2008 was a simpler time for Taylor Lautner. Still known primarily as the kid from "The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D," the biggest concern for the then-16-year-old (egads!) wasn't yet relentless paparazzi and hardcore fans, but rather, the itchiness of his "Twilight" wig.
But even now with his increasingly-hectic life, the star is taking time to join us this Wednesday (April 13) for "MTV First: Taylor Lautner" for an interview, in which he'll take questions from fans and premiere the trailer for his upcoming action flick, "Abduction."
We've come to have a lot of our own fond memories of Taylor over these past few years, so in preparation for his special, we've been counting down our top five favorite MTV moments with Taylor. Thurs far we've looked back at his Gross(man) encounter of a Les kind, as well as his his ab-off with co-star Robert Pattinson, and a run-in with an inked-up Twi-hard.
In our #2 moment, we hop in the sorta-way-back machine to the set of the very first "Twilight," where Taylor told us all about the fake hair that helped him transform to teen wolf Jacob Black.
Here's a little Vintage Vid from the 1999 press junket for Mike Judge's classic white-collar comedy, "Office Space." The writer/director's "Extract," which Judge has described as a sort of bosses' perspective reversal on "Office Space," hits theaters on Friday. Earlier today, MTV contributor John Constantine shared his thoughts on why he thinks "Extract" is another classic-in-the-making.
Back to today's Vintage Vid. In the below clip, which actually has nothing to do with the then-upcoming movie, Judge talks about "Beavis and Butthead" and how he tends to avoid doing their voices whenever he can. Then, of course, he slips into his Butthead voice for a brief moment. It's great. Enjoy.
In the below Vintage Vid, former MTV personality Chris Connelly talks to Brad Pitt in October '94, a month before the world got to see his standout performance in director Neil Jordan's "Interview with the Vampire." Pitt says here that he tries not to think about the future that lies before him. Little does he know, it's a future that includes an "Ocean's" trilogy, superstardom and Angelina Jolie.
You can of course check out Pitt this weekend, starring in Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds" for an up-close look at exactly where the star's career has gone. In short... UP!
This video just goes to show you: when Danny Trejo asks for action, Danny Trejo gets action. Does that look like a man you want to eff with? I didn't think so. And now that Trejo will be joined in "Machete" by the oddball supporting cast of Robert De Niro, Lindsay Lohan, Steven Seagal, Don Johnson, Cheech Marin, Jeff Fahey ("Lawnmower Man"!!!!) and Jessica Alba, everyone on the planet has to see it. It's a requirement. Seriously. I think the world might explode if we don't.
Today is the 25th anniversary of something awesome: Prince's "Purple Rain." At least I hear it's awesome. Here's my dark, dirty secret: I've never seen the movie. I love the album, and the Morris Day appearance in Kevin Smith's "Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back" (in German!). I was even up to review the 20th anniversary edition of "Purple Rain" a few years ago (five, to be precise), but a mailing mix-up put the assignment in someone else's hands.
You don't have to be a fan of Prince or of the movie to appreciate this video however. MTV covered the July 27, 1984 red carpet premiere of "Purple Rain," and the multi-instrumentalists arrival was... well let's just say that it was epic. Check out the video below and then head over to MTV.com for Eric Ditzian's rundown of the event.
I'm not entirely sure that a video interview from July 2008 really counts as "vintage." It works today though because of Warwick Davis's comments on the (admittedly far-fetched) possibility of George Lucas getting the gang back together for a sequel. Still, Davis was more hopeful on the "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" red carpet about the "Willow" sequel possibilities than fellow star Val Kilmer was in the below video.
Which isn't to say that MTV's Josh Horowitz shied away from asking Mad Martigan about his "Willow" experiences. Kilmer hems and haws a bit, but he eventually dishes a rather interesting, and apparently documented, detail. In the actor's own words, "more little people got together," wink, wink towards the camera, "in 'Willow' than any time in history." Well... uhhh... wow Val. Neat bit of trivia there. Watch the clip; it's pretty hilarious.