Sun fi­nally sets on Twi­light

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - MOVIES -

AS the Twi­light saga comes to an end, Robert Pat­tin­son and Tay­lor Laut­ner talk about the fi­nal film and re­flect on the as­ton­ish­ing past few years. THE SEXY VAM­PIRE

Robert Pat­tin­son may be a heart­throb thanks to his por­trayal of the beau­ti­ful vam­pire Ed­ward Cullen but re­mains as self-dep­re­cat­ing as he was at the start of the jour­ney.

The ac­tor, 26, is ‘‘pretty ex­cited’’ the fi­nal film in­stal­ment has ar­rived.

‘‘It’s good we didn’t get stopped in the mid­dle. We man­aged to get to the end and I didn’t get fired!’’ he laughs.

‘‘I was try­ing so hard on the first one. I’d never done an Amer­i­can movie be­fore, I’d barely done any­thing be­fore and I kind of wanted to take it so se­ri­ously and was so de­ter­mined to prove my­self. Oc­ca­sion­ally my face went to­tally out of con­trol.’’

De­spite a role as the doomed Cedric Dig­gory in the fourth Harry Pot­ter movie, Pat­tin­son didn’t think he stood a chance of be­ing cast as Ed­ward.

‘‘Some­one had sent me the book six months be­fore (the au­di­tion) and I’d read it and I was like, ‘I’m never go­ing to get this part, there’s no point in me do­ing an au­di­tion tape from Lon­don’.’’ He didn’t.

Later, in LA for a dif­fer­ent role, he ‘‘went in (for the Twi­light au­di­tion) for ‘‘the hell of it’’ and never re­gret­ted his de­ci­sion.

‘‘It’s im­pos­si­ble to re­gret any­thing be­cause it’s to­tally ran­dom how things work out,’’ he says. He can’t re­call his strangest fan ex­pe­ri­ence. ‘‘I’ve got a very high thresh­old for weird­ness’’, he ex­plains. ‘‘Some­one could show me a tat­too of my face on their face and I’d be like, ‘It suits you’!’’

Global wor­ship and a net worth of mil­lions aside, Pat­tin­son doesn’t think Twi­light has changed him.

‘‘I think I’ve re­mained the same as I was when I was 22, like in a bad way,’’ he chuck­les. ‘‘If I’d con­tin­ued liv­ing the way I was liv­ing in Lon­don be­fore I got this I’d prob­a­bly be 350 pounds and a drug ad­dict!’’ THE WOLF­MAN

The youngest of Twi­light’s three stars, Tay­lor Laut­ner – were­wolf Ja­cob Black in all five films – is the most re­laxed dur­ing the in­ter­views.

Flash­ing a movie star smile, the buf­flook­ing 20-year-old feels good about the end of the fran­chise.

‘‘I mean I think there’s mixed emo­tions for ev­ery­one,’’ he says. ‘‘It’s a bum­mer it’s com­ing to an end and it’s go­ing to be tough to say good­bye but, at the same time, it’s ex­cit­ing to get this last one out and have the fans see it and wrap up the fran­chise.’’

Ja­cob once vied for Bella’s af­fec­tions, but his fu­ture is now en­twined with that of Bella and Ed­ward’s daugh­ter. As her pro­tec­tor, he spends most of this movie within sight of Re­nes­mee.

‘‘I don’t even know where to be­gin with Macken­zie. She’s the cutest lit­tle girl in the world, so funny and tal­ented,’’ he says of his young co-star.

Laut­ner, who hails from Michi­gan, re­veals he hadn’t heard of Twi­light be­fore be­ing cast.

‘‘Af­ter we made the first movie we hoped some peo­ple who en­joyed the books would en­joy the movie,’’ he says. ‘‘We had no idea it would turn out like this, not in my wildest imag­i­na­tion.’’

As close as he is to Ste­wart and Pat­tin­son now, he re­mem­bers it be­ing tricky in the early days.

‘‘It was strange – I was barely in Twi­light. I showed up half­way through film­ing and ev­ery­body knew each other . . . it started awk­ward but that changed.’’

He can’t look at snaps in which he wears Ja­cob’s mul­let wig: ‘‘When­ever some­one shows me a pic­ture of it I’m like, ‘Argh’. It’s tough to look at that!’’. Laut­ner hopes he hasn’t changed too much. ‘‘I hope the peo­ple who know me best say that about me,’’ he says. ‘‘I can ab­so­lutely say that about my fel­low cast­mates. They’re the same peo­ple they were be­fore any of this and that’s amaz­ing.’’

opens to­day.

Kris­ten Ste­wart and Robert Pat­tin­son.

Tay­lor Laut­ner.

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