BEVERLY HILLS, California — If you’ve only seen the movie [movie id=”369195″]”Twilight”[/movie] and plan to watch the sequel [movie id=”414921″]”New Moon”[/movie] this weekend, you might get caught up in all the Team Edward vs. Team Jacob hype. If you haven’t read Stephenie Meyer’s best-selling novels, you might not know which monstrous young man ends up with Bella, and you might not know about some of the stranger elements of “Breaking Dawn.”
[movieperson id=”373803″]Taylor Lautner[/movieperson], however, has read the books. And with a “Breaking Dawn” movie as inevitable as death, taxes and “CSI” spin-offs, he’s a bit freaked out about what’s to come. As Taylor told us recently, he’ll have to work closely with the film’s director to handle the delicate material.
(Spoilers from “Breaking Dawn” are ahead!)
” ’Breaking Dawn’ kind of came out of left field. It’s a very different movie,” Lautner grinned, remembering that he was a bit shocked last year when Meyer’s final novel was published.
In the book, Bella and Edward get married, go on their honeymoon and give birth to a vampire/human hybrid baby they name Renesmee. Having lost the battle for Bella, Lautner’s Jacob Black is present at the baby’s bloody birth — and almost immediately “imprints” on the newborn, essentially claiming her as his soul mate.
“It caught me by surprise when I read the book,” Lautner admitted. “I think I originally heard it happened through somebody who had already read it — and I didn’t believe it.
“Then I read the book, and I was like, ’You’ve got to be kidding me,’ ” he said. “Now that I’ve thought about it more and more, I understand it more and more. But still, in the back of my head, I’m like, ’That’s a little odd.’ ”
Now, the biggest obstacle if there is a fourth “Twilight” film would seem to be figuring out a way Jacob could claim an infant child as his lover without seeming like some sort of borderline-pedophile weirdo. “It might be a little odd actually doing that,” Lautner admitted.
With a grin, Taylor jokingly imagined his scene. ” ’Hey, Bella, your daughter? She’s smokin’!’ ” he laughed. “I don’t know [how I’m going to do that].”
But even though “New Moon” marks Taylor’s first performance as Jacob with the knowledge of how it all will eventually conclude, the actor insisted that he couldn’t let the Renesmee thing cloud his scenes romancing Bella. “I’ve tried to stay as focused as possible on the movie that we’re doing now,” he said. “My focus has just stopped with ’Eclipse.’ ”
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