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.
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)
Gladiator (Ridley Scott, 2000; 78% Tomatometer)
Man on Fire (Tony Scott, 2004; 39% Tomatometer)
Iron Man (Jon Favreau, 2008; 94% Tomatometer)
The Notebook (Nick Cassavetes, 2004; 52% Tomatometer)
Next, Lautner on tackling his first major lead in the action thriller Abduction and dealing with the celebrity of Twilight.