HitFix: Live blog from the Breaking Dawn Comic con press conference
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.
Tweeting from the Breaking Dawn press conference!
Q: How does it feel to be sexy, Rob?
Taylor: I’m so excited for this.
Kristen: The actual question was, what are the similarities between Rob and Edward?
Stephenie: The first time we met, he told ME who Edward is.
Rob: Sometimes you forget where you end, and your character begins. Sometimes I don’t know if it’s me thinking or Edward thinking.
Q: What about a Twilight reboot?
Rob: I pity the person who would take over my part, I would make a campaign against them!
Stephenie: It’d be really interesting in twenty years. But I do pity the person who tries to step into these roles. It won’t go well.
Stephenie: The cast right now ARE the characters.
Rob: If there was another one, what would you write about?
Stephenie: Bella’s story is told. Renesmee could be written about in a new story. That’s why I created her.
Rob: What do you think about Edward and Bella getting divorced? (To Stephenie)
Next question! fun banter up on stage
Q: Compare your SDCC experiences over the years.
Rob: I’ve never experienced a crowd that large. You get used to it surprisingly quickly. You have a persona in front of people.
Rob: When you turn up to a premiere, it’s a marathon. But THIS is really nice.
Q: What do you think of the drama in the film compared to the book?
Stephenie: Bill Condon is great at making you feel the human relationships. It carries through in both of his Twilights.
Kristen: This may sound arrogant. We do really cool things with the end (of Part 2). Some people may already know that.
Kristen: Bill was the perfect person to direct the fourth book. Now that Bella’s a vamp, human aspects are really gone now.
Kristen: We and Bill totally nailed it. The fans can expect something very emotional. I’ve seen it four times, I cry every time.
Q: Were there any discussions on set about maintaining the PG-13 rating? Any difficult physical challenges?
Stephenie: Kristen, you wore a hand brace for half of the movie. Kristen: I’m plagued when it comes to filming.
Kristen: I hurt myself right at the beginning of our action sequences. Any grimace you see is probably real.
Kristen: Physically, this one has been more challenging than anything. Even how she walks as a vampire is different.
Kristen: I liked picking and choosing what to use, what not to use. I went up to Steph first day of being a vampire.
Kristen: I was like, umm, Steph, how am I going to sound like wind chimes. You. Jerk
Q: Do you have insight into what makes this phenomenon?
Stephenie: It still surprises me all the time. Taylor: I think you’re just being extremely humble about it.
Taylor: All the credit does go back to the books and the characters. We’re extremely honored to be in this situation.
Q: Is this a burden for you? Did Twilight help you with other projects? Kristen: Yeah. Suddenly we all have amazing access to the industry
Kristen: It’s the hugest compliment. People who call me the Twilight girl and mean it. Please, pigeon hole me. That means I did it right.
Kristen: The access and the challenge we have ahead of us? Challenges are the most exciting things in life. It’s awesome.
Q: There was a lot of hype around the sex scene in Part 1. Will there be more in Part 2?
Kristen: Hmm. The ratings, man. It’s a tricky thing. Can we have Mackenzie go away? [laughter]
Kristen: We’re supposed to have ungodly, otherworldly sex in Part 1. We tried to keep the first one sweet. It was about discovery.
Kristen: Nothing about this series is raunchy. Rob: You missed the point Kristen. Kristen: Shut the fuck up [laughter]
Q: Stephenie, can you talk to us about The Host? Did you write the second and third books? Were you trying to achieve a love triangle?
Steph: The Host was a cleanser for me. There’s nothing coming out soon in that series, book wise. As far as the movie goes, it’s beautiful
Q: Is there one personal lesson you’ll take away from this?
Mackenzie: Me the entire thing. It was absolutely perfect.
Stephenie: How much money was in your swear jar at the end of filming?
Mackenzie whispers answer to Stephenie. Stephenie: Holy crap! She never got a dime from me. Or Taylor.
Mackenzie had a swear jar on set.. every time someone swore they had to pay her.
Kristen: It’s hard to pick one moment. The last week.. shooting a wedding, walking down the aisle. It was heavy stuff.
Taylor: I remember it starting getting closer to the end. There were 3 weeks left. I kept telling myself, it’s time to start soaking this in
Rob: I loved going to Brazil to film the boat and honeymoon. I crashed the boat.. that was fun. That was pretty symbolic ofnthe crazy journey. Me and Kristen swimming with 600 Brazillian army men with machine guns and camera man. Making out.
.. that rounded things up nicely.