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Taylor Lautner on The Twilight Saga: New Moon

Published November 25, 2009 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Images property of Summit Entertainment
Taylor Lautner sheds a lot of things in The Twilight Saga: New Moon. All his body fat, for sure, if you look at his six pack abs. His shirt most of the time, so that he can appear topless and show off his new abs. And that long haired wig is finally gone. After Jacob phases, he’s clean cut.

Taylor Lautner On New Moon

“It was very freeing,” Lautner said. “It not only was uncomfortable, I’d look at myself in the mirror and I wouldn’t even be able to recognize myself. It was so weird just to see that hair on me. Two, it was very itchy, hot, annoying. Also it slowed down the filming process. Whenever it got caught in my eye or whatever, we’d have to cut and start over. It got caught in my mouth and I’m spitting hair out in the middle of the scene. I’m coming this close to kissing Bella and sorry, I’ve got to spit my hair out. It was annoying. So we actually had a picture wrap on the wig. The crew claps for you at the end or whatever. My last day of filming with the wig, we ripped it off, held it up in the air, like ‘That’s a picture wrap on Taylor’s wig.’ The whole crew gave it a standing ovation. It was amazing. It was great to chop that thing off.”

Jacob comes from the Quileute tribe, though neither he nor his costars in the film are Quileute. They learned the language though. “At the end of this one I did speak a little bit of Quileute, when I was leaning in to kiss her in the kitchen, and no, I’m not gonna tell you what I said. I’ll leave that to you to figure out. But it was really cool. There’s only like four people left in the world that actually speak Quileute so we were able to talk to one of these ladies. It was really interesting.”

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The Twilight Saga: New Moon The Twilight Saga: New Moon

New Moon will be the movie where Team Jacob gains traction. In fact, from the looks of it now, it’s hard to see how Edward stands a chance anymore. “We were actually discussing this on set, it’s funny, like who would win in a fight between Jacob and Edward? Because there’s a scene outside Bella’s house where Edward grabs my shoulder and Jacob doesn’t take that so takes his arm and rips it off and that moment Jacob would transform into a wolf. And we’re having this discussion, it got really deep, we were like, ‘if I were to poof into a wolf right now, what would happen? Who would win?’ Our discussion points were usually we’re with our pack so if I’m without my pack am I going to be weaker? Honestly I don’t know. That discussion is still up in the air. We should probably get Stephenie Meyer on the line and ask her.”

Everyone in Twilight has been thrust into the spotlight. It’s changed everyone’s lives, but for Lautner the biggest changes were practical. “Really I’d have to say the biggest transformation would be my schedule. I’m really, really busy but it’s a lot of fun. I just got back from South America yesterday and here I am today for three days and then I go to Europe. So I’m really, really busy but it’s been a lot of fun. It’s been a great experience. I’m really excited to be part of this thing.”

The Twilight Saga: New Moon is out in theaters now.

For the trailers, posters, stills and more movie info, go the The Twilight Saga: New Moon Movie Page.

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