Dawn breaks new ground
Twilight’s leading men talk about the final chapter of the series that made them stars, writes Maria Lewis
TEAM Edward. Team Jacob. The characters have split female audiences into teams and helped feed the fan frenzy of Twihards around the world.
For Robert Pattinson, 25, and Taylor Lautner, 19, Edward and Jacob are the characters that made them Hollywood heart throbs.
Now, the second-last film in the billion-dollar franchise marks the beginning of the end for the males in the Twilight love triangle, adored as much for their abs as their acting.
Released today, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1, begins the year-long countdown to the end of the film phenomenon.
Directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Bill Condon, Breaking Dawn – Part 1 features some of the most anticipated scenes among fans of Stephenie Meyer’s best-selling book series. From Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward’s (Pattinson) wedding to werewolf pack rivalries, Lautner says he sympathises with fans as it was too hard to pick a single, favourite moment.
‘‘I’ve always been able to choose one out of each of the movies, but this one I couldn’t,’’ he says.
‘‘There’s so much going on in this movie and all of the characters are dealing with their own little things – especially Jacob. He changes so much from beginning to end.’’
The two Breaking Dawn films, see Lautner’s Jacob Black go through perhaps the biggest transformations of any of the Twilight characters.
‘‘The most interesting thing about Jacob in this movie is from the
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 beginning to the end, he becomes a totally different person,’’ he says.
‘‘At the start he’s immature. He doesn’t handle situations very well. Throughout the course (of it) he’s forced to become a man, to mature.’’
The final two films certainly deal with more adult issues than their predecessors, with everything from sex scenes to a bloody birth.
Lautner says it was ‘‘challenging’’ to try to portray the connection he has with Bella and Edward’s child.
‘‘I was pretty nervous about imprinting. I was given an X on the wall to look at and pretend it was the baby and I thought ‘there isn’t an ideal scenario here’,’’ he says.
Pattinson was nervous for entirely different reasons.
‘‘Embarrassingly, the thing I was most nervous about was taking my shirt off,’’ he says.
‘‘So much of the books are about Edward’s body and I managed to avoid that for most of the movies. But in Breaking Dawn, it’s like every three pages. When they wanted me to go swimming (on the honeymoon) I was like ‘can I keep my shirt on? Can I wear a onesie or something?’.’’
Pattinson and Lautner finished work on the Breaking Dawn films more than 12 months ago.
But has the Saga really been staked in the heart? Following the release of a Bree Tanner spin-off novella last year, speculation is rife Meyer might continue the series.
Pattinson says he would happily return to the role of Edward one day.
Condon says Meyer says ‘‘it’s the end of the Bella and Edward story’’.
‘‘But there are so many characters, I suspect she’ll want to revisit them.’’
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 opens today.
Expectant parents: Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart in a scene from