New Moon movie director Chris Weitz explains that Taylor Lautner embodied Jacob:
MTV: We all remember that there was a lot of drama around whether Taylor would return for “New Moon.” How close did he come to not being asked back?
Weitz: When I first met with him, I took off my shirt and I said, “You’ve got two months to look this good.” And he said, “I’m willing to try that.” Finally, he came back, and the results were just about as good as my abs. [Laughs.]
MTV: You must have a real six-pack.
Weitz: To answer your question seriously, the character in the second book is meant to be 6-foot-5, let alone transform into a werewolf and all that stuff. And Taylor, having only done three days of work in the first [movie], it was time to take a pause and say, “Should Taylor go ahead and do it?” My overwhelming feeling was, “Yes, absolutely, let’s go forward with it.” To me, it wasn’t a very difficult decision. For Taylor, it wasn’t difficult at all. He knew the character, and he embodied the character ” as people are going to see in the movie. So it wasn’t really as tense and as scary a moment as it was portrayed in the media.
MTV: What can you tell us about Dakota Fanning’s performance as the evil vampire Jane?
Weitz: Well, it’s the scariest performance probably you’ve seen out of her so far, because she’s evil for once in her career. I think she really appreciated the chance to do that.
MTV: Yeah, she must turn that “adorable Dakota Fanning” thing on its ear.
Weitz: Absolutely. But what you expect from Dakota Fanning is uncannily grown-up, experienced and clever acting â€” and that’s what she did. I think she was just keen to do this part and to be part of the franchise, and she is genuinely scary.
Complete interview here.
(thanks emily-june & ifellhard)
I love Chris!!! He is awesome for giving Taylor a chance. I know he’s not as tall or as big as Jacob is described to be, but I love him as Jacob Black.
Dakota as Jane sounds like some serious freaky. I cannot wait to see it.
What do you think of what Chris had to say? Are you glad they kept Taylor as Jacob? Or do you think they should have gone in another direction?