Taylor Lautner is fast becoming a go-to young Hollywood actor for demanding action roles. He’s about to start filming “Abduction,” a Jason Bourne-style thriller , and has lined up two action-heavy flicks — “Stretch Armstrong” and “Cancun” — further down the line. Plus he signed up for, then parted ways with, “Max Steel,” a superhero movie in which he would have played a kid imbued with the power of nanobots.
The 18-year-old, in short, digs action. It’s no surprise, then, that when it comes to picking his favorite film in the “Twilight” series, he’s going with the upcoming “Eclipse” — the one that ratchets up the action in a way Twilighters have not yet seen.
“It was my favorite book, so I was always looking forward to the day that I got to film it,” Lautner told MTV News of “Eclipse,” due in theaters June 30. “The final product turned out even better than I expected.”
Credit goes to director David Slade, the man behind the horror flick “30 Days of Night” and someone with both a distinct visual style and a talent for capturing run-and-gun action sequences.
“It’s my favorite, because it’s the most guy-friendly by far,” Lautner explained of “Eclipse.” “It’s dangerous. There’s a lot of action. The romance is still there, but the action level is stepped up way more. It’s great.”
Less than great, however, is watching himself up on the big screen without a shirt on. Because “shirtless” is pretty much Lautner’s default state during the film. Fans might love those scenes, but the actor says they’re both uncomfortable to shoot and to watch.
“It is a little awkward for me to watch myself and, actually, when we’re filming those scenes,” he said.
We’ll be live at the L.A. premiere of “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” on Thursday, June 24. Tune in to Movies.MTV.com at 9:30 ET (8:30 Central) for our red-carpet webcast, and watch us chat with Robert, Kristen, Taylor and all your favorite stars. And don’t forget to submit your burning ’Eclipse’ questions!
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