THE STARS OF NEWEST ‘TWILIGHT’ FILM AND DIRECTOR BILL CONDON MEET THE PRESS
Welcome dear friends to the “Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1” press conference with Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner and Bill Condon, taking place on Thursday (July 21) morning at the Bayfront Hilton at San Diego’s Comic-Con.
In the past, wifi in this hotel has been a nightmare, but assuming it holds up, I’ll be live-blogging up a storm.
8:53 a.m. The press conference is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. There are no guarantees, of course.
8:55 a.m. Also, please forgive me when I do something stupid like misspell “Renesmee” It’s gonna happen. Guaranteed.
8:57 a.m. Microphone check. Get excited!
9:01 a.m. You’re not missing anything. Nothing has started. I promise. Cameras everywhere. iPads and computers out everywhere. I have a desperate desire to type about absolutely nothing just to make sure that the wifi is actually working in this room. Seriously, y’all, it’s a miracle. Cross your fingers it holds up and doesn’t conk out just when Robert Pattinson says how much he loves his fans.
9:06 a.m. This press conference will be followed, by the way, by a second press conference featuring a slew of Cullens and whatnot. I’ll be trying to live-blog that as well. Yes, it’s that kind of day. I’ll also be live-blogging the Comic-Con panel for “Game of Thrones” in the afternoon, if you care.
9:09 a.m. One minute warning…
9:10 a.m. CHANGE IN SCHEDULE! Elizabeth Reaser, Kellan Lutz, Nikki Reed, Ashley Greene and Julia Jones first. THE CULLENS URL.
9:35 a.m. Sorry about the tease there, y’all. Our schedule had this press conference first and then they swapped! But Rob, Tyler and Kristen (plus Bill Condon) will be here any minute.
9:37 a.m. ANOTHER CHANGE. Now we Veronica Roth, author of “Divergent.” Soon. I promise. Sorry.
9:46 a.m. Veronica Roth done. Isaac Marion, author of “Warm Bodies” is up now. Pretty clearly they’re making us wait til the end at this point.
10:02 a.m. Now, Erin Morgenstern, author of “The Night Circus.”
10:12 a.m. Wifi struggling suddenly… But we’ve got the big conference coming up any minute…
10:21 a.m. We’re waiting, incidentally. It’s not that my wifi is preventing updates… This is going to end up being a short press conference, because the stars have a Hall H panel to get to…
10:32 a.m. They swear we;re getting started…
10:33 a.m. Out comes Bill Condon. In plaid. Kristen Stewart is wearing a see-through white shirt and a black bra. Really. Is this a good idea?
10:34 a.m. The first question is about filming in brazil and being loved all over the world. “That’s where Stephanie wrote the honeymoon… and we went in search of what she wrote,” Condon says. “It was nice being able to shoot on the actual streets and see the people,” Stewart says. “One of the interesting things about having an international fanbase is that every single country has a different reaction to you and to the movie,” says Rob, so says that Brazilians would actually try to grab them during shoots. Taylor found it weird that there was an extra in Brazil who looked just like him. He wasn’t there, but he saw a picture and agreed he looked exactly like him. “He looked like an ‘Eclipse’ poster,” Kristen says.
10:37 a.m. Do they actually expect this to be the end of the “Twilight” saga. Pattinson suggests that after “Breaking Dawn,” sequels could include “Breakfast Time” and “Brunch.” Condon says that Meyer has said that other characters might be revisited. “It’s not like we have some secret knowledge,” Pattinson insists.
10:38 a.m. What was the most secretive scene? And what was most exposed? “The wedding was like secret-service-style insane,” Stewart recalls. “And then there was a helicopter right as you were about to take your vows,” Condon recalls. In terms of being exposed, Stewart adds, “We didn’t know when we were being photographed.” Lautner adds, “Most of our time we were in Baton Rouge on a stage… ‘Breaking Dawn’ is very intimate and I feel like they did a really good job allowing us to be creative… We didn’t have to focus on being distracted.” Stewart adds, “They protected us.”
