Q: What were your last moments playing Edward?
RP: The very last moments I was in St. Thomas in the Caribbean, on the beach. It was kind of incredible. It was the only time I did anything like that in the Twilight movie. The last scene with everyone, it was kind of horrible because it was freezing cold, it was after two weeks of night shoots. I think everyone just scattered after the scene. “Yeah, that’s the end of Twilight” and it was five in the morning, it was freezing cold, pouring rain. At least it was kind of symbolic of how all the movies were shot, just freezing cold and pouring rain all the time. It doesn't feel like the end of it yet. Also because the press tours have become so huge and you’re always being asked about it all the time, this feels like part of the process of making the movies. Until the last one's released, I don't feel like I've finalized anything.
Q: You’re a musician yourself. What music are you listening to right now?
RP: I always sound so pretentious. I hope I’m going to remember some people. There's this band called Pato, like this ‘70s band which I really like and a pianist called Ahmad Jamal. I can't remember anyone else, sorry. That’s so stupid. And Katy Perry! [joking]
Q: Would you get back into music?
RP: Yeah. I record stuff a lot but I don’t know, there's something doing movies, I can handle the criticism because you can always blame it on someone else. There’s 100s of people to blame it on but with music, as soon as you put something out there, you're basically, really, because everyone judges it if you’re an actor and you’ve made some money and stuff, you’re basically only putting an album out for people to judge it. I don't necessarily want people to judge it or care what they say but also I know if I put an album out, the day it comes out I know I'm going to be on the internet looking at stuff and I’ll probably shoot myself. So I don’t know if it’s worth shooting myself over.
Q: Could you put it out under an alias?
RP: I kind of like the idea of that but it’s also very embarrassing if you get caught.
Q: All the Twilight fans know about the birth scene. What was it like shooting that?
RP: I read the script before I read the book. It’s the first time I’d done that so I read that scene being kind of astonished. I knew it was crazy, the story, but I couldn't believe it was actually written down and we were going to do it. It was terrifying going into it. It was one of the most incredible scenes to do in this movie. There's got to be an R Rated or NC 17 rated version of a few scenes in this movie. It was just incredible to do that. Because of the violence, it gave you a lot of freedom in the scene. Having every character so desperate, it became something very, very different. Especially for Edward who’s always held back, who’s a pacifist and he’s very objective and logical about everything, to do this thing where you’re suddenly playing Edward stuck between an emaciated dummy's legs, chewing through a placenta, getting cream cheese all over your face, and then pulling out a three-week-old baby afterwards, with a wig on. It’s like something out of a Bunuel movie.
Q: What is next for you, another big franchise or smaller indie films?
RP: I don't know. I really approach things almost the exact same way. Smaller movies are great because you don't have to argue with so many people all the time but really I kind of like arguing so there's a balance either way. With independent movies it's nice to see a director who’s so pleased with it. It’s so rare when someone’s giving someone the money to do something and they let them do it. I just worked with David Cronenberg and just to see him, he’s left alone by everyone because obviously he's proved himself time and time again. It’s really strange. I've never worked with someone with absolutely no pressure from anyone else apart from themselves and from the environment they’ve chosen to work in. It's kind of nice to know that the pressure is not caused by compromises or anything like that. They’ve taken responsibility on themselves and it’s really up to them to make it what they want, and people get a lot more pleasure out of it than having to sometimes give up a lot just because there’s so much money involved, or you’re working on a franchise when you have to think about the audience and you have to think about the previous movies. It’s a different thing in some ways.
Q: Would you and Kristen work together after this franchise is over?
RP: I don’t know.