9 things we learned from the stars of Twilight: Eclipse

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Adam-Troy Castro
Jul 4, 2015

Does it seem like we've been reporting a lot of Twilight news the last couple of days? Well, that's not just because the new movie, Eclipse, is opening in a few weeks. The Eclipse press junket was held Saturday, June 12, in Beverly Hills, Calif., and Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Bryce Dallas Howard and director David Slade spoke with reporters in a series of press conferences.

We cut through the four hours of interviews to bring you the juiciest, most surprising comments about the latest film.

In Eclipse, Edward Cullen (Pattinson) and Bella Swan (Stewart)'s wedding plans are put on hold when Victoria (Howard) comes after Bella. Werewolf Jacob (Lautner) agrees to help protect her from an army of new vampires, but he really wants Bella to choose him instead of Edward. Eclipse opens June 30.

Edward hits a girl

You know, some critics say Edward is an abusive boyfriend. He never lays a hand on Bella (not even in bed, when she wants him to). He does throw down with the evil Victoria, though. "Actors are always nervous about not only hurting each other but maybe perhaps hitting each other's face and ending one's career," Howard said. "I just knew that if I rustled his hair perhaps millions of young women would want to kill me, so I was quite cautious for that reason. It was fun. There's a point at which when you're wrestling with one another for six consecutive hours that it just becomes absurd. You just can't help yourself but laugh."

Eclipse just happens to be the best one of all four (or five)

There are four Twilight books, and there'll be five movies, since Breaking Dawn will be two. But Eclipse is really the best, so be sure to catch this one. "It is very dangerous," Lautner said. "They're at war the entire time, but you still have that romance, and it's elevated because this is the height of the triangle. Edward and Jacob are forced to team up together and protect Bella from Victoria and Riley, who are after her. It basically takes everything, the romance, the action, the suspense, the danger, everything in the first two movies and times it by five in this one."

The new guy made some minor renovations

Eclipse totally looks like it belongs with Twilight and New Moon. All the locations look the same, but they're actually different. Slade made some adjustments so he could pull off some of his shots. "I inherited the sets, but I went into the kitchen set and we made it bigger," Slade said. "We went into Bella's room and made it four feet wider, just because I was going to shoot with a different lens to the way they shot before. I think the only thing, really, that was expressed to me was continuity. Very much a different film was expected. Different directors per film, different vision per film, so I was given a great deal of freedom in terms of the aesthetics."

Kissing Jacob is actually hard for a girl

When Jacob makes his stand for Bella's love in Eclipse, he finally gets Bella to give him a kiss. Like, more than a "just friends" kiss. That was the toughest thing for Stewart to do. "I guess one of the most challenging scenes would probably be kissing Jacob for real, finally for the first time, and seeing that there was a different road to go down that was desirable as well," she said. "It was a different Bella. I had never had to play somebody who would've done stuff like that, so that was hard. I was nervous as hell about it, just because of that moment and how different that kiss is to all of the rest of them in that movie, and how different they have to be. It is the most unique moment. It's also a mistake, and I always say that Bella makes a lot of mistakes and she's willing to own them. I think it's cool to see her a little bit ashamed and at the same time scared."

Edward finally acts like a real vampire

Edward's pretty famous now for being the whiny, emo vampire. At least in Eclipse he finally shows some teeth. That's only a metaphor, though. Twilight vampires still don't have fangs. Anyway, Slade told Pattinson to get more primal. "He was really fighting to make it not so solemn, I guess, to speed things up, which is a massive deal," Pattinson said. "Edward always, in my eyes, has been so calculated, and everything is not rash, any of his decisions. David wanted to speed up the whole thing and make him more vulnerable."

It turns out Jacob is officially hotter than Edward

There's Team Edward and Team Jacob, but Eclipse makes it official. Jacob is hotter than Edward. Jacob even says so. Bella's freezing in a tent and only Jacob's body temperature can keep her warm. When Pattinson heard Lautner say, "I'm hotter than you," he just conceded. "There's nothing you can say," Pattinson said. "It's like, 'Yeah, you are!' There are quite a few lines in there. Jacob has quite a few catch-phrase type of lines in this film, with me especially. It's quite funny."

It was actually warm in that freezing tent

So Bella's supposed to be freezing in a tent up in the snow-covered mountains of Forks, Wash. That's all movie magic, though. In real life, Stewart was boiling. "It was so hot in that sleeping bag, literally, and then the takes are so long," Stewart said. "That scene is eternal, and I have nothing really to do in it. You've got close-ups on two guys, and then you'd do mine completely separate, and they run the lines a little bit, but I was playing halfway between being asleep and hearing bits. I just remember it being hot."

That tent scene was a reshoot, by the way

Last thing about the tent scene, we promise. But if you like it, maybe that's because they kept shooting it until they got it right. Pattinson couldn't deliver the first time around. "The first time we did it, I was really freaking out," Pattinson said. "I don't know why. I think it had to do with claustrophobia or something, because we were actually shooting in a tent. I just couldn't get it together. I kept forgetting my lines and getting so nervous. We did about three takes, and Kristen is supposed to be asleep on the floor, and she saw that I was freaking out. Halfway through the take she suddenly opened her eyes. She kept staring at me and kept trying to make me laugh through the entire take, and it's like the most serious scene in the whole movie. Then the entire scene I was playing, I almost could not stop laughing the entire time. We got literally one take where it went kind of right. They did reshoot the scene in the end."

Eclipse gets closer to Edward and Jacob, literally

Slade's most noticeable stamp on the film is using more close-ups. The girls who swoon for Pattinson and Lautner will really get to see them up close on an Imax screen. "I believe the most interesting thing to look at in the world is the human face," Slade said. "That is why I tend to be a little closer to those human faces than maybe other directors would be. With close-up comes selective focus, and it is to focus the viewer, to point them in a direction. You get a close-up which has very little amount of focus in it, but also you'll see medium shots and wider shots that also bring the audience's attention to a specific place, which is entirely intentional."

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