For his first post-Twilight leading role, Taylor Lautner worked with Boyz N The Hood director John Singleton in the fast-paced thriller Abduction. Although Lautner laments the end of The Twilight Saga, he is anxious to do more nail-biters like Abduction.
After becoming an international superstar as part of the cast of the global box office phenomenon -- The Twilight Saga (of five films) -- Taylor Lautner chose to team up with director John Singleton (the filmmaker behind such contemporary classics Four Brothers, 2 Fast 2 Furious, Shaft, Poetic Justice, Boyz n the Hood) for a cinematic change of pace -- playing the leading man in the adrenaline-pumping thriller Abduction (now available on VOD; coming to Blu-ray Disc and DVD). "I was really honored to work with a director as versatile as John Singleton," Lautner recalls during a Los Angeles press day. "John Singleton knows how to make action movies that are more than just mindless fights and car crashes. His films always have a message behind them. They are incredible."
In this edge-of-your-seat thriller, Lautner portrays Nathan, a young man who is searching for the truth about his identity. For as long as he can remember, Nathan has had an unsettling feeling about his life. His feeling is confirmed when he stumbles upon a photograph of him as a child on a missing persons website. Just as he begins to uncover the truth about his identity, he finds himself having to run for his life. Abduction also stars Lily Collins (upcoming Mirror, Mirror), Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2), Jason Isaacs (the Harry Potter series), Maria Bello (Prime Suspect) and Sigourney Weaver (Avatar). "It felt so incredible to be working with such a team of such talented and distinguished actors.” Lautner admits. “Here I was acting opposite pros like Sigourney, Alfred and Maria -- all award winners. I thought I’d have to pinch myself a few times to make sure I wasn’t dreaming I was in such great company.”
Taylor Lautner is determined not to be stereotyped as the shirtless, heartbroken teen-wolf from The Twilight Saga, and he feels Abduction was a step in the right direction. “Abduction is definitely a whole lot different than the Twilight films, in so many ways, and that’s what I was looking for in my first leading role,” Lautner says. So where does the nineteen-year-old, Grand Rapids-native see himself two years from now? "That's a good question,” Lautner answers. “If you had asked me that question two years ago I wouldn't have guessed that I'd be sitting here today, but my goal is to continue to challenge myself in a wide variety of roles and genres. I mean, what attracted me to this was that it was different than anything that I'd ever done before. I had a great experience with it. I love it, but now I'm definitely looking forward to doing something completely different from this."
Lautner, however, doesn’t see himself in the future singing and toe-tapping his way across the big screen in a musical. "I do want to challenge myself, but probably not that much,” he says with a laugh. “My fans would not want to see that."
ONE-ON-ONE WITH TAYLOR LAUTNER...
Taylor Lautner in Abduction
You worked the red carpet at the premiere for Abduction, last night, like a pro. You talked to the media but you spent a lot of time with your fans, too.
"Yeah, that's always one of the most important parts for me, and it was great. There was a lot of fans there. It was awesome. There was a lot of energy. It was kind of my first premiere outside of Twilight in a while. I did Valentine's Day, but I didn't know how it was going to be and the energy felt the exact same which was amazing."
Do you ever get tired of the screaming girls and fainting fans?
"To be honest, no. I mean, I'm sure that there might be moments, like maybe if I'm tired or something and I'm just waking up, but not really. If that's their way of showing their passion then I will take it."
Your Abduction costar Jason Isaacs said the hardcore fans were camped out on the set every day to get a glimpse of you in the car...
"There was a lot of fans on set. I think probably the highlight, we were actually there for a week. We were filming in a random city called Sutterville and there was a population of six hundred people and one night we had over eight hundred girls on set. So, there was definitely a few people driving in from different cities. It was pretty impressive. There were some great fans there in Sutterville."
How do you handle that? You can't talk to all of them.
"I found a way to. It was tiring because we were actually filming nights there. So, you show up at 8PM and work until 5AM. At 5AM I would go out and there would literally be eight hundred people down the street. I would go out and pretty much take pictures with all of them. It took about an hour and we tried to do it fast. Doing it fast for eight hundred people was still an hour. But it was important to me."
Any crazy fan encounters?
"No, nothing crazy. I think that I had like three hundred people in my front lawn at one point, but that was about it."
That's not crazy at all.
(Laughs) "They were behaved fans though."
You have definitely slimmed down a lot. Is it nice to not have to keep up with the whole regimen of working out so much for the Twilight movies?
"It is. It's just a different kind of working out now. Now I get to stay more active and play more sports which is a treat for me. I can eat what I want which is not necessarily junk because I've always pretty much eaten healthy, and now I just don't have to force myself to eat. So, when I'm not hungry I don't have someone coming in and shoving food down my throat every five minutes. It's great."
Taylor Lautner and Lily Collins in Abduction
Five minutes into Abduction, you're shirtless. When you saw the script, did you think about that?
"When I saw the script for the first time there was probably five or six shirtless scenes and it got cut down to one short one. But it has to make sense for the character. It can't just be nonsense. So, we found the one moment where it would make sense and that was it."
What specifically drew you to this script in the first place?
"In the very first place it was this character's journey. Just hearing the idea of the script and where the character starts and where he ends and everything that he deals with, I knew that it would be exciting and challenging for me as an actor. That's what attracted me to it originally."
Did you are any of the other actors suffer any injuries while doing any of the action stunts?
