‘Twilight’ world about to change for Billy Burke’s ‘oblivious’ dad
BY CINDY PEARLMAN March 3, 2011 7:44PM
KRISTEN STEWART stars as Bella and BILLY BURKE stars as her father Charlie Swan in THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON. Photo Credit: Kimberley French
Billy Burke knows he might be the most clueless father in history. As Bella’s pop in the “Twilight” saga, he never really has noticed that his daughter is, oh, dating a vampire.
Hello! The luminous skin? The piercing gaze? The jumping on treetops?
“I know, I know,” says actor Billy Burke. “He doesn’t know. My character Charlie does have to resign himself to being oblivious.”
Especially now. In the two upcoming “Breaking Dawn” movies, Bella and Edward will make it all public. The “Twilight’ers” now are filming the last installment of the hit franchise. “He finds out and his entire world gets cranked upside down,” says Burke.
As for a vampire son-in-law, he opines, “The way Charlie explains it away is that he understands his daughter is her own person. She will do what she wants to do. She will go after what she loves. He respects that.”
Filming will conclude in April. “This is it,” Burke says. “There are no more books. I’m not sad. It’s been a good ride. It can’t go on forever, even though I’m sure in the hearts of the ‘Twi’ fans it will. I’m just proud of be part of Hollywood history.”
Burke is in demand in other ways these days. He stars in “Red Riding Hood” opposite Amanda Seyfried (opening March 11) and has a key role opposite Nicholas Cage in the current “Drive Angry.”
“We have guns, cars, girls and Satan. What more could you want in a movie?” he teases. “It’s a bit of a throwback, an homage to the car movies of the ’70s with a little bit of modern flavor thrown in.”
He also has stunts. “I pretty much did everything possible for this movie including driving, fighting and gunplay. I also worked with a baby who was a little Marlon Brando, but that was okay because my own daughter is only 21/2.”
Just as long as she doesn’t date vampires.
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