We know you’ve been waiting to hear what Edward Cullen himself has to say about his latest film so here’s our Robert Pattinson interview for The Twilight Saga: New Moon. We attended a press conference for the movie, and Pattinson spoke about everything from his take on Edward, to the future of his career, and the difference between falling in love on and off camera.
If you’re too lazy to read the edited version of the press conference below, you can listen to full press audio here (you might want to skip to about a minute in when he starts talking).
What were your thoughts on filming the scene where you reveal yourself in the sunlight?
Robert Pattinson: I just came to a realization about that scene today. It was one of the closest moments I really felt to people’s like emotional attachment to the character. I think because there were so many extras there who were just Twilight fans who had flown in to be in the Town Square and just taking that step off, that one step into the light — it’s been the one moment since the first Comic-Con where I felt the whole weight of anticipation and responsibility as well. All the people there were so obsessed with the stories. It was a good moment. It was very nerve-racking. I felt the most in character I’ve ever felt throughout the whole series at that moment.
Can you talk about working with Chris Weitz this time around? And if the massive syllabus he gave out helped you?
RP: When he gave [the syllabus] out, it was just such, I mean, I’ve never had that from any director. It was like 40-50 pages long, this thing. This is in addition to a bunch of letters, e-mails, and everything; trying to show that he’s on the same page as us and completely with us in making the film. He didn’t falter from that out shoot throughout the whole movie. It probably sounds ridiculous how much praise this guy gets just with his wife and Japan, and she was even kind of sick of it, but he is a saint. He’s one of the best people I’ve ever met — directors. I think in a lot of ways it shows in the movie; especially for a sequel in the franchise. He’s just a great person to work with.
Did you wish you were in this film more? Or was it a nice getting to appear as an apparition?
RP: Those scenes were the hardest scenes. They weren’t really at the time, but when I saw the first cut of the movie, I was like, I need to — we’ve changed it quite a bit in the edits and ADR and stuff. It’s not Edward who you’re playing, it’s like a manifestation of Bella’s loneliness and desperation. It was always very difficult. I was trying to ask Kristen, how would you play it because it was her opinion. I guess that was hard. As for being alone, I think I’ve always felt a little bit aloof as the character throughout the whole series. I think that’s how he kind of is.
Are you more comfortable now with the whole Twilight phenomena?
RP: It’s inevitable that you become more comfortable. You still fight against some things. The franchise itself, there’s nothing really scary about it. I like the people I work with. I generally have few disagreements about the script or anything, especially in New Moon. It just seemed so relaxed and easy. I’ve been on three different sets since January 14, I mean, I’ve had like three days off. I’m going to be on set all next year. As for getting errands and all that, I don’t really know what that is like. I still don’t know how it has changed. I still feel pretty much exactly the same, which is probably not a good thing.
Talk about the scene where you were breaking up with Bella?
RP: It’s a strange — One of the main things that really helped, was people’s anticipation of the movie and fans of the series idea about what Bella and Edward’s relationship is, and what it represents to them. Some kind of ideal for a relationship. So just playing a scene where you’re breaking up the ideal relationship, I felt a lot of the weight behind that and it also took away your fear of melodrama because it felt seismic, if that’s the right word. Even when we were doing it, it was very much like the stepping out into the sunlight scene, it felt, you could really feel the audience watching as you were doing it. It was a strange one to do that.
You say you haven’t noticed how things have changed because you’ve been so busy. One thing this movie has done is make you a bankable leading man. Where do you want to be five years from now?
RP: I don’t know. I’ve only done one movie outside of the series, Remember Me, which is going to be outside sometime next year, but even that I did with the same studio. I’m still a little bit blind as to how or what my actual economic liability is outside of the series. It’s obviously different. You get offered stuff that you never dreamed of getting offered before, but that’s also scary as well because you don’t have to audition for anything and it’s like well I don’t want to make a movie just because it gets me. It’s a scary situation to me in a lot of ways. You have to question yourself a lot more. Before Twilight I did any movie that I got and you try to make the best of it afterwards. Now, your expected to come into the movie and provide, not only economic liability, but also performance as well. People are like, “You can’t just mess around, we’re imploring you to be a star and an actor.” It’s difficult and it’s scary.
Isn’t that what you dreamed about when you started in the business?
RP: You do. When you haven’t got a big movie behind you and you’re not bankable then everyone’s like, “You’re not bankable and so you can’t get the roles that you want to get.” And then when you do, you have to, especially with a movie like this where there’s a perceived specific audience, which figured people were quite confused about as well, but people start thinking that you need to get in this audience and this and that, you need to look a certain way. So there are some limitations as well, where as when no one’s watching your movies and you get a part, you can do whatever the hell you want. That’s the way it is. It’s good either way.
Love is a such a major role in this film. How do you separate falling in love in real life?
RP: You always have to remember that you’re being paid. [Laughs] There’s a lot of connotations that come with that. [Laughs] I think that’s one of the major separations.
What personality traits do you share with Edward?
