Bill Condon Talks About BD with Fandango

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Bill Condon discusses further details about things he incorporated into Breaking Dawn Part 1, including things that are not in the book and will appear in the film.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn director Bill Condon graciously took the time to talk to us about what’s on the mind of every Twilighter now that we’re nearing the final weeks before the film. He’s continued to remain tight-lipped about some details (which will make for a better moviegoing experience, of course) but he had much to say on the birth scene (his favorite), the highly anticipated wedding, as well as additional scenes from Edward’s point of view! Warning: This interview contains spoilers. 

Fandango: Fans are really looking forward to the wedding, the honeymoon, the birth and Bella’s transformation scenes. What was your favorite to film and why? 

Condon: They’re all really fun but I have to say the birth. There was something that happened on those nights, but specifically the first night – there was something electric about it, so intense. Kristen [Stewart] was so powerful. Obviously, it’s a very feverish scene with everybody kind of getting into that mode. It happens on a movie set sometimes. Everyone gets very hushed, and after and between the takes everyone’s walking around, whispering and not talking – it was one of those. Kristen didn’t get up. She was on that gurney and spent hours and hours there. That scene is the one I will remember more than anything. 

Fandango: What is Irina doing at the wedding (as seen in movie photos)? That’s noticeably different from the book. 

Condon: In that case, it’s just about good movie storytelling. Just imagine if she’s not there and then in the second movie, she shows up, sees Renesmee and freaks out. No one will know who she is. People will talk about who she is, as they do in the book. Or you’d be stuck with some clunky flashback. To make something really cinematic, you put it into the present tense. She doesn’t want to come, she’s convinced to come, she gets there, she sees something that upsets her and she leaves – so that you see, you experience what it is that’s bothering her. It’s because her problem with the Cullens is the lynchpin for the entire second movie. Part of it why it’s there has to do with servicing what’s going to happen in the first half hour of the second film. 

Fandango: You mentioned that Kristen Stewart cried when she read the wedding part of the book. Why do you think it resonated so much, and what other parts resonated with you? 

Condon: I think so much of it resonated because the stakes were so high. A wedding is always a really moving thing, but [Bella] is walking down that aisle knowing she’s never going to see her parents again. That’s the thing that I think adds this extra kick of emotion. It’s one thing to say goodbye to your dad and your mom and to thank them as you’re going off to your honeymoon, but when you know you’re going to be a vampire and never exist in [human] form again, it’s something else. I think that was a big one – just talking about the movie a while before we started. Forget about the vampires and werewolves and everything. What are the human challenges? One of them is that first difficult year of marriage. You’ve had the fantasy, you’ve had the dream, you’ve gotten your dream, now it’s a reality. Now you’re waking up with him or her every day. What adjustments do you have to make when you change this fantasy to reality? That’s an interesting human question. There’s a lot of resonant stuff through the book that was very real on that level. 

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Fandango: You’ve also said there’s going to be a choreographed dance number at the wedding. 

Condon: It’s very brief, but absolutely! It was a lot of fun. All I can say is that Jackson [Rathbone] and Ashley [Greene] are incredibly good dancers. They should make musical films. 

Fandango: Was it an actual musical number? 

Condon: This is not a musical number on a stage or anything. This is just people dancing at a wedding, that’s all. It’s just that we had a choreographer to help us. 

Fandango: How excited are you for fans to see the wedding scene? It must’ve taken high-security to keep the wedding dress from getting leaked. 

Condon: I know! We’re three weeks out and it still hasn’t leaked. I’m so happy. Oh, I can’t wait. We’re going to have our premiere two weeks from Monday and I’m just so looking forward to being there with fans and just getting a sense of what they think. It is a challenge. There are other surprises in there too that we’ve been able to keep, but it’s harder to do it these days. 

Fandango: This being a PG-13 film, how challenging was it to find the balance of being appropriate and yet sexy and romantic during the honeymoon scenes? 

Condon: I think it was hard. I think the crucial thing was keeping it romantic because that’s what it’s about. You’ll see it’s done in a slightly different way. I don’t want to give it away. It’s in pieces, let’s say. You don’t get it all at once. 

Fandango: We get so much of Bella’s and Jacob’s view in the last book, but what specific parts do we get to see more of Edward’s point of view? 

Condon: There’s something that we put in there that’s referred to in an earlier book. We actually get to see Edward in his early life as a vampire and hear his thoughts about that. There’s a glimpse of him in Twilight describing how he got turned, how he got changed by Carlisle, but this is more extensive. I do think we get more inside Edward and he changes a lot, too. The wedding has an effect on him. There’s an aspect of self-loathing to him about what he did when he was a vampire [earlier] that he releases through Bella’s love. I think that’s a fun thing to watch.

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Robert’s Interview with CINEMANIA


Your character and Kristen’s shared so many romantic times during the filming, especially the last day of filming.
The last day of filming in Saint Thomas was great. It was just Kristen and I. The only time we were able to film with a nice weather. It was literally the last day of filming, and we were filming a scene in which we’re kissing in the ocean, all night. So it wasn’t a bad way to say goodbye. Then everybody stayed to watch the sunrise. It was beautiful.

