"Reliable insider sources, who preferred to stay anonymous, state Taylor Lautner's Agent, was overheard in commenting during a conversation regarding Taylor Lautner's Native American heritage, "Well, we had to work around that. We had to fudge it. No one will know the difference."Other sources such as Carol Levine over at nativevue.org also refute Taylor's Native heritage, and have expressed outrage over the hiring of a non-Native American for the role of Jacob Black -- though not necessarily towards Taylor himself of course!
Unfortunately, the quiet controversy surrounding Twilight is hardly new to Hollywood; As Levine points out, the recent film 21, which told the true story of MIT's blackjack team, conveniently altered the fact that the math wizards who bested the Vegas casinos were all Asian. Disappointingly, Jim Sturgess & Kate Bosworth, both of whom I admire very much as actors, took on the lead roles in that film. Is Hollywood to blame, or is Hollywood merely a reflection of the public's general preferences and prejudices?
So what exactly did Taylor Lautner claim his Native Heritage is? In a MTV interview, Taylor once stated, "I am part Native American. We learned that through [preparing for] this film. I'm French, Dutch and German, and on my mother's side, she has some Potawatomi and Ottawa Indian in her."