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The Twilight Scenes Taylor Lautner Regretted Filming

Life is, unavoidably, a PowerPoint presentation of regrets and embarrassments backed up to the hard drive inside your mind, playing on a loop and constantly tacking new slides to the end as if to say "and another thing – your left nostril was roughly 75 percent booger during that last Tinder date and also you mispronounced 'fettuccine.'" The trick, as far as anyone can tell, is to try to minimize the number of humiliations available for replay, or at least make sure that you're not being shot by a professional film crew while they're happening.

Which brings us to Taylor Lautner, co-star of the Twilight series and inhabitant of the second largest number of teenage vision boards circa 2009. Lautner's role as Jacob made him an international celebrity – even more, believe it or not, than his work in The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3D and Cheaper by the Dozen 2. He was still a young buck of 16 summers when that big screen lycanthropic life came calling, but the world soon came to know him as the damp, shirtless third point in supernatural romance's most iconic love triangle.

And while landing a gig turning into a wolf in movies was inarguably good to Lautner, keeping him employed across five feature films, there's one aspect of the work that the actor has been vocal about disliking. The long and short of it is, he'd very much like to wear a shirt from now on.

For Taylor Lautner, less shirts meant more hurts

It's not a fresh take – Lautner was quoted by Showbiz Spy talking about it in 2009 – but the Twilight star was never a fan of having to walk around topless while people pointed cameras at him.

"I worked hard to get in shape for this role," Lautner stated at the time. "My motivation was the movie and the fans, but I don't want to become known as just a body. If I had to choose, I would never take my shirt off again in a movie, but I guess that's not very realistic. I certainly won't be asking to do it, though." He extrapolated on the thought in a later interview, saying "It's so uncomfortable knowing that so many people are seeing pictures of me shirtless (...) It's weird. It's kind of embarrassing."

With the benefit of hindsight? Yes, maybe it was gauche and bizarre for a film studio to pay an underaged boy to get jacked and take his shirt off on camera. Darn it all, it was uncomfortable while it was happening, even without the benefit of hindsight. Maybe there's a lesson to be learned here. No idea what it could be, but maybe there is. "Don't work out and you won't be embarrassed by people thinking you're attractive," possibly.