LOS ANGELES — Although filming is finished on “The Twilight Saga,” Taylor Lautner plans to keep learning from Jacob Black.
“After playing the same character for five movies and for years, you grow so close to him,” Lautner said during a recent news conference at the Four Seasons Hotel.
“I love Jacob. There's many things that I look up to Jacob for. Jacob's one of the most loyal people, one of the most persistent people. He has amazing qualities to him that I hope I can learn from him and implement into my own life, which is kind of cool.”
In “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1,” the fourth and penultimate installment of the blockbuster film franchise based on Stephenie Meyer's popular paranormal books, Lautner's stalwart werewolf character goes through a series of life-changing events, starting when the girl he loves, Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart), marries her vampire fiance, Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson).
When Bella gets pregnant on her honeymoon, the supernaturally strong and fast-growing baby not only endangers her life, its unknown nature also threatens the Cullen coven's peace treaty with Jacob's lycanthrope kinsmen.
“Jacob becomes a man in this one, and he has to make a lot decisions. He's being torn between his two families. It was really tough. It was by far the most challenging one for me,” Lautner said.
“Now seeing the movie, I'm really happy. Jacob starts here and he ends here, and it's just very exciting to see him in a completely different light than ever before.”
The most difficult challenge Lautner, 19, faced in “Breaking Dawn — Part 1” involved his character's long-awaited imprinting, an involuntary, instantaneous event in which a werewolf bonds with his soul mate.
“You had to go there. That was tough. Because what is imprinting? What do you look like when you imprint? I mean, those were all the questions going through my head. Luckily we had Stephenie on set the entire time, and trust me I asked her a million times, ‘OK, explain to me one more time what imprinting is exactly?' and ‘Did you ever envision what Jacob looks like; what is he doing when he's imprinting?'” he said.
“Then it didn't help that when we filmed it, they put an X on a wall and said ... ‘You're going to walk in the room, you're going to look at the X and you're going to imprint.' And I'm like, ‘Are you kidding me?'”
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