David Slade spoke with CNN and among other things he talked about his favorite deleted scene and why it was cut.
"And despite the fact that Slade rarely commentates on his films – saying, “When it comes to the commentary, you kind of reduce [the film] down to a bunch of silly anecdotes” – he said it was important for him to tell viewers why certain scenes didn’t make it into the film.
“It’s good to love a specific passage in a book, but it’s in the book and it works because it’s in the book,” Slade said. “It might not work as well in the film, but you might be disappointed when you [don’t] see it.”
He added: “They’re lovely scenes that look like they would work wonderfully. But actually, when you put them in the context of the whole, they don’t. And so I felt it was the responsible thing to do as the director to speak up and talk about the things that were taken out. … It’s really for the fans who probably loved the scenes that we took out.”
Slade’s favorite deleted scene originally came after a spat between Bella and Edward early on in the film.
When Bella sets out to see Jacob one night, Edward catches her in her truck “and they have a bit of a row,” Slade says. In the final version of the film, Bella simply heads back into the house and slams the door, ending the scene.
“We actually shot a scene where the row continues for a little while and she goes upstairs and she looks at the open window and she closes it,” he said. “Then she kind of has a moment and then she unlocks it and opens it again. And it was really touching and emotional, but it’s like a speed bump every time you hit it. It kind of threw you out of the film.” "