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Why Hollywood Won’t Cast Taylor Lautner Anymore


Taylor Lautner was poised to be the next big
thing when The Twilight Saga was at its peak…and then he just wasn’t. What went wrong? Twilight hype died Lautner’s co-stars Kristen Stewart and Robert
Pattinson were clever with their careers. While still attached to the franchise, they
both starred in other films, like 2009’s Adventureland and 2011’s Water For Elephants. As a result,
the duo had an easier time transitioning to other roles post-Twilight. Lautner, however,
only had a bit part in 2010’s Valentine’s Day to tide him over until the franchise was
over. A source told The Hollywood Reporter: “It’s not easy to move out of the shadow of
a hit like Twilight. But he’s still very young. There’s time for Taylor to become more than
just Jacob.” His first star vehicle bombed Lautner was a marquee name in 2011’s Abduction…but
the movie didn’t do well at all. The film was critically panned, earning a measly Metascore
of 25 and only scored four percent on Rotten Tomatoes. That wouldn’t be so bad if the box
office numbers were better, but it only made $28 million domestically. An agent told The
Hollywood Reporter: “His first movie just wasn’t very good, and
it didn’t justify what he was asking for at the time.” And on that note… He’s too expensive Studios just don’t see Lautner as being worth
the money he thinks he deserves…and they might be right. Lautner demanded $5 million
for Abduction. When that bombed, studios could no longer justify the whopping $10 million
he asked for to star in the re-telling of the Biblical story of David And Goliath, or
the $7.5 million he asked for to star in Stretch Armstrong. Yes, that Stretch Armstrong: “Help, we’ve been robbed!” “Stop! Stop evildoers!” “Introducing super-stretching super hero Stretch
Armstrong!” Both movies were shelved indefinitely. One
source told Vulture: “I remember when [Universal co-chairman] Donna
Langley cast him in Stretch Armstrong, she said to me, ‘He’s the real deal!’ And I thought,
‘Based on what?! Based on Twilight?'” Ouch. His acting isn’t the best For most stars, acting requires emoting—not
just the removal of one’s shirt. When Lautner was expected to do the former instead of just
the latter, well, things got difficult. The reviews for Abduction weren’t exactly merciful
in their descriptions of Lautner’s ability (or lack thereof). Movieline wrote: “This may be the first film I’ve seen where
when an actor goes to put his hands thoughtfully on his chin, it’s so awkward I became afraid
he’d somehow miss and poke himself in the eye.” The Village Voice said Lautner “looks like
a stranger in his own performance.” And Salon even went so far as to call Abduction: “a fourth-rate Hollywood thriller that bungles
a lot of thievery from better movies, is entirely bereft of suspense or excitement and features
a leading man who absolutely, positively cannot act.” If Lautner were more skilled, Abduction’s
failures wouldn’t have weighed so heavily on his resume. But most critics agreed that
while the film’s story was flimsy, Lautner’s inability to convey any real emotion on screen
was a huge part of the movie’s problems. No one bought his fauxmances Lautner has had a lot of famous girlfriends
with suspiciously convenient timing. He “dated” Lily Collins when they were promoting Abduction
in 2011. When that didn’t generate quite enough buzz, they made headlines when Us Weekly reported
that they broke up a week before the premiere. When he had a cameo in Grown Ups 2 in 2013,
Life & Style noted that he was dating Maika Monroe shortly before the movie hit theaters.
He dated his co-star from 2015’s Tracers, Marie Avgeropoulos, but E! Online reports
that they split a few months before the film was released in theaters Lautner’s most famous flame was Taylor Swift,
who he dated for a few months from late 2009 to 2010. What makes that pairing suspicious?
Well, they broke up after their movie Valentine’s Day hit theaters in 2010, and he’s the only
ex that Swift apparently didn’t write a bitterly angry song about. In fact, the pair were actually
friendly post-split, according to MTV News. That’s very unlike her, especially if the
relationship was real. So…it probably wasn’t. Another hot werewolf replaced him All three Twilight fans who were actually
Team Jacob have moved on to other hot lycanthropes. Dylan O’Brien stars in MTV’s Teen Wolf series,
and his acting chops are significantly better. Additionally, O’Brien found success in an
action franchise, starring in 2014’s The Maze Runner and its sequels. Everyone’s probably
all #TeamDylan these days… How he can turn it around Lautner has been making smart choices lately.
Following the box office, if not critical, success of Grown Ups 2 in 2013, Adam Sandler
sought him out for his Netflix offering, 2015’s The Ridiculous 6. Since then, Lautner nabbed
a recurring role in the BBC comedy Cuckoo, where his comedic timing shines. And although he’s really late to the party,
he just joined Instagram, which is pretty important these days. His first post featured
cameos from Adam Sandler… “Well whatever I decide on, would you do a
cameo in my video?” “I would but ya know the dog doesn’t want
me doin that kinda thing.” …and David Spade: “Ok so it’s simple, you just take your arm,
and you just, Dab. Dab. That’s all you gotta do.” “It’s just not my thing.” “I’ll give you Taylor Swift’s cell phone number.” “So it’s your right arm?” Could Lautner’s reinvention as a comic actor
be in the making? If he can keep it up, he’ll be back on the big screen soon. Thanks for watching! Subscribe to our YouTube
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100 Comments

