Taylor Lautner & Lily Collins Interview For ‘Abduction’
What would you do if you found your own picture on a missing persons website? Teen Nathan Harper (Taylor Lautner) finds himself facing this very dilemma. Setting out to uncover his real identity, Nathan quickly learns his parents are far from who they say they are. When the police, government agents and shadowy figures start to pursue him, Nathan’s quest for the truth erupts into a full-blown “Bourne”-like man-on-the-run journey with the only person he can trust, his neighbour, Karen (Lily Collins). Every second counts as Nathan and Karen race to evade an army of bad guys and Agents. But as they close in, Nathan realizes that the only way he will survive and solve the mystery of his elusive biological father is to stop running and take matters into his own hands. ‘Abduction’ is out now in the US and is set for release in the UK September 30th. Alfred Molina, Jason Isaacs, Maria Bello, Michael Nyqvist, Sigourney Weaver, Antonique Smith, Denzel Whitaker, Nickola Shreli, Allen Williamson and William Peltz also star. Check out what Taylor Lautner and Lily Collins had to say about the film below.
Taylor, it’s been about six or seven years since your first movie with Robert Rodriguez. How are you finding making films now, what are the new things you learnt during ‘Abduction‘?
Taylor Lautner: I believe you can never stop learning and growing. I’ve been very fortunate to have been working since I was ten or eleven years old, I’ve learnt so much throughout the years from working with amazing directors and great actors as well. And this was really a huge step for me, it’s very different to anything I’ve done before. I think the biggest difference here was the cast, the cast we were surrounded by in this movie was unbelievable, it was truly an all-star cast in Sigourney Weaver, Alfred Molina, Jason Isaacs, Maria Bello – I really couldn’t have done it without them.
Lily, you’ve said before that when you are on a film set, you like to watch your co-stars in action, you like to learn from them. Was their anyone in particular out of this cast that you really learnt things from?
Lily Collins: I loved watching Sigourney Weaver, I think that she’s someone I’ve always admired, and her career spans so many different genres. Tthe idea that she was going to be a part of this movie was very exciting, she really wanted to be a part of this movie, that was really cool. I went to set during the filming of the therapy session scene – I wasn’t filming that day but I really wanted to watch and see how she is, see how she switches from one emotion to another, and then when they shout cut, she’s Sigourney again. She’s so funny and she’s really just an amazing woman. I really love watching them out of their element and in their element.
You mentioned Jason Isaacs, can you tell us a little about the fight scene with him?
Taylor Lautner: It was awesome! We were very friendly by that point, he’s hilarious, he is so funny. I have looked up to him for a while, ever since I saw him as the bad guy in ‘The Patriot.’ And don’t get me wrong, he’s done so many roles, but this was kind of different for him, we really get to see his humour in this movie, as well as different areas, but during that scene it was just fun, because we had gloves on so we literally were like, ‘Let’s go for it,’ and he was whacking me the whole time. But it was fun, there were no serious injuries or anything, maybe a few bruises the next day.
I’ve heard about an injury on the set though, there was another fight scene that you mentioned on your David Letterman interview.
Taylor Lautner: (Laughs) Oh no! There’s this brutal fight scene in the train and it was me and Ilia, who’s the other actor, and we were doing the fight ourselves. So we’re doing this scene and towards the end of the scene I’m supposed to throw an uppercut, and of course we’re faking it, so I’m not really punching him. But the stunt co-ordinator comes up to us both and says, ‘The uppercut is not selling. Taylor you need to extend your arm more and Ilia you need to stick your chin out more so we can sell the uppercut.’ And I’m like, ‘Ok let’s do this,‘ and the very next take, sure enough I extend more, he sticks his chin out more and pop! I just connected right in that spot where it just puts you out, and this guys huge and so intimidating and he just goes bang, he was out for like two seconds. It was very scary at first, and I felt terrible, especially when he stood up and he had a chunk of……sorry……a chunk of skin hanging out of his lip. And he’s like, ‘I’m fine, I’m good, let’s just keep going,’ and I’m like, ‘Ilia you really need to look at your lip, it’s not good.’ He was very nice about it but I felt so bad (laughs).
