Taylor Lautner to play Jacob Black

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Taylor Lautner to play Jacob Black

Post by Alphie » Mon Mar 10, 2008 9:15 am

In case you've been under a rock and haven't listened to any amount of gossip or speculation, Taylor Lautner has been cast as Jacob Black. Use this thread to discuss your thoughts and feelings. Remember, no HATE! You don't have to like him, but express it in a civilzed way.

I personally love him! He's HOT!

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Post by The Weasel » Mon Mar 10, 2008 9:21 am

I think he's cute. I think he's a good actor. But I remain firm on being offended that he's not a single ounce Native American nor even look like one. By far, this is the most disappointing casting to me. However, I'll still see the movie and I'll still love it. I'm just a bit hurt by this.
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Post by Midnight_Fix » Mon Mar 10, 2008 9:22 am

I personally think he's perfect, and despite what many say he even has potential to grow into Jacob's character in possible sequels. Who knows how far apart the sequels could be made. He could change enough especially if they make him look younger in Twilight.
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Post by CastMeNotAway » Mon Mar 10, 2008 9:23 am

*Gasp* WHAT?! He's Jacob?! Never saw that one coming! :lol:

Seriously though... he's okay... I think it'll take some getting used to. I mean, I've been staring at pics of SS for so long ;) (plus I really don't like his spikey hair... maybe once they fix back I'll like him better)

He's got a pretty cute face and (like it says on the homepage) if they make sequels, he's got plenty of time to grow up before any other movies are made. (Although I have to point out that I thought they said they were looking for a Native American to play Jacob... :? )

Oh, and he's got some killer abs, which is a huge plus ;)
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Post by The Weasel » Mon Mar 10, 2008 9:24 am

Midnight_Fix wrote:I personally think he's perfect, and despite what many say he even has potential to grow into Jacob's character in possible sequels. Who knows how far apart the sequels could be made. He could change enough especially if they make him look younger in Twilight.
Yeah, despite my disappointment, this is one thing I have to agree on. He's still young and people are like "No! He won't look old enough for NM or EC!" but honestly, he's young enough that he's still going to mature and hit growth spurts so I think it will be fine.
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Post by WhisperedMelody » Mon Mar 10, 2008 9:26 am

I agree 100% with The Weasel. I'll live, and I'm not going to hate on him or the movie. But... I'm super disappointed with the casting directors. I'm sure he's a great actor and he'll play a good Jacob. But I'm just really upset that the main Native American character of the movies is not being played by a Native American. Is he Hawaiian? That's what it looks like to me.

But like I said, I'll live. And at least he's cute. :-)
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Post by Be My Escape » Mon Mar 10, 2008 9:33 am

As many people know I am a HUGE Jacob fan. I think Taylor will do a great job as Jacob. He fits the idea of Jacob in Twilight being young and carefree. He has time to grow into New Moona dn Eclipse Jacob which makes him a good choice.

As far as him not being Native American, that isn't his fault. I think you all need to stop and think about this. Thge casting director obviously thought is was better to cast someone talented and sort of looked the part then someone who was of exact descent and couldn't act. I am sure all decisions were made to better the movie, not to slight anyone.
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Post by PEL » Mon Mar 10, 2008 9:37 am

She also cast Sam as a Native American, so I'm thinking if there was someone qualified for the role who was available on the shooting schedule she should would have gone in that direction.
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Post by thebestofbothej » Mon Mar 10, 2008 9:41 am

Be My Escape wrote:AS many people know I am a HUGE Jacob fan. I think Taylor will do a great job as Jacob. He fits the idea of Jacob in Twilight being young and carefree. He has time to grow into New Moona dn Eclipse Jacob which makes hima good choice.

As far as him not being Native American, that isn't his fault. I think you all need to stop about think this. THe casting director obviouslky thought is was better to cast someone talented and sort of looked the part then someone who was of exact descent adn couldn't act. I am sure all decisions were made to better the movie, not to slight anyone.
true but i think that it still if they found Sam Uley in a student then there still was a chance to keep Jacob true to the book. Taylor will hopefully do ok but he just isnt what is needed for Jacob.

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Post by spoiled_rotten_princess » Mon Mar 10, 2008 9:43 am

I'll be honest: I'm pretty disappointed, and not because of the NA thing.

IF they make New Moon and Eclipse into movies, wouldn't they have to do it pretty quickly, as Robert's 21? I'd think they'd do it POTC style--bam, bam, bam. (I'm thinking they'd film BD too.) Taylor would REALLY have to grow... I mean, he's playing a principle love interest in NM and Eclipse. I'd just kind of find it hard to believe that he and Kristen were a couple. But, hey, he could grow. And he's not bad-looking. Not my taste personally, but that's not a problem.

What I'm really worried about is his acting. Jake really develops throughout the series. He'd be fine in Twilight, I have no problem with him in this movie. But we have to consider the future. Jake goes from the happy-go-lucky "sun" to the hunky love interest with anger issues. From what I've seen of Taylor's acting... Well, I just don't know. But I'll reserve my full judgment until Twilight. Maybe his acting's become better.
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