Can you share something about Kristen?
The only thing she likes to watch on TV is the cooking channel, especially when she’s on set. She has her TV on all the time in her make up trailer. That’s her only diva behavior (laughs); the cooking channel must always be on, any time, everywhere.

What was it like playing a dad? Was it hard?
Not at first. You’re holding a baby, which is not easy to do, but nobody knows how to be a father at first. You can’t prepare for it. It was weird whn Mackenzie Foy had to play my daughter because you start to think: “My daughter is now 11. It’s been two months that she’s been born and now she can talk.” It was complicated to play. But it’s a fantasy movie, so you have to believe it.

You said you were nervous of taking off your shirt this time.
When I did New Moon, someone in the studio said I needed a six pack and I had to work out. I had to look like a vampire, it was part of the character. As soon as they told me I neded a six pack, I stopped working out and I never did it again for the rest of the series. They realized they shouldn’t have told me anything. In this last movie I spent six weeks in Baton Rouge with nothing to do, so I started running. And then I started going to the gym and I became obsessed. I ran 14-16 km everyday. I even rode a bike. Until I got bored. Plus, when you’re filming, if you want to go to the gym you need to do it at 4 am. That’s just not worth it (he laughs in a very infectious way).

With this fame you have and your relationship with Twilight, do you think it will be harder to get the type of work that you really like the most?
Of course. Before Twilight I did castings for so many things, and I was always left on the top 3. They gave the role to someone who was already more famous than me, and I kept thinking how unfair it was, so I thought the only way was to become more famous. But when you’re super famous, you get offered tons of bad stuff, in movies where they’re not even concerned with the cast. And if you haven’t done much work, directors look at you like an unknown and there’s not stigma attached to your name. It’s harder to get some roles sometimes. It’s weird.

So you’ve had doors closing to you…
If you’re a complete unknown, you have more chances. After Twilight, things are very different, depending where the money comes from. If there’s not a star attached, there’s no way that you can sel a movie, so that forces you to make a good movie. But if you don’t, it’s like “Since he’s involved, we need to get teens interested,” so they change the story, and you end up having that pressure. A good director will prefer not to deal with that stuff. But it’s true that if you find the eprfect role, everything will fall into place. But there’s less options. Now that I have a very specific image, it’s hard to find roles that fit into it.


That didn’t stop you from getting Cosmopolis.
It was amazing. I let my spiral of paranoia go out of control and I thought all the good directors would want nothing to do with me now. And then Cronenberg makes this offer directly to me. I had neve even met him before.. I had a grat time during filming, and I kept saying “Am I good enough? I don’t know what I’m doing,” and he said “why do you think like that? You are an actor,” and the only reason that happened to me it’s because I became this sort of celebrity, and I’m worried that people won’t take me seriously.

What did Cronenberg see in you that he chose to cast you?
Nothing. Just interviews. And he saw Remember Me. But this character looks like nothing I’ve ever done before.. When I first read the script, I thought I couldn’t play the character. I loved the script, but I was afraid. I said I called him in a week to find out if I wanted the part or not. I spent an entire week thinking how to say no. The only thing I thought was “Look, I can’t do this because I’m a coward and I don’t know how to play it (laughs really loudly). So I said yes, and told him I didn’t know what the story was about. He said he didn’t know either. So we started collaborating from that point on. I had never worked with a filmmaker that had so much confidence in himself. He just said everyday “let’s see what happens,” there were no rehearsals, nothing. It was insane.

We know you love to watch movies, what was the last movie you saw?
Red Riding Hood. That was the last time I saw anything. Going to the movies is impossible after Twilight. You’re trapped in a dark room and don’t know what is going to happen, and I get nervous and think of everything that I’m going to have to deal with after it’s over. That time there were 60 people outside the theater. Before I saw Inception. I went to a theater in the middle of nowhere and there were 20 paparazzi waiting for me outside. I couldn’t get rid of them all day.

Rob never let serious subjects like his insecurities affect his sense of humor and his desire to have fun in every circumstance. He talks openly about everything. We have now the image of an actor who, answer after answer, shows himself rebellious, unconformed and against the ideas Hollywood tries to impose on him. We shake his hand and he says goodbye. Outside, we find the best surprise ever: his dog, Bear, a half-breed he adopted in Baton Rouge. It looks like Bear takes after his master: simple, sweet. It’s the only thing that explains the reason why he jumped at us and licked out feet.


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Compilation of ‘Breaking Dawn Part 1′ Promo Clips

With all the new clips of Breaking Dawn Part 1 being released on a (almost) daily basis, @JadoreKristen inspired us to create a compilation post of all the clips that have been released thus far. So, without further ado, here is your one-stop shop for your first glimpse at Breaking Dawn Part 1:

View the clips after the break –>
TV Spots

“Love Forever”

“Forever”

“Goodbye”

“Event”

Clips
“Something old, something blue”
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Honeymoon Scene, short version

Honeymoon Scene, extended version

“The Treaty is Void”

“I’m Late”

“This Really is a Family”

Special Features
“A Wedding invitation”

“The Beginning of the End”

Trailer
Official

Teaser