Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 - Poster: Robert Pattinson
Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 - Poster featuring Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) © 2012 Summit Entertainment

All good things must come to an end, and this month the final installment of the franchise, The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part 2 opens.

When he was 19-years-old Robert Pattinson became known by audiences as Cedrick Diggory, in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. But he shot to mega-fame status when he was cast as vampire Edward Cullen in the movie version of Stephenie Meyer’s popular novel, Twilight.

The love between Edward and Bella (Kristen Stewart), who has now become a vampire, couldn’t be more fulfilling, culminating in the birth of their exceptional daughter, Renesmee (Mackenzie Foy). But the arrival of Renesmee soon ignites the Volturi Coven, who threaten to destroy them all.

Robert Pattinson spoke about the end of the franchise at the press junket for the movie.

As far as vampire movies, what do you like?

Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part 2 - Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, Peter Facinelli, MyAnna Buring and Christian Camargo
Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and Dr Carlisle Cullen (Peter Facinelli) © 2012 Summit Entertainment

I really like Blade. I was talking to someone about making hard, R-rated fantasy movies again. People should do that more. I haven’t seen that many vampire things. It’s always been strange to me to have someone say, ‘I’m a vampire fan.’ I’m not a non-fan, but it’s such a strange thing to be a fan of.

I love zombie movies. They’re my favorite. It’s more of a psychological problem than being an actual fan (he laughs)

You looked like a natural stepping into the father role in this. What do you attribute that to?

I like working with kids and animals, what everybody says you shouldn’t do, because you feel like you’re not acting. Working with a baby was especially great. I say put a baby in every scene.

Now that the series has come to an end, are you allowing yourself any perspective on what the Twilight phenomenon means?

Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part 2 - Poster: Robert Pattinson
Poster featuring Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) © 2012 Summit Entertainment

I’ve said since the second [film – The Twilight Saga: New moon] that it’s going to take ten years to really settle in my brain, and I’m four years into it. I don’t think there is any analysis. I don’t think people know why they like it.

I don’t think even the fans know why they connect with it the way they do. It’s a visceral thing. I don’t even know if Stephenie could tell you why she was so fixated on this very contained story and obsessive characters. It’s just an anomaly. That’s a terrible answer. (he laughs).

On The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part 2 what was your last moment of being Edward Cullen?

It was hilarious, considering we spent the entire series filming in the most miserable conditions. We ended on a balmy beach in the Caribbean for two days.

We literally did the last shot as the sun was coming up on St Thomas in the Virgin Islands. It was a nice way to end it.

Were you sad to let Edward go?

Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part 2 - Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart
Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) and Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) © 2012 Summit Entertainment

Yeah. It was very strange because I still had the same frustration with trying to play it the entire way through, right until the last shot. It’s a strange part.

My instinct in trying to play it was to find the fallibility in him and the weaknesses. You’re trying to play someone who is seen by a lot of people as perfect, so you’re trying to play an archetype on one hand and a character on the other.

I felt insanely frustrated until the final shot and then it ended.

What are you glad to leave behind?

Just playing a part where you can’t really get hurt and you can’t die. There’s no framework.

There aren’t too many possibilities if he can’t die whereas, playing a human being, there’s always that.

Was there any particular moment in the whole series that you would like to relive?

Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part 2 - Mackenzie Foy and Robert Pattinson
Renesmee (Mackenzie Foy) and Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) © 2012 Summit Entertainment

The whole first movie was pretty fun. I’d never done a movie like it. There was such a big cast of people who were round about the same age. Everyone really didn’t know what was going to happen with the movie, but there was a good energy.

There was something which people were fighting for in a way. They wanted it to be something special. None of us were really known then as well. It felt like a big deal at the time.

At the end of the day, are you glad it’s over?

As an actor I think it’s scary, you really feel like you have no control. It’s a huge juggernaut, especially when it becomes part of the cultural landscape. You get trapped and you get scared of changing, which is the worst thing that can happen if you want to be any kind of artist.

Robert was asked what he remembered about meeting Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner (Jacob Black) on the first movie. Click below for his reply.

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Judy Sloane

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