By Paulette Cohn
It was obvious from the moment he walked into the room that despite the overwhelming success that the role of Edward Cullen in the “Twilight” franchise has brought him, Robert Pattinson isn’t comfortable talking to the press. But trooper that he is, he fielded questions for the final chapter, “Twilight: Breaking Dawn — Part 2,” opening in theaters on Friday, Nov. 16.
“It’s funny, people were asking me how I’d feel when it all ends on the first movie, and I don’t think I’ve ever felt more completely bewildered, knowing that I only have a month of “Twilight” stuff left to do,” he says. “I don’t know. I’ve said since the second one that it’s going to take ten years to really settle in my brain, and I’m four years into it.”
In “BD2,” the saga continues when Bella (Kristen Stewart – interview) awakens, finally transformed into a vampire, but also a mother. The question, of course, is what kind of creature the child is — human or vampire? While Edward and Bella enjoy their newlywed status, the destiny of Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner) has become entwined in that of their exceptional daughter Renesmee (Mackenzie Foy). The arrival of a creature so rare cements an extended family, but will soon ignite forces that threaten to destroy them all.
In this interview, Pattinson talks about putting Edward behind him, his career going forward and one of his favorite moments from the “Twilight” saga.
It was hilarious, considering we’d spent the entire series filming in the most miserable conditions, and then we ended on the beach in the Caribbean for two days in the sea. That was fun. We literally did the last shot as the sun was coming up in St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands. That was a nice way to end it because they were considering shooting it in the sea in Vancouver, which would not have worked at all.
Is there any moment, in particular, either during filming or meeting new cast members or anything from the whole “Twilight” experience that you would like to relive?
The whole first movie was pretty fun. I had never really done a movie like it when there’s such a big cast of people that are around about the same age. Everyone didn’t really 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 the, so it felt like a big deal, at the time. It was really exciting, the first one, and the whole year afterwards was an exciting year.
This franchise has given you a lot of global success. Are you concerned about maintaining that same level of success as you go forward throughout your career?
I don’t know. If I could get any semblance of, it is not really anonymity, but if I had a little more control over my public image that would be nice. No, I think it’s for one thing. I don’t think anyone can do that, apart from Denzel Washington. It’s a strange place where the film industry is at … I guess you could just play superhero after superhero. That seems to be the only guaranteed big-money thing. I don’t know. It’s not necessarily that satisfying getting monetary success, but sometimes it keeps the door open to make what you want to make. Other times, you can make five massive hits in a row and still not get cast by the directors who you want to work with doing little movies. There are no guarantees. I’m trying to sign up and do movies that I’ll be proud of if it’s my last one. That’s how I think about it.
You said when someone asked you what your perspective on this is, it is going to take about ten years that you really didn’t know why people connected with it. At the end of the day, are you glad it is over?
In some ways. After the first one, as soon as people start referring to it as a franchise — a franchise is a Burger King or a Subway — it’s not a movie. The people who start to say it are generally the people who are making money off of it refer to it as a franchise. They love it when something becomes a franchise. But, as an actor, I think it’s scary. You really, really feel like you have no control. It’s a huge juggernaut, especially when something becomes part of the cultural landscape in a way. It’s really scary because 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.
You really looked like a natural stepping into the father role of Renesmee? What do you attribute that to?
I actually quite like working with kids and I like working with animals, which everybody says you shouldn’t do. It makes you feel like you’re not acting as soon as you have someone who’s providing stuff to react to. Especially working with a baby is great. I would say, put a baby in every scene. You can put a dog in a scene and everyone’s going to be better, I guarantee it. And if they’re not better, just shoot the dog. But, it was fun. They had some good baby actors.
“Twilight: Breaking Dawn — Part 2,” produced by Wyck Godfrey, Karen Rosenfelt and Stephenie Meyer, and written by Melissa Rosenberg from the novel Breaking Dawn by Meyer, opens in theaters on Friday, Nov. 16.