The search for identity is not just the premise of Abduction (2011), the new film from Taylor Lautner, is also a central theme in his life as an actor, now that he is about to close its cycle in the Twilight Saga.
In this action thriller to be released on September 23, Lautner plays Nathan, a young man who seeks to know who he really is after seeing his photo on a page for missing children and discovers that several people want to catch him after being kidnapped by his supposed parents.
“I think the film itself can be a good metaphor for the moment I am living. I think my fans are wondering what direction I’m going to take after finishing Twilight, because now I’m young and I’m looking for my identity as an actor,” says Lautner on a telephone interview, from his home in California.
“Because of my martial arts skills and my taste for extreme sports, I think action movies are a genre in which I could develop naturally.”
Lautner, who became a sensation among teenagers after gaining 14 pounds of muscle, for his role as werewolf Jacob Black in New Moon (2009), had the opportunity to use his martial skills in Abduction, as the actor was repeatedly world champion at black belt from age 8.
“This time you will see a performance in which I was much more demanding, in physical terms, and that’s what I really loved about this movie. But, that does not mean the emotional challenge of Abduction, as an actor, has been less,” explains the 19 year old actor.
“This is an action movie, of course, but has a lot of character development, because Nathan discovers that his life as he knows it, is a lie and is trying to find his true identity. My character goes through emotional chaos.”
Lautner added that to create his character, he studied the actions of Tom Cruise in Minority Report: Judgement After (2002) and Harrison Ford in The Fugitive (1993).
However, although the tapes, Lautner is in tune with his search for an identity as an actor, familiar terms it does not resemble anything like real life.
“The relationship with my family is great. Unlike Nathan, mine is completely honest. I think that is critical to my success as an actor,” he reveals.
“I still live with my parents for having them around an axis is always important that you focus. I like how my career has progressed without losing my roots.”
A native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Lautner said that while out of a franchise like Twilight, he is not refused to be part of another, as long as the story is good.
“I’m looking for good stories and that’s why I founded my production company (Tailor Made Entertainment) and the fact of having obtained a popularity does not mean they can never again be part of another series,” he says.
For Lautner, Abduction has a special meaning because it is the first film co-produced with his company and also because it is directed by filmmaker John Singleton, Oscar-nominated in the categories of Best Director and Best Screenplay for Boyz N the Hood ( 1991).
“Working with him was an experience that justifies the movie for me. I’m a fan of his work and the action sequence in the stadium that appears near the end of the film is a marvel that will put viewers on the edge of the seat,” says.
In this project, shared credits Lautner with Lily Collins – Phil Collins’s daughter and who now has a relationship, Alfred Molina, Sigourney Weaver and Maria Bello.
“The cast is also very interesting. I learned a lot from such experienced players and it was amazing to hear their stories and experiences … As for Lily, I can tell you is a young actress with a great future,” he concludes.