Posted Tue, January 4, 2011 11:45am EDT

Taylor Lautner Is The New Tom Cruise — Here's 10 Reasons Why!

Posted Tue, January 4, 2011 11:45am EDT

Taylor’s new director says he tried to get the young actor to model himself after Tom on the set of their new film — but we say Tom needs to start taking notes from Taylor!

They’ve got abs and arm muscles to die for, looks up the wazoo and both man a mean motorcycle, but now 18-year-old Taylor Lautner is kicking Tom Cruise‘s butt at the box office AND just shot his first action hero film!

The director of Taylor’s upcoming film Abduction, John Singelton, says he encouraged the young actor to look at Tom’s career to help his performance. “I told him to watch the transition from Top Gun to Rain Man to Born on the Fourth of July,” Singleton said. “To think about what he did as a young man and what he did later on. And then think about what you want to do.”

So, should Mr. Mission Impossible be worried that the world’s most famous werewolf will become this generation’s biggest action star? Taylor’s lean, he’s mean and he just shot Abduction, where he plays the son of an international spy, and he’s lined up for Cancun, where he saves his BFFs from a Mexican drug cartel. He’ll also be playing blond, swim trunk-wearing action hero Stretch Armstrong (Taylor in a Speedo? Count us in!)

The evidence: we’re all about the benjamins, baby. Taylor’s newest film, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, has grossed $693,480,124 worldwide – and it was released a week AFTER Tom’s latest movie, Knight & Day – which only grossed $261,473,205. Both guys released their previous movies on major holidays as well – and Taylor beat Tom then, too! His ensemble romantic comedy, Valentine’s Day, made $213,009,598, $13 million more than Tom’s German action-drama Valkyrie, which grossed $200,276,784 after being released on Christmas day in 2008.

Sorry, Tom, but Taylor is the new, improved and younger version of YOU!

Check out HollywoodLife.com’s reasons HERE:

  1. Both guys are ballers! Tom played floor-hockey in middle school and was a linebacker for his varsity football team. He also wrestled, but had to drop out due to a knee injury. Taylor not only plays baseball as part of the Hart Baseball Program, but loves football, gymnastics and has been a kung fu master since the age of 7!
  2. Both starred in vampire films based on popular novels: Tom in Anne Rice‘s Interview With the Vampire and Taylor, of course, in Stephenie Meyers’ little-known Twilight series (we kid!).
  3. Both starred in big movies that brought their female audiences out in droves: Taylor’s Twilight Saga films are becoming as iconic as Tom’s flicks like Risky Business and Top Gun
  4. Both found love on-set: Tom met ex-wife Nicole Kidman in Days of Thunder and acted with former GF Penelope Cruz in Vanilla Sky, while Taylor appeared with older woman Taylor Swift, who he was dating, in Valentine’s Day
  5. The guys like powerful machines – motorcycles – between their legs (and look good riding them, too)!
  6. They’re mini-men: Tom is 5’7, Taylor 5’6.
  7. They’re both Germans, ja.
  8. They’ve both got ‘things’ for gigantic women: Taylor Swift is 5’11 and Tom’s wife, Katie Holmes, is 5’9.
  9. They’re freakin’ FUNNY! Tom even got his own film based on his hilarious Tropic Thunder character, Les Grossman, while Taylor cracked us all up while performing on Saturday Night Live last December.
  10. They’re both pretty little songbirds! Tom croons to Kelly McGillis in Top Gun, while Taylor warbles a lullaby to his Sharkboy co-star Cayden Boyd.

What do you think HollywoodLifers? Does Taylor have Tom beat?

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100a fuse

Posted at 6:43 PM on July 6, 2012  

certainly like your website however you need to check the spelling on several of your posts. Many of them are rife with spelling problems and I find it very bothersome to tell the truth then again I will surely come again again.

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Ronan

Posted at 6:07 AM on January 12, 2012  

Tom is incredibly good looking and has the most gorgeous face a man can possibly have. Please don’t compare him with this boy.

