The countdown to The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 continues. Current status? 97 days to go.
Much has been written about how the promotional tour will go because of the storm now engulfing Pattinson, Stewart — and to a lesser extent Liberty Ross and Snow White and The Huntsman director Rupert Sanders — but the truth is no-one really knows.
Handled right, it could be a surprise breeze. If not, a train wreck. Or anything in between. It all depends on what happens between Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart from here on out.
In Entertainment Weekly’s latest Fall Movie Preview issue, Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner talk on-set fun, new endings and what they took from the Twilight experience. Oh, and there are a bunch of new stills too.
Given that EW’s chat with the trio was at this year’s Comic-Con and before the present firestorm, the interview works on a couple of levels. According to EW, the group were relaxed and playful during the interview. Happy but also reflective.
Asked in a separate Q and A how she felt about the approaching finish line, multi-million selling author Stephenie Meyer said,
“I’ve been holding off the sadness but it’s starting to get to me. I miss everyone – Kristen, Taylor and Rob. I’m used to seeing them everyday.”
Interesting reveals followed from the big three.
For Lautner, what “stuck” with him from the Saga experience was, “how passionate and persistent Jacob is about what he loves and what he wants.”
“It’s strange,” Pattinson said, reflecting on his character Edward. “All through the series it’s like ‘Hey this guy is trying to be sensible! Let’s think this thing out,’ And everyone is like, ‘F*k you!’”
Pressed by Stewart to go deeper the Brit said, “Don’t be pragmatic. Be an emotional idiot.”
When it came to her turn, Stewart talked about life in the glare of uber fame. “I’ve never been able to fully form this thing, this persona that some people are so f*ing good at.”
“I don’t want anyone leaving and saying ‘God, that girl is so fake.’ People tell me to make it easier on myself and to play a character when I go on carpets and stuff […] But you know what? I’d rather be me.”
Lighter relief comes when talk turns to Chuckesmee. The mechanical substitute for Renesmee — Edward and Bella’s preternaturally fast-growing daughter — who didn’t make it into the film or the DVD extras. Named “that robot-baby” by Pattinson and “that thing” by Lautner, director Bill Condon joked,
“It was a horror show! There was one shot where I call ‘Cut!’ and suddenly she turns her head and mechanically stared into the camera. It was incredibly disturbing.”
But what about those much talked about changes?
One alteration already known about is Breaking Dawn – Part 2′s big battle scene. In the film it actually happens, in the book it doesn’t. But the ending, re-imagined by Meyer and screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg, remains a secret.
In the book, last scenes see Bella telepathically ‘showing’ Edward their shared experience but from her point of view, to finally show him how true their love is. So the question is: How far off that ending will the last installment push it?
In EW’s interview Pattinson — intriguingly — says,
“When I first read the script I got to that part and was like, ‘What?’ And then I had to go back a page.” Then, “it does it a serious justice.”
And back in May producer Wyck Godfrey promised,
“For those that have followed these movies from the beginning to end … there’s a great final moment where you do get to kind of relive the entire experience, and I think that’ll be something fans can look forward to.”
So that doesn’t sound too far off the book ending.
Whatever the denouement turns out to be, the actors who get to bring it to life seem more than satisfied.
“The very end of the movie [...] it’s very, very sentimental,” says Pattinson, “but I didn’t expect myself to react the way I did to it. […] Bill Condon did this amazing ending which is so sweet and anyone who’s had any kind of investment in this series, you can’t help but get emotional about it.”
“It’s clearly made by someone who really likes, really cares [about the Saga],” the actress said. “That’s why Bill Condon is perfect. Thank God for him.”
Somewhat presciently, at one point in EW’s issue Pattinson says,
“Your whole life is becoming part of the performance. People watch a character through a prism of how they perceive you in public.”
Word for word.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 hits theaters on November 16.