By Sabrina Rojas Weiss
"Twilight" fans know the movie is going to be huge. But Hollywood big-shots aren't usually motivated by the same squealing, giddy impulses as the rest of us, and we're going to have to wait until the box-office numbers come in before real talk on a "New Moon" movie begins.
That's got to be hard for someone like Taylor Lautner, who knows that his best scenes as Jacob Black are yet to come. When I spoke to him about his upcoming gig as a presenter at the VMAs with Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, I asked if he had to try not to think too much about the sequels.
"As much as you try not to, you always do, because you're like, 'Oh my gosh, that would be so much fun and so cool,' " he said. "But nothing's confirmed yet, so I try not to get my hopes up too high."
Still, Lautner said he's talked to director Catherine Hardwicke about future flicks. This week, while rehearsing for new scenes they're adding to the movie, Hardwicke discovered his rather accomplished background in extreme martial arts, which he studied from ages 6 to 13.
"They found YouTube video of me on ESPN when I was 11, and they were just freaking out and were watching it over and over again," Lautner laughed. "I said that it'd be cool if Jacob did some of that in the fight scenes. She said, 'Yeah, that would be cool.' "
Lautner wasn't sure how he'd use his skills, since Jacob mostly fights in his wolf form. But in the meantime, he is bulking up for the role. "I've been lifting weights five days a week, eating tons of protein," he said. "I've actually put on about 8 pounds in just two-and-a-half months."
Even if (Edward forbid) these sequels don't happen, we could be witnessing the birth of an action star. We might get to see his potential as early as October 13, with the premiere of NBC's "My Own Worst Enemy," in which Lautner plays Christian Slater's athletically gifted son.
So, Twilighters, is Taylor counting his chickens too early? And how do you think they should tackle the problem of depicting werewolves? Tell us!