Has Taylor Lautner Replaced Robert Pattinson As The Hottest ‘Twilight’ Hunk In Hollywood? Experts Say YES!

Tue, August 10, 2010 7:45pm EDT by 78 Comments
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Do you believe it, BFFs? Experts say that Taylor’s buff bud and his savvy movie selection make him way more bankable at the box office than R-Patz!

Get a load of THIS, HollywoodLifers. After seeing Taylor Lautner best Robert Pattinson for two key awards at the Teen Choice Awards August 8 – Choice Male Fantasy actor and Choice Male Hottie - we wondered who was creating more buzz in Hollywood. After speaking to several industry insiders, including agents, directors and a manger, we’ve learned they all feel the same way:  that Taylor, 18, is currently way hotter than fellow Twilight hunk Rob, 24! Can you believe it?

Here’s what the pros say!

#1 Sex sells – and no one is selling his body better than Taylor these days!

Taylor has a much hotter body ( a la a young Mark Wahlberg) and his reputation is that of a sweet guy. Girls love him and guys want to be him Nothing against R-Patz, but he is not exactly rocking the body or the action Ninja moves to compete with Taylor.” – Manager

“Taylor Lautner is way more marketable and bankable than Robert Pattinson because of the hotness factor. Robert is a sweet guy with looks that are comparable to lead singers from ‘80s bands like The Cure, but it’s a small market of girls that will follow him through his career based on those looks alone. Although talented, he will have a harder time racking in the dough in the long run. When you turn to Taylor, though, he has the charm and good looks to go further in his career. Girls flock to the theater solely to see that man without a shirt!” – Director

#2 Action movies usually have more box office mojo than independent films or dramas.

“Taylor’s film choices are better. Sad drama Remember Me or feisty action flick Stretch Armstrong? I know which one – as a straight male – I’d pick!” – Agent

#3 Rob needs to get naked WAY more than he’s doing!

Pattinson doesn’t take his shirt off enough. I think Taylor adds a few more layers to things that make him more marketable – he’s the next Tom Cruise!” – Agent #2

#4 Taylor has more universal appeal.

“Work-wise, Taylor has much more universal appeal than Rob. With his, strong, muscular frame, Taylor can go for a lot more roles that are needed in Hollywood, while Robert will be much more at home in the independent world. Taylor will definitely be more bankable when it comes to big-budget (and thus bigger earning) movies.” – Director

#5 Rob is too broody!

“People want to really feel like they know who these guys are. With Taylor’s outgoing personality, fans may feel more connected to him and follow him more closely. That always adds box office power. If I was going to hire one of them over another, it’s Taylor.” – Blake Freeman, director of Gawd Bless America

#6 Rob is too overexposed at the moment – people are starting to get sick of him!

“For now, Robert Pattinson is overexposed. He’s changing his beard, hairstyle, constantly reinventing himself to stay in the limelight.” – Feature film director

Laura Schreffler