Taylor Lautner doesn’t flash his abs for just anyone. In his new GQ cover story, Taylor explained his stance to the mag over dinner at the Olive Garden (“My father turned me on to it”). “Originally I was supposed to take off my shirt,” he says about his role in the comedy Valentine’s Day. “The script said we were walking into school and Willy takes off his shirt. I said, ‘Whoa, whoa, whoa. Time out. He’s gonna take off his shirt in the middle of school? No, no, no. The reason I took off my shirt for New Moon is because it’s written in the book that way. And there’s reasons behind it.” Hear that producers? Taylor isn’t a piece of meat! Those abs were in character!
He also needed them to keep the role—producers were seriously considering replacing him for New Moon if he couldn’t buff up. “I’m in the gym,” Lautner recalled, “and I’m doing reps, and I’m reading the books, and I’m studying the character. I’m just saying to myself, ‘I want this role. I love this role. I’m not gonna lose it. And I’m gonna know it better than anybody, and I’m gonna do that extra rep, because I’m gonna be Jacob Black.’” The world thanks you for your determination, Taylor—especially the teenage girl part.
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