Sorry I didn't start right at the beginning of the Q & A...
Weirdest thing that happened on set?
idk. I tried to block out the weirdness but I can tell awkward. I can tell you and uncomfortable thing that happened on set, like an awkward thing, me being awkward. It was the first week of filming and we all went to dinner to get to know each other as an ice breaker. We are all sitting around the dinner table and I decide to make a toast. And this is Twilight right and not many people know what this is or what this may be. I had a hunch cause I had a friend that was into the books. So I decide to make this ridiculous toast and I say Guys we are on the forefront of something HUGE. This is amazing to be apart of, we're at the foundation of something that is really going to take off, guys this is amazing. Pleasure to be here with you guys. And they all looked at me like (crazy) what is he talking about? That was one of my most awkward moments BUT I was right.
What were your reaction to the screening of New Moon with Stephenie Meyer yesterday?
You guys if you haven't twittered yet, I saw New Moon yesterday. And I sat next to Stephenie Meyer. In a private theater that had like 10 seats. And I watched this gorgeous movie in front of me. And pound for pound I think you guys are gonna LLLLOOOOVVVVEEE it. I don't anyone is not going to love it. I think it's just a movie where everyone will love it. You know what my prediction is? There will be a whole new onslaught of twiguys. I think that's actually the biggest recommendation that you can get. Cause we already know that we have all the female fans. I think with this movie that people will be...this movie is just damn good. Hey Bruno...yeah. I saw New Moon it was good you should go see it. And that's what I think.
Lady walking out of the auditorium talking on her cell phone and Edi says...what is that phone call more important. Just for that I am going to make a call.
Let's see here. Talk amongst yourself as I figure out this gadget. You can't tell me who to call. I make the rules. It rang, it rang again. Hi I am going to put you on speaker phone in a sec. Okay how do we make this happen. Bad news has been delivered. I put the microphone to the ear. is she "she" going to be around at all? I will try later. bye. Sorry guys. He is watching New Moon right now. He won't pick up, he is watching himself right now. They are all in Vancouver watching the film right now together for the next few hours. I called Stephenie Meyer. I thought cause this is Phoenix I thought it would be cool. But it's the thought that counts and I get and A for effort.
And that saying has never made sense to me cause effort starts with an "E". But everyone says "A" for effort so okay. Do you have the solution to that puzzle? (someone yells you get an E for effort) Right but people say A for effort, not phoenix? (in funny voice) In Phoenix we are literal people. You get an "E" for effort and it's capital and it starts the sentence. Jasper is dying to ask another question.
What is your favorite movie to be in?
My favorite movie that I was a part of or any movie I wish I was in? I'll do both and just save us a whole lot of trouble and time. my favorite movie that I have been in, that's a hard question. Can I say 2? Because of the wonder fantastic roller coaster that it is...Twilight. And then ahh for the over 18 crowd I was in a movie called Gone Baby Gone. And that was just a special thing cause I was just with some very talented heavy hittersin the acting world and I was just honored to be a part of it. And Ben Affleck is the most brilliant director thatI have ever worked with. People probably don't know that but he is genius. I had a wonderful time on that project. And ahh a movie I wish I was in and they both have to do with Kung Fu
hussle. Genius movie, this movie made me cry. This movie made me laugh, milk out the nose laugh. Then it wowed me the choreography and the martial arts. It was like a, ya know, a Saturday morning cartoon meets a love story meets ya know a comedy. it's genius and then also kung fu....Kung Fu Panda cause it was just fun and I want to do voice overs for cartoons. I could do Saturday morning cartoons. Kelly...what's Kelly's occupation. We need to come up with a show based on Kelly. Dental? She's a dental assistant? Kelly the den...that's too sophisticated for saturday morning cartoon. She's like a cheer leading bunny, a rabbit that's Saturday morning. (Then Edi does his cartoon voice) I let you see me. I let you see me.
What is the craziest thing a fan has ever done to you?
Rewound myself...was this question asked yesterday? It was by you? Yea I can't answer that, it's super crazy. Just like use your imagination and that's it. But you know everyone has a different sort of imagination. So I still didn't say anything.
What was it like being a vampire?
