Michael Copon: I've Got 60 Pounds on Taylor Lautner

Michael Copon: I've Got 60 Pounds on Taylor Lautner

Looks like Michael Copon and Taylor Lautner will be duking it out for the role of Jacob Black!

Michael, 26, just spoke with J-14 to talk about nabbing himself the perfect part in New Moon, the upcoming sequel to Twilight.

On what he’s been doing to prepare: I feel like I need to bulk down. Right now I’m close to 200 pounds of muscle. Taylor’s [Lautner] probably what, 140, if he’s lucky? I’m already 200 pounds, so there’s no need for me to get any bigger. Plus he’s 5’6″ and I’m 6’2″. In the book, he grows eight inches and I’m exactly eight inches taller than Taylor. Huge difference.

On why he should get the role of Jacob Black: I have nothing against Taylor personally. I think he’s great and tremendous at what he does. But it’s just adjusting to the fact that Jacob has to grow. It’s a matter of going with the storyline. It goes with the territory. I see so much in Jacob Black that I feel like wasn’t brought to the first film that if I had the opportunity, I would totally create an amazing character.

On the books: I’ve read the first one and I’ve dabbled through the Cliffs Notes of the second and third ones. I haven’t had time to actually sit down and read the whole book, but I kind of know what happens.

Check out the rest of the Q&A with Michael @ J-14.com.

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  • just_me

    cocky much? I hope he doesn’t get the part…he doesn’t fit the jacob black mold at all…I mean really? and to top it off he can’t act…

    if summit were smart they would realize that if they take this part away from Taylor they are going to lose ALOT of fans…and squander a potentially huge franchise for them…

  • http://lolol omgfirst

    OMG FIRST !!!

  • Jordan

    NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO!!!!

  • Jordan

    I WILL PROTEST IF THEY REPLACE TAYLOR! NO JOKE.

    HE’S THE BEST JACOB BLACK EVER!!

    NEVER NEVER NEVER! TEAM TAYLOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    GOSH.

  • http://www.justjared.com ana

    I HATE MICHAEL COPON
    I HATE MICHAEL COPON
    I HATE MICHAEL COPON
    I HATE MICHAEL COPON
    I HATE MICHAEL COPON

    MAYBE HE IS A GOOD GUY, BUT NO ON NEW MOON, TAYLOR LAUTNER IS WHAT NEW MOON NEEDS.E TAYLOR LAUTNER
    I LOVE TAYLOR LAUTNER

    I LOV

  • Brett

    What? wait.. WHAT? you’re kidding? c’mon… Who cares if Taylor doesn’t grow, he does look the part, the face I mean.. The other guy, what’s his name, looks like a typical man, but Jacob has to look werewolflike.. So please, this is riddiculus to even consider.

  • Jordan

    NEVER NEVER NEVER

    TWILIGHTERS!!! COME AND PROTEST WITH ME!

  • mary

    wtf…
    how could he possibly have aany chance of getting the role!?
    he looks wayy older than kristen stewart.
    DUH! jesus people.. use your brains, or eyes.

  • Ramiro

    hes so eww. Taylor is so much better then this person. who is he anyways?

    Team Taylor

  • Emma

    Taylor FTW!!! Who is this Michael guy anyway??? Jeez… he’s talking as if he’s some big shot.. I’ve never even seen him before!

  • bb

    NOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!

    TAYLOR LAUTNER!!!!!!!

    EWW…THE OTHER GUY LOOKS LIKE HE’S 30!! UGH.

    JACOB BLACK IS TAYLOR LAUTNER!

  • edwardlover

    HELLLLL NOOOO!!
    TAYLOR LAUTNER FOR JACOB BLACK ALL THE WAY <33

  • Stefanie

    ok they kind of look alike but I HATE WHEN THEY REPALCE ACTORS OR ACTRESSES I HATE THE CHARACTER OF JACOB BLACK AND i think taylor is perfect as jacob I LOVE HATING TAYLOR AS JACOB..LOL
    i say noooooooooooooo keep taylor he is so cute

  • L

    I just watched Twilight today and it was packed in the cinemas. Afterwards, there were loads of people saying how Taylor was cute and they liked his role. Don’t even think about replacing him! I hate Michael Copon. Ever since he was on OTH and in Bring It On 4 (dude can’t act).

