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Taylor Lautner Plots Post-'Twilight' Life

September 23, 2011

At the beginning of "Abduction," Taylor Lautner lies on the hood of a truck as it speeds along a Pennsylvania highway. When the vehicle slows as it approaches a party of teenagers, the young actor was supposed to simply hop off. Instead, he somersaults forward.
The film's director, John Singleton, was taken aback by the stunt. After all, you don't put your young star and teen idol at risk.

"I just figured I would do it once and see what they thought," says Lautner, 19, a Michigan native who moved to Valencia when he was 10. "I think John had mixed emotions because he was terrified -- everybody was -- but he liked the way it looked; so he said, 'OK I want you to do it again, but please be careful.' "

Despite the stunt being "a little dicey," Singleton ("Boyz N the Hood") relented and let Lautner do five takes. "If you're a parent, you're freaking out, but if you're a kid, then it's, 'Oh, that's cool,' " he says.

In fact, Singleton says that Lautner, who has risen to fame for his role as Jacob Black in the "Twilight" franchise, did about 90 percent of his own stunts in the movie.

In person, Lautner hardly comes across as a wild man. Dressed in a plaid shirt, jeans and laced short boots, he's as polite and well-mannered a young man as you are likely to meet, the kind that you would be happy for your daughter to date. And, unless you've been on a different planet, you know that young girls make up a great portion of the actor's fan base right now. That, however, may change with his new movie.
"Abduction," an action-thriller, is the first film Lautner will carry as a solo leading man. Read More