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Jacob Lautner sheds werewolf character for “Grown Ups 2”

'Grown Ups 2' PhoCall At The 5th Annual Summer Of Sony

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After playing occasionally dressed furboy Jacob in four “Twilight” movies, Taylor Lautner had to think about being typecast, and didn’t mind what he decided.

“I think it is a compliment when they’re talking about typecasting,” the 21-year-old Michigan native says. “It’s my job to make the fans believe that I am a certain character.

“But the goal for me as an actor is to go off and do different things and challenge myself. That’s why it was bittersweet and exciting when ‘Twilight’ ended. I knew that it was now all about challenging myself.”

His next challenge is a comedic role in “Grown Ups 2,” opening Friday. Lautner plays a fraternity guy who challenges Adam Sandler and his pack of man-boys, including Chris Rock and Kevin James.

He also stars in the 2014 release “Tracers” about a New York City bike messenger who is wanted by the mob.

But his werewolf alter ego is never far away.

“I still love Jacob. I look up to Jacob,” Lautner says. “He’s just a character, but he is one of the most loyal people I’ve ever ‘known. I hope people can learn from him.”

Cindy Pearlman

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