What was it like to act like a vampire. I am going to interpret your question cause first off I don't know what it's like to be
a vampire. What I decided, but first off Stephenie writes all these characters so wonderfully that the ground work is already set for you. but when further investigating what it is to be a vampire. The undead human that has no blood flowing through their veins or body doesn't have to breathe, doesn't have to sleep,. That is first off a very futile existence what do you find important. First of all you don't have to do anything. when you have no blood flowing through your body and you don't have to do so much as blink, life doesn't require that. Then every movement that you make is like a conscience one so to appear human is a conscience decision. Like if you want to have human mannerisms. Like you have to be trying to do that. But vampires don't have to do that. For me being a vampire was an exercise in stillness. The more still I could the more vampire I am. ya know. i am so powerful that I can go from here to there in a second that I don't have to put forth any effort i just know that I will do this (steps forward) and cut, they will put me over there, they'll start rolling again. As a human I am like ugh ugh ugh (moving with huge strides with heavy breathing) That's what it's like to be a vampire.
Would you ever want to movie into a directing role and if so, what would you like to direct?
Yes. yes. In about twenty years. i am a little weary of the people who go I'm cute, I'm a go to LA and be an actor. Cause people tell me I'm cute. it's not that easy. You have to learn how to do it. There is training you have to go through. if you wanna do it cause your cute, that's a good start but then you take classes and you learn how to act. So I not gonna be, I've been in movies so I can direct. No, I am going to learn how to do that but right now I am focusing on acting and figuring that out. Then as my career continues I want to venture off and do other things but that takes time. Yeah, that's my final answer.
How do you feel about filming using a different director for New Moon?
Umm thank you for asking me that question. I would have answered it if you said Eclipse but for some reason I had a feeling it was going to be an Eclipse question and I was going to storm off. Just for a show and come back. i think thatas an actor whenever you do a movie you are working with a new director so for us it doesn't really make a difference. It feels kinda natural. That's my final answer and i am sticking with it.
We have something special xxxx went and got you a frappacino
. That was you...so if I take a sip of this and I fall down we will all know who did it. You know what you can say that all you want but if i slip and fall, you rufeed me. Oh now I can't drink it, she said she knows CPR and you guys are all out to get me. This is a conspiracy. Should I drink this? wow anticipation. Oh that's heaven. Opened up a can of worms. I'm more interested in this now.
Have you and Mike ever thought of doing stand up together?
Has anyone ever thought about doing stand up together? No my question back to him is has there ever been two people in the history of comedy that are like, let's do a routine together. Touce. Yeah umm Mike. I know you are back there. Michael? Michael Nicolus Welch? That's not his middle name I just made it up to sound authoritative and parental. Umm no we haven't but i was going to bring him out here to see if it would work. Would you watch it? What do you think....could we sell tickets? In an auditorium and have people laughing? People would be like...go that was just joy (in a funny voice). That was a lot of fun wasn't it Margaret. Margaret, another name I just pulled out.
When you read the books is there actors that you had pictured for the parts?
For the other actors or for me? That's a good question. I wish I had a good answer for you but i didn't spend a lot of time thinking about what actors would best fit the roles that were available. Partly because I was busy.
What was your favorite vampire to work with?
That's a dangerous question. You are going to P.O. somebody. Umm I know there not here but twitters here. She's tweeting everything (lexicon), I got calls from producers at Summit yesterday. They said "I hear everything your saying Edi". Umm my favorite vampires to work with...all of them. But that's not so far from the truth there cause they are all fantastic. So much so that I woke up this morning and came close to shedding a tear. And I'm not that kind of guy either. I'm a man (very gruffy and loud). A mans man, i cry for no one.
We were wondering if you could speak in your Laurent voice?
You tell me what to say cause truth of the matter is, I forgot what I say. Something sexy...the moutherwatering part? (moderator...she wants to know how the drink is. maybe you could say the line to the drink) Okay. How could she leave you here...you are so mouthwatering. (this brought down the house)
If you were a girl what Twilight character would you date?
This game, this game. We used to play this game all the time. This or that, this or that...but if you had too. Haha if I was a girl which Twilight guy would I pick. Ahh clarification What twilight guy actor of twilight guy character? Both tell us both, you want to know everything. If I was a girl, what twilight character would i want to date is Edward. It would depend on what type a girl I was. No hey what I meant was..if I was a girl that was tuff it would be Edward but if I was like a normal girl then a human like Mike. Michael Nicolus Welch. And if I was a girl and which actor would I want to date....Edi Gathegi.
I wondered what it was to wear the Little Wayne like hair?
(Imitating Little Wayne) It's little weezy baby, it's little weezy baby. I walk around set like my name is Laurent you don't want to mess with me.
I wonder if you could do your best impression of one of the other actors?
I can't i never tried to study them. But I will do this for ya...She's not one of us! He gets mad when I say that. Hey guys how ya doing....She's not one of us. It's not even in the movie, they cut it.
I was just wondering what you think really happened between Laurent and Irena that she would want to slaughter a pack of werewolves for you?
What do you think
happened! We showed her a whole new world (Singing). What would make you do that?
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