Today, following the hand and footprint ceremony for Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner, a press conference series was held in Los Angeles, California for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1.
Participating in the panels were several Twilight Saga castmates and filmmakers, and Hypable.com held a running live blog covering each.
A few highlights from their coverage of the day were as follows:
- Julia Jones on Leah’s attitude shift in Breaking Dawn
“The crux of her shift happens when she breaks off from the wolf pack. It felt like a big relief to be not have to be angry anymore (in the role). There’s this one scene with Taylor, when he’s let her stay with him, I just felt that tons had been lifted off of my shoulders. I was really fortunate that the arc of my character was in the script. It made finding a balance so much easier.”
- Bill Condon on Breaking Dawn never getting an R rating
“It wasn’t really rated R. They didn’t rate it. They told us we weren’t hitting PG 13 yet. It’s a very clinical thing. They have very specific guidelines for ratings. Because it’s so subjective they have very specific guidelines. I had to be critical but.. thrusting, intercourse. There was never explicit. It’s not very different from what you see. Any movement was what was considered not appropriate. Because of the popularity of Twilight it had a bigger focus.”
- Stephenie Meyer on penning any further installments to the Saga
“I’ve thought about it. People ask all the time. There are pieces in my computer – who knows, sometimes you want to get into a new world. The characters are always going to be alive for me.”
- Melissa Rosenberg on collaborating with Stephenie Meyer
“My objective is .. if Stephenie likes and it and approves, that’s my job. We’re all visitors in her universe. The other thing that was really fantastic was to discover that Stephenie is really a great collaborator. I would be outlining something and I’d call or e-mail her and we’d bounce around ideas that weren’t in the book.”
- Wyck Godfrey on deciding to split Breaking Dawn into two films
“I was initially very resistant. But then we challenged ourselves to come up with very good narrative reasons why it would work. Would the death and rebirth be climatic enough to stand on its own for one movie? I think collectively we came to the conclusion that yeah, it could work.”
- Jackson Rathbone on dancing for the wedding scene
“A little jitterbug, a little old school dancing. I was really into that genre. We did some choreography and I wanted to do an old school flip, which we were nervous about cause Ashley was in heels. I didn’t want to throw her and… last day of filming I kill her.”
- Robert Pattinson on being immortalized today
“I stayed at the Magic Castle the first few times I came to LA when I was like 17. I used to walk down to Hollywood blvd all the time and never knew it looked the way that it does. Honestly I don’t feel like I’ve even done it. It’s like this wave has happened and I’m just on it. I’ve never really had any kind of – I feel like now is all part of the same thing. I was kind of embarrassed because I stood up and messed up my own handprint!”
Be sure to head to Hypable.com to read the full transcript.
UPDATE: You can also watch videos from the various press conference sections here.
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