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Taylor Lautner: The Next Leo DiCaprio & Mark Wahlberg?

Taylor Lautner: The Next Leo DiCaprio & Mark Wahlberg?

Taylor Lautner has some high profile fans – including Mark Wahlberg!

“I am sitting at a table with a gentleman who is better looking than you and is in better shape than me,” Mark told Leonardo DiCaprio on Thursday (August 4) at the HFPA’s annual luncheon (via E! Online). “So, we’re both out of a job, dude. Taylor Lautner! We’re screwed.”

“It’s over, dude,” Mark added. “Titanic and Boogie Nights were a long time ago. I accept it. I had a good run and on to the next.”

DO YOU THINK Taylor Lautner will have a successful post-Twilight career?

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79 Responses to “Taylor Lautner: The Next Leo DiCaprio & Mark Wahlberg?”

  1. 1
    Wendy Says:

    The answer to your ending question is no.

  2. 2
    kiki Says:

    no one can come close to replicating dicaprio’s success. and certainly not taylor lautner. he’s average at best. only a commercial actor while dicaprio can do all types of roles. you compare leo’s roles at his age and there’s such a difference. taylor lautner could never do a “what’s eating gilbert grape”, “the aviator”, “this boy’s life” or “revolutionary road”

  3. 3
    megan Says:

    taylor lautner: the next LEO or MARKY-MARK?!

    No way in hell.

  4. 4
    disney Says:

    Next Orlando Bloom

  5. 5
    Stephanie Says:

    A successful post-Twilight career? Sure. Career success on par with that of DiCaprio and Wahlberg? In a word, no.

  6. 6
    What Says:

    Definitely NO

  7. 7
    Mia Says:

    Hahahahahahahahaha, seriously?

  8. 8
    Sounds like Says:

    What a big JOKE!

  9. 9
    Leo Says:

    I doubt it.

  10. 10
    laura Says:


  11. 11
    DK Says:

    The difference between Mark Wahlberg & Leo Dicaprio and Taylor Lautner is that two are Oscar-nominated actors and one is famous for being shirtless. Sure Lautner will have a career, but only because girls like how he looks. He’s not that great of an actor and won’t ever land any serious roles.

  12. 12
    mkelly Says:

    Ummmm…. NO!

  13. 13
    Laura Says:

    NOT AT ALL! Please, he is just another teenage crush. Come on! hell will freeze first.

  14. 14
    Betty Says:

    @DK: Mark started off as a rapper. He is a racist who was violent. So yeah, you can be famous no matter what. Taylor will never have the critical acclaim Leo does.

  15. 15
    Winter Says:

    In my opinion, the answer is No. He just doesn’t have the range that Mark and Leo has. Also, the whole Twilight thing seems to be phasing out, at least that’s what I hope.

  16. 16
    sourpatch575 Says:

    Leo has some ACTUAL talent and is actually SEXY! <3
    Mark is ALRIGHT I guess, but much better than that DOG!
    Taylor, your 15 minutes of fame and being naked are almost over! :D

  17. 17
    MKelley Says:

    Puh-lease! No Way Dude!

  18. 18
    Kiley Says:

    like everyone else has said, NO! Whether or not he is considered a heartthrob has nothing to do with the fact that Taylor’s acting skills are not even on par with Mark or Leo.

  19. 19
    Sarah Says:

    yes he will be!!

  20. 20
    No way! Says:

    NO, NO, NO, NO AND NO. Definitely not! This can only be a joke. Or Mark told the best joke of the last years or he was drunk, because… this comparison was ridiculous. ABSURD.

  21. 21
    WHAT?! NOPE! Says:

    Definitely not. Beautiful, ok. But no way the talent of Taylor compares with DiCaprio. Mark is also a good actor, but Leo is already one of the greatest of all time, and this is reality. And don’t say that he was also questioned after the Titanic, because he had already made ​​great films, like Gilbert Grape, This Boy Life, The Basketball Diaries (with Mark, that was amazing too), Total Eclipse, so… what’s my point? Leo never studied to be an actor, he was born with all the talent and before all the success of Titanic he made ​​great films. What Mark said or was a joke, or he was misunderstood or was drunk… because this comparison was really stupid! I never laughed so hard in all my life.

