Much more relaxed than in previous Comic Com The Twilight Saga press conferences, the Breaking Dawn leads - Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner - joined Twilight novelist Stephenie Meyer and new young cast member Mackenzie Foy to discuss the final Twilight film. Or should we say what might be the last Twilight film? While Stewart says she hopes this is the end of Bella's story and that fans/audiences just allow Bella and Edward to live happily forever together, Meyer sounded less certain we've seen the end of the Twilight vampires. There was no mention of Midnight Sun, but Meyer revealed that she wouldn't be adverse to another Twilight movie in 20 or years that focused on one of the new central characters of the franchise: Renesmee. Meyer said that's one of the reasons the character was created back when she was still busy writing about vampires, to be able to carry on the series.
Mixed in with questions about their characters and their Twilight experience was one lighter moment when Pattinson declared he'd launch an attack campaign on anyone who takes on the role of Edward Cullen. Responding to a question about the current rumor circulating which has Summit ready to reboot the franchise with new actors and start all over again, Pattinson joked that he's prepared to make the guy's life miserable. Check out what else the cast and author Stephenie Meyer had to say at the Breaking Dawn Part 2 Comic Con press conference:
Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Mackenzie Foy, and Stephenie Meyer Breaking Dawn Part 2 Press Conference
Rob and Taylor, is this the movie where Edward and Jacob finally become friends or learn to love each other as family?
Taylor Lautner: "We’ve always had that relationship, right?"
Robert Pattinson: "Yeah, I give him my daughter. I sacrifice my daughter to him."
Taylor Lautner: "That is love."
Robert Pattinson: "That’s true love. Basically, this one is a love story between Edward and Jacob."
Taylor Lautner: "Yeah, the relationship between all three of us is a little bit different. It’s always been this complicated triangle, and now it’s a square. No. It’s become much less complicated."
Robert Pattinson: "Now, it’s a circle."
Is this a bittersweet ending of the franchise? How has your final time together at Comic-Con been?
Kristen Stewart: "It is funny. If you told me tomorrow that we had to have reshoots of some scenes that they weren’t happy with, I’d be so happy that I’d start vibrating because I do really enjoy playing this role. We got to do it for four years. When you do that, even though it is a bummer to walk away, I look back on it so fondly that I hold it - and it’s something I’ll always have. I’m really thankful for that."
Stephenie Meyer: "Someone asked me about their lives changing and I said that I imagine, on a daily basis, it’s a lot more annoying than positive. It’s pretty annoying every day, right?"
Kristen Stewart: "Sometimes."
Robert Pattinson: "Various things, but not really to do with other people. I hate going to the bathroom!"
How do you feel personally altered from doing this franchise?
Kristen Stewart: "You start a project to finish it. It’s this really charged experience that almost is too much, and that’s the only way it ever feels good and right and true. I feel very challenged, even though, if Stephenie suddenly wrote another book, I’d be like, 'Okay, let me read it, immediately!' I might just keep that feeling. I know I’ll find that with other experiences.
How did it change me? I don’t know. Maybe it affirmed my idea of why I like to do what I do. You don’t always just have to do an indie movie to feel like you’re controlling it with a few people that you really have connected with, creatively. You can do it on a bigger scale. Maybe it’s changed my mind about that. But, as a person, I could not begin to answer that question right now. It’s so loaded."
What were your first impressions of each other when you met all those years ago?
Stephenie Meyer: "For me, the first time that I saw them was pretty memorable because I was meeting them for a cast dinner and they were coming from a shoot in costume. So, the first time I met them they were all dressed up as my imaginary friends and it was one of the most bizarre experiences of my life, but it was so cool to see everybody. I was like, 'This is what they look like! It’s real!' I wanted to touch them. It was really, really cool. It was exciting because they all looked awesome and I was really excited to start working with them."
