I have to admit I let out a little squeal (just a little one) when I saw this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly. There in glorious color was Edward, Bella and their new daughter, Renesmee.
Only tidbits of information have leaked about the final Twilight movie, and even scarcer photographs. The trailer that was released with the Hunger Games could have been better referred to as ‘the teaser to the teaser’! So, seeing a whole 6 pages devoted to the film with new photos was, well…”Give me that magazine NOW!” exciting.
To the fans of the book, be prepared that it looks like director, Bill Condon, and co, have taken some creative license with Renesmee’s age. In the book, she is described more of a toddler while in the movie, she is much older. Played by 11-year old, Mackenzie Foy, Condon admits that he chose her on a gut feeling. It wasn’t until they started working with her that they realized how rather spookily she resembles both Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson! “Even our hands look similar,” Stewart says. “It was kind of strange…” Condon says that it went beyond their appearances. “They were amazing with her,” he raves. “It really brought something paternal out in Rob, and Kristen was especially protective. I’d have to interrupt them when they were in deep conversation to get going with a scene.”
Of course, having a child on set meant that some of the cast’s (who are all around the same age) behavior had to be curbed. Like swearing. Pattinson says that, “She had a little swear jar, and I think she made 850 bucks or something.” Stewart, now known for her more ‘casual’ speech, laughs and admits that a lot of it probably came from her.
While fans have been eagerly waiting to meet Renesmee, they have also been eagerly awaiting to see Bella become a vampire. Bill Condon was amazed at how well Kristen pulled her off transformation from “clumsy teenage Bella” to this “super-sexy”, “fierce warrior” Bella. “I don’t think you can grasp how major an achievement it is until you see it,” he says.
Stewart says that it was years of watching her castmates play vampires that helped her decide how to play Vampire Bella. “But I wanted her to be the best one.” But performing in high-heels during action heavy scenes was not easy. Especially for an actress who brings a pair of Nikes to change into at every red carpet event she attends! But still, she did manage to locate that kind of supernatural grace now inherent in Vampire Bella that Stewart readily admits “does not actually exist” in herself.
As for Team Jacob? Well, the article has something for them too (I’m Team Edward myself). Fans would, of course, know that Jacob has ‘imprinted’ on Renesmee, discovering her as his soul mate. At first uncomfortable with the notion of being in a love with a child, Taylor Lautner talked with author, Stephenie Meyer, at length and dove back into the books to get his mind wrapped around the metaphysical mechanics of it all. “Everyone likes to tease me about it,” he says, “…but it’s important for me to keep in my mind that it’s as simple as a lifelong bond. It’s not nearly as creepy as everyone likes to joke.” Still, certain cast members aren’t giving up the opportunity to give him grief over it! Namely, Robert Pattinson. “The first scene I saw them together, I literally could not stop laughing. I wouldn’t have been able to do it.”
Now that Jacob doesn’t have to deal with his unrequited feelings for Bella, it offered Lautner a chance to be more “relaxed and comedic.” He says, “For me, Part 2 is so great because it’s a completely different side of Jacob that we’ve never seen before.”
With the love triangle resolved, the three leads find themselves against a common enemy, the Volturi. The confrontation between them and the Cullen clan, who also have the werewolves and a host of vampire friends from around the world behind them, provide the epic conclusion to the Twilight Saga. But filming the climax was a nightmare for the cast. “Everyone started to go absolutely insane,” Stewart admits, laughing. “It moves so quickly in the movie, but it took so long to film!” With so many lines of dialogue, so many characters and so many storylines involved, it was no wonder that the cast found filming hellish. Not to mention working with fake snow that got under their contacts and into their lungs! But they rallied because they knew that it was a “big deal to really bring it to the high point it deserves.”
But how do you really end a series that spawned a phenomenon? Well, Bill Condon seemed to have that sewn up. “Bill decided to do this really f—ing amazing thing at the very end,” Stewart says. “The fans are going to go nuts.” Pattinson also found himself surprisingly moved. “The end is so sweet. There’s this nice finality to it…It does serious justice to the series.”
What it was, we’ll have to wait to see. Countdown to November 16…starting now!
By Jenny Aluning with help from article by Sara Vilkomerson – Entertainment Weekly
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