"Nothing serious. Probably, I mean the most serious thing was just a few bumps and bruises from me and Jason Isaacs boxing scene. It was such a long fight scene and there are so many maneuvers that if one of us is off by just one punch or one block we're getting knocked in the face. Thankfully, we had gloves on and so it wasn't anything too serious, but we were roughing each other up a bit in that one."
Where do you see yourself two years from now when the Twilight phenomenon is all said and done? What direction do you want to go?
"That's a good question. If you had asked me that question two years ago I wouldn't have guessed that I'd be sitting here today, but my goal is to continue to challenge myself in a wide variety of roles and genres. I mean, what attracted me to this, another thing, was that it was different than anything that I'd ever done before. I had a great experience with it. I love it, but now I'm definitely looking forward to doing something completely different from this."
What about a musical?
"I do want to challenge myself, but probably not that much. My fans would not want to see that."
Would you do another franchise like the Twilight series?
"Yeah, if it made sense. You take it one movie at a time and if people enjoy it and I love it then I'm definitely open to the idea."
Jason Isaacs, John Singleton and Taylor Lautner on the set of Abduction
What are your thoughts on Abduction becoming a franchise?
"I guess it could make sense, but I try and not think about it. Like I said, we try to just take it one movie at a time. Right now our focus is Abduction and Abduction alone."
How easy is it to let all the Twilight stuff go, leaving the cast and knowing it's all coming to an end -- the franchise that made your career?
"It's different. Whenever we'd finish filming any of the other movies we'd be bummed, but we knew that it was just a matter of a few months before we'd be back filming another one. So, when we wrapped these last two it was tough for us because we'd been playing these characters for so long and spending so much time together for so long. It was a little emotional, but the good news we'll be able to promote it all together for the next year and a half."
How was the last day of shooting the final scene of the Twilight films?
"It was emotional for sure, yeah. My last day of shooting I was by myself, and so that was kind of sad, but my second to last day I did a scene with me, Rob (Pattinson) and Kristen (Stewart)."
How long was the shoot?
"Seven months because we did both of the last two films together. So, five months in Baton Rouge and then two months in Vancouver. It was a long time. It was a hundred and ten day shoot, I believe. It was a while. When I first saw the schedule I was like, 'Whoa. I'm going to be tired after that.' But it wasn't that bad. We had a lot of fun with it and I enjoyed both of the cities that were in and it was a good time."
Do you feel like you need a break or do you feel like you want to keep the momentum by diving into something else?
"That's a good question. I'm having fun right now, and so right now I'm promoting and traveling which I really enjoy. I love traveling. So, I'm having a great time right now, and so I'm good to go, but I definitely find time to relax. I definitely find my down time."
Were you a fan of director John Singleton's films before doing Abduction? How did the two of you get along?
"Yeah, definitely. I was definitely familiar with him, definitely familiar with his work and knew that he was very talented. We got along great. I mean, we had a fun time together. I think the biggest thing that he brought was just passion. That's the biggest thing that everyone brought to this movie, the entire cast and crew and him. We were all so passionate about this movie. We just gave it our all and I think that's the biggest thing that everyone brought to it."
You got to use your martial arts training in Abduction -- the first time on film. Is movie martial arts different than the real thing?
"Yeah. It was very exciting that I got to use it for the first time really in a movie, and it is different because it's all choreographed, but it was exciting. What was also exciting was being able to learn new things like boxing and motorcycle riding, wrestling. Those were all new for me, and so I had to do about three months of training in all of those aspects before filming which was a lot of fun. I wanted to make sure that when I showed up to Pittsburgh that I actually looked like I knew what I was doing."
Taylor and Lily in Abduction
Which of the skills did you like the most?
"The boxing. I really enjoyed the boxing. It's a great workout. It's very different than martial arts, and so I had to sort of drop everything that I knew and start brand new and fresh which was exciting for me. Boxing is loose and martial arts is more strength and structure. Boxing is just kind of loose and flowy. I say it's such a great workout because I think my sessions were just like an hour fifteen, an hour and a half, but by the end of it…you barely even realize that you're working out that hard, but you look in the mirror by the end of it and you're just dripping wet. I don't even think that I work that hard in two-a-days when I was playing football in high school."
Was there a movie that inspired you to get into the movie business?
"I don't know if there was one movie. There may be a few actors, like, Tom Cruise, Matt Damon, Leonardo (DiCaprio). I've always looked up to them and they've definitely inspired to be in film since I was very young."
When you get this famous this fast, you're still quite young, are there things that you can do to keep your feet on the ground?
"Thankfully, I still have…I don't know how I've been able to do this, but I'm thankful that I have been able to, but to have the same life that I've always had before. So, instead of changing my entire life and having a brand new life I have the new life which is very exciting and I get to do what I love to do, but then I have the same life that I that I had before. I go home. I see my family and I hangout with my friends and I play football and I help out around the house and do the same things. I think that's really important. That's what helps you stay grounded."
ABDUCTION: Blu-Ray/DVD available January 17 -- Bonus Features: "Abduction Chronicle" - On-Camera Production Journal with Taylor Lautner; "Initiation of an Action Hero: Taylor's Amazing Stunts" featurette; "The Fight For The Truth: Making Abduction" featurette; "Pulled Punches" Gag Reel and Abduction Application: Blu-ray Enhanced Viewing Mode - An in-depth original and personal look at the film with the cast and crew.
ABDUCTION: Video on Demand/VOD begins December 22, 2011 and will be available in all cable and digital Video on Demand and Pay-Per-View platforms through January 4, 2012. Bonus Feature: A free On Demand featurette that includes a special behind-the-scenes look at the film and interviews with the cast and crew.
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