  22. 22
    Domino Says:

    While Mark and Leo were adorable through the ceremony, there is no way, no. They were just joking and being nice JJ, don’t take it so literally. They are handsome and talented, they have always been. This guy on the other hand will be lucky if he gets a job once those stupid vampire movies finish.

  23. 23
    True Says:

    Who ever said Mark could act – omg?? Leo only made it big because he befriended Martin S. Be real folks. Taylor is no talent but Leo/Mark – right place right time….

  24. 24
    anon Says:

    It depends on two things, if he plays his cards right (so far so good) and if he tales the craft of acting seriously and improves with every project he does. Then maybe… I also will add staying humble is a good virtue.

    Playing the cards right meaning getting advance money for things he didn’t even do yet just because he’s Taylor Lautner (that has happend ) and getting people like dicaprio and Wahlberg on your side. Also staying away from the Disney princesses. No dating those girls or singers who end up writing about you after a breakup. Keep the personal life clean.

    Wahlberg and DiCaprio are good but they were not the next Nicholson, Brando, Pacino, etc…You don’t have to be the next anybody. You have to be the best you.

  25. 25
    Just one question... Says:

    Had drink in this lunch?

  26. 26
    Ali Says:

    no way. odd looking; can’t act; short; no charisma.

  27. 27
    steve Says:

    Not if he keeps on doing chick flick films like Twilight. Problem with Hollywood is about looks even if one can’t act. He’s got a lot to prove. Take mature rolls and do away with teen movies.

  28. 28
    cute Says:

    Depending on the projects he may be a box office draw like Leo but a critically acclaimed actor? **shrugs** Nope.

  29. 29
    trala Says:

    Well, you know, Mark kind of gets on his high horse sometimes. Sure, he may feel like it’s getting hard to keep up with the muscles anymore, and I think the DiCaprio thing was just a little stab. Mark is kind of a working-class type personality, whereas DiCaprio is a bit more refined and posh, and Mark doesn’t naturally like that as much. I think that part was just a bit of a stab. Obviously, the Lautner kid does not have the range either Mark or DiCaprio does, nor the intelligence. He’s just a pup compared to those two.

    DiCaprio is being hailed as a great actor, I have a difficult time with that. I usually see him in roles where he lets his arteries pop out of his forehead and neck, and looks really serious and whether his life depends on it. I personally don’t see an enormous range to him, and I find his acting a bit forced. I did like him a lot in Gilbert Grape, I thought that was actually fantastic. But further I can’t recall ever being impressed anymore.

  30. 30
    tlfan Says:

    Umm, why all the hate? Why all the no, no, no, no!!??

    If super big & super talented mega stars like Mark & Leo could praise him, whether joking or not, why cant you? If they’re that big & they could compliment him like that, why is it that readers of this board must argue so strongly against it.

    Sure, he may not have shown serious acting so far, because all he’s been in is Twilight. How do you know he wont surprise you in other movies?

  31. 31
    Angela Says:

    @Betty: You’re right. If Mark can make it after his past….anyone can. I also think this post is kind of cruel. Mark was being friendly, kidding around and trying to start a thread to bring the kid down is not cool.

  32. 32
    VictoriaGirl Says:

    The next dicaprio/mark wahlberg? Are you serious Jared? This little douche cant act his way out of a paperbag. Dicaprio and Wahlberg are clearly better actors. This kid is not going to have a huge career like these 2.

  33. 33
    chantal Says:

    @Laura: and whats wrong with teeange cruch???

  34. 34
    What? Says:

    @trala Are you drunk? Forced acting? Has each movie critic here. I think you drank in the same cup that Mark… because you two are delirious.

  35. 35
    bryan Says:

    I think he will have an excellent carreer

  36. 36
    Elise Says:


  37. 37
    trala Says:

    Lautner is young, it’s just speculation at this point. But I think it’s fair to say that right now he’s kind of riding that Twilight wave still and adjusting to stardom. He’s not in any place in his career of really focusing and getting down with the acting work. He right now belongs to the ‘celeb’ actors that made it big on the back of a big movie, not on their own merit and reputation. It doesn’t mean that’s impossible, but having been in Twilight doesn’t make that likely or anything. He’ll have to really get in serious roles and build his skills, etc. The celeb thing isn’t going to do that for you.

