Dialogue: Robert Pattinson Talks Twi-hards, Fighting for Love and...that New Haircut

Dialogue: Robert Pattinson Talks Twi-hards, Fighting for Love and...that New Haircut

Jun 28, 2010

Three films into fang fans’ favorite film franchise, vampire Edward Cullen of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse is still providing star Robert Pattinson with plenty of new dimensions to sink his teeth into. “With Eclipse I felt like I was doing a completely different movie, a completely different character, so it was nice and challenging,” says Pattinson. “A lot of people who have seen it tell me it’s the most accessible of the three. It’s a solid story by itself and it’s more of an action film. Even when I was watching Twilight the other day, [I realized] you do need to read the book to get it. I was like ‘What?’ – and I’m in it!”

On evolving Edward’s possessiveness of Bella over the three films: “The first two movies were [about] his isolation from reality, so when he finds one thing to hold on to, that’s where possessiveness comes from. As the series goes on he accepts more of the contemporary world. I think he’s coming out of his shell a little bit in Eclipse, so hopefully by the end of Breaking Dawn I’m hoping he’ll be a normal 17-year-old guy – just a little bit pale!”

On competing with another man for the love of a woman in real life: “I don’t! I’m not good at doing it. I just kind of leave it alone. If you are the one with the girl in the first place I guess maybe you’re forced into fighting a little bit. But I would never be in Jacob’s position. Then you’re just the guy that broke up the couple. Umm, have I [gotten into a fight over a woman]? Yeah, probably. But I don’t know if it was about love – it was more pride [laughs].”

On sharing more scenes with his on-screen rival Taylor Lautner: “I never do anything else but with Kristen. Letting Edward have petty emotions like being jealous of Jacob and not being able to control himself around him because he gets under his skin so much – doing that with Taylor was great. I like the scenes where Bella has to reveal something about herself in front of Jacob and me at the same time. It made it a little more interesting.”

On Taylor’s juicy line when Jacob tells Edward “I’m hotter than you,” and whether he wishes he’d been written a comeback jab: “There’s nothing you can say! ‘Yeah, you are! At least I’m not hotter than you!’ Jacob has quite a few catchphrases, with me especially. For some reason I find it quite funny when I’m doing stuff with Taylor. There are a couple confrontational scenes, I push him around a little bit and I was supposed to grab his shoulder.

“It wasn’t in the script, but I thought I’d really grab him and it would freak him out and turn the whole scene upside down! Then I grabbed his shoulder and it was too big to actually get a grip on! So I just dropped my hand, that was kind of embarrassing. I got him badly though: he kept having to dress up in a little grey spandex wolf suit all the time and try and be intimidating in that with Kristen patting him on the head and stuff. “

On filming the infamous tent scene, where tensions in Eclipse’s romantic triangle get heated: “The first time we did it, I was really freaking out and I don’t know why. I just couldn’t get it together! I kept forgetting my lines and was so nervous. I just wanted to punch anyone who was near me! We did about three takes and Kristen is supposed to be asleep on the floor and she saw that I was freaking out. Halfway through the take she suddenly opened her eyes and was just staring at me and kept trying to make me laugh through the entire take, and it’s like the most serious scene in the whole movie! I just wanted to strangle her for the first two seconds, but then I could not stop laughing.”

On his and KStew’s different acting approaches: “I do [a lot of preparation] because I have to – for some reason I can’t understand anything and I think I’m going really into depth of the character, when it just seems so obvious to Kristen. Her mind works completely differently. She can just feel things immediately and I’ll kind of – I don’t know, I like to be more cerebral about it. I don’t feel confident unless I know more about the reasons why I’m doing things.”

On checking in with the Twi-hards online: “It’s kind of incredible the information they get so quickly. You see people turn up on sets of other movies I’ve done and take a picture. You know the main reason is so they can have a thing within their online community, and you know it’s going to be up within five seconds.”

On prepping for the two Breaking Dawn films, and how his famous, recently shorn locks might play into it: “I haven’t read it yet! I just heard brief rumors about what happens in the story but I don’t really know what happens at all…I’m thinking maybe Edward got a haircut, it might be easier, but yeah I didn’t even think about that when I got it cut – that is a bit silly. Vampires can cut their hair though, so I like the idea of Edward having a shaved head in the last one – that’s pretty cool.”

Read on for our interview with Kristen Stewart

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