A Minute With: Taylor Lautner from "Twilight"

Thu Jun 24, 2010 2:07pm EDT
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By Alex Dobuzinskis

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Teen idol Taylor Lautner stars as werewolf Jacob Black in "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse," a vampire romance film that sees him compete with bloodsucker Edward Cullen for the heart of a high school girl.

In the movie opening on June 30, the rivalry between Jacob and Edward for the love of Bella Swan, the central character in the "Twilight" franchise, culminates in a scene where all three hunker down in a tent.

Ostensibly, they are there to seek refuge from a roving band of vampires that is hunting Bella, but the mountain-top scene also amplifies the love triangle between Edward (Robert Pattinson), Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Jacob.

As it turns out, the cold skin of a vampire is not as good at preventing hypothermia for Bella as Jacob's warm werewolf blood, a point that the film brings home with one-liners that have left audiences laughing in early screenings.

Lautner's character is part of a supernatural Wolf Pack in the movie, the third in the franchise.

The 18 year-old actor spoke to Reuters about the tent scene, his many shirtless scenes in the film,and his strangest encounter with a "Twilight" fan.

Q: There a lot of ironic moments in "Eclipse." Was that something that you welcomed?

A: "Yeah, I loved it. Because when you put Edward and Jacob together, it's bound to have that sarcasm, that tension. But in the tent scene, I think the tent scene sums up the whole entire movie. It's extremely tense, these guys hate each other. But at the same time, the situation is just pretty funny."   Continued...

<p>U.S. actor Taylor Lautner poses during a photo call promoting the new movie "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" in Berlin, June 18, 2010. REUTERS/Thomas Peter</p>