In a scene from "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse," out this Wednesday, Robert Pattinson's Edward Cullen makes one very funny observation about Taylor Lautner's beefy werewolf alter ego, Jacob Black: "Doesn't he own a shirt?"
When Lautner stopped by the "Today" show on Monday (June 28), he reassured Matt Lauer that he does in fact own shirts in his real life. He laughed, "Of course, I do!"
In his real life, when he's not playing dreamy teen wolves or on his way to becoming the next big action hero, Lautner said he's just like any other 18-year-old. "At home ... I mean when I'm home, I help out with the lawn, the garbage, dishes," he said, adding that he wants to be regular for "as long as possible."
"It's very important to me," he said. "I describe it as I live two lives. I also have the same exact life as before."
After being out making and promoting a movie, Lautner said, his family treats him "maybe even harsher. I got extra mowing to do."
Lautner had little more than 239 words in first flick, Lauer pointed out, and now he is one of the film's biggest names. "I never thought it would be a reality; to look back then and be sitting here now is mind-blowing," the actor said.
While he loves "Eclipse," claiming it to be his favorite of the "Twilight" flicks so far, he does admit to one frustration in the film. "I was very jealous of my [CGI] wolf," he joked. "I love the action. That's the fun part, and my wolf has all the action in this movie."
And though he hasn't tired of his fame yet, Lautner is wary of being known only as a shirtless wonder. "As an actor, I do want to challenge myself, but I embrace this role, this franchise. I give all the thanks to it. I'm having the time of my life with it," he told Lauer, joking that if anyone wants to see him shirtless they should see "Eclipse" and not harasses him on the street. "[Fans] ask you to take your shirt off a lot. I just tell them not right now, but see it June 30."
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