Here’s a new interview with Rob from Cine Premiere’s Breaking Dawn Special Issue from Mexico, not to be confused with the Cine Premiere interview I posted about two weeks ago. This one’s different and much longer. For this same reason I’m posting the translation of each interview with the cast on a separate post. They’re all really good questions – and as usual the cast opens up more with foreign press – especially Rob, naturally. A lot of fans have wondered why the foreign press delivers the best interviews, especially the Spanish/Latin American press. Personally, I think it’s because they focus 100% on the actor’s movie/career, and nothing else matters to them, so the actors feel more comfortable talking openly, knowing that no personal questions will be asked. Rob is great at giving honest answers when he knows he can let his guard down a bit.
Important: As always, I ask fellow bloggers to please take an excerpt and link back to the rest (proper active link to this post). Translating takes a lot of time and effort. Thanks for understanding.
Looking pale but awake, Rob apologizes, “I drank so much coffee this morning I might have vomited”. He’s sporting a new haircut, “It’s for my next movie. I had to cut it randomly. I thought about shaving it off, but I thought of only cutting one part, and I liked it so much in the end, that I kept it.” Always with a big smile on his face, and laughing through most of the interview, the superstar shares his thoughts on the finale of the saga that catapulted him to fame.
I remember we talked before the first movie came out and you said that fans didn’t like you at all, and it was all very interesting and new to you because the adventure was just getting started. Now we’re close to the end. What are your thoughts on this experience? Because you’re more than accepted by fans now.
Ye,s it’s always very interesting. I guess they accept me now, sort of.
It’s much more than just “sort of”!
I guess. What happens when you do these things is that you become the image of what people are reading in the books, and what they’re in love with is what they see in their own imaginations. I remember when I did the Harry Potter movie, I read the book, and without even seeing the movies first, I already pictured Daniel, Emma and Rupert. So performances don’t really matter, it’s enough that the faces are appropriate enough, and that’s how people get accepted by fans. It’s almost like brainwashing. Looking back, I try not to think about it too much or make more of it than it is. I’m very lucky and I want a career out of this, so I have to be smart and make the right decisions.
Analyzing Edward, do you think he’s a week guy? Is he too passive at times, eventhough inside he feels this great passion and love? He’s very romantic too, how do you see him?
I think he’s helpless. I’ve always thought – and if you pay close attention to the character you can see it too – that he’s a guy that has been so lonely for so long that he goes crazy, and that’s why he is the way that he is. That’s all I can think of, whenever I think about him in the first three movies, and how he finds himself more in each movie. It was interesting reading the fourth book, because I didn’t agree with most of his actions. I didn’t like the way he behaved. In the previous books you could understand the reasons behind his actions, and even sympathize with him, but I was not getting him at all in this movie “Why are you doing this?! You’re a whimp!” I really didn’t understand him, and it was fun trying to legitimize those weird actions, and it was an interesting way to close the saga for me. I guess he becomes more of a hero in Part 2 for the first time, though it’s Bella who saves him all the time, for once. But it’s interesting how he’s more impulsive and selfish in Part 1, which makes him go crazy. And in the first movie he’s always orchestrating everything.
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And he still marries her! He wants to marry her!
I know! It’s the only thing that matters to him, he’s obsessed with it. Like that’s the answer.
Can you talk about what happens in Part 1 and Part 2?
It’s a little unusual, because it’s almost as if this story is about getting married, and I’m playing the girl. I’m the woman obsessed with getting married, and the guy doesn’t want to and she wants everything to be perfect and everything ends up being crap, and she’s disappointed… I’m playing the disappointed bride! It’s so weird, it’s the same thing; in his mind he has a contingency plan for every situation, and he’s going to marry the love of his life and everything is all planned out. She will become a vampire after. But then they have a baby and everything is turned upside down, and he loses his mind. It’s weird playing that version of Edward. He’s so confused and crazy, because in previous movies he’s always collected and in control, he restricts himself, blah blah, and now he’s got nothing, and he goes crazy because he loses that control, he has sex and that shocks him so much to the point that he blames himself for everything, and it’s bigger than everything else that has happened in the saga.
Have you observed a lot of married people? Sounds like you’ve seen too many desperate brides and reluctant grooms.
I know the clichés! I’ve only been to one or two weddings in my life. I’ve been to so many funerals though.
You’ve had many old friends then.
I just have bad luck.
What was the wedding like? Kristen talked a bit about it. Was it emotional for you?
I guess I went through what every man goes through when he’s getting married: I was just standing there. The wedding is not about you at all! I think you can see me at the wedding for a total of half a minute. Kristen got all the heavy work. She’s walking down the aisle, while I stand there staring at her. “You look great, now let’s get married! Cool!” it was that simple for me.
And the honeymoon was fun. Brazil.
The honeymoon was harder for Edward because everything became too normal for Bella. It’s an experience that every woman has.
Where were you swimming? They showed a clip at Comic-Con.
That was shot in the Caribbean. They wanted to shoot in Canada, in the middle of winter. I was like, “No way that is happening!” It was fun. A little ridiculous having to do this in the ocean, and trying to look like a statue, but I had to be far enough where it was already deep, so there were two people at the bottom holding a box. If you look closely, you can see that I’m kind of swining. I told Bill, “Please don’t use that take, I look like an inflatable sausage!”.
You have nice pecs though…
Yes, but by the time filming had finished I had stopped working out.
A girl at Comic-Con asked you about your pecs, did you work out for that?
