Lautner spoke to Moviefone about why he chose 'Aduction' as his first starring role, whether he'd be down for a sequel, and how 'Breaking Dawn' is his favorite 'Twilight' movie.
I imagine you had a pile of scripts to choose from for your first big leading man role, post-'Twilight.' What separated 'Abduction' from the rest of the pack?
Mainly this character's journey. I wanted to challenge myself to something different, something that I haven't done before. This was exactly that. I fell in love with the story and the journey this character goes on the moment I heard the idea. Then when I saw the script, I was just that much more excited. I was like, "All right. This is gonna be challenging for me as an actor. It's really going to stretch me, but it's also going to be a ton of fun to make."
Your focus is 'Abduction,' and you are the focus of 'Abduction.' You're front and center in the marketing, your name is above the title -- this is different than 'Twilight' where you have your fellow castmates and the built-in fan-base. Are you starting to get nervous?
I would be lying if I said I didn't feel any pressure whatsoever. But really, right now, excitement is overriding any of that. I feel like I've been waiting for so long for people to see this movie. And I'm -- we all are so proud of it. I just can't wait for people to see it, and I can't believe it's finally here. Right now, I'm proud of it, I know we gave everything we have, and I'm excited for the world to see it.
Speaking of which: the new trailer for 'Breaking Dawn' is out, and it looks vastly different from the previous three films. Knowing the story and the books, was this final chapter one you were looking forward to?
No, I wasn't. We honestly have so much fun making the movies; we have a great time together. The movie, specifically, is very different than any of the other ones. 'Breaking Dawn Part 1' has challenged me as an actor more than I ever have been before. I can't wait for people to see the movie. For me, it's by far the best one.
Do you think that's because of the story in the book or because of Bill Condon's directing?
I think it's both. The book is very different. The book almost feels like a totally different series. The book is very different and it allows the characters to change. You really see all the characters in a different light than you've ever seen them before. It was going to be a challenging job for any director who took on this movie, but I have to say: Bill Condon couldn't have done a better job on set and in post-production. The movie is amazing. He is one incredible director.
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