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Wyck Godfrey talks about ‘Breaking Dawn’

>> 2011/01/07


Speak­ing from the Baton Rouge set where both install­ments of Break­ing Dawn are shoot­ing simul­ta­ne­ously, Wyck answered some of the Twi-faithful’s more press­ing questions.
Q: Where does the story split in half?
A: “We basi­cally want to take the audi­ence through the emo­tional part of Bella’s jour­ney as she becomes a vam­pire. The first part will cover the wed­ding, the hon­ey­moon and the birth.” The film ends just before she embarks on her super­nat­ural transformation.
Q: The book has three seg­ments, two of which present Bella’s point of view and a mid­dle that’s devoted to the per­spec­tive of her rejected were­wolf suitor, Jacob (Tay­lor Laut­ner). How is that handled?
A: “The story will break from her and fol­low Jacob through­out the course of the movie as he strug­gles with his own dilemma. There is a sense that as Bella and the Cul­lens (Edward’s makeshift vam­pire clan) deal with her preg­nancy, the world is still turn­ing out­side with Jacob.”
Q: Why was Bill Con­don, the Oscar-winning film­maker best known for his musi­cals as the screen­writer of 2002’s Chicagoand the direc­tor of 2006’s Dream­girls, selected as the direc­tor of the finale?
A: “These films have the most dif­fi­cult stuff from a per­for­mance stand­point. With his his­tory of direct­ing, I can’t think of any­one who would be bet­ter at bring­ing out the best in an actor.” Plus, the direc­tor, who did the 1995 sequel to Can­dy­man, is a fright-fare enthu­si­ast. “He has an appetite for the genre and a pas­sion for the Twi­light books and movies.”
Q: Con­sid­er­ing what goes on dur­ing the tor­tur­ous birth process, how can the rat­ing be PG-13?
A: With Twilight’s core of under-18 fans, “it would be a crime against our audi­ence to go R-rated.” How­ever, “this is based on a much more mature book. We need to progress and be more sophisticated.” A com­pro­mise: Hav­ing the bloody, bone-crushing deliv­ery be seen only through Bella’s eyes. “She is look­ing through the haze, expe­ri­enc­ing pain and every­thing rush­ing around her. We only see what she sees.”
Q: How is the long-awaited con­sum­ma­tion of Edward and Bella’s love portrayed?
A: Even though their phys­i­cal rela­tion­ship goes way beyond what was shown in the first three films, “it does not become soft porn. It is a legit­i­mate and impor­tant part of the movie, roman­tic and sensual.”
Q: At the end of Break­ing Dawn, about 70 or so vam­pires from around the world gather to face off with the Cul­lens and their allies plus Jacob’s wolf pack. How can you keep both por­tions of the sto­ry­telling equally compelling?
A: “The sec­ond half is more of an action film in terms of life-and-death stakes.” But the domes­tic moments of the first film pos­sess an emo­tional punch. “There are the pangs of new­ly­wed ten­sion that occur that are relat­able even in a fan­tasy film. Mar­riage is not quite the expe­ri­ence that they thought it was.”
Q: Is there any chance that Con­don could sneak in a musi­cal number?
A: There might be tra­di­tional danc­ing at the wed­ding. But don’t expect any of the wolf pack to sud­denly howl a tune or do a soft-shoe shuffle.
Although, as God­frey jokes, “We just had a whole line of actors march­ing toward the cam­era. We could have them prac­tice a cho­rus line with vam­pires doing kicks.”


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Robert Thomas-Pattinson was born on May 13, 1986, in Barnes, a suburb of London, the capital of England. His mother, Clare, worked for a modeling agency, and his father, Richard, imported vintage cars from the U.S. Robert is the youngest of three kids in the Pattinson family, and the only son. He has two older sisters. Elizabeth is three years older than he is, and Victoria is five years older. Pattinson became involved in amateur theatre through the Barnes Theatre Company. After some backstage experience there, he took on acting roles. He caught the attention of an acting agent in a production of Tess of the D'Urbervilles and began looking for professional roles. Since then he has performed in an amateur version of Macbeth at the Old Sorting Office Arts Centre, as well as trying his hand at modeling. more

Musical career

Pattinson plays guitar and piano, and composes his own music. He also appears as the singer of two songs on the Twilight soundtrack:
"Never Think", which he co-wrote with Sam Bradley,
and "Let Me Sign", which was written by Marcus Foster and Bobby Long.
The soundtrack for the film How To Be features three original songs performed by Pattinson and written by composer Joe Hastings.
Listen to Rob's music

Cosmopolis 2012

Water For Elephants 2011

New Moon 2009

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Bad Mother's Handbook 2007


# Maps to the Stars (2014) ... Jerome
# Hold on to Me
# The Rover (2013) .... Reynolds
# Mission: Blacklist
# Cosmopolis (2012) .... Eric Packer
# Bel Ami (2012) ....Georges Duroy
# The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 (2012) .... Edward Cullen
# The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 (2011) .... Edward Cullen
# Water for Elephants (2011) .... Jacob Jankowski
# The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010) .... Edward Cullen
# Remember Me (2010) .... Tyler Hawkins
# The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009) .... Edward Cullen
# Twilight (2008/I) .... Edward Cullen
# Little Ashes (2008) .... Salvador Dalí
# How to Be (2008) .... Art
# The Summer House (2008) .... Richard
# Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) .... Cedric Diggory
# The Bad Mother's Handbook (2007) (TV) .... Daniel Gale
# The Haunted Airman (2006) (TV) .... Toby Jugg
# Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) .... Cedric Diggory
# Ring of the Nibelungs (2004) (TV) .... Giselher
# Vanity Fair (2004) (uncredited) .... Older Rawdy Crawley
# Remember Me (2010) .... executive producer

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