Kristen Stewart: "I liked [Rob’s] pants. Seriously. It’s so strange. Taylor was a kid when I met him, and after New Moon he literally wasn’t a kid anymore. Meeting him was very strange. I was like, 'Really?!' I fought for it, actually. I knew, with both of them. It’s hard to say in interviews because I can’t define it for myself. Sometimes you meet people and you’re like, 'We should make stuff together. We’ll do good. Let’s utilize whatever this energy is, passing between us. Let’s do it!' And I had that with both of them."
What was the one thing you discovered about each other while shooting this last film?
Stephenie Meyer: "It’s hard to find something new, after that long. The one thing that was new for me was seeing Kristen for the first time as the new Bella. That was amazing! That was a really cool thing to discover about her. Everybody else was just the same, though."
Taylor Lautner: "It’s true. We were all boring. Kristen has done such a good job, over this whole franchise, at playing the perfect awkward, clumsy, relatable [girl]. Now she’s all of a sudden just transformed herself into this sleek, sexy vampire, and it’s a completely different person. It was very impressive for me to see, and I think the fans are going to be blown away as well."
Stephenie Meyer: "Honestly, getting to see Bella so powerful was a dream for me. It was amazing!"
Kristen Stewart: "I felt like, 'Wow, I’m a sports car. Let’s break it in!' Especially in the book, my favorite part is, 'Break her in, man! Let’s see what she can do!'"
Rob, how are you similar to your character?
Robert Pattinson: "I’m so excited for this [question]. I don’t know. I can’t tell anymore. I remember meeting [Stephenie] the first time and arguing with [her] tons."
Stephenie Meyer: "He sat there and argued with me about what Edward thinks and feels. It was amazing! It was awesome!"
Robert Pattinson: "After you’ve done three movies, you get to a point where there’s a distinctive understanding of it, so you don’t really know where you end and the character begins, after a while. There are certain things where you don’t know if it’s you thinking. I’ve spent so much time in Vancouver that I’m just like, 'Edward wouldn’t do that,' but if someone asks you why, you don’t know why. You’re just like, '‘Cause I wouldn’t do it.'"
How would you feel if the Twilight franchise were rebooted?
Robert Pattinson: "I think that would be amazing! I would love to see that!"
Taylor Lautner: "That would be interesting, for sure."
Robert Pattinson: "I pity the person who takes over my part. I would destroy them. I would make a campaign against them."
Kristen Stewart: "What’s really great about this, though, and the reason for turning that last page is what it is. You just have a faith it’s done. I have a very insider’s perspective because I played her, but if anything else happened, I swear to god, please leave them alone! They figured it out. Leave them. By the end of the movie, it’s so abundantly satisfying, sweet and ideal. It just feels good, like it should end. But, I’m down. I’m just saying, I would be open to the idea. I would be really curious to see what it was."
Stephenie Meyer: "It would be really interesting, in 20 years. But, I do pity the person who tries to step into these roles because that’s going to be really hard. It’s not going to go well for them, I would imagine. This is what is loved. It wouldn’t be the same. It would be interesting, but it would be so hard. That would be the hardest part. Bella’s story is definitely told. It’s final. Back in the day, when I was never going to stop writing about vampires, there was a reason why Renesmee was created. But, that’s 20 years down the road."
Robert Pattinson: "What about Edward and Bella getting divorced, and it’s a Mr. and Mrs. Smith thing?"
Stephenie Meyer: "So, who comes out of that alive?"
Robert Pattinson: "That’s the whole thing, they can’t die."
Kristen Stewart: "I could totally rip his head off!"
Rob, at the very first Comic-Con you were visibly shaken by the fan response. How does it compare now?
Robert Pattinson: "The first one was genuinely frightening. I don’t think any of us had experienced a crowd that large. It’s strange. But, then you get used to it surprisingly quickly. It’s weird. You have a persona that develops in front of a bunch of people, and it’s different specifically with fans of Twilight, as well. There’s a mood which comes out. But, I think this is fun. When you have 6,000 people, it’s like one of the big premieres. The one in L.A. has 10,000 people or something. But, that’s just walking around in a haze with people screaming at you. With this, there is actually some kind of an element that’s a show. There is a back and forth, a little bit, so it’s way more fun. When you turn up to a premiere, it’s like doing a marathon."