RP: Stubbornness in some ways about some things. He’s pretty self-righteous. I guess I could get possessive about certain things, obsessive as well, I think.
Obsessive or possessive about what? Your privacy?
RP: In some ways. I mean, what am I obsessive about? I have very, very specific ideas about how I want to do my work and how I want to be perceived. To the point of ridiculousness sometimes. I don’t listen to anyone else. That’s why I don’t have a publicist or anything else. I can’t stand it if someone was trying to tell me to do something, which is probably a mistake sometimes. I like being meticulous and it’s quite difficult as an actor to have that much control. That’s the good thing about the Twilight series because it does give you a lot more control over tidily little things.
Do you appreciate Edward more with each movie?
RP: Yeah it’s funny about New Moon because when I read New Moon, it gave me ideas about how to play the first one and it kind of, it’s the one I connected to the most and the one that humanized Edward for me the most. In the first one he still doesn’t remain an idealistic character, but in the second one he makes a mistake that’s acknowledged by everybody, including himself. He’s totally undermined by more powerful creatures and he’s undermined emotionally by people as well and I think that’s what humanized it. Since I’ve read that book I’ve always kind of liked him as a character and I tried to play that same feeling throughout the first one and after the third one as well, trying to get some elements of — powerful person. The kind of hero of the story who just refuses to accept that he’s the hero. I think it’s kind of admirable.
Do you agree with the decision to make Edward appear as a vision as opposed to just a voice?
RP: There were certain random moments which stand out. Generally, you’re working so much that — this year I’ve been working so much that you’re living almost an alternative reality, also because hours on our film set are so long that you’re doing like doctor hours and every doctor I’ve ever spoken to says the same thing. Specifically, you’re away from your family and friends, all that stuff. As for the apparitions thing — I was always very worried about that because even before we started shooting people were asking questions, “Oh you think people are going to be worried about not having enough Edward in it and blah, blah.” It’s not in the book. And I was so worried that it was just going to be random scenes, and there was talk at the beginning of showing his back story in South America by going around, moping. That would have been terrifying for me, and I think it would have been catastrophic for the film as well. I fought as much as I could to keep it as limited as possible mainly because it just doesn’t happen in the book. At the same time it’s scary just to do a voice over because it could wind up being very cheesy. It was interesting when they said, because you’re not just there, you’re suppose to be playing something, whether I achieved it or not, to play this vision, and if you play it as realistically as possible then it becomes an interesting thing to try to figure out. It was interesting for me at the time.
How do you fight?
RP: I just talked to Chris. He wasn’t just going to do things for the sake of doing it, he was always on the side of story. Since it’s been edited, there’s been loads and loads of the apparition sequences cut out and a lot of them Chris cut out without me saying. Things look more interesting, things look more mystical. If you cut out more shots, it becomes more eery and more realistic. The less of these visions you have and the less — just having these head on shots, it doesn’t become a vision, it because a superimposed image.
Obviously you’re beloved as Edward, but with this movie Team Jacob is going to grow. Talk about the developing love triangle and what it was like watching Taylor Lautner transform physically.
RP: I didn’t see Taylor until just a little bit before we started shooting. And so when he came back I had the same reaction as everybody else, “Now I have to go to the gym.” I hardly did any scenes with Taylor. We just did the scenes at the beginning and at the end. And he had his entire story line developed without me being around, which is interesting because I had no idea where his performance was going. It wasn’t really a competition or anything. It was all so independent where as in Eclipse, later, we’re doing scenes together all the time, with Bella. It really shows the dynamic all the time.
Can you reveal something crazy that’s happened with a fan? Something that just cracked you up?
RP: Recently I’ve had less direct interaction with people because people are so — there’s way more security on set, but I always find it funny when older people come up. Like there was a women who came up to me the other day, who must have been like in her 90s. It’s very unusual and they say exactly the same thing as 12-year-old girls. That is kind of bizarre.
You’re obviously in the spotlight a lot. What’s the weirdest or funniest thing you’ve ever read or heard about yourself?
RP: Some magazine had on the cover that I was pregnant. I was like wow, but without a hint of irony or anything. I didn’t know what to make of that one. I don’t even think that qualifies as libelous because they can say, well it’s obviously fiction, but it’s printed in a non-fiction magazine. [Laughs]
And also how do you maintain the balance of letting your fans and the public know who you are outside of Edward, but also keeping your private life, private?
RP: I think you just do it through doing jobs. I think it’s such a risky think doing interviews, I try and limit the amount of interviews because no one is that interesting. Especially when you’re not really saying anything. I don’t want to be a character in society so I guess the only thing you can do is jobs and see if people respond to that. I’m always tolerant of the fact that I don’t really know who I am and hopefully I won’t compartmentalize myself because of that. I’m completely ignorant of the whole thing. I’ve never really struggled with anything up until recently. I’ve got to start being so self-depreciating because people are stating to believe it. Their thinking, that guy is an idiot. I’ve tried to stop doing that.
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