    Wahlberg knows this, he was just talking. Plus I don’t think DiCaprio flattered Lautner about anything, I’m sure he finds himself much more handsome than Lautner, because if you hadn’t noticed yet DiCaprio is quite the ego. Which is why I suspect Wahlberg made that comment in the first place.

  38. 38
    fan Says:

    Many people don’t think Wahlberg is all that. If you want to see how he made it in Hollywood just start from episode 1 of Entourage which is his biography and he produced it.

  39. 39
    bibimandingo Says:

    no chance in hell he will be the next big star

    he can’t act, he looks odd, he may be gay

    so not a chance

  40. 40
    lynn Says:

    Leo started out as a teenage crush also. Some still think he’s Jack Dawson from Titanic.

  41. 41
    trala Says:

    Yes, forced acting. I have never truly enjoyed movies with DiCaprio in the leadroles. I don’t think it has anything to do with critical acclaim. When people make music, act, or do anything really, you always feels it comes from some place. That’s why you like some artists and don’t like others. But with DiCaprio I don’t even consider him to be a great craftsman at acting. I just really don’t, because he never seems to lose himself in the role. He tries, but he tries too hard. It does not feel natural to me. I don’t think that qualifies for ‘delirious’, it’s just a personal opinion.

  42. 42
    Alyssa Says:

    I think Taylor Lautner is a great actor but no one can replace Mark Wahlberg and Leonardo DiCaprio.

  43. 43
    lynn Says:

    Taylor Lautner: The Next Leo DiCaprio & Mark Wahlberg?

    Doesn’t make sense. He’s Taylor Lautner. He has an identity/image already. The question is who’s gonna be the next Taylor Lautner? He’s come a long way.

  44. 44
    Abbi Says:

    Am I the only one who is not taking this too serious and just think that what Mark said was funny?

  45. 45
    yes Says:


    In a weird way, I think it was Mark’s way of “welcoming” Taylor into the “club”. He’s arrived!

  46. 46
    Abbi Says:

    @yes: Exactly! And I thought it was done in Mark’s funny of humor, but still being sincere.

  47. 47
    Lilie Says:

    Damn, so much hate for nothing ! If you really despise that kid, just don’t bother wasting your time commenting huh ?! ;-) Or else.. you don’t hate him that much, or at least, you’re interested !
    Plus, why don’t you wait a little bit and see how he does after Twilight before killing him ? Have you ever watched Twilight in the first place or are you just “He came from that Twilight ****, of course he can’t act” ?
    I’m sure everybody will be surprised and in a few years, when he’ll be everywhere, thanks to all the good movies he made and thanks to his talent.. we’ll talk about it again !!! ;-)
    Oh.. and you’ll be surprised too to see that a lot of people (and not only screaming teeenagers) are, actually, really liking him, and not only for his 6-pack !

  48. 48
    sweetness Says:

    Exactly what was Mark Wahlberg doing as an actor at the age of 19. As I recalled Mark Wahlberg was a rapper…OMG! That made him the next Al Pacino, no…but now he’s “respected” as an actor. Oh btw, wasn’t Markie Mark famous for his abs and being Calvin Klein’s poster boy. Some of you are too young and foolish and ignorant to do some research. Mark was no Oscar winner but bit by bit, went from rapper poster boy to serious actor.

    therefore why can’t Taylor Lautner. Get over it…his name is out there and TL is not going to disappear. Accolades from Mark Wahlberg and attending this prestigious luncheon means he’s in this business for the long run. The kid is young but is Leo the only guy on the planet who can succeed at acting..please!

  49. 49
    agronnie Says:

    Publicity is key to having your name in the media, but longevity in the acting field depends on your passion, talent, and CONNECTIONS. Mr. Lautner’s acting future depends on HIS DECISIONS. The days of having a private, personal life are over, unless you want to quit this business. His personal relationships/appearances are carefully scripted and guarded. Lily Collins is a Beverly Hills-moneyed connection he has known for years and her texts report this. She is proof that actors can be MADE. HFPA’s luncheon in BEVERLY HILLS was a planned publicity stunt & appearance- for -charity- tax break. Wahlberg was jokingly referring to how fickle and how “youth-oriented” the film industry is AND this has always been the case.

