His character in the megahit movie franchise will always be with him, actor says
In the Twilight trio, Robert Pattinson is considered the bemused bohemian; Kristen Stewart, the brooding ingenue; and Taylor Lautner the solid citizen.
The 19-year-old Lautner continues to be reliable and sensible as The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 unfolds in a very dramatic way at the box office.
The first part of Breaking Dawn (based on Stephenie Myer’s book) has raked in more than US$489 million worldwide after two weeks in theatres. Part 2, already filmed and set for release in November of 2012, is on track to do even better.
So far, Lautner seems to be taking the celebrated success of the franchise in stride, even as he makes the transition into adulthood and a career without Twilight.
Still, there is the Bill Con-don-directed Breaking Dawn – Part 1. In the film, Laut-ner’s Jacob must face up to the fact that Bella (Stewart) and Edward (Pattinson) are taking the next steps in their relationship as they marry, honey-moon, and have a baby while trying to resolve a series of dilemmas.
As usual, the always affable Lautner bubbles with enthusiasm during an inter-view just before the release of Part 1.
Q: What music are you listening to?
A: This one actually stresses me out. I am so all over the place with my music tastes that it is ridiculous.
Q: How so?
A: I’ll find myself listening to weird things like hardcore techno music, and then I’ll be listening to mainstream hip-hop. I’m so crazy with my music tastes. I’ll listen to a song, I’ll become obsessed with it, and then I’m onto the next one.
Q: Okay, so what’s up with Jacob in Breaking Dawn – Part I?
A: I was really excited about this one because, I mean, Jacob becomes a man, and he has to make a lot of decisions. He’s torn between his two families.
Q: What was it like working with director Bill Condon for the first time?
A: I trusted him completely.
It was really special, and now seeing the movie, I’m really happy. . . . It’s just very exciting to see (Jacob) in a completely different light than before.
Q: And then there is the imprinting scene with Bella’s baby, Renesmee. What’s that about?
A: That was tough because what is imprinting? What do you look like when you imprint? Those were all the questions going through my head. Luckily, we had Stephe-nie (Meyer) on set the entire time, and trust me, I asked her a million times.
Q: As the Twilight series comes to a close, what won’t you miss?
A: Not wearing clothes. I love Vancouver, but we always have to film when it’s cold and rainy and gross. The sun comes out and we have to stop filming.
Q: Other than that, has the Twilight fame been all positive for you?
A: I honestly can’t even think of complaints or anything that I wouldn’t want to do because of everything that it has given me. It’s just absolutely unreal, and I didn’t see it coming at all. None of us did.
Q: Has the bond with Pattin-son and Stewart been helpful?
A: It’s really unbelievable how much we’ve all gotten along. I can’t imagine filming this franchise if we didn’t. It would be a complete nightmare if we didn’t.
Q: Twi-hards are obsessively devoted. What has been your craziest encounter?
A: The craziest fan encounter? It’s tough to choose just one, and I don’t like using the word crazy. I like using the word passionate.
Q: What was your most passionate encounter?
A: I’ve had a few girls that tattooed a picture of my signature to their arm. I mean that blows my mind. Something new hap-pens every single day and it continues to blow my mind.
Q: Will you take a part of Jacob with you into your future?
A: Absolutely. After playing the same character for five movies and four years, you grow so close to him. You start putting yourself into Jacob, and you start putting Jacob into you.
Q: So you still like him?
A: I love Jacob. There are many things that I look up to Jacob for. Jacob is one of the most loyal people, one of the most persistent people. He has amazing qualities. I hope that I can learn from him.
Q: Do you feel a need to continue your momentum by making lots of films after Twilight?
A: It’s definitely not just a matter of finding something that keeps your face out there. I mean, I want everything to feel special to me, and I’m very specific about that.
Q: Are you concerned about being typecast?
A: We’ve all said this to each other because we all deal with it. It would almost be a compliment to be typecast because that’s our jobs.