A Family Affair

Nikki Reed, Kellan Lutz and Jackson Rathbone dish about the Cullen Family and their vampire ways in New Moon

In New Moon, Carlisle (Peter Facinelli), Esme (Elizabeth Reaser), Edward (Robert Pattinson), Rosalie (Nikki Reed), Emmet (Kellan Lutz), Alice (Ashley Greene) and Jasper (Jackson Rathbone) are still keeping up their “vegetarian” ways, but when Bella opens a birthday gift and gets a paper cut, the sweet scent of her blood compels Jasper to lunge at her. Although it was a mere vampire mistake, Edward is convinced she is no longer safe in their presence. This pivotal scene in New Moon leaves Edward no choice but to demand that his coven disperse and cut themselves off from Bella, including himself.

“For me, it was a chance to really explore the animalistic side of Jasper, because throughout the first film in Twilight I’ve been holding back and kind of absorbing information and holding back my natural instincts to attack.And so in New Moon I get the chance to get a little whiff of Bella’s blood and go full tilt and attack her,” Rathbone says. “It was a fun scene to shoot.”
Maybe Rathbone was a little too excited to submit to his vampire urges, because filming that scene got a little rough.”I had to run into Rob (Pattinson) and then I had to jump back because it’s supposed to look like he throws me back,” Rathbone explains. “So I run into Rob and I jump myself backwards and I was suppose to land into a stunt pad, but the stunt men who were following me got caught on the stairs so I landed on the ground. It looks really good, though. I had to take the heat for the movie!”

Not only did Rathbone stick his neck out for the part, but also so did the entire cast when they took on the roles to begin with. The fan base from Stephanie Meyer’s beloved books brought on some pressure to fulfill their fantasies and some unexpected, crazy fan pandemonium resulted.”I really try not to focus on it,” admits Reed.”It’s really easy to get caught up in the negative and the positive, and I think both extremes are unhealthy and not the right approach.”

Adds Lutz,”I think we all just wanted to make Twilightfor the fans as best we could, and a lot of the fans are die-hards. They have such a vision for how things should be conveyed or about the cast members. But we got such satisfaction in knowing they loved it and saw it so many times—it was such a weight off of our shoulders.”

And although the Cullen family of vamps can’t even stand the smell of a wolf in their presence, Lutz has nothing but praise for his castmembers, who’ve all become close friends, including costar Taylor Lautner, who plays Jacob the werewolf.”Taylor is such a movie star!” Lutz says.”He really worked so hard and this is really his movie. He just shines and people are going to see it over and over again with everything that he put the time into, from working out to the acting, building his relationship with Kristen.
“Seeing what Chris Weitz (director) did with the werewolves could have gone one of two ways: it could have been very cartoon-y looking or very real, and it’s the latter of the two. It just looks great and it terrifies me! It’s a great movie.”

But what’s a vampire without its fangs? “I think it’s actually a lot cooler that we don’t wear fangs, we don’t need ’em!” Rathbone says. “In other vampire films, those little wusses, they need fangs. I don’t know if you’ve taken a look closely at Rob Pattinson’s smile. He’s already got those canines!” According to Reed, if the Cullens had fangs they wouldn’t be able to hide amongst humans.”We’ve already worked so hard fitting in with the rest of society,” she says about their characters. “If we had fangs, it would be outrageous and unbelievable.”

– Toni-Marie Ippolito

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