The guys over at Collider spent what seemed like the entire weekend covering The Twilight Saga: New Moon – and why not, when you have access to the film’s stars, director and some great behind-the-scenes footage?
If you Twilight fans haven’t already been mobbing Collider trying to feast on all the good stuff they dug up, you’re in luck – I’m going to boil Collider‘s novella length transcripts down into an on-the-go sampling of the best and meatiest bits.
We’ll start with some new behind-the-scenes footage from New Moon and move on to news about which deleted scenes and extras will be included with the New Moon DVD release; we’ll end things off with some quotes from New Moon‘s cast, including Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner and Volturi actors Dakota Fanning, Michael Sheen, Jamie Campbell and Cameron Bright.
NEW MOON BEHIND-THE-SCENES FOOTAGE
A lot of you have already checked out the recent clips we posted from New Moon, featuring such eye-grabbing scenes as Bella’s near-fatal birthday celebration with the Cullens, Bella getting on the hairy side of the wolfpack and Edward battling the Volturi to save Bella’s life. If you’ve enjoyed those clips, the first question that probably comes to your mind is “How’d they make it look so good (or bad)?” Well, we’ve now got a great behind-the-scenes video courtesy of Collider, which shows you just how the filmmakers are bringing New Moon to life on the big screen.
Check it out:
NEW MOON DELETED SCENES
Whenever you start watching behind-the-scenes footage, it’s hard not to think about what other little ‘peaks behind the curtain’ you’ll be getting once a movie becomes available on DVD/Blu-ray. Well, it’s never to early to start marketing your home releases, and New Moon director Chris Weitz talked exclusively with Collider (in an elevator, no less) about what kind of New Moon extras fans can expect.
“On the DVD there will be some deleted scenes, there will be a commentary with me and I think Kristen, Rob and Taylor at the same time, and some making of and behind the scenes type stuff….I’d say a good ten minutes of groovy stuff [fans] haven’t seen.”
Weitz also elaborated that there will actually be twenty minutes of deleted footage included with the DVD release – however, about half of that footage will be in the form of extended scenes, which in reality equals out to the aforementioned ten minutes of never-before-seen footage cut from the theatrical release in order to slim down the runtime and even out the pace of the film.
I, for one, have come to the opinion that 99.9% of deleted scenes should remain that way (deleted), but I know some of you rabid New Moon fans out there will want to comb over every filmed second of this flick, so get excited, I guess…
Next up: Interviews with cast of New Moon…
First up we’ll take a look at what the main cast (and interspecies love triangle) of Edward (Robert Pattinson), Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Jacob (Taylor Lautner) had to say about their second outing in the Twilight Universe. I’ve remixed Collider‘s interview with each actor into a semi-coherent shared train of thought. Take a look:
Pattinson: It’s funny about ‘New Moon’. When I read ‘New Moon’ it gave me ideas about how to play the first one [Twilight] and it’s the one that I connected to the most and the one that humanized Edward the most for me as well. In the first one he still does remain from beginning to end an idealistic character but in the second one he makes a mistake that’s acknowledged by everybody including himself. Also he’s totally undermined by more powerful creatures and he’s undermined emotionally by people as well. I think that’s what humanized it. Since I’ve read that book I’ve always kind of liked him as a character. I try to play that same feeling throughout the first one and after the third one, as well, trying to get some kind of element of an all powerful person or almost all powerful person, the kind of hero of a story who just refuses to accept that he’s the hero. I think there’s something admirable there. I don’t know if I really made any sense.
Stewart: I had a really good time on this movie. It was intense. Just because of the nature of the story it goes in a completely different direction. We undermine the first. We establish a very ideological of love and basically tell our main character, our main protagonist that she was wrong and it’s like, ‘Where’s our story?’ You’re going to be left if Edward’s not there. What I really love about ‘New Moon’ is that you see this girl build herself back up and by the time she makes this sort of rash decision to spend eternity with a vampire she’s in a position where you actually believe her. You’re like, ‘Okay, you’re old enough, your mature enough to know. You’ve lived life.’ She grows up. I don’t know what I’m talking about anymore.
