Twilight Star says Edward/Jacob fan “competitiveness” had “an impact” on making the franchise

The cast of Dusk has come a long way since the last movie of the franchise was released in 2012, and now Robert Pattinson is the latest actor to play Batman, and Kristen Stewart was nominated for an Academy Award last year. However, their time in the spotlight during Dusk‘s peak popularity wasn’t always easy. Taylor Lautner, who played Jacob Black in all the films, recently visited The toast podcast (via Weekly entertainment) and talked about how hard it was to get the Edward vs. Jacob ship wars.

“I was so young,” Lautner explained. “I was 16 when Twilight came out, 17 before New Moon And Eclipse. I finished the franchise by the time I was 19.” He went on to say that he wished the onscreen rivalry between his character and Pattinson’s Edward Cullen wouldn’t bleed into real life. We’re both just trying to make the best movies,” Lautner said. “But it was a bit bizarre, the competitiveness. There was no competition between me and Rob, but with that constant reminder it definitely had an impact.”

“While I was watching it, I thought, ‘I get it. Jacob is kind of annoying,'” Lautner admitted. “Like, I love Jacob and his heart, but he’s kind of annoying.”

Was Taylor Lautner afraid to leave his house during the making? Dusk?

Last year, Lauter also spoke about the intensity of the hit Dusk days while on Today (through The Hollywood Reporter).

“Not many things in life can come and happen overnight. Fame does. It can also vanish overnight. When I was 16, 17, 18 years old, waking up and trying to just take a walk or go on a date and i had 12 cars waiting outside my house to follow me wherever i go or get to an airport or wherever and you have thousands of fans screaming ,” Lautner shared with Jason Kennedy.

Lautner revealed that he didn’t even go to the supermarket, movie theater or mall for ten years because he didn’t want to be recognized. When he finally went to the store, “it felt like freedom.” He added: “I went through so many years, either not leaving my house or if I did, hat, sunglasses, and just scared… It built something in me where I didn’t know it, but I was afraid to go out. I would get super anxious about going out. So I just didn’t.”

“At that point it got frustrating because you just wanted to live a normal life. But when that’s completely taken away from you, you start questioning yourself and you start saying, ‘Oh, don’t people care about me anymore?’ ‘ When it goes away a little bit, you notice it, and that’s the dangerous part, because that can mess with your mind.”

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