Taylor Lautner Interview For ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2′
After the birth of Renesmee Cullen (Mackenzie Foy), Bella (Kristen Stewart), who is now a vampire, finds herself enjoying her new life and abilities. However, the vampire Irina (Maggie Grace) misidentifies Renesmee as an “immortal child” – a child who has been turned into a vampire – and because immortal children are uncontrollable, creating them has been outlawed by the Volturi. After Irina presents her allegation to the Volturi, they plan to destroy Renesmee and the Cullens. In an attempt to survive, the Cullens gather other vampire clans from around the world to stand as witnesses and prove to the Volturi that Renesmee is not an immortal child. Upon confronting the gathered Cullen witnesses, the Volturi discover that they have been misinformed and immediately execute Irina for her mistake. However, they remain undecided on whether Renesmee should be viewed as a threat to vampires’ secret existence.
The hefty cast for ’The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2′ includes Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Peter Facinelli, Ashley Greene, Kellan Lutz, Jackson Rathbone, Elizabeth Reaser, Nikki Reed, Billy Burke, Rami Malek, Maggie Grace, Mackenzie Foy, Tracey Heggins, Judi Shekoni, Omar Metwally, Andrea Gabriel and Rami Malek. Set for a November 16th release, ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2′ is based on the fourth novel in author Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight” series. Academy Award winner Bill Condon (Dreamgirls, Gods and Monsters) directed both the first and second part of the two-part finale.
Without giving too much away, in ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2′ your character Jacob goes through a transformation, and forms an attachment. What was that like to play and wrap your head around?
Taylor Lautner: It was really exciting for me to play this new side of Jacob in ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2.’ For the whole ‘Twilight’ franchise he thought one thing, “Bella, Bella, Bella. That’s where I’m supposed to be.” And in this one he finally realises the correct placement of Bella in his life, and he realises who he truly is and where he truly belongs. He has a huge weight lifted off his shoulders and he’s a new Jacob in this last one. That was exciting to play, he gets to have a smile on his face more, he gets to crack a few jokes (laughs). I get to play a more comedic side of Jacob. It was fun. What I love about Jacob so much in the ‘Twilight’ franchise is that he’s never stopped evolving, he’s always changing, from movie to movie – huge leaps. As an actor that’s a dream to play.
Did you find that considering the new directors with each movie, and with the down time in-between making them you were thinking, “I could have played Jacob like this, I could have approached it like this?”
Taylor Lautner: Absolutely. When you make a normal movie (laughs), you film for three months, you play the character once, then you say goodbye. With this one it’s completely different. You’re able to see the movies, think about things that maybe you want to change or bring to it differently. You get different input from different directors. I loved the fact that we got four different directors for the five movies. We were able to continue learning throughout the past four years, and bring different sides to ourselves to the characters. That was a one of a kind experience.
Its been an incredible journey for you with these films, and I’m sure you’ve been asked this for the last two years now, but what’s it gonna be like when everything’s completed?
Taylor Lautner: I don’t even know what it’s going to be like (laughs), because this character, this franchise, its been such a huge part of my life that I don’t even know what it’s going to feel like when it’s all said and done. It’s a strange feeling and it’s bittersweet because I have a special place for Jacob, for ‘Twilight’ and all of those memories, but it’s exciting to start the next chapter.
It’s almost like High School or College, every year you’re thrown back together with this group of people – with some new people, new classmates, teachers – but to me it sort of has that feeling. But what do you think it is about this story that made it part of the zeitgeist and a phenomenon?
Taylor Lautner: (Laughs) That’s so funny, yeah! This thing will live on for ever and ever, it is truly one of a kind. I’ve never seen anything like it, and number one I think the credit has to go to Stephanie Meyer for creating these characters and creating this story. The fans really love these characters and relate to them. It was the perfect book series to put on a screen. Sometimes that works, sometimes that doesn’t. This one it worked beautifully because of everyone involved, but it originally came from Stephanie Meyers, so I think she deserves quite a bit of credit.
What was the moment for you where you thought, “Oh, this is going to be huge.” Do you remember that moment or what that thing was, or was it a series of things?
Taylor Lautner: It was definitely a series of things, because when I originally auditioned for Jacob, don’t ask me how, but I had no idea what ‘Twilight’ even was (laughs). I was literally asking people, “What is this ‘Twilight’ thing?” But even when we were making ‘Twilight’ we thought we were making a movie for some fans that enjoyed the books. Then the reaction to ‘Twilight’ was unbelievable. But the thing is, even after that, its just continued to grow and grow and grow – and the fan support has never stopped since then. I find myself after every single movie, every single opening, being blown away by the support we get.
Do you have a favourite moment in ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2’?
Taylor Lautner: I’ve got two! I loved the scene with Jacob and Bella when she finds out he’s imprinted, it’s hilarious (laughs). Seeing Bella like that is amazing, Kristen just nailed that. It was really cool to see Jacob and Bella in that light. But then there’s an awesome moment at the end of the movie where Jacob asks Edward if he should start calling him Dad, that’s an awesome one as well (laughs).
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