10:42 a.m. “I can’t draw a line between myself and the stuff I do,” Stewart says of Bella’s transformations. “I’ve been building up to these moments for four years. I was 17 when I started doing this movie.” She notes that the movie is full of big, cathartic moments, but she says that they’re “rooted in reality.” She says, “Shooting these scenes, I had to realize that these moments would happen naturally and I couldn’t punch myself in the face with the book every morning.” She says it’s close to the book, but they added bits. She promises “surprises” in the wedding and the honeymooon. “There’s no bigger fan of ‘Twilight’ than Kristen,” Condon insists.
10:43 a.m. Does Condon say think “Breaking Dawn” is thematically similar to his other work? “I feel like I always look into people who are outsiders in some way,” Condon says.
10:43 a.m. Favorite scene in “Breaking Dawn”? “I’ve always been able to choose one… But this one I can’t. I don’t know. There’s so much going on in this movie and all of the characters are dealing with their own little things,” Lautner says. Stewart says that her favorite scene is one with Charlie at the wedding. Pattinson says, “I think the birth scene… For a fantasy scenes that has kind of a youngish audience, it goes very far.” He calls it “hardcore” and says “There was no other way to do it.”
10:45 a.m. Bill Condon recalls the joy of rushing home to watch “Dark Shadows.” He says, “Whatever new vampire’s come around, I’ve always been interested in it, as I was with ‘Twilight.'”
10:46 a.m. Did the stars ever wish this was a small indie movie? “If this was a tiny little independent film that only ran on Sundance, we wouldn’t be able to do the movie justice,” Stewart says. She adds, “It’s nice to shoot for six-months with an A-lister.” But she adds, “We’d be having the same conversation, probably.”
10:47 a.m. What geeky things have they learned about each other? “Kristen literally only watches the cooking channel. And especially on set, it’s bizarre. She has a TV in her trailer and it’s always on. It’s her only diva-ish behavior,” Pattinson says. “And you all reap the benefits,” Stewart insists. She goes on… “Taylor… I have one, but I’m not going to say.” She adds, “Taylor can dance… He can move his hips better than I can ever dream. Literally, it’s crazy.” Pattinson interrupts, “That’s not nerdy, it’s awesome.”
10:49 a.m. Most difficult scene? Taylor says, “I was pretty nervous about imprinting. I was given an X on the wall,” Stewart interjects, “What did you want? Her to be sitting there?” Lautner says, “I don’t think there was an ideal scenario.” He adds, “I spent a lot of time talking to Bill and Stephanie. It was like, ‘What does imprinting even look like?'” Robert says the most difficult thing was taking his shirt off. “At least he’s honest,” Stewart adds.
10:55 a.m. Most awkward scene? And what will they miss most? Yes, many of these characters are similar. “I couldn’t pick up the kid sometimes… We had Mackenzie Foy who’s an amazing little kid, an incredible kid, smarter than me…” Stewart says, admitting that she could only handle Foy, but not the other kids who played younger versions of her baby. There was one kid who was a particular problem. “There was one kid who was supposed to run to Billy Burke, but she kept running into a wall,” Condon remembers. “She was so nervous,” Stewart adds. Pattinson says they also had an animatronic baby for one scene, specifically the scene where Bella is first introduced to her baby. “To see little Chucky from ‘Child’s Play’…” Pattinson says. “It had hair and it’s a newborn baby. I know that’s in the book and you can imagine how cool that would be,” Stewart says of the animatronic baby.
10:56 a.m. How have Rob and Taylor dealt with middle-aged female fans. And have they been creeped out? “To be creeped out by it, you’d have to be creeped out by middle-aged women, which I’m not. Different strokes for different folks, I guess,” Rob says. “”No complaints here,” Taylor adds.
11:00 a.m. That’s all, folks. Thanks so much for following along. I hope I did a good enough job. We’ll have video up later on HitFix!