Robert Pattinson talks about Twilight finale
November 15, 2012
THIS week, the final instalment of the third part of Stephanie Meyer’s gripping Twilight saga hits cinemas.
Will Bella survive as a vampire? What will become of her and Edward’s baby?
Here, Robert Pattinson talks Breaking Dawn Part Two, the end of Twilight and what plans he has next.
Q: Now that it’s finally over, what was the most touching moment for you in the series and perhaps the hardest one, too?
RP: There was a bit in the first one, just when Bella is in the hospital, and she says, ‘Don’t ever leave me again,’ and I say, ‘Where am I going to go?’ or something like that, and I still think that’s kind of my favourite scene in it. Mainly because it was so different from what happened after it, and we made up the lines there and then; that’s how different the shoot was.
Like every movie afterwards, the idea of making up lines is kind of unheard of. And so I loved that bit. The hardest scene was probably the birth scene in the first part of this film, mainly because it was hilarious, and it was supposed to be really serious. And there was one shot where we had to look directly into the camera, and I was crying with laughter. I was trying to stop tears from coming out of my eyes, and it looks like I’m crying in the scene. I’m not supposed to be able to cry as a vampire but I’m crying because I was laughing.
Q: Is it cool to see Kristen play a vampire? She’s sexy and not clumsy anymore…
RP: I listened to Taylor (Lautner) at Comi-Con talking about the clumsy thing, and I thought, was she clumsy? Everyone always talked about the clumsiness but I never understood it. It’s always the aspect of young female characters, like what’s supposed to be unattractive about them when they are clearly not unattractive? But I’ve never met a genuinely clumsy person or noticed someone who is like handicapped by being so clumsy.
Q: Do you think you have the quality of a timeless gentlemen?
RP: I don’t know, I guess I’m relatively sensitive. Also, I had two older sisters so I grew up with lots of girls and I guess I kind of have a different mentality because of that. And I never really played any team sports or anything, so I guess all those things add up to that. But yeah, I mean, I don’t know why, I’m not getting cast as them anymore.
Q: Do you like that type of character?
RP: Yeah, sometimes, sometimes it’s really nice. I was watching Water for Elephants on TV the other day, because it’s got to the point where it’s far enough away and I don’t even recognise myself, and I just thought it was really sweet. It’s like an old-fashioned movie and it is quite fun playing it.
When you are doing it, it’s kind of annoying, because my instincts want to go to the absolute extremist possible place and you know that this person would never do that. Most of the characters I play are kind people, which is quite nice because people aren’t genuinely very kind.
Q: So do you have this sort of urge now to do something, play the mean guy, or play the meathead?
RP: I kind of always did that up until Twilight. Like, apart from Harry Potter, every part I played was always kind of weird. But I don’t know, I find random things. The movie I’m doing next is me playing a real guy, an interrogator and he’s not particularly weird or anything.
Q: What is your next project?
RP: It’s about the guy who found Saddam Hussein. It’s a military interrogator, based on this guy called Eric Maddox. It’s this crazy story, but he just talked to about 250 people, none of whom were on any of the US Army’s Wanted Lists, and found Saddam Hussein when no one even knew he was in Iraq. So it was an interesting story.
Q: You said you just watched Water for Elephants. How do you feel when you watch your own movies? Does it always take a while for you to separate yourself?
RP: Yeah, a couple of years at least. But I really like the first Twilight movie now, because it’s on TV constantly, so I’ve seen it like six times. I remember watching it the first time at the premiere and I had to leave. I watched Cosmopolis and because it’s so kind of stylised I found that not too hard to watch.
Q: What do you think about when you watch yourself in movies?
RP: I don’t really know what I’m doing when I’m doing it. I find a lot of the time it’s like tossing a coin and maybe something comes out good when you are doing it, even in the scene. I don’t understand these actors, who can consistently turn up to work and just be in acting mode and just be really good all the time.
I can literally walk on to a set and have absolutely no idea. I’ve done all of my preparation or whatever and I still have no idea what’s going to happen until I open my mouth. I can also feel that something went terribly, when it’s the best scene in the movie or whatever.
Q: How were your action-chops in the final battle?
RP: I’m all right at doing it. It’s not like real fighting; you don’t really have to be that fit. You have to kind of be quite flaily, and I’m quite like mal-coordinated, and I’m quite gangly, so it’s easy for me to do. If you are throwing a punch, you throw a punch and it’s so huge. Whereas most people, who actually box a lot or fight properly, are so used to keeping it tight and it feels so fake to them. So I find that kind of stuff quite easy, and can do it in one or two takes.
Everyone else, who was really physically fit, has to do like ten. The only annoying thing is the wire stuff, but I never see anyone who’s good at anything on a wire. It is always through the operator. If you get a good wire team, then you will look good.
Q: Were you scared by the wire work?
RP: Most of the time you were just so tired the whole time so were just going through the motions. Also it has a lot to do with the shot. Most people think that you can set up an action sequence and then just go, ‘Oh, let’s just do it on wires’, and it’s like, well everyone is going to be able to see that it’s a wire and then it’s boring. It’s funny, all this obsession with effects. People spend like $20 million ON CG and it’s like, ‘Cool, it looks like a video game! Well done!’
Q: Do you have a memento from the set?
RP: I have almost every costume from the first one, because I was wearing that stuff for about two years afterwards. I had these jeans, which I kept. I literally bought all these clothes and then got the company to pay me back on the first one. You could do anything on the first movie, it was crazy. I was stuck in Vancouver getting my Visa by myself. I started just borrowing my costumes and I kept them all for years afterwards.
And the funny thing was, I had all these things from the first one, where I was wearing independent little labels from like cool shops in Vancouver, and then by the last one, the more and more money that became involved, there would be these contracts with clothes companies and so if you look at the last one, every single vampire is wearing G Star or Belstaff, no matter which side they are on. It’s crazy. And they all have the label on the side as well.
Q: After all these years, being in this whole Twilight thing, what will you miss the most?
RP: There is something incredibly familiar and nice about it and normally when you turn up on a movie set it’s like the first day of school every time you start, but when you know people, it’s pretty nice.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part Two is released in cinemas on Friday, certificate 12A.