Taylor Lautner and 4 Reasons His Acting Career Failed
Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and… “Jacob from Twilight”. Taylor Lautner’s co-stars from the Twilight Saga have become renowned actors in their own right, but the same can’t be said about him. We haven’t seen Lautner on the big or small screen since his last appearance in the television series Cuckoo, which stopped airing back in 2018. Why has he been keeping such a low profile? Let’s get into it!
TALL PRICE TAG
Although his biggest earning days are in the past already, Taylor Lautner’s estimated net worth in 2020 is $40 million! So it’s no wonder that after the mind-blowing earnings from the Twilight Saga he has put his price pretty high. He got $5 million for Abduction in 2011 and asked for $7.5 million to star in Stretch Armstrong.
Around that same time, Taylor was offered a role in Goliath, where he would be playing the Biblical David alongside Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. For this role, he charged even more – the whopping $10 million! But this project ended up on a shelf, too. Apparently the producers weren’t happy he was working on both movies at the same time.
LAME CHOICE OF ROLES
Some say that Lautner is too picky about his roles. But our idea is that Taylor is picking them at his own sweet will, without proper thinking at all! Okay, it was quite logical to star in Abduction and even in Tracers, because of Taylor’s physique and experience in martial arts, action movies were a smart choice.
But again, both movies didn’t go well: Abduction didn’t even manage to break on its budget domestically, and Tracers was regarded as a “B-movie” and didn’t get a U.S. theatrical release. This time Lautner learned the lesson and made another seemingly smart move – changed the type of characters and movies chosen.
BUT HOW DID THIS CHANGE IN ROLES IMPACTED HIS CAREER?
Positively, apparently. He first made a cameo in Grown Ups 2, which appeared to be some fun, and allowed him to land other similar roles. He got the role on the successful British sitcom Cuckoo, replacing Andy Samberg. Taylor took a leading role during the whole two seasons, and his co-star Greg Davies even called him “a thoroughly decent chap”.
Davies also hinted in an interview with Metro in 2017, that the door to British TV remains open for Lautner, as there were two more series planned that he could be a part of. Unfortunately, two years after the interview, that didn’t happen yet. And we wonder – was that the outcome of Taylor’s next film choice, The Ridiculous 6?
WHAT HAPPENED TO THE RIDICULOUS 6?
Adam Sandler’s western comedy movie has been called different names, including horrible, lazy, aimless, and even offensive to Native Americans - and generally not even worth being included in Lautner’s CV. So is the bad choice of projects the real reason why Hollywood doesn’t cast Taylor Lautner anymore? Or is it his…
POOR ACTING SKILLS
Just like his Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner wasn’t a very experienced actor. So why does “Team Edward” still has the pleasure to see his fave in at least two films a year, and “Team Jacob” only decreases with time? The critics say that the reason for it lies in Lautner’s poor performance.
Is that really so? Would all the movies that Lautner starred in really have a chance to succeed without him? We honestly don’t think that The Ridiculous 6 would be any better even if Taylor’s character was portrayed differently! Tracers seems to be lacking the narrative and emotion altogether, even though it had some positive reviews in Rotten Tomatoes.
BUT WHAT ABOUT THE OTHER MOVIES HE WORKED ON?
It’s safe to assume that more professional acting of only one character, even if it’s the lead, wouldn’t add to the film’s quality. But what about Abduction? This movie had all the chances to become a hit. It was released while the Twilight hype was still high, and its cast included established professionals like Alfred Molina and Sigourney Weaver.
But it was Lautner’s “awkward” acting that vexed the critics and triggered many harsh reviews. For example, The Village Voice claimed that the actor looked “very much like a stranger in his own performance.” However, Lautner’s roles in comedy series Cuckoo and Scream Queens proved that Taylor can, in fact, act!
IF IT’S NOT LACK OF TALENT, WHAT IS IT?
As mentioned before, Taylor has received positive critics for his acting, so maybe it’s not the lack of talent, but perhaps a lack of effort? And if Taylor Lautner actually can act, but doesn’t try hard enough – isn’t it the proof that he’s just not into it? But what’s he up to now, if not acting?
Our guess is that Taylor Lautner is simply enjoying his life. To him, life should be fun, full of sunshine, cool activities, friends, and love. Isn’t it something we all want in our lives, too? Actually, during an interview with Reuters in 2016 Taylor opened up about this topic.
"For me the biggest thing is just surrounding myself with people that I love, just spending time.” Here’s an example: at the beginning of October last year, he took his girlfriend Taylor Dome to New Orleans for the Saints game against the Dallas Cowboys. They also visited an escape room, from which Lautner is a loyal customer.
WHAT ABOUT THE RUMORS ABOUT HIS RELATIONSHIPS WITH HIS CO-STARS?
While he is accused of having “suspicious relationships” (and not real romances) with his female co-stars, we think he was quite sincere every time he had a new girlfriend. Moreover, he managed to remain on friendly terms with all of them. Even Taylor Swift hasn’t written an angry ‘split-up’ song about him! (Yes, that’s an achievement in its own right!)
And Lautner is not just a loveable guy, nice to look at, to work with, and to spend time with. He’s also a great “family guy”, though he’s still single. According to Todd Fisher (uncle of his then-girlfriend Billie Lourd), Taylor Lautner has been extremely supportive of Billie when she lost both her mother Carrie Fisher and grandmother Debbie Reynolds.
KEEPING FAMILY CLOSE IS A PRIORITY
Lautner is also a great big brother to his “not-baby-sister-any-more” Makena. He was there for her when Makena had to undergo the second (!) heart surgery. And earlier this year, in April, in his Instagram that he revealed that Makena’s got engaged, and called it “one of the biggest moments” in his life.
So we honestly cannot blame Taylor Lautner for his focus on love and family – but not on his career! However, we still hope that Taylor will make up his mind about acting and we’ll get to see him on the big screen again soon, as we are certain that “Team Jacob” will make the profits soar high!