New Moon Set Visit, Day Two: Pattinson's Pain, Lautner's Secret Wish
More observations from the Vancouver set of The Twilight Saga: New Moon!
The crew immediately moved on to rehearsals for the next shot, in which Bella was to plead for Jane to stop attacking Edward. As she does, Alice runs to Edward's side to check on him. Here, things got interesting.
While she stayed quiet during rehearsals (some might even interpret her readings as sounding bored, a fact that elicited giggles from those offstage), Stewart really turned it on for the cameras. After giving almost sarcastically flat readings beforehand, she unleashed a fiery stream of emotion once they were rolling:
"Stop it! Please, stop hurting him! Try it on me!"
During this particular shot, for an unknown reason, an assistant director approached us. "All guests clear the set," he shouted, directing his command to our press group. We cleared the set. What exactly happened in those ten minutes, only Weitz's cast and crew know, but soon enough we were back inside, and the same scene was still being filmed.
Stewart was mesmerizing in take after take. The repetition of it was fascinating to listen to; the 19-year-old actress seemed to open a vein with every take, then fall silent. Or she'd ask Weitz for direction, or cut herself short with an expletive or burst of laughter. The tension of the scene always brightened once Weitz called "Cut!" -- a Volturi actor would give Pattinson a hand up, or Stewart might wander off, snapping out of the moment. (After one take, Pattinson turned to Greene and playfully asked, "Does it look like I'm in pain?")
Watching the monitors revealed even deeper layers in Stewart's performance. Stewart, who by now has nearly 20 film credits under her belt, is a uniquely emotional performer; anguish is practically written on her face. Maverick or no during rehearsals, Stewart packs an almost unrivaled intensity into her acting. Yet in interviews, she and her Twilight cast mates are hounded by gossipy questions; why not ask her about her actual craft? We would have, given the chance. Sadly, Stewart and Pattinson were unavailable for interviews, and we had to make do with watching them from (not so) afar.
However, we did get to speak directly with one of New Moon's wolfalicious lead actors...
Next: Taylor Lautner talks Jacob Black, pumping iron, and why he would choose to have one of Edward's powers.