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Taylor Lautner Admits: Meeting Tom Cruise As His Character, Les Grossman, 'Was So Weird!'

Wed, September 21, 2011 3:05pm EDT by Add first Comment

The first time Taylor Lautner ever met his idol, Tom Cruise, it was for the MTV Movie Awards in 2010 — and Tom was playing the crazy role of Les Grossman!

With his starring role in the action film, Abduction, Taylor Lautner is being compared to Tom Cruise now, more than ever and the 19-year-old actor opened up to Ryan Seacrest about the honor this morning on the radio. He explained that his first meeting with his hero wasn’t exactly run of the mill…

“It was very surreal to me to be meeting him,” Taylor said on KIIS-FM Sept. 21. “But he was in this giant fat suit looking like his character from Tropic Thunder, it was so weird!

Taylor and Tom collaborated for a skit on the 2010 MTV Movie Awards, where Tom played the enigmatic producer, Les Grossman. We’ve included the video below for you to relive!

As far as Taylor’s idols are concerned, Tom joins the list of many.

“I have had a few actors that I have looked up to my entire life,” Taylor admitted. “Like Tom Cruise and Matt Damon, Leonardo. They have done similar movies in tone to this, but what I love most is they continue to challenge themselves in a wide variety of roles throughout their career.”

Taylor’s first major action role (outside of Twilight) premieres Sept. 23. Will YOU go see it?

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