On Sunday night at the MTV Video Music Awards, many, many, many things went down. Kanye West went on a tirade during Taylor Swift’s Best Female Video acceptance speech. Lady Gaga got bloody during her performance of “Paparazzi.” And, oh yeah, the extended trailer for “New Moon” made its big debut, and Taylor Lautner, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson were on hand to premiere it.
Before Lautner headed into the show though, he stopped to speak to MTV News about the trailer, which features him shirtless much of the time.
“I think they might start crying,” he guessed about what he thought might be the fans’ reaction to seeing him as werewolf Jacob Black running around with his wolf pack.
But Lautner isn’t the only one Twilighters got an eyeful of in the trailer — Robert Pattinson also appears sans shirt. And Lautner insists that if the two were to compete in some kind of shirt-off, the competition would be stiff. “I don’t know [who would win]. Rob, he’s getting some muscle,” he explained. “There’s some good competition.”
Lautner famously had to pack on the muscle to reprise his role as Jacob. So we wondered if Pattinson has been seeking advice from him on how to bulk up. “No, he definitely doesn’t need any pointers at all,” Lautner joked. “He’s got it covered.”
In addition to talking about all things “New Moon” trailer, Lautner opened up about what it’s been like on-set for the movie’s sequel, “Eclipse.” “Yes it’s a lot of fun,” he said. “I think we’re, like, a month in, so it’s exciting to be back with our new director David Slade and back with the whole team again.”
Slade is the third director to helm a “Twilight” flick, and Lautner admits that he’s got a whole new dark take on the saga. “It’s been good. He’s a lot different, but I think he’s going to add a cool taste to the movie,” he explained. “It might be a little darker.”
And Lautner thinks Slade will take the action in this flick, which involves a lot of battling, to the next step. “I feel like the action level is stepping up each and every film. ‘New Moon’ definitely has a lot more [action] than ‘Twilight,’ and I feel like Eclipse is bumping it up another level,” the actor said.
Sure, Lautner is cool with the films going in that direction. But he’s not so cool with the fact that he doesn’t get to partake in that action as much as he would like in “Eclipse.” “We’re at war the whole time or most of the time. I think it’s going to be pretty good but it’s a bummer ’cause I’m a wolf the whole time, so it’s not actually me getting to do my action. … But you’ll be able to see the cute fuzzy wolf.”
And what does he think of that wolf? Well, that jury of one is still out. “I’m not sure yet! I think I’ve got to watch it a couple more times,” he joked.
Check out everything we’ve got on “Twilight: New Moon.”
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