For ‘Twilight’ fans: Answers to burning ‘Breaking Dawn’ questions
BY CINDY PEARLMAN November 21, 2012 6:50PM
(L-R) KELLAN LUTZ and KRISTEN STEWART star in THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN-PART 2 Ph: Andrew Cooper, SMPSP © 2011 Summit Entertainment, LLC. All rights reserved.
Updated: December 24, 2012 6:50AM
So you’ve seen “Breaking Dawn — Part 2” and want to call it a day with “The Twilight Saga,” but a few pressing questions linger. Don’t worry your sparkly little head, because we have the answers.
1. How did the production team handle the rapidly aging vampire daughter?
Director Bill Condon says Renesmee “is growing very fast. She goes away for a can of Coke and comes back older.” The Cullen child (played by Mackenzie Foy) ages from four months old to 8 years old in the film. “It’s very complicated stuff that we were still working on a few days ago,” Condon says. “The saving grace is that Renesme is such a special creature. She’s not entirely human, so that fills in some blanks.”
2. How bad are those red vampire contacts?
Actor Michael Sheen, who plays baddie Aro, says, “In order to get the red contacts into your eyes, someone had to lift my eyelids to put in a golf-ball-sized contact in. Everything in you tries to resist! The more you fight it, the more those contacts will fight you. Someone has to be there by you all day long putting drops in!” He adds, “If I allowed myself, I would go into hysteria from having something in my eye all day long. But containing my hysteria was good for the character.” He laughs and adds, “Always acting, always working.”
3. Did the paparazzi interfere with production?
“We shot the Bella-Edward honeymoon in Brazil, and there were paparazzi pictures online 20 minutes after we did our first take,” Condon says, adding, “Kristin Stewart didn’t have her wedding band on, and that news went around the world. I thought, ‘My God, what is going on? This is how connected the fan base is? They’re worried about their fictional marriage because she’s not wearing the ring?’ ” Condon sighs. “We corrected it fast and I remained very aware that I was making this movie for people who love it.”
4. The series made stars of Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner. Who’s next?
Kellan Lutz, who will play the latest big-screen Tarzan. “Growing up in the Midwest, I just loved the monkey man. I think my character is the monkey man of ‘Twilight,’ ” Lutz says. “To make the transition to Tarzan will be quite fun. It was hard for me to think they could re-create Tarzan, but when I read the script it was so contemporary and modern.” He adds, “It’s motion-capture work for me, which is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. I had to walk like Tarzan, which was so cool.”
5. When productin wrapped, who “borrowed for life” — a.k.a. stole — the coolest thing from the set?
Nikki Reed, who played vampire chick Rosalie, has the goods, but it’s not her fault. “I do have my baseball shoes from the first ‘Twilight’ film,” she says. “Kristen Stewart brought them to me, covered in the mud from that actual and now iconic baseball scene. I feel it’s wrong to wash the mud off because they’re such a memory. But I can’t walk around in muddy shoes, so I never wear them!”
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