Team Edward rejoice. Bella is about to become Mrs. Edward Cullen. That means they live happily ever after, right? Well, no. So much goes wrong that Breaking Dawn had to be split into two films to cover it all. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 opens Friday.
For his fourth movie as vampire Edward Cullen, Robert Pattinson met the press for the penultimate time. The role has made him a teen heartthrob and a movie star, and here’s what he’s had to say about all his success.
RP: It’s kind of incredible. I stayed at the Magic Castle the first few times I came to LA when I was like 17. I used to walk down there all the time and had no idea that Hollywood Blvd. looked the way that it does. I was totally unemployable. It wasn’t even in the realm of any kind of understanding and it still isn’t at all. I don't really feel like I've even done it. I feel like there’s just this wave has happened and I'm just on it. I've never really had any kind of, it’s difficult, I feel like I’m going to feel the personal connection in 20 years from now. I feel like now it’s just all part of the same thing. I was kind of embarrassed when I did it because I messed it up and stood on my own handprints. The one handprint which is messed up. But it's incredible. It represents something amazing. I think it’s totally ridiculous. I don’t even know how to feel about it. It's juts kind of mind blowing.
Q: Bella and Edward have an extravagant wedding. Would you want one of those in your own life?
RP: It does seem like a bit of a hassle. I was just doing an interview with Kristen. She kind of got all annoyed with me for saying the groom's role in a wedding is basically just as a prop. Even playing the part, you kind of realize it's a clear indication of whose day it is when you're standing at one end of the aisle and the entire congregation is looking at the girl, you’re in the same suit as every other guy just kind of waiting and she’s in a princess dress walking down. It's really just any guy who tries to get involved in organizing a wedding, or has an opinion of what the wedding should be, then they’re kind of ridiculous. It’s really whatever your wife decides to do.
Q: So that's a no?
RP: What doing a fancy one? I really don’t mind. I just don’t want to have to wear a silly outfit. That’s the thing you have to think about.
Q: Edward is super nervous and happy at his wedding. Have you ever had a moment like that?
RP: Yeah, a lot. I think it’s whenever you’re really genuinely happy, you’re also terrified. You’re kind of out of control. You’re always a little bit nervous and I think that’s’ the perfect level of happiness, when you’re kind of terrified at the same time. I think I felt that many, many times.
Q: When have you felt that recently?
RP: I can't even think. It’s kind of lame, but I was walking around in Paris the other day. Actually no, that’s a terrible idea. That doesn’t work at all. I can't remember a specific example, sorry!
Q: You've been playing Edward for 4 years. What’s the journey he's taken through the series?
RP: I think in the broadest terms about Edward's journey, right from the beginning I just ignored the fact that he was a vampire and basically ignored the fact that that he was 108, except as metaphorical purposes. You're just left with a kind of troubled teenager who has a really simple story of him getting content with himself. He gets content by finding a woman and having a child which is I guess how a lot of troubled guys balance themselves out. At least that's the hope anyway.
Q: Is he self-loathing?
RP: Yeah, I always thought that would be the key ingredient to Edward’s character. He’s a 108 year old guy who’s never achieved anything he’s wanted to achieve. He's been stuck in adolescence. When you’re an adolescent, nothing is given to you. You think everything's unfair, blah blah blah, and he's been living with that for 100 years. You eventually get to the point of desperation. It’s very difficult to portray that and to portray a love story at the same time unless you want to make a very different movie. I was trying to push for that angle at the same time. It's funny but [Breaking Dawn director] Bill [Condon] was the first person to say, "I want to put this at the forefront" because Breaking Dawn is probably the happiest Edward's been in the whole series. So perhaps it was the wrong moment to use that, but we did a couple of flashback scenes that kind of reflect his anger I guess when he first turned into a vampire.
Q: What has your own personal journey been with this series?
RP: It's presented a whole variety of obstacles in terms of trying to grow and figure out who you want to be. It's like having a very complicated maze to go through. You’re also being propelled by some kind of jet as well and trying to figure out how to go through a maze at the same time. I still feel like it hasn't really slowed down. I'm still trying to figure out where I'm at but it's been fun. It’s totally bizarre to me. I said for years I didn't even know if I was going to continue acting before this happened, and now I have much more of a drive and passion for it than I ever did before.