  • http://www.justjared.com criss

    hey you cant even think about it! TAYLOR LAUTNER IS PERFECT

    and its true who cares if taylor doesn’t grow! i will protest too because we ( the fans ) love taylor lautner as jacob black
    WE DONT EVEN LIKE MICHAEL COPON AS JACOB BLACK!!

    on twilight, the movie is not exactly like the book, but the fans love the book and the movie, and is going to be the same with new moon, we will love the book and the movie, even if the movie is not exactly like the book!

  • http://darenkagasofffans.com michelle

    I am a HUGE fan of Michael’s but he is so cocky!

  • L

    By the way, Michael is like 26 right, yet Taylor is only 16/17 so it’s not surprising that he weighs like 60 pounds more than him. Don’t make out you’re so much better than him. You’re almost over a decade older than the guy. What do you expect? And compare the two pictures – you’ve got an adorable sweet guy (Taylor) and some butt-ugly-thinks-he’s-all-that-26-years-old-and-totally-not-at-all-awesome dude.

  • Laura

    He hasnt even READ the book version of hte movie he’s going to be in. Claims he deserves it just cuz he has muscle. Meanwhile Taylor really relates to the role and obviously wants it.

    Michael does NOT deserve this… Taylor Lautner DOES.

    Keep Taylor as Jacob Black summit. People are going to be MAD if you give Taylor’s role away to someone as undeserving as Copon

  • ashley

    Hell No!!!
    What a cocky person. I don’t care how much bigger or taller he is. He can not act. That to me is the bottom line. I hated him when he was on One tree Hill and then he did that horrendous version of bring it on.

    Plus he read the freaking CLIFF NOTES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Pick up the book and read it! my goodness. is he that lazy. If you don’t have time to read the book for the part you want, get out of here. You are not worth it. This movie is full of wonderful, genuine actors who aren’t cocky in the least. The director is making a huge mistake if he picks him to be jacob. So many fans will be lost and summit won’t make their millions.

  • Mariia

    Wow, this Micheal Copon is conceited.
    I will laugh so hard when he doesn’t get this part.
    Taylor Lautner is more committed to this part, trying to bulk up.
    Michael Copon is just bragging about how he is bigger than Taylor and how he’s got so much on Taylor, but I think that they should keep the same actors in this movie unless they decide not be in the film anymore.
    If Taylor passed the cut for the first movie, he should be qualified enough for the second.
    Even though he may not have all of the qualities described in the book, the movie doesn’t have to follow the exact concept of the book.
    Taylor earned this part of Jacob Black and I think he deserved to keep it.
    Team Taylor :D

  • http://www.justjared.com criss

    hey! you cant even think about it!!
    i will protest

    because taylor is perfect. and WHO CARES IF HE DOESN’T GROW????

    michael copon thinks that he is perfect for the character, but NO! i hate him! taylor lautner is better than michael copon!

  • kessiahhh

    TEAM TAYLOR!!!
    TEAM TAYLOR!!!
    TEAM TAYLOR!!!
    TEAM TAYLOR!!!
    TEAM TAYLOR!!!
    TEAM TAYLOR!!!
    TEAM TAYLOR!!!

    and yeahh, that guy is pretty cocky
    and no one knows him so why should he even bother to try.
    we need to keep Taylor!
    he’s known to be Jacob ever since or wayyy before the Twilight trailer even came out.
    now since the first movie is out, people (fans) will recognize Taylor as Jacob.
    sooo

    TEAM TAYLOR!!!
    TEAM TAYLOR!!!
    TEAM TAYLOR!!!
    TEAM TAYLOR!!!
    TEAM TAYLOR!!!
    TEAM TAYLOR!!!

    and that michael guy is soooo not getting the role
    and he is sooo not going to make out with kristen in the third movie

    and that guy is a fake.
    he read Twilight
    but used cliff notes for the rest of the books?

