“Valentine’s Day” director Garry Marshall says that Taylor Swift and Taylor Lautner showed that they were willing to try anything while shooting the flick, and that eagerness may be what got the onetime couple a Best Kiss nomination at the 2010 MTV Movie Awards .
“Taylor [Swift] was quite good in the movie and Taylor Lautner too,” he told MTV News about the kiss in the movie , which is out on DVD and Blu-Ray this Tuesday. “Taylor Swift is quite competitive. I said, ‘You know there’s a prize for best kiss? … So we might as well try for it.’ And Taylor Lautner kind of hid at the craft-service place. He didn’t want to get involved. Anyway, he went along with it. We did one in the movie, which was pretty good, but then we did a whole shot of a best kiss that was pretty good.”
As for the Taylors’ romance last year , Marshall noted that on-set hookups are nothing new. “That happens with young people,” he said. “I usually always start with kissing or they worry about it the whole time. We did like five, six takes. And the first take was a little uncomfortable. By the sixth take, they were dating! Life happens like that.”
Considering the fact that their parts were added to “Valentine’s Day” at the last minute, the duo’s willingness to dive into their work was a big bonus, the director said. “When they got there, there was nothing really written,” Marshall explained. “They weren’t in the original script, so we did a whole thing with them and worked with them. They did a good job. They’re both brave, they’ll try anything. He did high hurtles [to play a track star], which is not easy, and he insisted on doing his own stunts. I said, ‘If you get hurt, somebody from “Twilight” is gonna call me up, but I’m a gambler. We’ll probably only do this once.’ And he did it good.
“They both have good star power,” added Marshall, who is working on the movie’s sequel, “New Year’s Eve,” due out December 9, 2011. “And they did get along for whatever the reason. It came out very well. I was very pleased.”
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