Action vs. Acting: Taylor Lautner and Robert Pattinson's Different Career Paths

Lautner is opting for adrenaline in his upcoming film choices, while Pattinson seems to be going the Johnny Depp route

No one in Hollywood is hotter right now than Twilight actors Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner. Producers are clamoring to put them in movies, and the two actors -- Pattinson, 23 and Lautner, 18 -- can pretty much make any kind of film they choose. So it’s interesting that their post-Twilight movie careers are shaping up to be so drastically different.

Lautner, 18, has just signed on for an action thriller called Abduction, about a man who discovers his own baby picture on a missing persons website. Lautner will also be playing a super-powered secret agent fighting terrorists in the film Max Steel, a martial arts fighter who has to save his kidnapped friends on vacation in Cancun, and the titular body-stretching superhero in Stretch Armstrong. Notice a pattern here? Lautner is definitely gunning to be the next big action hero, following a path similar to the one Will Smith took in the mid-90s.

Pattinson, on the other hand, is steering away from adrenaline-fueled hero roles and choosing small, intense character pieces. Next up is March’s Remember Me, in which the 23-year-old actor plays a tortured college student who finds romance after a family tragedy. Then, post-Eclipse, he’ll be making three period pieces: Bel Ami, about a lothario who sleeps his way to the top in 19th-century Paris (co-starring Uma Thurman); Unbound Captives, about a frontiersman whose children are kidnapped (also starring Hugh Jackman); and Circus, about a Depression-era circus (with Reese Witherspoon as the love interest). These choices are reminiscent of the films made by Johnny Depp earlier in his career.

So while Lautner’s new films will show off his abs, Pattinson’s movies will flex his acting muscles. Both are good strategies for staying in the spotlight -- and while Lautner may emerge the richer man, we see Oscar buzz in Pattinson’s future.

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Whose upcoming films are you more excited about, Robert’s or Taylor’s? Chime in below!

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