He may have begun his career as Sharkboy, but it didn't take long for Taylor Lautner to became one of Hollywood's new action hunks, a title he earned from his success as werewolf Jacob Black in The Twilight Saga. Of course, doing stunts is nothing new to the 25-year-old.
As a kid, he was heavily involved with sports, becoming a martial arts champion at the age of seven. When there were rumblings that he might have been dropped from the Twilight films out of fear that he couldn't match author Stephenie Meyer's description of the character, Taylor took action yet again, hitting the gym, arming himself with a nutritionist, and gaining 30 pounds of muscle. Needless to say, he kept the part while at the same time capturing the imagination of millions of fans around the world, and changing his life in the process.
Over the last few years, we've seen Taylor try out a number of different things, including a stint on the British sitcom Cuckoo, a part as a mentally-challenged outlaw in Adam Sandler's The Ridiculous 6, a role as a doctor in Season 2 of Scream Queens, and, most recently, a concerned sibling who kidnaps his younger brother to keep him away from their mother.
What follows is our complete guide to the films of Taylor Lautner, ranging from Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D to The Twilight Saga and beyond!
Tormented by bullies in school, Max (Cayden Boyd) dreams up an escape in the form of the adventures of superheroes Sharkboy (Taylor Lautner) and Lavagirl. But then, his creations suddenly appear before him, proclaiming that their home world of Drool is in danger and they need Max to help save it. Delighted, Max joins them in going up against a number of enemies who (in the tradition of The Wizard of Oz) seem to be the bullies from his real life in altered form.
Back when the film was released, Taylor, in promotional materials, described the character of Sharkboy like this: "When he was younger, about five years old, he was separated from his father in a storm. His father was a marine biologist, and after his father disappeared, he was all alone, except for the sharks. Raised by sharks, he became very self-confident. And he winds up being half-boy, half-shark, occasionally going into these shark frenzies, where he starts biting and ripping stuff. He gets, really, really crazy. And that's when you don't want to be near him. But he was fun to play, because he got to do a lot of acrobatic stuff. And he gets to move like a shark, and throw lots and lots of temper tantrums."
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