Taylor Lautner hosted the Dec. 12 episode of Saturday Night Live. The Twilight star opened the show with jokes about his age, being shirtless, and a martial arts reenactment of what he "really" wanted to do to Kanye West after he insulted Taylor Swift at the VMAs.
"The Twilight Saga" star earned the lead in upcoming toy-turned-movie "Stretch Armstrong" after Hasbro CEO and "Stretch Armstrong" producer Brian Goldner caught the teen star showing off his martial arts skills on the sketch comedy show, according to MTV News.
"He is a real actor," Goldner told the site. "And it was so clear to us as we saw him in 'Twilight.' And we look for insights from every audience about where we should go with our brands, so when I saw my daughter and all of her friends go crazy for him, and then I saw the background that he was also this mixed martial arts expert in that 'Saturday Night Live' piece… that was the real deal."
And Goldner added that Taylor's role wouldn't be so far off from his real-life experiences.
"He's an accidental superhero," the producer said. "Really what he is, is he's going to be a guy much like himself. A guy who knows mixed martial arts, a guy who is going off to college, a guy who's trying to have a freshman year at college — something along those lines and everything kind of ensues from there."
"Stretch Armstrong," slated for 2012, won't be the only toy-based film in Taylor's future – he's also set to star in "Max Steel."
Up first, of course, he'll return to his role as Jacob Black in the third "Twilight Saga" film, "Eclipse," due on June 30, 2010.
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