Yes, I tried not to think about it. Because in the book Edward’s body is described as “chiseled”, blah blah, and I managed to not take my shirt off the entire series like Taylor. I thought it objectified the men or whatever, and I said “No way! I won’t take my shirt off and I will not work out!”, but then I thought “What the heck, it’s the final movie”.
Did you become addicted to it? Collin Farrel once told us that he replaces all his vices with excercise.
No, I didn’t trade my vices. I worked out until I had to take my shirt off, but the next day I stopped. Literally, I stopped. It’s too boring to me.
What did Bill Condon bring to the franchise? You’ve had a different director for each movie. How was Bill like?
I think he understands the humor in the story, and how silly some of the situations are. He’s not afraid to get close to that stuff, unlike David Slade who wanted everything to be so serious like a traditional, scary vampire movie, and I think Chris Weitz would’ve looked for that humor too, but he had the most depressing sequel, where there was no humor at all. Only the first third of that movie is light.
What about filming two movies at once?
For me it was easy because my character doesn’t change so much. For Taylor and Kristen it was hard because they were working with 260 pages. It’s hard to know what you’re doing the next day, and there were days when we filmed scenes for the first movie and scenes for the second movie, and very different scenes they were.
Did you enjoy seeing Kristen getting her vampire make up done for once?
Yes! Because all this time she’s been wearing black contact lenses for Bella, and she said it was so easy. But that’s because ours were painted and they’re super uncomfortable. As soon as she put them on she was all, “You can’t see anything! You think you’re doing something and your face is not showing those emotions!”
Did you see the Twilight parody?
I saw bits of it. I didn’t finish it. It was horrible.
What do you feel when you see they’re making fun of you?
Weird. They make fun of everything, but it’s a strange parody. I was curious because it literally looks like Twilight, so I thought “Maybe this is a remake!”. I don’t know, it’s funny. I’m impressed that Twilight is so big it go its own parody in theaters, because it also looked like they had a decent budget. they probably had the same budget we had in the first movie. It’s almost the same movie, except every two seconds someome falls with a banana peel.
Does it surprise you that when you were getting started it was a semi-independent movie, and now it’s worldwide fenomenon? Did you imagine this?
No, never. It’s still so far away from what we thought it would be. Because we thought that after the second movie, there would be more movies directed to women and girls. But that hasn’t been the case. People feel like it’s so apart from everything else, and that causes some division between audiences. Dvision? Is that the right word? People get so angry because we’re doing so well, and I think it’s hilarious.
What is your favorite memory of all of this?
Some parts of all the craziness. I remember I was promoting a movie… which movie? Some movie! And we were in Munich inside an Olympic stadium and there were like 30,000 people screaming at the Q and A panel. And here’s 30,000 people for just one panel and it was the most ridiculous thing in the world because all we did was wave and they would go cazy. You would turn around, wave and that was it, see ya later! The emotion you feel the first time you experience something like that is hard to accept.
Do people come up to you on the street? Do they do it for you, or for Edward?
I don’t know, it helps me think that it’s all about Edward, but on the other hand it makes me sad. It depends on how I’m feeling that day. I’ve had the experience of being in front of a huge crowd and feel dissociated even from my own name. Everybody screams “Robert!” and by the time I’m in my car waving goodbye, I no longer feel like I’m the same Robert people are screaming for. It’s funny seeing a bunch of people, knowing they’re not really looking at you. They are seeing whatever they think you are. But it’s an interesting experience.
Compared with other movies that you’ve done recently, I remember you were exhausted after WFE.
I’ve been completely exhausted for three years!
You were more tired back then. How does it compare to making movies where you’re friends with everybody, to making a new movie qhere you don’t know anyone? Is it refreshing?
Yes, sometimes nerves are the best part of doing a new movie, and the more comfortable and familiar you are with everything on a movie set, the easier it is to let go of those nerves, and that’s something that has worried me about working in Twilight. But I’m always doing a scene with Kristen and she will never take a scene lightly, een just for herself, for her own ego, she wil, always try to do the best job pssible, and that keeps me alert. Als, what happens when you’re about to film a scene with people you’ve known for years, you start talking and you don’t mind. I just did Cosmopolis, and there’s so many great actors involved, and the environment is so different. I’ve never been so nervous than when I did the first take, the first
We were tlaking about Fright Night, True Blood, The Vampire Diaries. It looks like Twilight brought vampires back to life again, or at least it gave new rules to vampires. They can come out during the day, they can feed on animals too. Having played the character for 5 movies, what do you think people are attracted to vampires? Because they’re technically killers.
I really don’t get it. To me it’s strange. I have never seen a movie where I think the vampire is attractive, ever. The women kind of are. But it doesn’t work that well on men. If you saw someone like that on the street you wouldn’t be attracted to it at all.
Have you seen True Blood?
Yes, and everybody is attractive. That’s the thing about the make up. They look better without it.
What about Louisiana? Being in New Orleans and everything.
It was nice. It was so hot, so you have to enjoy the simple things. We’re used to filming in very rainy cities, so I enjoyed that. We were so close to New Orleans, a wonderful city. I never get to see the cities where I’m filming because I work six days straight, and my day off is for sleeping.
What about your music career?
I don’t know. I’m still writing music.
You had a couple of songs on the first movie, are you trying to avoid that now? Less collaborations and something more autonomous?
Yes, I think that’s why there’s nothing by me on this soundtrack. It’s easy to be labeled a certain way, and at this time I don’t know what to do with my music.
Have you lost anything you had musically because of your success now?
Yes, absolutely! For a reason people prefer actors than anything else.
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