Rob & Bill Condon talk to LA Times about Breaking Dawn: The final chapter in the Twilight Saga


Public speaking has never been Robert Pattinson’s favorite part of his job. But presenting the Golden Globe to director Susanne Bier for her drama “In a Better World” Sunday night proved to be a welcome respite for the actor, who’s knee deep in the middle of filming “Breaking Dawn,” the final installment of the “Twilight” saga, which will be split into two parts.

“It’s been really hard shooting both films at the same time,” admitted the 24-year-old star, moments before he had run backstage to present his award with “Tron” star Olivia Wilde. “But it’s the end of an era.”
That era certainly will be one that Summit Entertainment, the films’ distributor, not to mention the franchise’s devoted fans, will be sorry to see go. Starting with 2008’s “Twilight,” the fantasy romance that first saw Pattinson’s handsome, brooding vampire encounter his mortal love, Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart), the movie series has taken in roughly $1.8 billion at the worldwide box office, as audiences lined up to see Swan wrestle with her feelings for her immortal boyfriend and her best friend, Jacob (Taylor Lautner), a werewolf, over the course of the next two films, 2009's "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" and 2010's "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse."

At the start of the first part of “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn,” Bella consents to Edward’s marriage proposal — Edward’s condition if he is to grant Bella’s request that he transform her into a vampire — and the young couple are wed before heading to a remote island getaway for a honeymoon.
Speaking by phone this month, director Bill Condon, who’s helming both installments of the finale, said he has been thrilled with what he’s seen from his leads. “All the characters are moving [in this chapter]," he said. "It’s really about the passage from adolescence to adulthood, and they all seem energized by that. It’s the stuff they are all connecting to in their lives.”

As for Pattinson specifically, Condon added, “Now he’s dealing with a character who’s like him. The final movie allows us to step behind the curtain of what it’s like to be a vampire. It doesn’t seem that exotic anymore; It’s trying to be more real.”

The director, though, was reticent to share any details of the production, which is filming in both New Orleans and Vancouver, Canada, with a jaunt to an island off the coast of Brazil — a location that might in the end prove the most memorable to Condon, because the entire cast and crew needed for the honeymoon scene was stranded after a long day of filming.

“It was incredible. We got caught in the middle of this huge rainstorm — I’ll remember it forever,” Condon said. “Eighty people sleeping on the floor of the set. We couldn't leave.”

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Comment by Rose L. Sutton on January 17, 2011 at 6:23pm
This is going to be the biggest of all the Twilight movies because it all comes together so perfectly! Thanks to Stephanie's brilliant story. I will always feel like it is a part of my life. Hearing about the making of the movie is fantastic and I am anticipating both parts so strongly there really are no words to describe how I feel. Thank you to all who have created this story and the movies. I will always love Edward and Bella and hate Jacob. I believe it is due to the original story that Stephanie wrote, but I will always love Rob and Kristen, too, for the amazing job they have done in bringing these characters to life for me. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!
Comment by Rhonda on January 17, 2011 at 6:53pm
I really hope these two movies are better than the last. Not that the last were bad, but I just want so much more!!
Comment by Bella Black+LHJake on January 17, 2011 at 6:55pm
@Rose L. Sutton: Since you decided to voice your 'hate' toward Jacob (something I find quite distasteful for ANY Twifans to do; same goes for Edward-haters), I must point out that you misspelled Meyer's first name TWICE: it's spelled 'Stephenie' with NO 'a' only 'e's.
Comment by Mayra Aldaco on January 17, 2011 at 7:17pm
Wow. Twilight sleepover! LOL!
Comment by Lady Quintala on January 17, 2011 at 8:48pm
That Would've Been Something To See.... Rob And Kristen Must Have Got The Bed..And Everyone Else The Floor....     
Comment by Carlisles Sarah Ann-Marie Cullen on January 18, 2011 at 2:07am
Hahhahah! Maybe they (Rob and Kristen) had a bed and everyone else sleep on the floor. *lol* :D
Comment by Twihard65Cullen on January 18, 2011 at 7:15am
WHO'S FOR A TWILIGHT SLEEPOVER?!LOL
Comment by sarah cullen on January 18, 2011 at 7:45am
hahah..awesome...
Comment by irum pattinson cullen on January 18, 2011 at 9:47am

I died when I saw that picture!

Omg they must have had fun during that storm thing! Lol yeah Twilight sleepover haha :D

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