Five Favorite Films With Taylor Lautner

Plus, we chat with the star about the action thriller Abduction, his career ambitions, and dealing with Twilight fame.

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Not too many actors get to headline an action thriller while still in their teens, but then career trajectories can be a little different when you're an alumnus of a certain billion-dollar vampire franchise. Still just 19, Taylor Lautner was always the most likely of the Twilight triangle to embrace the action genre: his chiseled physique and Cruise-junior profile suggest a screen life of tangling with bad guys, which is precisely what he does in director John Singleton's Bourne-like paranoid escapade, Abduction . (Also useful action credentials: Googling "Taylor Lautner Abduction" yields as many or more hits for "Taylor Lautner abs" -- let no one say we don't do our hard research here.) In the film, Lautner plays a high school student who discovers his entire life has been fabricated -- and swiftly finds himself on the run from various sinister agencies out to use him as the bait in their game of espionage. Hey, it's not that far-fetched when you consider his previous job involved shape-shifting into a wolf.

With Abduction in theaters this week, we had the chance to chat with the personable Lautner about working on the film, where he sees his career heading, and his experience living inside the crazy celebrity bubble of the Twilight series. But first, he talked about his five favorite films. Take it away, Team Jacob.

Braveheart (Mel Gibson, 1995; 79% Tomatometer)

My all time, classic favorites come down to Gladiator and Braveheart. Those are definitely my top two. Braveheart might even get the edge. I've seen those movies so many times. I've probably seen Braveheart like 10 or 15 times. It's just, it's classic; Mel is amazing in it -- and I believe he directed it as well, right? Braveheart is absolutely unbelievable, and the ending of that movie is the best part.

Gladiator (Ridley Scott, 2000; 78% Tomatometer)

And then Gladiator, I mean -- Russell's just a stud in that movie. [laughs]

Man on Fire (Tony Scott, 2004; 39% Tomatometer)

This one I am so obsessed with. This is the movie I've seen the most out of any movie. I've probably seen it 25 or 30 times. Anybody I meet that has not seen this movie, I force them to sit down with me and I show it to them: Man on Fire. I don't know why; it's a weird obsession. I just think Denzel [Washington] is great in it and I think Dakota [Fanning] is amazing in it. It's a brutal one. You know, it's Denzel out for revenge, and their relationship -- Denzel's and Dakota's -- is so touching. And the ending of that movie is by far the best part, too. Tony Scott is one of my favorite directors. Everything they do together is gold.

Iron Man (Jon Favreau, 2008; 94% Tomatometer)

My favorite superhero movie: Iron Man. I loved The Dark Knight, but Iron Man... I just think Robert Downey's character -- and him -- in the movie is so cool. I'm a little jealous because I would've definitely loved to have been Iron Man. It just seems like it'd be so much fun to film.

The Notebook (Nick Cassavetes, 2004; 52% Tomatometer)

Number five... oh, I just thought of another one and I'm having a hard time thinking if I wanna switch it. I'm gonna go with The Notebook. So that's my romance; that's my love story. Gosling is amazing in it and I love Rachel McAdams. I love that movie.

Did you see Drive?

Yes. I loved it. People need to see that movie. I love that director, Nic Refn.

Next, Lautner on tackling his first major lead in the action thriller Abduction and dealing with the celebrity of Twilight.