  1. Te do Author

    I mean, he seems like a nice guy and I wouldn't wish anything bad on him. But, I wouldn't mind forcing some cancer into his mother through my penis.

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  2. Bozhidar Petrov Author

    MORE SKILLED? ABDUCTION IS COOL MOVIE. HE IS BETTER ACTOR RATHER THAN KRISTEN "TREE" STEW.. SOMETHING. WTF BULLSHITS IF YOU TELL ME THAT KRISTEN IS NOT CRITICIZED WHILE TAYLOR IS……

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  3. Sweet Passion Author

    I like Taylor no matter what he looks like, what movie he does or what someone says about him. Not only do I pay attention to what happened to Twilight, or how good it looks. I am interested in the whole person. THAT should be a good fan too.

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  4. Concerts Concerts Author

    I remember when my dad used to work as a constitution worker and met him and took picture with him and he showed me to it I was like :O is this real or what?

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  5. syed nadeem Author

    i actually like taylor launtor and his movies too like is a very small word i loved it i am the biggest biggest biggest fan respected and lots of lotssssssssss of love from pakistan

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  6. Crystal Avila Author

    What are they talking about abduction. Abduction is a great movie why did he get taken out of the movie pramier hes a good actor in my opinion

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  7. gotcha wolves Author

    Jacob is perfect he's awesome and I will do anything for him to be in more Twilight you will never replace him and if he does get replace I'm never Watching Twilight again

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  8. gotcha wolves Author

    You said Jacob might be replaced and I'm not subscribe because you said that everyday I get off school watch Twilight and then when I'm all done with every movie I go on again

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  9. gotcha wolves Author

    My most absolute dream is for them to make a 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th and 10th step make a tents I am going to like when I get older am I going to like like giving $1,000 every single person what I mean every single person I mean Renesmee Jacob Bella and Edward

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  10. Adam G Author

    guys, you have to realize… The twilight films made millions upon millions. It was one of the most successful franchises ever. He was one of the highest paid actors, therefore he could basically live off of his earnings from Twilight for the rest of his life.. He doesn't need to do anything else.

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  11. arvind bagde Author

    But I think he is still better all he have to do is just get back in shape and don’t charge to much for movies.He is my inspiration and I’ll love to watch him on tv

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  12. Ranay Hellner Author

    I find it insanely funny that this is hyping up twilight which was literally the most pathetic movie series I've ever watched and the fact that you're calling out Taylor's acting skills but no one says how terrible Kristen Stewart is? And even Pattinson wasnt even good, that whole franchise was a slap in the face to the great books.

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  13. Kate * Author

    I thought he'd done the best out of all them.. I never see Edward or Bella from twilight anymore and I thought Taylor's acting as Jacob was much better than the others, and I loved him in abduction and cuckoo too.

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  14. Olivia Macwan Author

    I don't care but clicked just to see what crappy things they had to say bout Taylor!
    M sure he deserves and is capable of!
    M still Team Jacob

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  15. ok Author

    Anyone realize he's pronouncing it L-OW-tner? I'm not making fun of him, I just think it was funny cause I've never heard it said like that

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  16. Jermaine Scott Author

    Obduction and Tracers should have made a lot more. They were his best clips. I will admit, lautner is typical in a lot of his roles, as far as the fact that he seems to be more of a tough guy or hot head in his films and I guess people are not into that type of role anymore. But he is still a kickass actor and deserves more credit. And Y all the hate on such a down to earth guy like Tay tay lautner?

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  17. Rachel Rusnak Author

    Taylor Swift and Taylor Lautner were actually dating. She really liked him. And she DID write a song about him. It’s called Back To December. So idk what you are talking about but they did date……

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  18. Min&Evg Elizabeth Carpio Author

    I totally agree with all the positive comments on this young man's acting career. He can basically direct his own movies if he wanted to. Being that his net worth is about 40+ million dollars. I believe he will always have a good career in front of him. I pray for him and so many other actors who start to get negative acting feedback. That they stay on the right track. Taylor Lautner, don't listen to negative comments. You just keep acting and directing films. You just do you young man. God bless 🙏🙏 you.

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