    LOSERRRRRR!!!!

    at least Taylor actually READS the BOOKS not stupid cliff notes

  • ayen

    They can both take the roles. Michael’s right. In the book, Jacob does become bigger and taller. So, I can see Summit actually hiring them both. Jacob in the first half and Michael in the other.

    Goodluck to them both.

  • Kristina

    It’s not fair for a 16 year old boy to be compared to a 26 year old man. Of course there will be a weight and height difference.

  • SandeeeRa

    i’m absoulutely for TAYLOR.
    don’t like that michael, he just wants to get famous because twilight is such a hit.
    TEAM TAYLOR!!!

  • Laura

    Omg. I’m not liking this at ALL. My parents are totally staring at me weirdly as I march around this hating muttering ‘I hate this, I wont let this happen. No ones replacing Jacob (Taylor)’.

    Who is this Michael dude anyway? He looks way to old, too pale, and deffinatly nothing like I imagined Jacob too look like. Ewww. That actor is SOO big headed too! Anyway he has 5 films in post production for next year, theres no way he’ll have enough time to act as Jacob too, right?

    Team Taylor foreverrrr!

    I’ve just come back from the cinema where I watched Twilight. It was beyond amazing!! <3

  • KIKIGIRL101

    NO NO NO NO NO!!!!! That other guy seems like a jackass, he’s overly cocky and HE’S NOT JACOB!!!! TAYLOR ALL THE WAY!!!!!!

  • jessica

    ummm no. Too cocky. Gross. Get over yourself.

    HE HASN’T EVEN READ THE SECOND BOOK!!!!
    HE HASN’T EVEN READ THE SECOND BOOK!!!!
    HE HASN’T EVEN READ THE SECOND BOOK!!!!
    HE HASN’T EVEN READ THE SECOND BOOK!!!!
    HE HASN’T EVEN READ THE SECOND BOOK!!!!
    HE HASN’T EVEN READ THE SECOND BOOK!!!!

    I’m sorry, but how can you even say your preparing for the role when you obviously have no idea what it entails?!

  • sarah

    I have lost all respect for michael copon!
    I hope Taylor Lauter will be jacob :)
    lets cross our fingers.

  • daniela

    I WANT TAYLOOOOORR!
    I mean seriously! He has that adorable warm face
    & that Michael guy just seems self absorbed.

    GOOOOOOOOO TAYLOOOOORRRR!!!!
    He’s the PERFEECCCTT JACOOB♥

  • Taylor-fan

    I think they should keep taylor launter he plays the part of Jacob black very well if they do not keep him then im not watching new moon!

  • taryn

    you do not cliffnote new moon and eclipse. you just cannot do that. plus michael copon looks old. isn’t jacob suppose to look like he’s 16 years old?

  • Pan

    cocky …just like jacob black. hehehe

    seriously…whatever…
    we dont even really know whats goin on
    we shouldnt judge Michael on being jacob black…coz we havent even seen him act as jacob. Just give him a chance to prove himself. i mean when taylor got the part, a lot of people didnt think he was gona live up to the character, but now he gained a lot of fans because people gave him a chance to prove himself.
    its not like im team michael or team taylor…whoever is best for the part…should get the job and from the outcome we’ll see soon hopefully. but good luck to the both of them!

    michael has a good point tho…which him being tall already and all bulked up…ya know? but whatever. hope they figure it out soon…coz were all dying to know!

  • bee

    Taylor > Michael

    TEAM LAUTNER!

  • lauren

    okay, after reading that, I will be VERY angry if this Michael guy gets the role. he sounds like a straight up DOOUCHE

    Taylor deserves this role, NOT michael

  • Nikki

    MICHAEL IS A JERK!!!!!!!!!!!!
    IM NOT GOING 2 C IT W/OUT TAYLOR HES THE REASON I SAW TWILIGHT!!!!!!! they cant replace him!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Elisa

    Dear Michael, maybe you have the advantage of body mass (questionable). Taylor has got the advantage of heart+talent mass instead, which is quite preferable IMHO. Ah, last Taylor’s advantage: the 41 000 Twilighters choosing him over you in the last MTV poll.

