Taylor Lautner’s Career PathJan 6th, 2011 | By Stefanie | Category: Featured Articles, Movie News
The Los Angeles Times has an interesting article about Taylor Lautner and how he may use Tom Cruise’s career as a sort of template for his own. The Times spoke with Taylor’s Abduction director, John Singleton:
Lautner already had admired Cruise, and Singleton coached him on how to follow in the A-lister’s path (professionally). “I told him to watch the transition from ‘Top Gun’ to ‘Rain Man’ to ‘Born on the Fourth of July,’ ” Singleton told 24 Frames of his sessions with Lautner. “To think about what he did as a young man and what he did later on. And then think about what you want to do.”
Hollywood is rife with fresh faces who never become anything more. That’s the far more common route, in fact. Can Lautner take the other path?
” ‘Twilight’ is a great stepping stone for his career. It’s like, ‘Wow, he’s an icon already,’ ” Singleton said. “But now that you have this stature, it’s a question of what you do with it. And that’s what he’s been working hard on.” (Singleton is no stranger to developing performers famous for less actorly pursuits, having done that for Tupac Shakur in 1993’s “Poetic Justice.”)
Read the rest over at the Los Angeles Times.
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