The idea of an actor gaining weight for a movie has been a hot topic lately. Let's keep the conversation going with Twilight's Taylor Lautner, who packed on 30 pounds to reprise his role as werewolf Jacob Black in the sequel, New Moon.
Skepticism was expressed over Lautner's ability to match the growth spurt his character experiences in the book as casting for the second installment began last year. In the book, Jacob has a significant growth spurt, turning him into a 6-foot-5, 200-pound teenager who looks a mature 25 years old. Lautner rose to the challenge, and new shirtless photos of the 17-year-old actor show his efforts were not in vain. In under a year, the actor went from scrawny to hunky, with an eight-pack to boot! To see how he buffed up, read more.
When asked how he gained the 30 pounds of muscle, Lautner said that it took "a lot of hard work. Eating, working out — a lot of stuff." Despite the achievement of getting the bod and winning back his role, Lautner is a little embarrassed by all the attention: "It's actually quite uncomfortable knowing so many people are seeing that [a shirtless Jacob]!"
Expect Lautner to bulk up even more for the next two sequels of the Twilight series — Eclipse and Breaking Dawn. In the book series, Jacob grows up to be an impressive 6-foot-7!