Sun finally sets on Twilight
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.’’
Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson.