Josh Duhamel plays a crook embarking on a cross-country adventure in Lost in the Sun, and the actor says the fictional road trip actually reminds him a lot of his childhood in North Dakota.
"I think growing up in North Dakota, you have to road trip to get anywhere and everything is a road trip – a lot of big, open roads," the actor, 42, tells PEOPLE at the Los Angeles press day for the film.
Perhaps because of his upbringing, Duhamel says he has a thing for "music and wind" when it comes to signing on for a film.
"I guess I have an affinity for those kinds of movies because Scenic Route was kind of like that, this one is kind of like it and there's another one I have coming out that's called Spaceman where he's on the road in his VW bug a lot."
As a father to 2-year-old son Axl with wife Fergie, Duhamel says he can't wait to make some special memories in the car with him in the future.
"We'll go all over – probably go up to Big Sur and to Mammoth," he says.
Duhamel related to the road trip aspect of the film, but less so to playing full-on robber. Fortunately, he was easily able to get some guidance on breaking the law 101.
"I talked to one of the producers who was a lifetime criminal in and out of jail. We all went to dinner one night – I'm sitting there with this dude who was pretty dangerous – and picked his brain about what he was thinking when he did these things," Duhamel says. "His mindset was a little bit different than mine [because he] kind of got off on the thrill of breaking the law and I don't think this character ever did that."
He continued about his role as John: "I think he was just really looking for peace and just trying to get out from underneath a really pressurized system where he had to do things that were just against the rules."