Twilight Sage: Eclipse - Robert Pattinson
Robert Pattinson © Summit

The phenomenon, The Twilight Saga, continues on June 30, when Eclipse opens for the July 4th weekend.

In the third movie, based on Stephenie Meyer’s successful novels, which have sold 100,000 million copies, Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) once again finds herself surrounded by danger when Seattle is ravaged by mysterious killings. And in the midst of that she also is forced to choose between her love for vampire, Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), and her friendship with werewolf, Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner).

At the press junket for the movie, Robert Pattinson spoke of the extraordinary success of the films, and how Edward has evolved through them.

Edward is considered a romantic hero, but he is also very possessive. How do you think Edward has changed throughout the films?

Twilight Sage: Eclipse - Taylor Lautner, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson
Taylor Lautner, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson © Summit

In the first two movies, he feels desolation from reality, so when he finds one thing to hold onto, that’s where the possessiveness comes from. I think, as the series goes on, he accepts more of the contemporary world.

All the things that were deemed to be flawed before start fading away, and that’s how I’m trying to play him. He’s coming out of his shell a little bit in Eclipse, so hopefully, by the end of Breaking Dawn, he’ll be a normal 17-year-old guy, who’s just a little bit pale!

What’s the one part of your costume that always transforms you into character?

Probably the contact lenses. They make me miserable, as soon as I put them in. That’s what creates the pouting and brooding character.

Did you have to learn anything new for Eclipse?

I guess I had to learn how to run properly. In the last two, I ran in a limp/skip, and I had to look like I could run more solidly this time. So, I spent a lot of time on a giant treadmill, like one of those wheels mice run around on, and got filmed doing it to improve my form.

Have you ever competed for a woman with another guy, the way Edward does with Jacob?

No, I haven’t. I’m not good at doing it. I just leave it alone. And also, if you are the one with the girl in the first place, maybe you’re forced into fighting a little bit. But, I would never be in Jacob’s position. Then, you’re just the guy that broke up the couple.

What was it like to work more closely with Taylor Lautner this time around?

Twilight Sage: Eclipse - Taylor Lautner and Robert Pattinson
Taylor Lautner and Robert Pattinson © Summit

It was good because I never do anything with anyone but Kristen, except for brief (scenes). But, it’s about letting Edward have petty emotions, like being jealous of Jacob and not being able to control himself around him because he gets under his skin so much. It became much easier to play much bigger scopes of emotion, once you let someone else get through your armor. So, doing that with Taylor was great. He’s really good, too.

What was the hardest scene for you to do?

[We did a scene in a tent] and the first time we did it I was really freaking out. I don’t know why. I think it had to do with claustrophobia because we were actually shooting in a tent. I just couldn’t get it together. I kept forgetting my lines, and I was so nervous. I just wanted to punch anyone who was near me.

We did about three takes, and Kristen was supposed to be asleep on the floor, and she saw that I was freaking out. Half-way through the take, she suddenly opened her eyes and was just staring at me and kept trying to make me laugh, through the entire take.

It’s the most serious scene in the whole movie. I just wanted to strangle her for the first two seconds, but then I could not stop laughing, the entire time. We got literally one take where it went right, and it was because of that.

Do you believe in having a soul, like Edward does?

Yeah, definitely. I can’t remember who said it, but a soul and a heaven must exist because good people aren’t rewarded enough on Earth. I always liked that idea, if that makes sense.

Since you’ve had a new director with each film, do you have to explain to each director about the character?

It’s interesting. With the first Twilight film, everyone had very specific ideas and everyone was butting heads the entire time. Then, when Chris Weitz came in for New Moon, he basically came in with the opinion that he liked the first one and he liked what the actors were doing, so he just followed along that road.

Then, when David Slade came, he was like, ‘I want to do everything completely different and not like the first two.’ So, we talked about the character development and consistency from the two, and he was like, ’It doesn’t matter, let’s just do something completely different,’ which is good because then it’s challenging.

It’s easy to get stagnate, if you play the same character. In New Moon, I felt like I was going a little bit deeper. And then, with Eclipse, I felt like I was doing a completely different movie and a completely different character. So, yeah, it was nice and challenging.

What would you say to someone who is wondering whether or not they should go see this movie?

I don’t know what to say to people. It’s become so big. It’s become part of the cultural environment. For the first and second one, I knew exactly what to say to people. If you don’t know what the story is by now, then you’ve probably never been to the cinema before. How about, ‘Why not go to the cinema for once?’ I don’t know.

If you’re a fan of it, there are a lot of things that play into what the fans of the series want.

If you’ve never seen them before, a lot of people who have seen it tell me that it’s the most accessible of the three.

It’s a solid story, by itself, and it’s more of an action film.

We will be back with Robert on Friday (June 18, 2010) when he will be telling us more on the new film


Judy Sloane

Judy is Film Review Online's regular Los Angeles based reporter.

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