It’s no secret that the Twilight cast had to undergo certain changes in order to portray their iconic roles on screen. Nikki Reed, for example, lost a lot of hair after spending hours dying her naturally brown hair blonde to play Rosalie Hale in Twilight. But it’s indisputable that Taylor Lautner had to go through the most bodily changes while filming the five films.
Lautner portrays Bella’s best friend, Jacob Black, in the Twilight films. Lautner had to gain a lot of weight in order to keep his role as Jacob, who is a werewolf who undergoes a major physical transformation on New Moon. Indeed, Summit Entertainment considered recasting the role and recruiting an older, bulkier actor.
Taylor Lautner Before and After
Taylor Lautner has been gracing us with his presence on the screen since he was a gawky pre-teen: It’s hard to forget his legendary song and dance performance in 2005’s “The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl.” The multi-talented actor, who grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is also a skilled martial artist.
Lautner has kept a modest profile since achieving superstardom during the peak of the “Twilight” film franchise’s success. He’s cautious about taking on new ventures and keeps his personal life private these days, but that hasn’t stopped him from making headlines on occasion.
Continue reading to learn how Taylor Lautner went from a martial arts-obsessed kid to one of the highest-paid actors of the decade and more.
Taylor Lautner Gained 30 Pounds of Muscle to Keep His Role in The ‘twilight’ Movies
Lautner, on the other hand, was not eager to relinquish his job so simply. He started preparing for New Moon as soon as he finished shooting his scenes for the first film, knowing he had his work cut out for him.
In an interview with Interview Magazine, Taylor Lautner said, “As soon as I completed filming Twilight, I knew I had to get to work straight once; there could be no waiting.”
“I got home the day after I completed Twilight and started bulking up.” I’m 30 pounds heavier than I was in Twilight for New Moon.”
The ‘Eclipse’ Cast Member Had an Intense Diet and Exercise Regiment
In order to keep his spot in the Twilight cast, Lautner gained a few pounds of muscle and moved up a few sizes in apparel. “A lot of my outfits grew out of me,” the Valentine’s Day alum revealed.
“I moved from a small men’s shoe to a large men’s shoe.” But how did Lautner gain so much muscle in such a short time? Lautner’s secret was a rigorous training regimen combined with what many would consider an extreme diet.
“I was in the gym five days a week, two hours a day,” said the Twilight actress. “At one point, I was on the road for seven days in a row.” I was concerned since I had gained a lot of weight and then started dropping it quickly. It turned out that I was working too hard.
My trainer informed me I couldn’t work up a sweat because I was burning more calories than I was consuming. Eating was the most difficult aspect for me. To gain weight, I had to cram as much food as possible into my body.
My trainer recommended that I eat six meals each day and not go more than two hours without eating. I could tell if I cheated on eating one day—I’d lose a few pounds.”
Lautner’s bulking up was clearly not an easy task. But, given the payoff he received after securing a regular part in the subsequent Twilight films, we’d say the effort was well worth it.
He Got His Breakout Role in The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl
Lautner received his big break in 2005’s “The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl,” directed by Robert Rodriguez of “Spy Kids” fame, as one of the title characters. Though Rodriguez first learned of Lautner’s martial arts abilities after he’d already been cast, the part allowed him to show off his skills in numerous battle sequences — and a unique dance number.
Lautner, when he was younger, said “I couldn’t sleep” after booking the part, he told “Access Hollywood” via YouTube, adding, “It’s Robert Rodriguez, so I hope it’ll do incredibly well.” It will, in my opinion.” He also stated that he felt his acting CV lacked variety. Does a certain magical romance from 2008 count?
Despite his enthusiasm, “The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl” did not provide him with the career boost he had hoped for, as the film did not do well in theatres via Box Office Mojo.
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