Lautner: …Yeah, Jacob transforms a lot in ‘New Moon.’ Not only physically, but mentally and emotionally as well. So it was a matter of getting to the gym and eating the right foods and a lot of it. But also, reading and studying the book and my character over and over and over again so I could have his character down as well. Because he changes in many many different ways…basically my job was to continue what I started in ‘Twilight,’ which was this extremely happy, friendly, outgoing guy. Best friends with Bella. And I had to continue that for the first half of the film, but as soon as I transform, I snap and I become a completely different person. I’m dealing with my issues and it’s really hard for me.
Pattinson: I didn’t see Taylor until just a little before we started shooting. So when he came back I had the same reaction as everyone else, like, ‘Jesus. Now I have to go to the gym.’ It was strange. This one was weird because I hardly did any scenes with Taylor. We did just the scenes at the beginning and the scenes at the end and that’s it. He had his entire storyline develop without me being around which is interesting because I had no idea where his performance was going and so it wasn’t really a competition or anything. It was all sort of independent. Whereas in ‘Eclipse’ we’re doing scenes together all the time with Bella and so it really shows the dynamic in that one.
Stewart: …We needed to be sure that whoever played Jacob was going to be Jacob in ‘New Moon’. He’s such a different person. He becomes a man…It’s not just a physical transformation. He really becomes an adult. I mean I always knew that Taylor could do that but we just needed to make sure because it was so important. So once he actually proved himself which wasn’t hard to do, even seeing him walk around on set was like a different experience. He’s literally become a different person. He’s just grown up. He’s so confident and the nicest guy that I’ve ever met. I know that I’m using this grammatically incorrect but he’s the funnest guy I’ve ever hung out with. So he’s great. I’m so proud of him.
Lautner: I don’t think there’s anyway to prepare yourself for this phenomenon just because none of us expected it. When we were filming ‘Twilight,’ we didn’t expect anything. We were just filming a movie that we wanted the fans to enjoy. And then it kinda just blew into this whole other world. So I don’t think there’s a way to prepare for that, but yeah you could definitely say I felt a little bit of pressure trying to bring Jacob’s character and Jake and Bella’s relationship alive for the fans. Because this movie definitely develops their relationship and that sets up the love triangle so it’s a very important story.
Pattinson: I guess it’s inevitable that you become more comfortable. You’re still fighting against some things. The franchise itself, there’s nothing really scary about it. I like the people that I work with. I generally have very few disagreements about the script or about anything when we’re doing it, especially on ‘New Moon’. It just seemed so relaxed and easy.
Stewart: I think my favorite thing about this is the fact that I can keep it personal. It’s still something that if the franchise, if the saga didn’t become a franchise and it was literally was just a series of movies that I had done they would mean just as much to me. That’s also the best part of it, the fact that it isn’t like that, the fact that so many people are affected by it and are invested in it just as much as me if not more. Like I said about Chris, if you don’t like people and if you don’t want to make movies because you care about people then you probably are just wanting to be just rich and famous. So the fact that this is so important to so many people makes me so happy. That’s it. I think that’s it.
And of course, regarding the often-debated subject of who would win in a fight between vampire Edward and wolf-boy Jacob:
Pattinson: [laughs] I don’t know. I did hear the other day that Taylor had agreed to an interview where the interviewer was going to fight him. I don’t think that I’d ever agree to that and also looking at Taylor’s martial arts videos from when he was like nine I really wouldn’t want to do anything. Maybe if I had some kind of weapon. Edward and Jacob? I don’t know. I think it’s actually a fact that Edward would win. I think. If I’ve read the books correctly. So I guess I can hold onto that for my ego.
