her for six years and we're in the same circle and when two people are single in the industry they'll crop out pictures. I just saw one with Michelle Rodriguez and I where, she's in one end of the photo, I'm on the other, they put us together."

"So you're dating?" co-host Hoda Kotb joked.

"I'm dating everyone nowadays," he later added. "Let's just start that rumor."

"The Legend of Hercules" is set for release on Friday, Jan. 10. Check out OTRC.com's interview with Kellan Lutz - includes 5 highlights, including his memory of pretending he WAS Hercules (and other heroes) as a child, growing up on a farm.

Watch Kellan Lutz on the "Today" show, below.

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