In The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, Taylor Lautner gets to be funny. For the majority of the series, his character – the passionate, hot-headed Jacob Black – unsuccessfully tries to win the heart of Bella (Kristen Stewart). In this final film, Jacob’s over her, and finally enjoying his werewolf life in a vampire world. At the movie’s press conference, Lautner talked about the end of the journey, and what playing Jacob has taught him.
Lautner has some of the best scenes in Breaking Dawn – Part 2. In one scene, he gets his butt kicked by Stewart, whose character had just learned that he imprinted on Renesmee. As you might imagine, Bella’s motherly instincts kicked in.
Taylor Lautner: That scene is probably my favorite in the movie. It was a fun scene to shoot, and to see Kristen that way was incredible. That scene is hysterical. It’s a completely different side of Jacob than we’d seen before, and its the first time we’ve seen Bella like that. The visual of Kristen chucking me around, she had a lot of fun with it and I did as well. I love that scene! It really came together.
The actor also talked about Jacob’s relationship with Renesmee. At first, he was worried that caring for this child would come off as creepy, but Stephenie Meyer helped him understand that their relationship was a lifelong bond.
Taylor Lautner: At this point, it’s more of a brother-sister protective thing. That’s really all it is. I couldn’t allow myself to think ahead and go beyond that, so that’s the zone I had to stay in.
Lautner also recalled the first time he filmed Twilight. He called it an awkward experience, because he showed up mid-way through filming. He also had to wear a “nasty wig” that made him uncomfortable. Lautner was 15 when he started the franchise, and he almost didn’t make it past the first film. There were talks of replacing him with someone who looked older, but with a strict diet and hard exercise, Lautner secured his role.
Taylor Lautner: I love Jacob. I really respect him, in so many different ways, and he has so many qualities to him that I’d love to bring with me, like his loyalty and his persistence. He’s going to be a tough character to say goodbye to, for sure.
Meyer’s last Twilight book was split into two parts. Director Bill Condon, however, decided to film both movies back-to-back. Lautner knew that it was going to be difficult working on two films at once.
Taylor Lautner: It was tough. I knew that filming the movies together was going to be challenging because some days we woke up and the first scene we filmed was from Breaking Dawn – Part 1, and then you had lunch, and then you had to change clothes and film a scene from Breaking Dawn – Part 2.
Lautner also talked about Jacob’s evolution through the franchise. He was glad to finally see him smile.
By the end of the conference, Lautner was left speechless when a journalist asked him a tough question. What was the greatest thing he’d learned about himself through the whole experience? Not knowing what to say, Lautner took the diplomatic approach and just thanked everyone for the opportunity to be a part of the franchise.
Taylor Lautner: What’s the greatest thing I learned about myself? Yikes! That’s a good question… You got me stuck on that one. But, moving forward, I can’t be more thankful for this franchise and everything it’s given all of us. It’s given us the opportunity to do the things that we love, and be able to pick and choose, to a certain extent, the certain ways that we want to challenge ourselves. I wouldn’t be able to do that without this, so I can’t be more thankful for everybody involved in this and the opportunities that this franchise has given me.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 opens in theaters November 16th.
Are you excited for Breaking Dawn Part 2?