Next month, Robert Pattinson will finish filming Breaking Dawn parts 1 and 2, the final installments of The Twilight Saga (in theaters November 2011 and November 2012). And he says it’s been a long time coming: “I literally feel like we’ve been doing it my whole life,” he laughs during his sit-down interview with EW last week.
Breaking Dawn, as anyone who has read Stephenie Meyer’s best-selling book can tell you, poses a lot of challenges for the big screen — not the least of which involves the very bloody and graphic scene with a half-vampire baby (with teeth!). “There’s some interesting and weird stuff going on — really very, very, very strange. It’s great. For a big mainstream movie, it’s the most obscure story line and really outside the box,” Pattinson says. “It’s just a horror movie. I’ve seen a few bits, and I just can’t see how it’s going to be PG-13 … unless they cut everything out,” he laughs.
Another challenge? Getting Pattinson into shape for the scenes in Breaking Dawn where he must appear shirtless. “When I start [getting fit], I just go crazy about it,” he says. “It’s like the only thing I can talk about to anyone. So I was like, ‘I’m going to keep this up the whole time, so for whatever movie I do afterwards I’m going to be so buff.’ And then literally one day after my last shirt-off scene I started being all [mimics eating voraciously] nom, nom, nom. And I didn’t realize I had one more [shirt-off] scene, and you can see it one of them — I’m clearly [exaggeratedly sucks in his stomach and cheeks].”
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