Comic-Con 2012 Live-Blog: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner's 'Breaking Dawn - Part 2' press conference
SAN DIEGO - By now, you've presumably had the chance to read the Live-Blog for the Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Kellan Lutz, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone and Ashley Greene press conference. But now, the moment you've most likely been waiting for...
[Obligatory apology: I'm going to be typing fast. There's a very good chance I'm going to misspell "Renesmee" at least once and that I'm going to call the movie "Breaking Bad" at least once. Sorry!]
[And obligatory WiFi warning. Comic-Con WiFi is a nightmare. So if this live-blog progresses slowly, it's probably because I've lost signal. Rest assured that I'm still typing away and the details will be added ASAP.]
11:54 a.m. We also have Stephenie Meyer on this panel. Late addition.
11:54 a.m. Is this the movie Edward and Jacob begin to become friends? "We've always had that relationship," Lautner cracks. "It's always been this complicated triangle and now it's a square," Lautner says. Stewart prefers to call it "A perfect circle."
11:55 a.m. Is it bittersweet to be done? "If you told me tomorrow that we have to reshoot some scene... I would start vibrating, because I really enjoy living in this world," Stewart says. "Even though it's kind of a bummer to walk away, I look back on it with such fondness," Stewart adds.
11:57 p.m. Pattinson can't figure out how to talk into the mic...
11:57 a.m. How have their lives changed? "You start a project to finish it. It's the really charged experience," Stewart says. "Maybe it just affirmed my ideas of why I like to do what I do," Stewart says, adding that her mind has been changed about the ability to do creative work without only doing indies.
11:58 a.m. Do they remember their first impressions of meeting each other? Meyer remembers it as "one of the most bizarre experiences of my life," comparing it to meeting her imaginary friends. "It was exciting, because they all looked awesome," she adds. "I liked his pants," Stewart says of Pattinson. She laughs. "You were a kid when I met you," she says, looking at Taylor. "Sometimes you meet people and you're like 'We should make stuff together. We can do good,'" Stewart adds. The men don't answer.
12:00 p.m. What was the one new thing they discovered about each other? Meyer loved seeing Kristen as "The New Bella." Lautner agrees. "Now she's all of a sudden transformed herself into this sleek, sexy vampire," Lauter says. "Getting to see Bella so powerful was like a dream for me," Meyer says. Stewart agrees that she loved breaking New Bella in and seeing what she could do.
12:03 p.m. Pattinson is asks about the similarities between him and Edward. He struggles to answer. "I really can't tell anymore," he says. Pattinson recalls meeting Meyer for the first time and arguing with Meyer over what Edward thinks and feels. "There are certain things where you don't know if it's *you* thinking," Pattinson says.
12:04 p.m. What are their thoughts on "rebooting" the franchise. "I think it would be amazing. I would love to say that," Pattinson. "I pity the person who takes over my part," Pattinson cracks. Stewart says that the ending is satisfying and sweet and ideal and it doesn't sound like she's in favor of a reboot. "I would be open to the idea. I'd be curious to see what it is," Stewart adds. Meyer says maybe in 20 years and, but she adds, "It would be interesting, but it would be so hard." Pattinson asks what Meyer would write. "Bella's story is definitely told. It's final," Meyer adds. Pattinson envisions a "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" showdown between Bella and Edward. "I could totally rip your head off," Stewart laughs.
12:07 p.m. Pattinson is asked to compare Comic-Con when he first came to now. "The first one was genuinely frightening," Pattinson says. "But you get used to it surprisingly quickly," he adds. He compares Comic-Con to one of the big premieres, but he notes that there's an element of "show" to Comic-Con. There's some back-and-forth.
12:07 p.m. What do they think the film adds for people who know the story? "Bill Condon is really great with finding human emotion in the middle of fantastic events," Meyer says. "I hope it doesn't sound like we're really arrogant, but we do really cool things with the ending," Stewart says. "I think Bill was the perfect person to direct the fourth book," she adds, saying that Bella's human aspects are gone now, but that Condon made sure that viewers had human things to hold onto. "He totally did it, I think. We did it," Stewart says, noting that she's seen the ending four times and "I cry every time."
12:10 p.m. What were the physical demands? "I have really bad luck with my thumbs. It plagues me, actually... Both of them are oddly shaped," Stewart says. "Any grimace you see is probably real." She notes that everything about Bella's physicality was different this time around. "I liked picking and choosing what to use and what not to use. Rounding her out was fun," Stewart says, noting that she's seen the other actors playing vampires. The voice was hard, though. She recalls asking Meyer, "How am I supposed to sound like windchimes, you jerk?"
12:14 p.m. Do they have a better sense of the "Twilight" phenomenon now? Meyer still doesn't. "All of the credit does go back to the books and the characters this woman has created," Lautner says. "The characters in the books are what these fans fell in love with," he adds. "I think if you could definite it then we'd be doing more of it," Stewart says.
12:15 p.m. Is it a burden to be labeled as The Guy or Girl from "Twilight"? "The access that we all have is ridiculous. It's the hugest compliment... Especially if fans of the book call me The 'Twilight Girl' and mean it," she says. "Please, pigeonhole me. That means I did it right," says Stewart, who seems very at-ease. "The access and the challenge that we have ahead of us... You couldn't ask for... Challenge is my favorite thing in life," Stewart says, adding "It's awesome."
12:16 p.m. A reporter asks about the sex scene from the last movie and Meyer covers Foy's ears. "The ratings, man. It's a tricky thing," Stewart says. "We're supposed to have mind-boggling, other-worldy sex in 'Breaking Dawn 1' and we really... this is weird... we tried to keep the first one sweet. It felt like discovery. Nothing about this series is raunchy," Stewart says, giggling, as Foy sits down the row laughing. "But in the second one, we just wanted to be animals. They're not humans anymore. How do you do that? We tried. They told us it was Rated-R," Stewart says before becoming flustered.
12:18 p.m. Meyer is asked about the second and third books of "The Host." She says she wanted to do something different and didn't want to make it like "Twilight," adding that "There's nothing coming out in that series soon book-wise." But she says the movie is "beautiful."
12:19 p.m. The last question: Is there one particular personal memory that they'll take away from this? Finally Mackenzie gets to talk. "Every moment was exactly perfect. Every moment was a thing I will cherish forever," Foy says. Apparently she had a swear jar and got money whenever anybody swore around her. Meyer says that one of her favorite moments was in the last week of shooting. They all sat in a garage next to the Cullen house to keep warm and they were all just together. Stewart loved shooting the wedding. Lautner remembers when it started getting closer to the finish of filming and he told himself to soak up every moment. "I'm glad that I did that, because I do remember every moment up until the last day," Lautner says. Pattinson remembers going to Brazil and finding themselves on a boat. "I know! We're like the Kennedys," Stewart says. "That was pretty symbolic of the crazy journey," Pattinson says, recalling frolicking in the water in Brazil. "He's trying to not get his white paint on me, I'm trying not to get my brown paint on him," Stewart says.
And that's all, folks...