Leno asked the 17-year-old actor for his most bizarre fan encounter, and though Lautner admitted it was hard to just choose one, he picked a winner: He recalled a fortysomething mother and her teenage daughter in line at a US autograph signing. The mother skipped up to him, grabbed his wrist and said, “ ‘Excuse me Taylor…. I’m wearing the Team Taylor panties right now. Is there any way I can take them off for you and just have you sign ‘em quick?’…. And the daughter goes, ‘Mom, come on!’” What happened next? The mother told her daughter, “ ‘Honey, don’t worry. This is what we do at these things,’” Lautner said. “And security stepped in and said, ‘No ma’am, this is not what we’ll be doing.’”
Leno then covered the basics: Lautner’s ass-kicking skills (by age 11, he was a four-time world champion of extreme martial arts) and how difficult it was to evade fans while shooting New Moon in Vancouver (he opted to hang out at a senior citizen bowling alley), but there was no mention of Taylor Swift. Admitting whether or not they’re a couple would have been a fine way for Lautner to play “Earn Your Plug.” Instead, he had to throw a couple of nice passes to one of his favorite football legends, Jerry Rice, because sitting through a clip of himself wearing Mickey Mouse ears for a sketch on an old Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson variety special wasn’t difficult enough. At least that physical challenge required him to take off his suit jacket. Cue squeals and inappropriate glances at his backside.
The never-bef0re-seen clip — the Dawson’s Creek moment between Bella and bare-chested Jacob after he climbs through her bedroom window — was notable only for how much it makes you miss Lautner’s sweet smile (Jacob is so serious) and how large it makes Lautner’s upper body look (huge). P.S. Did Bella touch his abs to make sure that they were real?
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Did you catch the appearance? Have you switched allegiances because of it? There’s still time to vote in our pre-opening weekend Team Edward vs. Team Jacob poll!
On the scene at the New Moon premiere with Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and inappropriate fan signs
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Taylor Lautner is a doll, literally
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