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keen

Posted at 12:29 PM on July 6, 2011  

hey, you can only say that tyalor is hotter because Tom is older than taylor.
it’s just like you compare Angelina jolie to megan fox.
angelina is much much much beautiful than megan when she was at her 20+ age.. but now, you can say that megan is more beautiful than angie because megan is much younger than angie.
like tom cruise and taylor lautner. when you compared the photo of tom when he was young to taylor lautner’s photo right now, tom is much much much handsome than taylor.
just look at their photos and you will see what i mean..

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Georgia

Posted at 6:01 PM on January 6, 2011  

Who the hell would wanna be like Tom Cruise, Taylor is waaay hotter anyway.

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sunrisewalk

Posted at 6:54 AM on January 6, 2011  

Taylor is a great person and a great actor! Just the way he is! Why would he try to be someone he is not!! I admit all actors can take acting advice from more experienced actors, but that does not mean tha the person has to become that person!

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TwilightisGay

Posted at 2:46 AM on January 6, 2011  

Taylor Lautner needs to join scientology…I am sure Tom will be happy to naked wrestle with him and share all the man love he can with the youngster….hahahahaaha!

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keen

Posted at 1:09 AM on July 7, 2011  

i bet your ugly.. hahaha! buwahhahahaha!..

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L.I.S

Posted at 10:37 PM on January 5, 2011  

I certainly hope that Taylor follows HIS OWN path. His choice of script and director will determine his Hollywood movie popularity and range of characters. But, hope he remains single for many years to develop his skills. As for his personal life — well, don’t follow Tom.

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mandy

Posted at 5:27 PM on January 5, 2011  

my life is bad enough as it is, plzzzzzzzzzzzzz dont compare tom to… t…ta…tay…tayl…talo….taylor… there is no comparison, tom is a massive hollywood star and he is going to stay big for the rest of his life and taylor… well to me he is just a mess.

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ZMeister

Posted at 3:17 PM on January 5, 2011  

The only thing similar to these two is that they both have odd snouts :)

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Lucy

Posted at 6:50 PM on January 5, 2011  

Why are you commenting then if you hate them? Loser!

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Height

Posted at 9:17 PM on January 4, 2011  

Lautner is not 5’6 and Swift can’t be 5’11. I think they are both between 5’8 and 5’9. Look at their pictures together, they look about the same height.

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Sally

Posted at 6:55 PM on January 4, 2011  

Taylor Lautner is soo much better than Tom Cruise!!

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Lylith

Posted at 9:38 AM on January 6, 2011  

Seriously Sally? Are you 13 or 14 years old?

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keen

Posted at 12:33 PM on July 6, 2011  

you can say that only because taylor is younger than TOM..
but try to compare their pics, get Tom’s pic when he was young and get taylor’s latest pic ..who do you think is more handsome..don’t tell me it’s still taylor, i won’t believe you, you’re being too liar.

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Livi

Posted at 1:41 PM on January 4, 2011  

Taylor Lautner is certainly not 5’6. I met him, I’m 5’10 and he was pretty equal in height with me. You can even look at photos of him and the Twilight cast, Nikki Reed is 5’5, he is very clearly more than an inch taller than her when she isn’t in heels.

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Terrell

Posted at 1:28 PM on January 4, 2011  

Uhhh… Comparing a “Twilight” sequel to “Knight and Day” is like comparing a “Star Wars” sequel to “Vanilla Sky”. No studio exec in his right mind would consider “Vanilla…” or “Knight…” capable of surpassing either one of those juggernaut franchises. And comparing “Valentine’s Day” to “Valkyrie” is a complete joke. Valentine’s Day had Ashton Kutcher, Julia Roberts, Brad Cooper, Taylor Swift, Jessica Biel, Jamie Foxx, Anne Hathaway and a host of other stars. Valkyrie had Kenneth Brannagh, Terrence Stamp, and a bunch of other distinguished British actors more known for dramatic chops than box office power. I understand that Lautner’s reps probably promised you an exclusive interview or pictures in the future to slant this story in this direction, but try a bit harder next time. Your readers deserve that.

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