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Interview: Robert Pattinson of 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2'

On fights, final moments and vampire grooming tips ...

By James Rocchi Nov 15, 2012 5:46PM

With his hair carefully disheveled and a few days of stubble, Robert Pattinson looks remarkably ... human, considering the make-up and effects work required to make him the ageless undying vampire Edward Cullen. This film marks the end of the Twilight series, (barring any future sequels or prequels or what-have you), and Pattinson's elation and exhaustion seemed to be intertwined when we spoke with him in Los Angeles about the fights of the finale, the struggle to maintain the look of lifelessness, and more.


MSN Movies:  We can talk about the final film and what it means to move on from that, but I'm curious now that Miss Stewart's character is a vampire and on an equal footing with your character, was it nice to not have all of the action acting to do in the relationship on screen?


Robert Pattinson: Yeah. I generally don't have to do that much action stuff, but it's funny though because Kristin's really into it. And I am normally, but for some reason in the Twilight movies I was always, 'cause it's something about not being able to sweat and not being able to get hurt, like I like falling down, I like getting dirty and stuff. As soon as you feel like you can't fall down, it's so difficult to do action sequences. You always get injured if you're trying to act like a superhero.


Right, and you go in there portraying this kind of vampiric infallibility and you get horrible bruises.


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Yeah, it's weird. I think the most successful way to do a fight scene, to make it look the best, is to be like really loose. You have to have absolutely no tension, and falling down and everything, it's much better if you're like flopping. It sounds ridiculous, but it does work. (Laughs) Yeah, as soon as you start trying to be a superhero it ruins it. 


Was there a realization on the last day of shooting that, "Oh my gosh, this is the first time in a long time I could get a tan, grow a beard out"? I mean you have to do a lot of physical things to make the makeup look work. Is it nice to be able to say goodbye to those?


Yeah, it's funny as well 'cause I never ever shave, and the more you clean shave, by the end of the eight months I was getting like five o' clock shadows at ten o' clock in the morning so I had to shave like eight times a day. So the makeup doesn't work anyway after awhile, but yeah, it is nice to know that I don't have to moisturize every single day. (Laughs)


(Laughs) You're liberated from that tyranny?




The climactic action scene, this is the biggest kind of action scene we've seen in these films yet. What was the filming of that like? How long did it take? What were the choreography and preparations like? Was it a lot of gym work leading up to the shooting to stage it and block it?


We got a lot of choreography for it, but then on the day, I mean we were there for so long and things kept changing all the time. I mean we were doing a lot of it on the fly, and there were so many people involved. No one could predict it. I mean we were shooting with four cameras and there were 120 people, and it's just flat ground so you could really do anything.  So it became quite interesting. We were on and off shooting for like three months for that sequence, which is crazy, in a big cow shed with fake snow on the floor and just green walls. It felt long after all that.


But then ... movie magic.


Yeah, I still haven't seen it yet. I have absolutely no idea what happens in the fight, 'cause we shot about six different versions of it.


I feel like if I told you…


" ... you wouldn't believe it."  (Laughs)


For more on "Breaking Dawn -- Part 2," check out our video interviews with the cast:



"Breaking Dawn -- Part 2" is in theaters tonight.


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