  • Kate

    You have got to be kidding me, he hasn’t even read the second book. He will never be Jacob imo, Taylor Lautner IS Jacob Black.
    WHO CARES IF HE DOESN’T GROW???? Alice isn’t 4 foot 10, Edward isn’t as hard as Rock!!

  • JESS

    Um… Taylor is 5’9″ or 5’10″- not 5’6″. Bit of a difference there.

    And “200 pounds of muscle”? Yeah, keep dreaming, buddy.

  • joss

    uhh cocky? he’s already 26…jacob is not that old, michael doesn’t even look like a teen anymore, if he gets the role, i’ll be so disappointed with summit, they already changed the director (plus and minuses to that) and now they’re gonna change jacob?!?!? TAYLOR IS THE PERFECT JACOB!! they better not change!!

  • Person

    Wow…this guy comes off as a little b.i.t.c.h in every single interview he does. Seriously, he needs to shut his mouth. He is pissing off a lot of fans, not good if he wants the role

  • zanessa rox

    michael coopon is so cocky! omg i love taylor much better he is a million times hotter than M! AAARRGG i wnat taylor to be in new moon and breaking dawn!

  • dorian

    Really??? You know Jacob and can bring more to the chacter but you have not read the books only the first which Jacob is hardly in??? What is this guy playing at? I understand the thought about size and what not but really Taylor has already made his mark as Jacob. I am not a Devout Taylor fan but if it is between him and this guy Taylor wins just from the mear fact that he is not a jerk about it!

  • twilight__fanxo

    okayy, so im PRETTYY sure that everyone wants taylor to be in it.
    and so do i.
    it just makes sense that he’s in the rest of the movies because he was in the first.
    I think he makes a PERFECT jacob black,
    so.. TEAM TAYLOR ALL THE WAY <3

  • http://dlt.lovechem.net emily

    Oh, seriously, c’mon. I personally haven’t seen the movie-yet! But from what I’ve heard, Taylor as Jacob was the best actor of the film. [Or one of the bests?]

    Michael Copon, yeah he’s cute. He was in the movie Bring it On 4 with Cassie Scerbo & Ashley Benson. That’s what I remember him from mostly. And yup, he’s an okay actor. But, seriously! He is so NOT Jacob Black!

    Taylor has the cute look [he's gorgeous!], the younger look! Michael looks way too old. Plus, what about if/when they decide to do the other books into movies? Michael will be too old. What, are you going to give the part back to Taylor then? Psh, I think no!

    Also, Michael is WAY too rude in this interview. He sounds incredibly conceited, and I don’t think I”m the only one who thinks that. He sounds like he’s degrading Taylor as an actor and a person. He sounds like he’s positive he has the part. Excuse me for saying this, but I really hope Taylor comes back as Jacob. :)

  • Nani

    SHOW OFF.

    He is a complete jerk. I mean, come on! why does he have to be so mean towards Taylor?
    I really, really, really hope he will not get the part.
    So what if Taylor is shorteer and thinner than him? WHO CARES? He is way hotter.

  • cc27

    michael copon stop wanting to replac taylor! TAYLOR ROCKS FOR JACOB BLACK!! TEAM TAYLOR!

  • sawa

    im sure if we see michael with full hair, make up and wardrobe and saying jacobs lines…we’ll change our minds. he’s hot! :) and very cute.

    may the best person for the job win tho. whoever it is! i think they’re both great!

  • TAYLORLOVER

    if taylor gets replaced im not watching new moon im team jacob but still taylor is perfect

  • Erin

    What an @$$ I’m sorry. “Taylor’s [Lautner] probably what, 140, if he’s lucky? I’m already 200 pounds, so there’s no need for me to get any bigger.” WHAT THE ? are you kidding me. That is so stupid to say. Michael Copon doesn’t look sixteen or even eighteen for that matter. Why don’t people understand that technology will make Taylor look older besides in Twilight he even looked older with the long hair.

    I hope Michael doesn’t get the part, besides isn’t Taylor still doing the role? Didn’t he comfirm it himself?

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