I Want Taylor Lautner to Stay Jacob Forever!

Jacqueline Burt Cote

Taylor LautnerIt's selfish of me, I know, but when I hear about hottie Taylor Lautner "reading other scripts" or "working on other projects," the Twilight fan in me gets a tad possessive. I breathed a huge sigh of relief when the news broke that Alex Pettyfer, not Lautner (as rumored), would be playing Channing Tatum in his stripper days for director Steven Soderbergh, but I'm still having trouble accepting his major role in the upcoming thriller Abduction. I realize that I'm being completely unfair. Lautner is a talented young actor with a long, promising career ahead of him. But if I am forced to go to a movie starring Lautner as Not-Jacob, I might have to shut my eyes and cover my ears.

I don't feel this way about Kristen Stewart or Robert Pattinson, so I'm not sure where this is coming from, exactly. All I know is that even catching a few seconds of Lautner as a young(er) actor in The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl while flipping channels the other day freaked me out. Maybe it's because over the course of the film series, Lautner has kind of grown into the ideal Jacob. There are the abs, obviously, but his whole demeanor fits: Sweet little puppy dog with a dangerous edge. It's not that I'm afraid I won't find Lautner believable in other roles. I'm afraid that the image of Lautner as a stripper or whatever else will mess with my perfect mental picture of Jacob forever after.

My only comfort is the rumor that Stephenie Meyers might write a Jacob and Renesmee spinoff series (which would be awesome anyway because I'm rabidly curious about what might happen between the werewolf and Bella and Edward's daughter). If they made those books into movies, that would keep Lautner playing Jacob for another 10 or 15 years!

Would you want to see Taylor Lautner playing a character other than Jacob?


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