Meet the wolf pack.
From a post by People mag, Director Chris Weitz dishes on how he really chooses well his wolves. He insisted on authenticity on the actors portraying them.
This group is composed of – Chaske Spencer, 34, Alex Meraz, 24, Kiowa Gordon, 19, and Bronson Pelletier, 23. They join Taylor Lautner, 17.
Since the characters belong to the Quileute tribe, "They had to have papers that proved their heritage," Weitz, who hired actors with Native American or First Nation ancestry, tells USA Today. "And they had to be in good physical shape."
Not to mention possessing the ability to work half-naked in the chilly Vancouver, B.C., area, where the film has been shooting for several weeks. "They have all been good-natured," says Weitz. "They show up on location in drenching, cold rain, and I say, 'Okay, off with the robes.' "
Disrobing for a romp through the woods as Sam Uley, the pack's alpha male, is New York-based Spencer. His Native American heritage is Lakota Sioux. Meraz, from Mesa, Ariz., plays Paul – the most volatile wolf-shifter – and boasts a Purepecha heritage.
Gordon is making his movie debut as Embry Call, Jacob's best friend. He is from Peach Springs, Ariz., and has a Hualapai background. Rounding out the group as Jared is Pelletier of British Columbia. He's done Canadian TV work and his family lines are Cree-Metis.
So they have buff physiques, but what about becoming wolves for the film? The transformations are computer-generated – the beasts are the size of horses and race around on all fours – but one part of each wolf will be familiar. "They all have the actor's eyes," Weitz says.
Chris Weitz also dished off interesting detail on how the shapeshifting werewolves in New Moon will appear once they transform into wolf form. Though they will be computer generated creatures the size of horses, the eyes will be digitally pasted on from the actors’ actual eyes, in order to make them as realistic as possible.
Director Weitz also reported that the wolf pack has been bonding quite a bit in preparation for their roles– in between takes, the actors usually are working out with barbells, doing push-ups or chowing down on steak.
“They went through wolf camp together, and they are in constant training. It paid off as a bonding thing for them and helped them to get to know one another. They drove each other to get more buff," Weitz said.