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Taylor Lautner To Try A Comedy Career Now, Joins 'Grown Ups 2'

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist April 4, 2012 at 9:14PM

Oh, Taylor Lautner. Poised to be the next big hot new thing, his solo action adventure outing "Abduction" flopped at the box office, his starring role in "Stretch Armstrong" was scuttled and that movie he's supposed to do with Gus Van Sant (no, really) seems to be waiting to happen. So what is Jacob supposed to do now. How about comedy?
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Taylor Lautner Grown Ups.

Oh, Taylor Lautner. Poised to be the next big hot new thing, his solo action adventure outing "Abduction" flopped at the box office, his starring role in "Stretch Armstrong" was scuttled and that movie he's supposed to do with Gus Van Sant (no, really) seems to be waiting to happen. So what is Jacob supposed to do now. How about comedy?

THR reports the actor will join the growing cast of "Grown Ups 2" which last week added "Project X" star Oliver Cooper to the regular faces that will be back. Of course, there are no plot details because these movies don't have a plot so much as a string of jokes about bodily functions, but the trade stresses the role will be "fun" and will find Lautner facing off against Adam Sandler himself. Hooray. Okay, so this isn't Lautner's first time doing comedy, as he's hosted "Saturday Night Live." But it wasn't a great effort (then again that show does nobody any favors), and bringing comic chops to a big screen is a different animal.

It seems a pretty glaring effort to reposition the hottie actor as a fun loving comedy dude as opposed to a brooding werewolf, and we can't really blame Lautner and his team for going down that path. Diversity is key for a young actor who wants a long career. But "Grown Ups 2"? Really? Is that all they could get? Guess we'll see how he works out next summer when the movie lands on July 12, 2013.

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