I can't believe how passionate I am about Taylor Lautner. Not in a creepy oh-my-god-we're-meant-to-be-together way. God, no. I just...really care about him in the way that a fan does. Our adoration for actors and singers and writers probably can't compare to the loved ones of the admired, but it's strong in its own way.
When I first saw that Taylor Lautner was cast as Jacob Black, I wanted to cry. I hated it. I wasn't familiar with his acting, but he just didn't LOOK Native American, and that offended me. I was thinking, the whole time, that we had progressed as a society, only to find out that they essentially gotten some over-tanned white kid to play a full-blooded Native American. True, I never pictured Laurent as black or Eric as asian, but their ethnicities were never too important to their characters. Jacob being Native American, however, was vital. That's the whole reason that his people shape shifted -- because of their lineage.
But I got over it. He said he had a tiny bit of NA ancestry, so I was a little more open. I started watching and reading interviews. Man, the kid has got an infectious personality. When Taylor talks, you know just how strong-willed, how dedicated, how passionate he is.
I think that's ultimately why I adore him. I understand if they have to recast Jacob. I won't LIKE it, but I'll accept it. I'll even accept it if they (GOD FORBID) cast Michael Copon. I just can't stand the guy... He's the exact opposite of how Taylor is. (And I say this as a person who has never met either of them.) Where Taylor is humble, Michael is arrogant and egotistical. He builds his self-made pedestal higher every time he tears his competition down. I can't stand that man.
I feel a very cliche Twilight movie moment coming on. "I feel...very protective of you..."