Thanks to Hypable who was in attendance and live blogging at the Breaking Dawn press conference today in Los Angeles we have a full transcript!
Question: You’ve been playing Edward for 4 years, talk about the journey he’s taken through the series. And for yourself personally.
Rob: I think in the broadest terms, Edward’s journey.. I ignored the fact that he’s a vampire and that he’s 108, except for metaphorical purposes. You’re left with a troubled teenager. It’s a really simple story of him content with himself. He gets content by finding a woman and having a child. That’s how a lot of troubled guys balance themselves out? At least that’s the hope anyway.
Question: Bill mentioned that you said Edward was self loathing and it was never presented in the plot of the first three films.
Rob: I always thought that was the key ingredient. He’s been stuck in adolescence. You think everything’s unfair, he’s been living with it for 100 years. You eventually get to the point of desperation. it was difficult to portray that and a love story at the same time. It’s funny but Bill was the first person to say “I want to put this at the forefront” because Edward’s the happiest he’s been in the series. We did flashbacks that kind of reflect his anger.
Question: And your own personal journey?
Rob: It’s presented a whole variety of obstacles. Growing into who I want to be. It’s a very complicated maze. Also being propelled by some kind of jet, and going through the maze at the same time. It hasn’t slowed down and I’m still trying to figure out where I’m at. But it’s been fun. I didn’t even know if I was going to continue acting before this happened, and now I have more of a drive than ever before.
Question: What’s on your iPod right now?
There’s this band called Pato (sp?). I Pianist called Arnold Dramale (sp?) I can’t remember anyone else, sorry.
.. and Katy Perry!
Question: Can you talk about your last moments of ever playing Edward?
Rob: She made a joke in the woods? Oh yeah, about running after Jake and saying she made a mistake. Yeah she’s done that throughout the series.
Rob: The birth scene (talking about that now), I read that scene and was kind of astonished. I knew it was crazy but I couldn’t believe it was actually written down and we were going to do it. It was terrifying going into it. It ended up being this kind of – it was one of the most incredible scenes to do in this movie. THere’s this R Rated – or NC 17 rated version of a few scenes in this movie. (laugh) Because of the violence, it gave you a lot of freedom in the scene. The characters were so desperate, it became something very very different.
Rob: To do this thing where he’s suddenly playing Edward who’s stuck between an emaciated dummy’s legs, getting cream cheese all over your face, and then pulling out a three-week-old baby, it was overwhelming (laughin lots)
Question: last moments playing Edward?
Rob: The very last moments I was in the Caribbean, on the beach. It was incredible. It was the only time I did anything like that in the Twilight movie. The last scene with everyone.. it was 2 weeks of cold, end of night shoots. It was freezing cold, pouring rain. It was symbolic kind of how all the movies were shot (laughs). it doesn’t feel like the end of it yet. Also because the press tours have become so huge. This feels like part of the process. Until the last one’s released, I don’t feel like I’ve finalized anything.
Question: Have you ever had a super nervous/super happy moment in real life like Rob did in the wedding?
Rob: I can’t even think of one.. I was walking around in Paris the other day. Actually no, that’s a bad example. I can’t remember a specific example, sorry!
Question: You’ve done all these huge franchise films. What do you like doing really? The independent film? The big film? Gunning for Harrison Fords record of doing every franchise out there? What’s next for you?
Rob: I don’t know. I approach these moments 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 like arguing so there’s a balance either way. With independent movies it’s nice to see – sorry, I just noticed your dog down there, I’m boring him to sleep (someone’s dog is here). Yeah, it’s nice to see someone directing who’s so pleased with it. He’s proved himself time and time again. I’ve never worked with someone who’sf elt absolutely no pressure. It’s nice that the pressure isn’t caused by compromises.
Question: You’ve talked about wanting to get back into music. Is that still a priority?
Rob: Yeah. I record stuff a lot but – there’s something about handling the criticism with movies, you can always blame it on someone else. But with music, you’re basically putting an album out for people to judge it. I don’t care what they say but the day it comes out I know I’ll look online to read reviews.
Question: You guys were immortalized earlier today. How do you feel about that?
Rob: 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!
Rob: It’s incredible. It represents something amazing. It’s mind blowing.
Question: You guys experienced an extravagant wedding. Would you want one of those in your own life?
Rob: It does seem like a bit of a hassle. I was just doing an interview with Kristen. She got annoyed with me for saying the groom’s role in a wedding is just as a prop (laughter). Playing the part, you kind of realize it’s a clear indication when you’re staring at one end of the aisle and EVERYONE is looking at the girl coming down in a princess dress (laughs)
Rob: it’s really just.. any guy who tries to get involved in a wedding, or has an opinion, … it’s whatever your wife decides a do.
Questoin: So that’s a no?
Rob: What doing a fancy one? No.
Rob Related Quotes from Bill Condon’s Interview
Question: When did the cast give you enlightenment? And what about having Meyer there?
Bill: the first people who arrived were Rob, Kristen, and Taylor. We just sat in a room talking about every page through the script. They showed a tremendous amount – when an actor embodies a role you’ll know it more than they ever will.
Bill: I met with Rob a couple months before we started. We were just having a general talk about Twilight. He mentioned something I ahdn’t known before. He’d been a playing a men who was full of regret and who was self loathing. Because of an episode where he broke away from the Cullen family (the early 30s in Chicago) where he’d explore what it’d be like to kill human beings.
Rob thought it was a killed that played on Edward, but it was never played in the movies. There was Midnight Sun where it’s really explored. SO we had a conversation about that, I worked with Melissa, and we put it into the beginning of the movie. We understood where Edward was coming from. So things like that, so much comes out of those types of meetings.
Question: Was the chemistry something you felt when you met them?
Bill: We started filming in Brazil. They were staying on the beach, annd then downstairs there people all the time and they couldn’t leave their room. It amazed me how gracious they were all the time. I kind of understood it was part of the interest. Generally, one thing that’s so exciting is.. you work on every decision and it’s going to be studied and reacted to by a large group of people.
Bill: We haven’t seen a screening with big crowds of people, except for last night. Rob and Kristen are so relaxed in the acting – it’s something they don’t even have to act.
Question: I think it’s great how tune you are with all of the fans. This is for them. We heard it was originally rated R?
Bill: 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.
Question: Rob jokingly blamed Kristen.
Bill: Well, Rob’s right. (laughter)
Question: Talk about shooting in Brazil.
Bill: We started on the honeymoon in Brazil. I found it great. The crew was great, we had some weather problems.. got rained in and had to sleep in bathtubs in the honeymoon house. But everythign about it was magical. We were five hours outside of Rio, and we had to write a boat into the set every day.
Question: Can you talk about the last day of shooting?
Bill: That was the almost last day. The last day was the middle of April and it snowed. It was hard to shoot in Vancouver. There were two big moments. One was the dance between Kristen and Taylor, and Rob stayed for the whole thing. It ended at dawn.
Bill: Everyone got emotional and Kristen cut it with a joke. Because the last take.. high shot.. I call cut.. she starts running in the wedding dress and starts yelling “Jacob come back come back I’ve made a mistake!” (laughter) it was great.
And then that whole moment when Alice and Jasper were dancing. But EVERYONE was there. We called cut and everyone hugged each other. It was great.