Jason Isaacs says Taylor Lautner, who plays his son in the new thriller "Abduction," could be the next big action star and compares him to Jackie Chan.
Lautner, who is 19, has studied karate since he was a child. He is most famous for starring in the "Twilight" movies as werewolf Jacob Black, whose frequent shirtless scenes have become a running gag.
In "Abduction," which hit theaters on Friday, September 23, Lautner plays teenager Nathan Price, who discovers his baby picture on a missing person's website. His character then goes on the run from government agents while trying to find out the truth of who he is. The movie also stars Lily Collins, the 22-year-old daughter of musician Phil Collins, as Price's love interest and neighbor, Karen Lowell.
Lautner, who has studied karate since he was a child, shares fight scenes with Isaacs in "Abduction."
"He's one of the most physically-gifted, prodigiously-talented gymnasts, athletes, I've ever met and I've worked with Jackie Chan," Isaacs, 48, told OnTheRedCarpet.com about Lautner at the recent "Abduction" premiere in Los Angeles. "He's as fast as liquid. The difficulty for him was to slow down and make it look like I was training him. But really, he could have taken the whole of Pittsburgh with his hands tied behind his back."
"Abduction" was filmed in Pennsylvania. Isaacs, a 48-year-old British actor, starred with martial arts film star Chan in the 2002 film "The Tuxedo" and has also played Lucius Malfoy in the "Harry Potter" films, Col. William Tavington in "The Patriot" and Captain Hook in the 2003 movie adaptation of "Peter Plan."
When asked if Lautner could be the next big action star, Isaacs said: "He could be. He could be anything he wants to be. He's so determined. If he wanted to, he could be an astronaut, president ... he could do anything he wants to."
"If you look at what he put his body, for instance, in order to guarantee himself staying in the "Twilight" films, for that level of determination, he can achieve anything he puts his mind to," Isaacs added.
Lautner told OnTheRedCarpet.com that filming "Abduction" "stretched" him emotionally and physically despite his previous experience with martial arts.
Reporting by Chris Balish, co-host of KABC Television's entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).
Check out a trailer for "Abduction" below.