Last week at Comic Con , the fan sites had the opportunity to interview Bill Condon after the Breaking Dawn panel.
Below is the transcript of the interview.
Q: About the honeymoon scene, I noticed of course the humor in that. Why did you guys choose to do it that way and how did that decision come about?
Bill: About being funny when she’s getting ready? It just felt like it was human. It was like, again, making everything as real as possible, and it’s like anybody in that moment when it’s like “Oh my God, it’s about to happen”, it’s one thing it’s gonna happen this night. God, it’s Bella, after all this time. And it’s a vampire, you know? But now is the moment and is just about making it as relatable as possible. Like, what do you do? You just try to control it in any way you possibly can. You know, you brush your teeth for the tenth time and do all those things to make yourself think that you’re ready, which of course you can’t do. And then the way we cut it it was just like a lot of jump cuts to make it like she’s sort of this nervous jangly thing. You know the way Kristen goes? (taps fingers impatiently on table, everyone laughs) that was the rhythm of it, you know? We matched that with the way we presented it.
Q: Have you had experience working with a lot of child actors, and what was it like working with all the Reneesmes?
Bill: Oh, yeah (laughs). That’s for Part 2! I had done a little before, but not as much as now. First, Mackenzie, she’s a 10 year old going on 30. She’s so mature and smart, so that was a pleasure. Sometimes it was hard because the other actresses were actually just there. It was always going to be just Mackenzie’s expressions and things like that, so it was a very specific technical thing that even I was learning as we did it. But I have to say, they were real troopers these girls.
Q: We had the pleasure of having Stephenie Meyer attached to the films. How was it like working with Stephenie, going on one on one basis? What was it like working with her?
Bill: It was great, I mean, you know her. She’s so down to earth, you know? And she’s so… It’s an interesting thing, and I don’t know if this happened across time or if this is how she’s always been, but she’s also a movie lover. And she’s really become very knowledgeable about making movies and about what you have to do to kind of, not kill your babies, but sometimes there are things that work so beautifully in description that don’t translate as well cinematically. Like the scene you saw that was not in the book, right? It’s a suggestion in the book but becomes very dramatic in the movie, where once Jacob breaks with Sam, it’s not that Sam is going to attack immediately. He’s going to sit back and wait and close in on them, you know? And they are now stuck in that house, it’s a siege. And they haven’t fed. So, they’re getting weaker when the wolves are getting stronger and closer. And Jacob has to figure out a way to help them get out. So he does this thing, and I don’t want to give too much away, but that thing where he says “No, I’ll be the one to take care of it because they trust me”. That is where you’re wondering if that’s true, is Jacob wavering. It’s another interesting kind of conflict that goes on that creates a better movie.
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