  50. 50
    glue Says:

    walhberg’s a crook. and a racist, but hollywood loves those types.

  51. 51
    nina Says:

    @Angela: “trying to start a thread to bring the kid down is not cool.” noo hoo hoo… maybe he should drive around with his 200,000$ car and feel better! Puh-lease! He’s completely untalented and uncharismatic, he just got lucky with that movie franchise&if these comments are harsh.. well, he can afford a shrink if he can afford such a car..

  52. 52
    theleoanalyst Says:

    Are you crazy? Leo ist the biggest actor of our generation and one of the biggest of all time when he retires. He has and will continue to have an exceptional career. He gets all the best movie scripts, the hottest girl at their prime, the most commitment free lifestyle, …oh by the way. Mark had his best performance as an actor in a movie with Leo….

  53. 53
    k Says:

    He’d need some talent first.

  54. 54
    Shy Says:

    Ha-ha-ha… Taylor can not act. His face is not capable to show any emotions. What career? Pattinson has huge fanbase but all of his movies failed. Taylor doesn’t have any fanbase. After Twilight will be finished he will just vanish

  55. 55
    rocknmovies Says:

    Help! It would be the death of cinema. I can’t stand his smug mug and over muscly body.

  56. 56
    rocknmovies Says:

    Robert Pattinson’s movies didn’t fail. Water for Elephants is the highest grossing drama of 2011. And Remember Me did reasonably well.

  57. 57
    fhfkshkh Says:

    mark and leo can act, lautner can NOT

  58. 58
    Lika Says:

    are you kidding?! … NEVER !!!!!!!!!!

  59. 59
    Tom Says:

    More like the next big flop.

  60. 60
    Aoede Says:

    Lautner will be successful because American love to celebrate the mediocre. In fact, calling him mediocre is pushing it.

  61. 61
    ellie' Says:

    I also agree no one can do that movie over…people will see it..also no one can ever do over Cleopatra can never be Elizabeth Taylor nor Richard Burton..people will see it but wouldn’t be the same…

  62. 62
    Mari Says:

    Umh, I think not. Well, a new sort of Mark Wahlberg, since he isn’t really a great actor and his early career was solely based on his body and looks but a new DiCaprio? No, I might not be a DiCaprio fan but even I admit that he is a good actor.

    I can’t picture TL in movies like Gilbert Grape or Inception.

  63. 63
    dayum Says:

    I’m so sure, today is not april fool’s day.

  64. 64
    jaye Says:

    I don’t see it.

  65. 65
    aara Says:

    Joke post?

  66. 66
    mia Says:

    hahahahahahahha Yah in Taylor’s dreams will he ever be better then Leo or Mark.. taylors brain isnt quiet there and he looks like a porkupine!!!!!He needs a nose job as well..

  67. 67
    alejandra Says:

    mmm no, he won´t

  68. 68
    aquarius64 Says:

    @agronnie: agronnie, how have you been? Check my posting on the E! board with Ted’s ***** back. A major gossip site has finally challenged the TL/LC “romance”! Someone asked if TL was going to see her on SW set. Ted answered it’s odd that he hasn’t been on the set (but she lived on the Breaking Dawn set. Last part was not his answer. ) It seems Lily is the one that is pushing the relay publicity if she’s putting out her texts. She’s the one (or her PR team) that bragged on seeing TL on BD set. BTW how are you getting her texts? Is she putting them out on her Twitter acct or FB page? Geez, he needs to re-think this girl. Lily gives me the impression she won’t stick around if Lautner experiences a reversal of fortune. If God forbid he gets in trouble with the law she’ll drop him like a bad habit. But as you said, it’s his decision.

  69. 69
    some Says:

    if we compare leo’s facewhen he was 20 yr old like taylor, leo is so so so beauty more! when i was looking at taylor before, i felt somehow he is look like mardk wah. when he was 20 yr old! and about acting ,as i know nobody can be leo or better than him in his generation or younger than him; it’s obvious when we are watching leo’s movies even when he was so young ! i don’t know why mark said that maybe he just wanted to encourage taylor as a young boy!

