Taylor Lautner will surprise his fans in his upcoming film “Abduction,” according to John Singleton. The director says that Lautner has abandoned his onscreen “Twilight” werewolf alter ego to play a butt-kicking teenager in the film, which will come out this September.
“I put him through his paces and I can say this to the MTV audience: They’re gonna see a whole different Taylor Lautner from what Jacob is in the ‘Twilight’ pictures,” Singleton informed MTV News.
“My goal as a director was to work with him as an actor, for him to have something that’s a different character.” Singleton said that he wanted Lautner’s character to be “strong and charming.”I’ve done some stuff that I’m sure all the young ladies will really love … and it’s beyond taking his shirt off. It’s about him having a different kind of swag than he does as Jacob. In this movie, he’s Nathan Harper and he’s a kickass dude in this movie.”
The director described that while Lautner takes on tough in the movie, he was quite the softie on set, taking the time out to thank his enthusiasts for stopping by to watch him in action.
“Taylor’s the most famous actor I’ve ever worked with in my whole career,” Singleton said. “When we were shooting this movie, we had 500 to 600 girls and their mothers off the set, trying to get on the set, trying to be around, which was cool.”
Singleton stated that the star handled all the attention like the veteran pro that he is. “It was really funny because, you know, after we worked all these hours, he’d go out and he’d graciously shake peoples’ hands and sign autographs,” he said. “He’s phenomenal. I call him a trooper; he’s a real soldier.”