Taylor Lautner Talks ‘Abduction’ & ‘Breaking Dawn’ With USA Today
USA Today interviewed Taylor Lautner recently while promoting his new film Abduction. Taylor talked about doing the stunts in Abduction as well as saying goodbye to Jacob.
Lautner is not one to back down from a challenge. The stakes grow considerably higher for the young actor on Friday with the release of Abduction, his first lead role since breaking out as werewolf Jacob Black in theTwilight movie series.
“This is it,” says Abduction director John Singleton, summing up the pivotal moment in Lautner’s career. “This is that first starring role. People don’t know what to expect from Taylor. And when they see it, it’s going to be like, ‘Whoa!’”
The highly charged action flick centers on Lautner’s all-American character, who realizes all is not as it seems when he sees his picture on a missing-persons site. Lautner says he was so floored by the page-turning script that he knew immediately he had found the right movie for his debut leading role.
“It took a long time to decide what the first movie outside of the franchise was going to be,” Lautner says. “I wanted it to be special.
“You go with your passion and what your gut tells you. But I would be lying to say there’s no pressure involved.”
Frequently flashing his famous smile before falling into a giddy laugh over lunch, Lautner shows little sign of feeling any pressure. In black jeans, work boots and a black T-shirt, he talks of a morning spent power-washing the pool area at his family’s home in Valencia, Calif.
The film provides a showcase for talents greater than household chores, from his martial arts skills (Lautner was a junior world champ from age 6) to his eagerness to perform his own stunts.
“Pretty much everything you see on-screen is me,” he says. “Which is super-exciting.”
This includes sliding down a massive glass awning atop Pittsburgh’s PNC Park (“After 20 takes, I had some bumps and bruises”) to rolling on top of a speeding truck in the movie’s opening scene. Though wearing a safety harness, Lautner says, he had to persuade worried producers to allow the truck to speed up.
“I made sure (the straps) were loose so I could slide around on the truck and have a little bit of fun,” he says. “So it was like, ‘Make them looser and make the car go faster!’ We got up to about 50 (mph).”
Lautner and Singleton secretly took the harness off so Lautner could propel from the truck hood into a lawn party scene. “(The producers) were not happy, then happy because it looked pretty cool,” Lautner says. “Needless to say, it was only done once.”
Lautner’s character also manages to find love, even while most of his life unravels — something that has never happened in the Twilight series, where Jacob has long pined for Bella Swan.
“I don’t know any character in the history of movies who faces more rejection than (Jacob),” Lautner says with a laugh. “He’s not a lucky guy.”
Read more at USAToday!
Jacob does get rejected alot! I felt really sorry for him reading New Moon.
Abduction hit theaters September 25th!
[Source: USAToday via TaylorLautner.net]