"Behind the Scenes: Twilight"
ORIGINAL AIR DATE: July 22, 2008
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Naibe Reynoso: Thousands of teens are flooding the Twilight fan sites in anticipation of the movie, and a lot of them are talking about Taylor Lautner. He plays the conflicted character, Jacob Black.
In Twilight, Taylor Lautner plays a werewolf trying to keep his identity a secret.
Taylor Lautner: He's very interesting. I love the way Stephenie [Meyer] wrote him in the first movie, ya know, he's a Native American. He's very friendly, and
easy to talk with, then in the second one it becomes interesting because, ya know, he turns into a werewolf, and what I find cool is like, he has this Native American side who's just this, happy-go-lucky kid, then he has this werewolf side where, ya know, he's trying to hold back his, temper, and he wants to be violent."
Naibe Reynoso: Violence is something Lautner can deliver, he made his first on-screen kill at the tender age of 10 when he played a killer ninja clone in Shadow Fury.
CLIP: Taylor Lautner playing killer ninja clone in Shadow Fury. "He is impervious to pain and he enjoys killing."
Naibe Reynoso: As a teenager, there were those sharp teeth and super strength in Sharkboy and Lavagirl.
CLIP: Taylor Lautner in Sharkboy and Lavagirl.
Naibe Reynoso: Next he showed his comedic chops in Cheaper By The Dozen 2, alongside Steve Martin.
CLIP: Taylor Lautner in Cheaper By The Dozen 2, with punk hair.
Naibe Reynoso: No punk hair in Twilight, but in this role, where Lautner plays up teen angst, there were a lot of bad hair days.
Naibe Reynoso: How is it having long hair?
Taylor Lautner: Yeah. I've never had it long before so this is very interesting for me. At first it was itchy and I just wanted to take it off, I've actually by now gotten a lot more used to it. It's always like blowing in my mouth and stuff. I'm like saying my lines… and I'm (puts hair in mouth).
Naibe Reynoso: Anticipation for Twilight is building, much of it due to this young and solid cast
Taylor Lautner: I think with Twilight, ya know, the whole series, there's a bit of everything in it, ya know, there's romance, there's action-adventure, there's like a little horror in it, ya know, there's everything. So, I think that's why it attracts so many people because, ya know, it's a little mix of everything in one movie. So, it's gonna be interesting to see on the screen December 12th.
Naibe Reynoso: Of course we will be bringing you many more Twilight stories on future editions of Dailies. Mike.
Mike Richards: Thanks Naibe. Yeah, it's going to be interesting to see if if Twilight or the new Harry Potter movie which comes out in November, does better.