Taylor Lautner Interview For ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1′
Following ‘Twilight,’ ‘The Twilight Saga: New Moon’ and ‘The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,’ ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1′ begins the conclusion of the tale of vampire love, boundless friendship, acceptance, and finding your true self. The film hits cinemas November 18th, followed by ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2′ on November 16th 2012. Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Nikki Reed, Ashley Greene, Kellan Lutz, Jackson Rathbone, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Michael Sheen, and Dakota Fanning star under the direction of Bill Condon. Look out for a more in-depth interview with Taylor Lautner and the rest of the cast closer to the films release date.
You seem to have a lot more emotional weight in this particular film. What was your approach to being Jacob this time around?
Taylor Lautner: I was really excited about this one because Jacob becomes a man in this one, and he has to make a lot decisions. He’s being torn between his two families. It was really tough, it was by far the most challenging one for me, but I didn’t know what to think going into it. As soon as we sat down, the three of us sat down with Bill Condon, we just dove right into it and we talked about the characters. I really can say that I couldn’t have done it without Bill’s help. He was absolutely amazing, and he talked to us all the time. I trusted him completely, it was really special. And now seeing the movie, I’m really happy Jacob starts here and he ends here, and it’s just very exciting to see him in a completely different light than ever before.
With all of the great things that Twilight has brought you, what’s the thing you are ready to put behind you and not have to experience anymore as a result?
Taylor Lautner: Not wearing clothes (laughs). I mean, maybe the climate of where we filmed, those two together don’t go very well. I mean, I love Vancouver, but we have to film when it’s cold and rainy and gross, and the sun comes out and we’ve got to stop filming (laughs). But I honestly can’t even think of complaints or anything that I wouldn’t want to do because of everything it’s given me. It’s just absolutely unreal, and I didn’t see it coming at all, none of us did – my mind doesn’t even go there. I’m just crazy thankful for what this has given all of us and the opportunities it’s given us as actors.
A pivotal scene in this film is done in the heads of the wolves. Did that frustrate you, that you couldn’t put your own physicality to that? Did you rehearse it as people standing there at some point in an empty room?
Taylor Lautner: It was kind of weird and awkward because we were standing in an empty room. And they actually filmed us, so we actually did a version of that scene. They filmed us just because we said all of the lines, and that was the voice that’s used in the actual movie. But then at the same time, when we’re filming that scene, if my face does something, they would implement that into the wolves. So it’s very very cool, the amount of detail that they pay attention to. So in a way, yeah, I’m bummed because the wolves got a very good scene that we didn’t, but I’m kind of used to that by now (laughs). But in a sense we were able to do the scene and they were actually able to use specific things that we did with our bodies, with our faces, with everything and just implemented them into the wolf, that was really cool.
How was it working with Bill Condon, considering that you’ve portrayed Jacob in a number of films already?
Taylor Lautner: Bill just made us feel so comfortable to begin with. Because it could’ve been a challenge, playing the same character for five movies and you have a different director each time, and then when the new director comes onboard sometimes it can take a second to adjust and get on the same page with him. But Bill was so amazing, and he really just made us feel comfortable and open. I’ve respected Bill for a very long time, even before I’ve had the opportunity to work with him or found out I was going to work with him. So I was able to completely trust him. All of us were, which was very important as well.
What has been your craziest fan encounter? Twilight fans are extremely passionate.
Taylor Lautner: Craziest fan encounter……That is so tough to choose one. And I don’t like using the word crazy, I like using the word passionate. Kristen and I had a very interesting Brazil experience that I’ve talked about numerous times that was just out of control but amazing, and there was a lot of passion there (laughs). And then I’ve had a few girls that tattoo a picture of you or your signature to their arm – that blows my mind! I mean, something new happens every day and it continues to blow my mind. You think we would all get used to it and expect it, but every time something happens it’s just like, “Are you kidding me?” We wouldn’t be here today promoting a fourth movie if it wasn’t for that amount of passion.
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