What will the film add, in terms of drama and emotion, to compliment the books?
Stephenie Meyer: "[Director] Bill Condon is really great with finding human emotion in the middle of fantastic events. I think he did that brilliantly with the first movie. He really made you feel the human relationships there, and I think that carries through. He did a really excellent job on that."
Kristen Stewart: "I hope it doesn’t sound really arrogant, but we do really cool things with the ending. I think people possibly already know that, which is a bummer. But, I think Bill was the perfect person to direct the fourth book, even though it’s two movies. Bella is a vampire. Her human aspects are gone now. It’s always been something that’s rooted the story, and I was nervous going into it. Now that she’s a vampire as well, it might just seem a little bit hard to grasp. I was worried about there being something to hold. And he totally did it, I think. With the end, I think [audiences] expect something very emotional that’s a bit of a wrap-up, and I’ve seen it four times now and I’ve cried every time. It’s so cool!"
Were there any physical aspects of this film that you found particularly challenging or difficult?
Stephenie Meyer: "Kristen wore a hand brace for a lot of the movie."
Kristen Stewart: "I have really bad luck with my thumbs. It plagues me, actually. It drives me crazy! Both of them are very oddly shaped. I hurt myself right at the beginning of all my action sequences, so any grimace you see is probably real. Physically, this was more challenging than anything because even the way she walks into a room is different than how I walk into a room. If you think a mile a minute, you’re never going to be indecisive about anything. Everything is very pointed. I got to see everyone else’s versions of their vampires over a really long period. I liked picking and choosing what to use and what not to use. Rounding her out was fun, and physically really, really challenging.
I remember going up to Stephenie on the first day that I had to play a vampire, and I was like, 'Steph, how am I going to sound like wind chimes, you jerk?! That’s impossible!' Really, it blew my mind. Stuff like that was a big challenge for me. I had to let go of that because I don’t sound like wind chimes."
After doing all these films, do you have a better insight into what makes this a phenomenon?
Stephenie Meyer: "I don’t. It still surprises me, all the time."
Taylor Lautner: "I think [Stephenie] is just being extremely humble about it. I never can answer that question, but all the credit does go back to the books and the characters that [she] created. That’s where it all started. We’re extremely honored to be in the situation to bring those to life, but the characters in the books are what these fans fell in love with. How they relate to them, I have no idea. But, I do know that’s where it began."
Kristen Stewart: "I have been obsessed with this thing, and it’s been such a personal experience. There are other people that identify with things that I do, and that shared energy is there. It’s very igniting. It spreads. If you like something and can share it with your friend, suddenly you love it because you share it. It was the love that people became obsessed with, but it just lit."
Since you started with Twilight, how has being labeled as being part of the film affected you? Has it hurt you or helped you with different projects?
Kristen Stewart: "The access that we all have is ridiculous. It’s the hugest compliment, especially if fans of the book pigeonhole you. Please pigeonhole me! That means I did it right. If somebody who is fanatically obsessed with this book and these movies always says, 'It’s weird for me to watch you in other stuff,' that’s great. That’s perfect! That’s a compliment. It’s thrown me into the greatest thing possible. The challenge that we have ahead of us, I couldn’t ask for more. Challenge is my favorite thing in life. Now I’m allowed to challenge myself the way I want to, rather than falling into things."
There was so much hype about the sex scenes - Mackenzie, cover your ears - will we get some vampire sex scenes in this final film?
Kristen Stewart: "Mackenzie, turn your head. We're supposed to have mind-boggling, otherworldly sex in Breaking Dawn 1. The first one was sweet. It was about discovery and it was so not raunchy. Nothing about this series is raunchy. And I know... [to Robert] Shut the f**k up."
Stephenie Meyer: "Where's Mackenzie's swear jar?"
Robert Pattinson: "Talking about sex and swearing!"
Kristen Stewart: "But in the second one we just wanted to be like animals. Yeah, how do you do that? We tried and they told us that was rated R. So, yeah, I'm going to stop..."
