Shirtless and fierce
As Alex Meraz also revealed a couple of days ago, the members of the wolf pack would spend most of “New Moon” without their shirts on account of the fact that werewolves have a higher body temperature, as fans who have read the Stephanie Meyer novels must already know. Given this, it’s only understandable that the first promo shot for the film with the wolf pack members also showed them without their shirt on.
“Unlike cold-blooded neck biters, these poster guys for animal magnetism are hot. So hot that their temperature runs a steady 108 degrees.” USA Today says in the piece accompanying the photo. “Four actors–-Chaske Spencer, Alex Meraz, Kiowa Gordon and Bronson Pelletier, all with Native American heritage-–join Taylor Lautner, 17, who returns as a hairier, scarier Jacob Black.
The next question is..."shirtless and fierce"? That's how they're promoting the Native actors? Why not add some feathers and warpaint to complete the picture?
I'm of two minds about about this development. On the one hand, it's good to promote Native actors as sex symbols. On the other hand, it's bad to promote them as half-naked beast-men--i.e., savages. Ideally, movies would feature half-naked Indians in more modern roles--e.g., as construction workers, lifeguards, or masseurs like John Redcorn.
Anyway, I look forward to the part where the Wolf Pack members prove they're not just mindless pretty boys. That is, when they solve problems with brains rather than brawn. When their fangs and claws are incidental to, not central to, their characters.
For more on the subject, see Quileute Werewolves in Twilight.
Below: "Look out, Twilight fans! We're coming to ravish you! Grrr!"