Taylor Lautner and Lily Collins talk about working with an all star cast at the Abuction Press Conference
What would you do if you found your own picture on a missing persons website? Teen Nathan Harper (Taylor Lautner) finds himself facing this very dilemma. Setting out to uncover his real identity, Nathan quickly learns his parents are far from who they say they are. When the police, government agents and shadowy figures start to pursue him, Nathan’s quest for the truth erupts into a full-blown “Bourne”-like man-on-the-run thriller.
The Fan Carpet were lucky enough to be in attendance at London's Claridges Hotel for the press conference of the high octane thriller Abduction. In attendance were the young and upcoming stars Taylor Lautner and English rose Lily Collins.
The pair talk about their experiences on set, working with an all star cast and reminisce about accidents while doing fight scenes and talk about that kiss on the train.
Taylor, it's been about six or seven years since your first movie with Robert Rodriguez, what are the new things you learnt during Abduction?
Taylor Lautner: Oh yeah, I believe you can never stop growing and learning, and I'm kind of fortunate to have been working since I was ten or eleven years old. I've learnt so much over the years working with amazing directors and great actors as well.
This was really a huge step for me because it was different to anything I had done before and the cast we were surrounded by was just unbelievable; we were surrounded by an all star cast, Sigourney Weaver, Alfred Molina, Jason Isaacs, Maria Bello and I really couldn't have done it without them.
Lily, you've said before that you really like watching other cast members on film sets, was their anyone of the all star cast that you really learnt things from?
Lily Collins: Watching Sigourney, I think she is always someone I've admired, and her career spans so many different genres, the idea of her being a part of this movie was very exciting, and that she wanted to be a part of this movie was really cool.
I went to set during the filming of the therapy session, I wasn't filming that day but I just wanted to watch and see how she is, how she switches from one emotion to another and how when they shout cut, she's Sigourney again. She's so funny and just an amazing woman, I really love watching them in their element and out of their element.
Tell me about the fight scene with Jason Isaacs, Taylor.
Taylor Lautner: It was awesome! We were very friendly by that point and he's hilarious, he is so funny. I have looked unto him for a while, ever since I saw him as the bad guy in The Patriot, I love him, and don't get me wrong he's done so many roles but this was kind of different for him, we get to see his humour in this movie, as well as different areas, but during that scene it was just fun and we had gloves on so we were like let's go for it, and he was whacking me the whole time. So it was fun, there were no serious injuries, maybe a few bruises the next day.
There was another fight scene that you mentioned on your Letterman interview.
Taylor Lautner: It's the brutal fight scene in the train and it was me and Ilia the other actor and we were doing the fight ourselves, so we're doing the scene and towards the end of the scene I'm supposed to throw an uppercut, and ofcourse we're faking it so I'm not really punching him. The stunt co ordinator comes up to us both and says the uppercut isn't selling; Taylor you need to extend more and Ilia you need to stick your chin out more so we can sell the uppercut.
And Im like ok let's do this, and the very next take sure enough I extend more, he sticks his chin out more and pop, I just connected right in that spot where it just puts you out, and this guys huge and intimidating and he just goes woop and he was out for like two seconds and it was very scary at first, and I felt terrible especially when he stood up and he had a chunk of skin hanging from his lip. He's like 'I'm fine, let's keep going' and I said 'No Ilia you really need to look at your lip, it's not good.' He was very nice about it but I felt so bad.
How did you get on board the project, Lily?
Lily Collins: I read the script, really connected with it and loved that Karen wasn't the typical girl next door. She was spunky, she spoke up, she gained self confident throughout the film and she turned into this young woman. So I read the script, obviously loved it.
Taylor Lautner: I will take it from here. Everybody knew from the very beginning that Lily was the only person for this role; she's the only girl I read with and that's all we needed to see.
ABDUCTION HITS CINEMAS TOMORROW