Looking pale but awake, Rob apologizes, “I drank so much coffee this morning I might have vomited”. He’s sporting a new haircut, “It’s for my next movie. I had to cut it randomly. I thought about shaving it off, but I thought of only cutting one part, and I liked it so much in the end, that I kept it.” Always with a big smile on his face, and laughing through most of the interview, the superstar shares his thoughts on the finale of the saga that catapulted him to fame.
Analyzing Edward, do you think he’s a week guy? Is he too passive at times, eventhough inside he feels this great passion and love? He’s very romantic too, how do you see him?
I think he’s helpless. I’ve always thought – and if you pay close attention to the character you can see it too – that he’s a guy that has been so lonely for so long that he goes crazy, and that’s why he is the way that he is. That’s all I can think of, whenever I think about him in the first three movies, and how he finds himself more in each movie. It was interesting reading the fourth book, because I didn’t agree with most of his actions. I didn’t like the way he behaved. In the previous books you could understand the reasons behind his actions, and even sympathize with him, but I was not getting him at all in this movie “Why are you doing this?! You’re a whimp!” I really didn’t understand him, and it was fun trying to legitimize those weird actions, and it was an interesting way to close the saga for me. I guess he becomes more of a hero in Part 2 for the first time, though it’s Bella who saves him all the time, for once. But it’s interesting how he’s more impulsive and selfish in Part 1, which makes him go crazy. And in the first movie he’s always orchestrating everything.
Can you talk about what happens in Part 1 and Part 2?
It’s a little unusual, because it’s almost as if this story is about getting married, and I’m playing the girl. I’m the woman obsessed with getting married, and the guy doesn’t want to and she wants everything to be perfect and everything ends up being crap, and she’s disappointed… I’m playing the disappointed bride! It’s so weird, it’s the same thing; in his mind he has a contingency plan for every situation, and he’s going to marry the love of his life and everything is all planned out. She will become a vampire after. But then they have a baby and everything is turned upside down, and he loses his mind. It’s weird playing that version of Edward. He’s so confused and crazy, because in previous movies he’s always collected and in control, he restricts himself, blah blah, and now he’s got nothing, and he goes crazy because he loses that control, he has sex and that shocks him so much to the point that he blames himself for everything, and it’s bigger than everything else that has happened in the saga.
Have you observed a lot of married people? Sounds like you’ve seen too many desperate brides and reluctant grooms.
I know the clichés! I’ve only been to one or two weddings in my life. I’ve been to so many funerals though.
Where were you swimming? They showed a clip at Comic-Con.
That was shot in the Caribbean. They wanted to shoot in Canada, in the middle of winter. I was like, “No way that is happening!” It was fun. A little ridiculous having to do this in the ocean, and trying to look like a statue, but I had to be far enough where it was already deep, so there were two people at the bottom holding a box. If you look closely, you can see that I’m kind of swining. I told Bill, “Please don’t use that take, I look like an inflatable sausage!”.
A girl at Comic-Con asked you about your pecs, did you work out for that?
Yes, I tried not to think about it. Because in the book Edward’s body is described as “chiseled”, blah blah, and I managed to not take my shirt off the entire series like Taylor. I thought it objectified the men or whatever, and I said “No way! I won’t take my shirt off and I will not work out!”, but then I thought “What the heck, it’s the final movie”.
Did you become addicted to it? Collin Farrel once told us that he replaces all his vices with excercise.
No, I didn’t trade my vices. I worked out until I had to take my shirt off, but the next day I stopped. Literally, I stopped. It’s too boring to me.
What did Bill Condon bring to the franchise? You’ve had a different director for each movie. How was Bill like?
I think he understands the humor in the story, and how silly some of the situations are. He’s not afraid to get close to that stuff, unlike David Slade who wanted everything to be so serious like a traditional, scary vampire movie, and I think Chris Weitz would’ve looked for that humor too, but he had the most depressing sequel, where there was no humor at all. Only the first third of that movie is light.
What about filming two movies at once?
