Taylor Lautner talks about his newest "Abduction"

Fri Sep 23, 2011 3:01pm EDT
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By Zorianna Kit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Taylor Lautner, best known as werewolf Jacob Black in the "Twilight" film series, breaks away from the teen franchise to headline his own film, the thriller "Abduction," which he also produces.

Due in theaters on Friday, "Abduction" sees Lautner in the role of a teenager who goes on the run when he discovers his parents aren't really who he thought they were and his entire life as been a lie. While being pursued by the FBI and killer assassins, Nathan must put together the truth of his life.

Lautner, 19, sat down with Reuters to talk about the film, his abs, and why he doesn't have any "Twilight" memorabilia.

Q: Why you choose "Abduction" to launch your solo career?

A: "I knew it would be physically challenging because of all the stunts. But I knew it was going to be difficult to dive into this character's shoes and relate to the emotions he's feeling during this journey. As soon as Nathan figures out his entire life is a lie, it's tough to relate to."

Q: How so?

A: "If I found out my entire life was a lie, if my parents weren't who they said they were, where would I go? Where would I start looking for answers? Who would I trust? The truth is, I have no idea what I would do. Nathan's on the run, trying to stay alive and piece together pieces of the puzzle. It was tough."

Q: What was the key challenge in nailing the character?   Continued...

<p>Cast member Taylor Lautner poses at the world premiere of "Abduction" at the Grauman's Chinese theatre in Hollywood, California September 15, 2011. The movie opens in the U.S. on September 23. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>