Lily Collins: There aren’t many people who could take down a six foot five Russian guy!
So Lily, how did you get involved with the film?
Lily Collins: I read the script and really really loved it. I loved that Karen was not your typical girl next door, she was spunky, she spoke up, she gained self-confidence throughout the film and she turned into this young woman.
Taylor Lautner: I will take it from here. Everybody from the very beginning knew that Lily was the only person for this role. She was the only girl I read with – that was all we needed to see.
Lily Collins: We also had seen each other and hung out at multiple events throughout the last couple of years. We happened to run into each other the night after I’d read the script at an event, and I brought it up and it just kind of snowballed from there.
When it came to the fighting in this film, did you have to reign back on your own martial arts skills because the character is perhaps not as adept as you? Speaking to Jason Isaacs earlier, he’s pretty confident you could have wiped the floor with him…
Taylor Lautner: (Laughs) Jason was pretty impressive. There was a few times where I just wanted to go crazy and I wanted to throw flips and stuff – there was one flip that made it in there, but yeah, there were a few times where I’d kind of throw a few moves where they’d be like, ‘Taylor, Nathan doesn’t know how to do that, so you can’t do that!’ So yeah, there were a few times where I was a little frustrated. But it’s true, I had to take a step back, the biggest thing we wanted to do with this movie was to make it seem as real and grounded as possible. And you know it helps when you have the real actors doing the stunts, and Lily and I were able to do the majority of our stunts in this movie, which was very exciting for us, but also makes the movie that much more realistic.
You’ve mentioned all the great actors in this film and yet yours is the name on top of the poster. Does that bring an extra pressure to it? Does it feel like you’re on the brink of breaking away from the Twilight angle? And also for you Lily, with your next project as Snow White.
Lily Collins: It is very strange when it’s Snow White and everyone calls you Snow White. It’s kind of a weird thought that you’re the character that the whole story is about. But just being able to work with people like Julia Roberts and Nathan Lane, being in their presence, let alone being on screen with them, for me is a complete honour and I learn so much from them. But then being the one at work every single day and the first on the call sheet is a weird concept. I mean, I’m the one who saves the call sheets because I think I’m never going to be number one again, that’s my mentality anyway. I’m still really excited about getting chances like this. I’m in this for the passion and I hope to continue working. I feel really lucky so far to have gotten the roles that I’ve gotten and for them to have the arcs that they’ve had in the story, and not just be one dimensional.
Taylor Lautner: This for me, this was a very surreal experience for me, and definitely a dream come true. you know, I couldn’t have done it alone, I really couldn’t have. I had a lot of help in the cast and the crew and our director. But this experience was amazing and with this project specifically I just went with my heart. I mean, I tried to not over-think what should be next, what I should be doing. The very first time I heard this idea I knew that I wanted it to be my next project, and was very thankful and fortunate that it was able to be.
Taylor, was it nice to be involved with a project that wasn’t Twilight?
Taylor Lautner: Yes and no. That franchise and that character means so much to me. That coming to an end is a very bittersweet feeling. But yes absolutely, as an actor I want to be able to challenge myself to a wide variety of roles. This movie and this character couldn’t be more different to Jacob and Twilight, and that’s why, or one of the major reasons, I was attracted to this. It was great to try something new and I had an amazing time with it.
You’ve become close friends with Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson – did you miss them on the set of this movie?
Taylor Lautner: It was a little different at first. We’re definitely great friends, but I knew that as soon as I was done filming this that I was going back to spend seven months filming the last two with them. So I knew I was going to get enough of them then (laughs). With this it was great to be with new with people, and be with Lily, and everyone else we’ve mentioned.
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