For me it was easy because my character doesn’t change so much. For Taylor and Kristen it was hard because they were working with 260 pages. It’s hard to know what you’re doing the next day, and there were days when we filmed scenes for the first movie and scenes for the second movie, and very different scenes they were.
Did you enjoy seeing Kristen getting her vampire make up done for once?
Yes! Because all this time she’s been wearing black contact lenses for Bella, and she said it was so easy. But that’s because ours were painted and they’re super uncomfortable. As soon as she put them on she was all, “You can’t see anything! You think you’re doing something and your face is not showing those emotions!”
You were more tired back then. How does it compare to making movies where you’re friends with everybody, to making a new movie where you don’t know anyone? Is it refreshing?
Yes, sometimes nerves are the best part of doing a new movie, and the more comfortable and familiar you are with everything on a movie set, the easier it is to let go of those nerves, and that’s something that has worried me about working in Twilight. But I’m always doing a scene with Kristen and she will never take a scene lightly, een just for herself, for her own ego, she wil, always try to do the best job pssible, and that keeps me alert. Als, what happens when you’re about to film a scene with people you’ve known for years, you start talking and you don’t mind. I just did Cosmopolis, and there’s so many great actors involved, and the environment is so different. I’ve never been so nervous than when I did the first take, the first rehearsal.
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Acting less shy than the first time we met her, Kristen cracks a joke when she sees someone’s old coffee mug on her place “Oh, that’s just not right! Who left that there? It probably has anthrax”. When they let her know she already has people who tastes her food before her, she makes fun of it by noting that if that was true, it would’ve been published somewhere by now. Great idea! Keep saying that!” The truth is, eventhough she’s still the same person, there’s a newfound confidence in her than when she first started Twilight. She may have a bodyguard now, but she’s far from a diva full of eccentricities.
And do you love what you do?
I love what I do.
Even if you need a bodyguard all the time?
I love him too! He’s so big, look at him. I love what I do. I mean, you can sit here and think, but you never reach a good conclusion about why you do what you do. Sure, you do it to be other people for a while, but I don’t need to escape from my life. I love my life. Some people want to have experiences and learn from them, and have an imagination that helps you find your own way, and it’s something that looks real, but it’s not. It’s a strange way to live. Sometimes I find myself in situations when I just know this is what I want to do. That is acting. The moments when you’re living something through someone else, and you learn from it, and you meet other people. It’s surreal and fun. You can give that product to the world, or just have fun, sit back and watch.
What about the wedding?…. Was that emotional for you?
Oh, yes! Especially when I arrived on set, before I put the dress on. Everybody was waiting for me. Since the dress is a huge deal, we waited for everybody to be ready, and when I was given the OK, I put it on and went to the set. It was weird having all the people I know sitting there. It felt like we were all finishing something together.
Was Rob laughing the whole time? You all seem to have a great relationship.
He’s ridiculous. He’s a dork. It was weird. He couldn’t stop laughing during my takes, or me during his. We couldn’t pretend to look somewhere else. The first shot was his, which sucked because I thought I was going first. I had to go first! But I didn’t, it was dreadful, because I wanted to have that experience, and I knew it wasn’t the same if we did it twice. I didn’t want to have to go back and do everything again, everything I was going through. He asked me why I kept covering my face, and that was good because he kept trying to sneak a peek. The pressure made the scene look good in the end.
Are you drawn to strong characters? You’re about to start Snow White and that’s the toughtest version of a Princess we’ve seen so far.
Is there anything you love about playing the strong girl?
Yes, I’m excited about finding a proactive woman who doesn’t just sit there waiting for help. Typically, a female role is either a chick-flick role, or all men are helping her in the way. I think there’s certain archetypes to build female characters, and you’re always seeing her sitting around, and in this movie [Snow White] we have a girl who is broken, and she builds herself up, she finds her own identity. For her that’s intimidating, because she’s a noble. She’s been taught leadership her whole life, and she can’t get away from that. She’s not afraid of things that other people are afraid of. She channels that fear and moves on, she takes advantage of the situations she’s in, and the way she’s been put down, and she shows everybody that she’s leader, and she can make it.
Do you have something like that inside if you?
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