Can you tell us a little bit about The Host? Have you written the second and third books? Were you trying to achieve the same kind of love triangle as in Twilight?
Stephenie Meyer: "No, actually The Host was totally a palate-cleanser for me. I wanted to do something a little bit different than romantic love. I mean, romantic love is in there obviously because I enjoy writing about that and living it a lot. There's nothing coming out soon in that series, book-wise. As far as The Host movie goes, I'm really, really excited about it. It's beautiful. I can't wait for you to see that."
Is there one particular personal memory that you'll take away from this, maybe like a prank on the set or something that happened?
Mackenzie Foy: "For me, probably the entire thing because every moment was exactly perfect because every moment was a thing that I will cherish forever."
Stephenie Meyer: "How much money was in your swear jar at the end? What was your total?"
Mackenzie Foy: "Do I have to say?"
Stephenie Meyer: "Whisper it to me. Holy crap! She never got a dime from me though."
Mackenzie Foy: "Or Taylor."
Stephenie Meyer: "As far as pranks, I would say that I won. I did."
Taylor Lautner: "You did? I tend to disagree."
Stephenie Meyer: "I think that one of my favorite memories was the last week of shooting. We were doing the nighttime wedding stuff and we all knew it was done. I mean, you're excited because we get to go home, we get to sleep for 8 hours a night, and I get to see my kids more. There was a lot of it that was being ready for it to be done, but it was also really sad because you know you're not going to get to hang out with each other as much anymore. I remember sitting, we kind of all sat in the garage because it was the warmest place in a cold house. And sitting in there and just everybody hanging out, Kristen's in that gorgeous wedding dress and we're all chilling out in camp chairs knowing it's almost over and kind of enjoying being with each other and knowing it's not going to be like that again. That was really my favorite."
Kristen Stewart: "I remember that day. Yeah, I would definitely say it's hard to pick one moment but the last week shooting the wedding stuff, walking down the aisle. Really heavy - heavy stuff."
Taylor Lautner: "I just remember when it started getting closer to the finish of filming and we hit like the three week mark. There was three weeks left, I kept telling myself, 'All right, it's time to start soaking up every moment because I know that when this finishes I'm going to want to go back in time and I'm going to want to do this again.'"
Kristen Stewart: "Yeah. It's like, 'Put yourself in your body now.'"
Taylor Lautner: "Right. We were super tired and exhausted. It was a seven month shoot but it's like put that aside, two weeks left, one week left, soak up everything. We probably all did that, but I'm super glad I did that. I do remember every single moment up until the last day."
Kristen Stewart: "My last scene with him was about a week before I was going to be finished completely. But I didn't know it was going to be my last scene with him and he's like, 'This is it, buddy.' I didn't figure out at that point when I was in it, but it one of my favorite scenes was in the first one and being emotional, like when we danced together after the wedding. It's like, 'This is like what it's about, man.' It's totally good."
Robert Pattinson: "Those are really good answers. I was thinking about pranks and stuff. I remember when Peter [Facinelli] stole a bike - that was hilarious. I've even forgotten what the question was."
Kristen Stewart: "This is it, this is over."
Robert Pattinson: "Some of the stuff in the beginning, like when we were going to Brazil. It's like, 'What is happening?' We've been there for years and now we're in Brazil on a boat? What is going on?"
Kristen Stewart: "We're like the Kennedys. It felt so weird."
Robert Pattinson: "And then I crashed the boat afterwards in front of 5,000 people. That was pretty symbolic of the kind of crazy journey. And, like, me and Kristen in our swimming trunks and a bikini with 600 Brazilian army men with machine guns and video cameras filming it in the rain forest in Brazil. We're making out with each other and pretending to jump off a waterfall."
Kristen Stewart: "He's trying to not get his white paint on me and I'm trying to not get my brown paint on him. It was just dripping off. It's like, 'We're both really white. No more makeup.'"
Robert Pattinson: "It's ridiculous. No, it was fun. That whole thing has just been such an insane experience."