Give the audience what they want, as they say. And when Taylor Lautner visited TODAY Friday, the screaming hordes of young women outside got exactly that — Lautner’s well-defined chest and abs, as Savannah Guthrie showed stills of him, shirtless, throughout the “Twilight Saga” years.
“I didn’t know you were talking literally my ‘body’ of work,” he chuckled after seeing the pictures. And, he confirms: He does get a shirt in the finale.
The finale being “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 2,” which opens in theaters Nov. 16. It’s the end of an era for Lautner and his co-stars, who have spent the last five years of their lives inhabiting the characters and making the films.
Still, as the series comes to a close, he admits that the love triangle between his character and the vampires Bella and Edward has taken a slightly odd turn: Lautner’s Jacob develops an instant, close affinity to their daughter Renesmee. But he had to get assurance that it wasn’t creepy.
“I wish I could (explain it),” he said. “The best person to ask would be Stephanie Meyer, the author of the books, and trust me, I asked her for explanations quite a bit. … She’s like, ‘Look, Taylor, stop trying to overcomplicate it, it’s a lifelong bond between two people and that’s it.'”
However the story goes, Lautner says he’s having a hard time grasping that it’s nearly over. “It’s nuts to me that it’s coming to a close, because I remember when we were just beginning, I was saying, man, this is gonna go on forever,” he said. “It’s been some of the most amazing years of my life.”