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Robert Pattinson Talks About 'Twilight' and 'Midnight Sun'


Robert Pattinson as Edward and Kristen Stewart as Bella in 'Twilight.'

Robert Pattinson as Edward and Kristen Stewart as Bella in 'Twilight.'

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Stephenie Meyer wrote Midnight Sun, or started to anyway, from Edward's point of view. Did she share any of that with you when you talked about character?

Robert Pattinson: "Yeah. She gave it to me about two-thirds into shooting. I didn't even know that it existed. I knew that the first chapter existed and I based a lot of my angst from that on the character, from that first chapter that was on the internet. It's talking about how little control he has. In the book it seems that when he says, 'I'm a monster and I'm going to kill you –' and she says, 'I'm not afraid –' you kind of know the whole time in the book that he's never going to do anything bad. But then you read that first chapter in Midnight Sun where the full extent of how much he wanted to kill her, and how he's considering killing the entire school just so that he can kill her, becomes evident. I wanted that element of him to be very prominent. I wanted Bella to be saying, 'I'm not scared. You won't do anything to me,' but not so certainly. So that it'd suddenly be like, 'You won't do anything to me, will you?' I kind of wanted something like that. I think it makes it sexier if there's a very real chance of him just flipping out and killing her."

You and Kristen have a great chemistry, but you also have great chemistry with your family in the film. Can you talk about that dynamic both onscreen and off?

Robert Pattinson: "It was strange. Like, I definitely had a thing with Kristen like that. I mean, all the scenes are pretty intense and when you're working with one person most of the time, especially on a relationship that seems impossible when you first start it, you get like a little bubble. But with the family, they're just really funny people and so I just got on with them. It wasn't really acting. I just had an American accent. Peter [Facinelli] is one of the funniest people I've ever met. Is the line in there where Rosalie breaks the bowl and Peter says, 'Oh, Rosalie always busted my bowls'?"


Robert Pattinson: "It's cut out? That was literally my favorite line in the whole movie."

What do you think is the secret to the chemistry that you and Kristen developed and shared throughout the movie?

Robert Pattinson: "I think it was just doing the opposite of what the actual story is, thinking about it in the opposite way. Right from the beginning in the audition we did the meadow scene, which isn't in a meadow in the film, but it's supposed to be about, I guess, him trying to intimidate her and her looking at him with nothing but love and adoration and awe, as if this god has just come down to meet her. But I really thought and I played it as this god is broken at this normal girl's feet. Even the position that we were in…at the end I was literally kneeling at her feet. I can't remember what happens in the movie, but that was in the audition. She was doing this mothering thing as he's looking to this normal girl for support. I think that really works. She's very strong. She's not a damsel type girl. It's weird. They just cast the opposite people. I'm a wreck and she's really strong and it's supposedly the other way around. I think that's why it kind of worked."

Peter Facinelli said that you were really sucking at baseball and that he had to help you with that.

Robert Pattinson: "I keep hearing that. He must be going into every single meeting saying that. I'm terrible at baseball. Catherine was so intense about wanting me to look like a pro baseball player and I just didn't care at all. For a lot of the rehearsal period that we could've been doing stuff there I wanted to be doing proper rehearsals and she was like, 'No. You have to look like a baseball player.' So I was like f--king having this teacher show me the ready position and Catherine was like, 'Okay, let me see it.' I was like, 'Listen, I'll do it on the day. I'll do a ready position. I can f--king squat!' So I finally did it and then for the rest of the shoot whenever she had a question about blocking or something like that I was like, 'I think I should do my ready position. I think it's really, really necessary.'"

What was up with you proposing marriage to Kristen? Was that just a rumor?

Robert Pattinson: "I can't even remember when this happened. Kristen is like, 'Yeah, you did.' I was like, 'Oh.' I think that someone else sent me a text the other week saying, 'Are we still on for our marriage?' I think it was yesterday that I was supposed to marry someone else."

Is this a regular thing with you?

Robert Pattinson: "I guess it must be."

Did anything from your Harry Potter experience prepare you for the whole pop culture phenomenon of Twilight?

Robert Pattinson: "Having it die down afterwards. Having it being the hot thing for a few months and then it just going and no one giving a sh-t. It helps. It helps once you get used to it and know that no one will care. Once you're immune to failure, it's like nothing matters."

Are you still doing music?

Robert Pattinson: [Laughing] "Not so much anymore. Since I was on the soundtrack I've given up."

If they want to do a Twilight sequel, it'll take time to get it all together.

Robert Pattinson: "Yeah. The thing is that I have to stay the same age unless they recast me. So they'd have to shoot it quite quick because I already look about three years older than I did then. So they can't wait too long."

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