  70. 70
    vinz Says:

    kiss it ………….u aalll………who sys no……..cuz hez jus so young………..nothin 2 compare……….long wy to go for taylorr……….luv uuu…..!!!

  71. 71
    Iscia Says:

    Hey Aquariusssssssssssssssssssss what? tell me more pleaseeee.

  72. 72
    Sue Denim Says:

    Some of you guys are so ridiculous. He was clearly joking and there’s nothing wrong with paying someone a compliment. Of all the weirdos in Twilight, Taylor seems like a really sweet kid. He may not be the best actor and I may not be a fan but at least he works hard and keeps out of trouble. I don’t get the hate.

  73. 73
    Sue Denim Says:

    Perfect comment.
    I don’t understand why people are so furious. I doubt when Leo blew up in Twilight that anyone was taking him seriously at all.

  74. 74
    aquarius64 Says:

    @Iscia: Hey Iscla, long time no see. Check the E! board b______ back to see what I mean.

  75. 75
    agronnie Says:

    @aquarius64, Just fine thank you and read your posting on the E! board. As mentioned, LC’s hired one of the best agencies/publicists to keep her locations VERY quiet & her comments very benign, but her “fashion” photos and appearances are at the most current, prestigious events. Snow White is a big, serious role for her, with TL to help gain more media coverage. Interestingly, there was a publicist who quit working for TL right after BD’s move to Vancouver. Recently, TL participated at HFPA’s event in BevHills – LC’s neighborhood. He has a top agency grooming him and Summit/Temple Hill are co producers of Abduction = big $$. Watch and see what happens on the 21st in Australia when TL arrives for Abduction and who is with him. All TeenChoice Award names have common connections. No communication type is very secure – PPL talk. There have been & always will be ppl on the sets who “blog” or tweet. I wonder where he parks that Mercedes SLS AMG? anyone?

  76. 76
    aquarius64 Says:

    @agronnie: That Space Shuttle he bought is at his parents. The E article questioned why he’s not at the SW set. Some tweet should have alleged he was there. Again tweets can be made up, back it up with photos.

  77. 77
    agronnie Says:

    @aquarius64 “…back it up with photos.” ?? Same to you – where are the pics of this car at his parents’ home? Where is this home now? There are no photos/info that proves he lives with his parents and recently, he said that he is looking for a place which translates to me that he already has a place. Good chance that it is in Beverly Hills.

  78. 78
    Iscia Says:

    @Agronnie, @aquarius64, it feels like there is nothing between them.(don’t know) Taylor Lautner acts weirdly the past few days…

  79. 79
    Amber Says:

    He does have the potential. I for one look behind that pretty face evryone judges him on. You have those that only like him for his face and those that say he wont make it becouse a pretty face is all he has. I disagree, Though I do enjoy twilight I dont take it siriously. The movies are fun but not amazing but just becouse the story isnt doesnt mean the actorsn arent. I think Taylor had Jacob black spot on. I think he can make it big an not only becouse of his looks. He works hard and actually has talent.
    For not having any big prizes yet he is young. Give him a few more years and only than can we really see if he has grown as an actor and will make it big or not.

    All we can do is wait and see really. All Im saying is dont rule him out just yet. I for one take 2 of my fave actors (leo and mark) siriously They obviously do like him and see something in him so if they can why shouldnt we? I trust and respect their thoughts and Taylors hard work.

    People stop judging Taylor by his looks (may it be positive ore negative). If there is something an actor dislikes its to be loved hated or judged only for their looks. Its becouse of that some very good looking guys who where also great/fine/good actors gave up on acting on the big screen becouse people would only judge them by those looks. Ask Brad pitt Jonny depp etc all pretty boys of the past they all made it 2 and all of them disliked the ”pretty boy” thing and loved getting apploaded for their work instead.

    Good looks are more a curse than a gift for actors and they prefer to make it with using that ‘gift” as few times as possible.

    (ps: sorry for any typo’s Im dyslexic)

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