Comic-Con 2012 Live-Blog: The Cullens' 'Breaking Dawn - Part 2' press conference
SAN DIEGO - I still vividly remember the shocking -- to those of us who hasn't properly internalized its phenomenon status -- response in Hall H for the very first "Twilight" Comic-Con panel. That was only a few years ago, but Comic-Con has changed since that panel, at least in small part due to the passion of the "Twilight" fanbase, and certainly the stars of the franchise have changed as well. And I'm pretty sure I've reported from a "Twilight"-centric panel or press conference at every subsequent Comic-Con.
Today's "Breaking Dawn - Part 2" press conferences -- Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner and Mackenzie Foy, plus Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Kellan Lutz, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone and Ashley Greene -- will be my last Comic-Con "Twilight" experiences [fellow HitFixers will be covering the actual Hall H panel and the press line]. Sniffle.
Ladies and Gentlemen, the "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" press conference, featuring Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Kellan Lutz, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone and Ashley Greene.
[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. In this blog, it's inevitable that I'm going to confuse Alice and Rosalie or forget Dr. Cullen's name. It's not that I don't know. It's just that I'm aiming for speed and quote accuracy. Sorry!]
[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.]
11:06 a.m. There's always some question about the order of these press conferences, but Peter Facinelli just peeked his head around the corner, so I feel confident we're heading down a Cullen-y path.
11:10 p.m. We are running late, but Summit also provided pastries. No available wifi in the conference room. But pastries. Just in case you were curious where that "Twilight" box office went.
11:21 a.m. The first question is about what props they took home and if it has sunk in. Greene took her Alice Cullen necklace with her. "This is the first event that is kind of marking the beginning of the end of 'Twilight,' so I guess it's kind of sinking in," Greene says. "Luckily we have it captured on film forever," Greene adds, saying that fans seem to be following them to new products
11:22 a.m. Reaser recalls the end of shooting, "I remember screaming and laughing and hugging and then sort of feeling like, 'What do we do now?'"
11:23 p.m. "Emmett's a great actor, so that's why he let her win," Lutz says, joking about Bella's transition to being a stronger vampire than he is.
11:24 a.m. Which movie did they most enjoy making? "I think the first one. I had the most fun on that," Reaser says. "We had no idea what we were doing," Greene says. Reaser remembers "hijinks and bad behavior." Rathbone remembers all of the epic Cullen family dinners that were shot in that first movie, with all of the coverage they had to do. "As hard as it was to shoot those scenes, I always loved when we were all together, Facinelli says. Lutz compares those early days to being 17 and nearly 18, so you can't really get in trouble. Reaser remembers that the girls and guys had to be in separate hotels on the first movie. At least initially. Facinelli recalls
11:27 p.m. Reed says that the fan energy feels different this time. "We really do feel like we recognize them," Reed says of the familiar faces among the fans. "I'm really beginning to recognize how unique and special this whole thing is," Reed says. "It's pretty surreal to see fans who you've now known for four years and they've kinda grown with us," Facinelli says.
11:29 p.m. What will surprise "Twilight" fans the most? They all struggle to say what will surprise viewers. "I think seeing all of the international vampires, that's going to be cool," Reaser says.
11:30 p.m. "Bill was just an amazing director," Rathbone says of Condon, saying the movie felt "breezy and effortless and thought-out," praising Condon's pleasant disposition. "He never raised his voice once," Facinelli says, comparing the director to the captain of a ship and saying that he kept the energy positive even in the midst of the huge production and he always made time to work with the actors. "To get to work with serious filmmakers on this kind of movie, I think they elevated [it]," Reaser says, saying that he's "taken the story to another level."
11:33 a.m. The actors discuss the evolution of their characters in this movie. Rathbone says this is the first time we see Jasper at ease until "all hell breaks loose." Greene says she enjoyed seeing Alice get to actually act like a vampire. Reaser calls her character "the ultimate pacifist, but that in this movie, she becomes a powerhouse. "She has to betray her sense of self in order to protect her family," Reaser says. "In 'Twilight' I started out dying my hair blonde and then as the movies progressed I started wearing wigs and the wigs went through a transformation," Facinelli says. "I smile in this last movie... It was a big deal for me," Reed says.
11:37 a.m. How are they like their characters? Or who's most like their characters? "I honestly think we all are. I think it was brilliantly casted," Lutz says. Reed credits Catherine Hardwicke for casting people based on how they are and not necessarily how they look. "I don't feel like my character. I love my character, but I don't think I'm half as good in person as Esmee is," Reaser says. Facinelli insists that she is.
11:40 a.m. What do they miss? Facinelli misses the woods. And his contact lenses. Greene doesn't miss the cold and the rain, but she misses the interaction. She misses the comfort of knowing what you're going into every year. "It is kind of fun revisiting a role over and over," Facinelli says, saying that in each movie they tried to explore the role deeper, but there was still a comfort.
11:42 a.m. There was a dance-off? Huh? "That took real commitment," Reed says. "It was like an after-school club," Facinelli says. Reaser credits Michael Sheen for his moves. "There was a total moment between he and I," Reed says.
11:43 a.m. What do they expect their lives to be like 10 years from now? "Will there be a 'Twilight' 10-Year Reunion?" Rathbone asks. "It's been an amazing thrill-ride. We've been able to meet some of the most amazing people in the world," Rathbone adds. "It's not like we expect to jump into another franchise and suddenly have this huge thing happen," Rathbone adds. "I hope we're all healthy and nobody's on 'Celebrity Rehab,'" Reaser says.
11:45 a.m. They're asked if they can related to being a devoted fan. "Being in this saga, you become a fan," Facinelli says of being a "Twilight" fan, but he swears he's not a devoted fan of anything else. Rathbone says that if the Rolling Stones went on tour, he'd camp out for days to see the Stones perform. "I have a Google obsession with Juliette Binoche," Reaser says, adding that Jack White is her second creepy obsession. "I don't want to sound like I'm a passionless person by saying no," Reed says, as they all try to coax her devoted fandom out. Facinelli remembers being in line for "Superman 4" and standing in line around the block and talks about the ways that movies can bring people together.