Lautner: Oh man. I don’t know between me and Rob. He actually does a lot of boxing in his time off, so it might be a good match-up. Jacob, we were actually discussing this on set, it’s funny we were like ‘who would win in a fight between Jacob and Edward,’ because there’s a scene outside Bella’s house where Edward grabs my shoulder and he’s mad at me and Jacob doesn’t take that. So he takes his arm and rips it off. And at that moment, Jacob would transform into a wolf and we’re having this discussion that got really deep, we’re like ‘if I were to poof into a wolf right now, what would happen? Who would win?’ I don’t know, our discussion points were like ‘usually, we’re with our pack so if I’m without my pack, am I gonna be weaker?’ So I honestly don’t know. That discussion is still up in the air. We should probably get Stephenie Meyer on the line and ask her.
There is a ridiculous amount of material in these interviews, so if you’re really hungry for the full transcripts, I’ll point you to where you need to go:
Last but not least, an interview with the Volturi…
Collider also managed an interview with the Volturi, the cabal of fanged ones who serve as the ruling tribunal of the vampires in the Twilight Saga universe. Present for the interview were actors Dakota Fanning (Jane), Michael Sheen (Aro), Jamie Campbell (Caius) and Cameron Bright (Alec). A few quotes from each Volturi member:
Dakota Fanning: I think the highlight of playing Jane was getting to wear that costume and to have the red contact lenses — I was really excited about that – and getting to play an evil character. The next movie I already finished doing, Eclipse, and it’s about the same. It’s still not very much in the movie.
Michael Sheen: …I liked the idea of a character who on the surface appears to be very friendly and thinks of himself as just being a sentimental old fool, a romantic at heart, and then he wants to eat your eyes. I liked that sort of idea so that was where Aro came from…
Jamie Campbell Bower: We are basically the vampire government, I guess. We’re there to sort of keep all the vampires in check. People keep describing us as evil. I wouldn’t say we’re evil necessarily. We’re the government and not everybody likes the government, which is fine…There’s me and Michael and Chris Heyerdahl who plays Marcus, Aro and Caius respectively, and we sit on these big thrones and then there’s you (Dakota) and Charlie (Bewley) and Dan (Cudmore). They’re our runners effectively.
Cameron Bright: Me and Dakota, we’re the henchmen but it’s kind of funny because Dakota is the most feared out of all the Volturi. She’s the one with the worst power and everything – well not worst like worst in a sentence. We’re the henchmen. We kind of do what they say. For me, as Alec, I’m the only one that isn’t quite afraid of her but I still am. Like I’m not afraid to say what I want, where everybody else is always kind of watching their words, as far the henchmen go…We’re brother and sister. That’s basically about it. That spells it out for you. Luckily, we don’t fight at all or else I’d be in trouble.
Dakota Fanning: For me, my special power is that I can just look at someone and cause them pain. And, if I could have any power, it would be to read people’s thoughts.
Jamie Campbell Bower: I don’t have a power. Take from that what you will. And if I had a power in real life, probably something like the power of flight would be kind of cool – just to get from A to B much quicker rather than walking everywhere. It’s much faster.
Michael Sheen: My power is to be able to read people’s thoughts by touching them, and in real life, I would like to have the power to always look like I’m 3 centimeters to the right of where I actually am. [Laughter] Mock!…I haven’t really experienced much of the Twilight fan stuff yet. But, I did go into a store in L.A. to buy a pair of jeans and I went into the little cubicle to try my jeans on…As I came out, there was a woman shaking, going “You’re Aro, aren’t you?!” and I just hid in my cubicle again. Whooo! Anyway, I’m slightly to the right of where you are. [Laughter] That’s been really my only experience with that. Apart from also going into my daughter’s bedroom and seeing — she’s just got pictures from Twilight and New Moon everywhere — and seeing my own little picture which I think she did out of pity. [Laughter] Have Dad up there as well. That was quite a ball [bore?].
Go here for Collider‘s full interview with the Volturi actors.
Phew, that is a lot of New Moon news for one day. Thanks to Collider‘s Steve Weintraub for busting his hump to snag all these great quotes and clips for you Twilight Saga fans out there!
The Twilight Saga: New Moon will be in theaters on November 20, 2009.
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