In the “Twilight” series, he was the super nice guy Jacob who always watched out for Bella.
Well, those days are over.
Now, heartthrob Taylor Lautner stars as the lead frat boy in the pack that causes trouble for Adam Sandler and his buddies in Columbia Pictures’ new comedy “Grown Ups 2.”
“My character and his friends aren’t the nicest guys, but that’s part of the fun of the movie,” Lautner says. “I can’t think of a better way to spend the summer than hanging out with Adam Sandler and his crew. I grew up watching his movies, I’m a big fan of his.”
In one of the funniest scenes from the film, Lautner’s frat boy Andy shows Lenny (Sandler) and his childhood chums who’s boss when they return to their old swimming hole. Lenny calls Andy and his visor-sporting, khaki shorts-wearing bros out for looking rather “Abercrombie.” But the younger set gets the next laugh at the expense of those returning “Grown Ups” played by Kevin James, Chris Rock, and David Spade as they are forced by the frat pack to cliff dive in the buff.
The “Twilight” hunk admitted that he loved hanging out with Adam Sandler’s comedy superteam for the sequel, and unsurprisingly, it was a more laughter-filled set than he’s used to.
“I loved it. I was very intimidated, but it’s why I wanted to do it,” Lautner shares. “These guys and Salma [Hayek], they’re the best at what they do and it was a huge learning experience for me. It’s an absolute blast. The set is unlike anything else I’ve ever been on. We don’t laugh this much on the `Twilight’ sets.”
Sandler also pipes up on the experience: “We all loved [Lautner] and, you know, just like anybody, we were a little intimidated to meet old Taylor, too, ‘cause the sound he brings with him. Wherever he shows up there’s a giant crowd of high-pitched screaming and happiness.”
“We thought they were protesters for the first two days,” deadpans co-star David Spade.
“I became friends with that sweet kid,” Adam admits. However, he follows up with a joke, “None of us liked when his shirt came off…we were like, ‘Put it on, our wives are coming.’”
“The girls go bananas for him and usually that leads to other guys getting angry or whatever, but when you hang out with the kid he’s the nicest, sweetest kid and he’s an unbelievable athlete,” continues Sandler. “That kid can literally do everything. He’s like a crazy squirrel climbing up walls. He doesn’t play basketball. It’s probably like his 10th sport, but we play it at my house sometimes. He comes over, but he finds a way to annoy the hell out of everybody and make shots. He’s a pain.”