Stewart, Lautner on ‘Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2’
By Cindy Pearlman November 14, 2012 2:47PM
Lautner said he loved taking a beating
As the other “man” in the “Twilight” triangle, Taylor Lautner can be counted on to shed his shirt at some point in every new movie.
In “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2,” he doesn’t disappoint.
“It’s always uncomfortable for me when I take off my shirt,” Lautner said, laughing. “No one else is taking their shirt off. Why is everyone else in these movies bundled up in layers of clothing and I’m taking my clothes off all the time?”
Lautner reflected on his final turn as werewolf Jacob Black:
QUESTION: Kristen Stewart beats you up in this movie. Was that fun to shoot?
ANSWER: “That’s my favorite scene in ‘Breaking Dawn 2,” Lautner said. “It was hysterical because when she finds out I’ve imprinted on her daughter, she doesn’t take it well.
“This is the first time Bella goes into vampire mode. Believe me when I say Kristen had a lot of fun bashing me around.”
Q: What happened to your Jacob wig from the first film?
A: “One of my biggest regrets,” Lautner said. “I hated that wig. At the wrap party, they asked me if I wanted it. I said, ‘No, burn it.’ Now, it’s such good memorabilia and it’s gone
because they really did burn it.”
Q: What are you doing next?
A: “I’m reteaming with the producers of ‘Twilight’ on an awesome script,” Lautner said. “It’s very serious, dramatic and different for me. I’m excited to see what’s next. I love all aspects of film and all genres.”
Updated: December 19, 2012 11:21AM
There is one delicate question you really shouldn’t ask Kristen Stewart.
Not that question.
She bristles a bit when you ask her what it feels like to shed her screen alter ego, Bella Swan.
“People keep asking me, ‘What does it feel like to walk away from ‘Twilight’?” she said. “I don’t feel like I have to walk anywhere.
“You hold on to the things that are dear to you. I will always carry Bella Swan with me. I feel the same way about Bella as the fans do.”
Stewart, 22, said she took a few lessons from the character.
“I love how Bella was always questioning herself. She was constantly thinking, ‘Wait, do I go with this ... or is this crazy?’ ” Stewart said.
“I think you should question yourself along the way. You should never stop doing that. You should constantly question everything and push harder.”
On Nov. 16, she will play Bella for the last time in “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2,” the film where we finally see a red-eyed, butt-kicking Bella in full vampire mode.
She also must protect her young daughter Renesmee (Mackenzie Foy) from the Volturi, the governing vampires who don’t approve of a child conceived between a mortal mother and vampire father.
Is Stewart glad it’s over?
“I’m so happy the story is told,” she said. “We had five years to tell this story. It’s out. It’s not weighing on us anymore.”
“Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer says the Bella as a full-fledged vampire on screen matched what was in her head when she was writing the books.
“The performance was remarkable from the first moment she put in the contacts,” Meyer said.
“I was nervous wondering if Bella would be different as a vampire. The point is it has to feel like something new.
“I was so impressed with Kristen. I stood by the monitor doing a little happy dance.”
Director Bill Condon added, “She becomes a badass warrior. We made the last two movies at the same time. In the morning, she would be emaciated or giving birth and in the afternoon she was a vampire.”
The key to finding Bella’s inner vampire was all of Stewart’s years as Bella the human.
“The best aspect of every vampire is always creating an enhanced version of what they were as human beings,” Stewart said.
“I really did get to play a very well-rounded vampire because I got to make those baby steps along the way.
“If you were to take the fact that she becomes a vampire completely away, this new movie shows a more realized version of who Bella has been the entire time.”
Why did so many young girls embrace Bella?
“She really does represent that stage of life where you’re really pumping and full of something you can’t put your finger on,” Stewart said.
“She’s a girl who has faith enough in herself not to ignore her feelings. She finds out why they’re there.”
Of course, Stewart’s private life splashed all over the media in summer after she was spotted with Rupert Sanders, her “Snow White and the Huntsman” director.
Then she publicly professed her true love for Pattinson.
Stewart won’t talk about that, but she will talk about love, movie style.
“People thinks she’s nuts and Bella is losing it by falling in love with a vampire,” Stewart said. “But her decisions are fully informed by feeling.
“Now with the last film, it all makes sense. Bella is happy. She has a husband and child who love her.
“She is exactly where she needs to be in life. Now she can say, ‘I told you. We held on to this love for a reason.’ ”
The Los Angeles native has played Bella since she was 18 years old. Stewart admitted that she wasn’t sure if the first film would even be a hit.
“I guess the day my life changed was at Comic-Con, when I met the fans for the first time,” she says.
“I was hit by this wave of human energy. It made me think, ‘This is not a normal movie.’ ”
Next up for Stewart is “On the Road,” which is due to hit the big screen on Dec. 21.
“For me, choosing a role is always an impulsive thing,” she said. “I could read a fantastic script, but it might not be my thing. I have to really respond at a gut level.
“That’s why I loved Bella. I’m young and I wanted to explore youth through that role. Now, I want to dig a little deeper and shock myself a little bit.”
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‘THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN — PART 2’
DIRECTOR: Bill Condon
STARS: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner
GENRE: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
RATED: PG-13 for sequences of violence including disturbing images, some sensuality and partial nudity
RUNNING TIME: 1 hour and 55 minutes