Lycanthropic shirtlessness

(Not about language.)

The third in the recent shirtless series — previously: Kellan Lutz here, Josh Duhamel here — brings us to Mr. Abs (Junior Division), Taylor Lautner, seen here in a characteristic pose:

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Lautner is young, cute, and decidedly hunky. He projects athletic masculinity, usually accentuated by some facial scruff (ranging from very light to substantial), as well as (most often) sweetness.

(It’s astonishing how many images of handsome shirtless men, many of them just barely not exposing their genitals, are available on the web.)

Lautner in a head shot, looking intense, but in a really nice-guy way:

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From Wikipedia:

Taylor Daniel Lautner (… born February 11, 1992) [in Grand Rapids MI; he is now 21] is an American actor, voice actor, model, and martial artist. Lautner is best known for playing [werewolf] Jacob Black in The Twilight Saga film series based on the novels of the same name by Stephenie Meyer.

Lautner as Jacob Black, looking lycanthropic (but cute):

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Wikipedia on the character:

Jacob “Jake” Black is a character in the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer. He is described as a Native American of the Quileute tribe in La Push, near Forks, Washington. In the second book of the series, he discovers that he can shapeshift into a wolf. For the majority of the series, Jacob competes with [telepathic vampire] Edward Cullen for Bella Swan‘s love. In the films Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn, Jacob is played by Taylor Lautner [and Edward by Robert Pattinson].

More from Wikipedia on Lautner:

The late 2000s saw Lautner become a teen idol and sex symbol, after extensively changing his physique [gaining about 30 pounds of muscle through weight-training] to keep the role of Jacob Black in further Twilight installments [Black is shirtless through much of these films], and generating media attention for his looks. In 2010, he was ranked second on Glamour’s “The 50 Sexiest Men of 2010” list, and fourth on People’s “Most Amazing Bodies” list. Also in the same year, Lautner was named the highest-paid teenage actor in Hollywood.

Lautner in wet-t-shirt mode, tossing a football:

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And Lautner in wax, at Madame Tussauds in Berlin, with his abs being displayed:

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5 Responses to “Lycanthropic shirtlessness”

  1. arnold zwicky Says:

    From Bill Halstead on Facebook:

    May I offer (and thanks for some Taylor I can add to my collection): this.

  2. arnold zwicky Says:

    From Gary Kelly on Facebook:

    Lycanthropic Shirtlessness is a great Darkthrone album.

    Apparently it isn’t, but it *could* have been.

  3. Music and words | Arnold Zwicky's Blog Says:

    […] notably the pianist Jeremy Denk and the composer Nico Muhly. Since I’ve posted recently on Taylor Lautner — the relevance of this will become clear — I’ll start with Denk, then go on to […]

  4. Music and words | Arnold Zwicky's Blog Says:

    […] notably the pianist Jeremy Denk and the composer Nico Muhly. Since I’ve posted recently on Taylor Lautner – the relevance of this will become clear — I’ll start with Denk, then go on to […]

  5. Name notes | Arnold Zwicky's Blog Says:

    […] Wikipedia page? Well, it was research for my “Lycanthropic shirtlessness” posting about him. You pick up all sorts of stuff by […]

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