Taylor Lautner is ready for action. His performance in ';Abduction' (his first leading role outside of the ';Twilight' films), already has the president of Lionsgate, the film's production company, talking sequels, and threequels and comparing the possible franchise to Matt Damon's ';Bourne' series. As for Taylor, he's clearly up to the task.
"I knew this role would be really challenging for me," he said during our exclusive live chat with the actor on Thursday. "There were a few things I had never done before that were new to me such as boxing, motorcycle riding, wrestling... I start out the movie on the hood of a truck, flying down the road."
As for the most difficult stunt he had to do, it involved sliding down a giant glass support structure at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, where the movie was filmed. The scene takes place during a Steelers game, so instead of filling the stadium with thousands of extras, they filmed the scene during an actual game, giving Taylor a small window of opportunity to nail the stunt.
"I just went for it," he said. "I saw this giant glass thing and I was like, ';I have to do that.' I was like, ';I am doing that stunt, I don't care what you say.' So they allowed me to do it, it was fun. I may have been cheating a little bit because I had wires on so in case I fall off, I don't die."
The stunt ultimately became the main photo used in the movie's posters movie trailers. We asked him how he managed to keep his face looking so cool while sliding down at nearly free fall speed.
"I don't necessarily think I look that cool," he said. "I mean I'm just focusing on staying alive right there."
As for whether Taylor preferred shooting this movie or the ';Twilight' films, Taylor wouldn't say.
"It's really hard to choose because they're so different and that's what I loved about this movie, it is completely different than Jacob Black," he said. "Don't get me wrong, I love Jacob Black, but I love Nathan. This was probably more challenging for me and, as an actor, that's what I look for. But at the same time, I gotta say, ';Breaking Dawn' was very challenging as well so I can't wait for all the fans to see that in November."
Surprisingly, Taylor suggested his ';Abduction' character Nathan Price would possibly be able to take on Jacob Black in a fight. As for the biggest difference between the two characters, "Nathan's not a werewolf," he said. "That would probably be the biggest. I really like them both, they're really like, sweet, down-to-earth guys. Nathan can probably kick a little more butt, but Jacob's got the werewolf thing going, which is cool."
';Abduction' was shot during the break between filming ';Eclipse' and both ';Breaking Dawn' films. "The great thing is we're all so supportive of one another," Taylor said of his ';Twilight' castmembers. "We're really great friends by this point so we definitely talk about all our new projects and we really support each other. They're very supportive of this and I'm extremely supportive of all their stuff. They're great people."
Watch our entire interview with Taylor here. ';Abduction' is in theaters nationwide on September 23rd.