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A new dawn for Taylor Lautner

'Abduction' is his first major step to establish a career post 'Twilight.' He hopes it marks him as an action star, while Lionsgate is banking on him delivering a hit.

September 18, 2011|By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times

"I recently invited him over to see a cut of the new movie at the place where we were editing, and suddenly it was all, 'Well, who's going to be around?'" Condon recounted. "So he gets there, and … out of nowhere, on this studio back lot, there are suddenly, like, six girls. I got a taste of what he was on about. But it does feel like he's very aware of that all the time — always thinking about how to avoid being mobbed."

Lautner has yet to announce what his next project will be, though he said he's eager to work with a handful of filmmakers, including Hollywood heavyweight Steven Spielberg and critics' darling Nicolas Winding Refn, who directed the violent, moody genre piece "Drive." Lautner is optimistic that his "Twilight" audience will follow him as he embarks on this new path.

"I'm just hoping that the fans can support me doing completely different things outside of the franchise," he said. "And yeah, I mean, there probably is a lot at stake. It definitely crosses my mind, and I would be lying if I said I feel no pressure. But whenever that thought does come in my mind, I try to push it out as quickly as possible. I try and just stay focused on things that I can control."

Moments later he got ready to leave, posing for photos with a few fans who had been waiting nearby and then asking a reporter to make sure that the elusive paparazzo wasn't still hanging around. Even a budding action star, it seems, can never be too careful.

amy.kaufman@latimes.com

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