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Taylor Lautner Gaining Weight to Save 'Twilight' Job

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black270.jpg Taylor Lautner is packing on the pounds in the hopes of convincing Twilight producers he should return in the sequel, New Moon, as a bigger and more mature werewolf Jacob Black.

"I have been working out. I've been working out since the day we finished filming Twilight. I just weighed myself today; I've put on 19 lbs.," Lautner told MTV on Wednesday night at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Salute to Young Hollywood party.

Although Summit Entertainment has yet to give him the job, Lautner, 16, is the overwhelming favorite among fans to return over reported candidate Michael Copon of Scorpion King 2, according to a PEOPLE poll.

And Lautner says he's meeting this week with director Chris Weitz to make - and show - his case.

"I'm guaranteeing Weitz 10 more [pounds] by filming," the star said at the InStyle-sponsored bash in West Hollywood.

Twilight costar Ashley Greene is already in Lautner's corner.

"We all love Taylor. He's such a sweet guy, so sweet and I think that he gets the part," Greene tells PEOPLE. "And the thing is that the girls just love him. He is the teen heartthrob. ... I'm hoping that they don't replace him because we love him."

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4 comments so far | Post a comment now
edward colions December 19, 2008, 9:15 PM

YOU ARE SEXY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

amira December 26, 2008, 2:12 PM

i think Taylor can gain the lbs. he is way much sexier and cuter… I think he’s already buff enough in the pic. i think he deserves the part because changing him would make the whole movie seem stupid then. people who are Jacob fans are looking to see Taylor Lautner! they dont want to pay 7 dollars to go see Michael… i think he should get the part because he makes a wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy much better character than Michael ever will…

andrea January 2, 2009, 2:15 AM

I think ashlee is right dey should still keep him for new moon everybody loves him n he’s tryin so hard 2 b in da movie I just hope u could read this n hope u could let taylor b in da movie we all want him in da movie n deres is no 1 in da world who could replace him.

Makenzie January 7, 2009, 8:05 PM



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