Hollywood Dumped Taylor Lautner And It's No Secret Why
In 2008, Taylor Lautner rose to prominence as the werewolf Jacob Black, one-third of the supernatural love triangle in the film adaptation of the vampire novel Twilight. Here's why Taylor Lautner's film career faltered in the years following the Twilight series, and why he might be poised for a major comeback.
After appearing in the Twilight films, Taylor Lautner was known as much for his physique as he was for his acting abilities. To get in shape to play Jacob, Lautner stuck with a strict diet and exercise routine, and his efforts undeniably paid off. In 2010, Lautner ranked number one on Access Hollywood's "Top 5 Hollywood Abs" list. But he became frustrated when he realized that moving forward, every director seemed to focus on his appearance rather than foster his talent.
Lautner had a small role in the film Valentine's Day, and he pushed back against a scene that was specifically written for him to show off his abs. Lautner explained in an interview with GQ,
"Originally I was supposed to take off my shirt. The script said we were walking into school and Willy takes off his shirt. I said, 'Whoa, whoa, whoa. Time out. He's gonna take off his shirt in the middle of school? No, no, no. The reason I took off my shirt for New Moon is because it's written in the book that way. And there's reasons behind it."
Lautner wanted to be seen as more than a pretty face, but it was tough to get past his public image.
Watch this video for why Hollywood dumped Taylor Lautner and its no secret why.
All about the abs | 0:00
Defined by Twilight | 1:20
Too much money? | 2:06
Abduction flops | 2:54
Panned by critics | 3:50
His passion project flopped | 4:41
Several films were shelved | 5:33
Outside of Hollywood | 6:25
In a committed relationship | 7:10
A future in TV? | 7:56
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