TWILIGHT’S teen vampires proved they had lost none of their appeal when Breaking Dawn Part 1 scored a fangtastic $ 138million opening weekend in the USA and then added a further $ 153million from overseas territories.
The USA figure is the fifth highest debut in history, behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, The Dark Knight, Spider-Man 3 and previous Twilight instalment New Moon.
Breaking Dawn’s stars have expressed their delight at the massive success of this latest film and Robert Pattinson has revealed that although he loved filming the gory birth scene it could easily have turned into “a ridiculous comedy sequence.”
R-Patz, who who stars as vampire Edward Cullen, explained: “Breaking Dawn begins with preparations for Bella and Edward’s wedding and the chaos that ensues on their honeymoon, and the inevitable downfall that always happens in Twilight movies.
“The wedding scene is a relatively momentous moment for the series. I think Edward’s proposed to her about 50 times now, so it’s been building up and building up.
“Edward’s excited. He’s always been obsessed about marriage. It’s what he has wanted for a long time. I think it’s one of the first points of stability in Edward and Bella’s relationship.”
Their honeymoon on a beautiful island in Brazil “starts off quite nice and just gets progressively worse”, reveals Pattinson.
“It just goes downhill after they have sex. Edward gets to relax – but only for a second. It’s like a set-up so he can get punished again for the rest of the movie consistently.”
Shooting the love scenes with Stewart, widely believed to be Pattinson’s girlfriend, brought some pressure because of fans’ expectations for the previously celibate on-screen couple.
Sighing, he says: “It’s more an abstract idea of living up to expectations because you don’t know what the expectations are. Especially with the honeymoon stuff, it’s just in people’s imaginations.
“You never really think about the reality of what people’s expectations are, you just try and make it good. And if you like it, then hopefully other people will like it.”
Trying to measure up to co-star Lautner, who has no qualms about appearing shirtless, required some dedication from Pattinson, who reportedly worked out for six months to get a six-pack.
When Bella unexpectedly falls pregnant with their half-human and half-vampire baby, whom they name Renesmee, their marriage suffers “a lot of strain” as Edward feels the baby is a death sentence for Bella, while she considers it a miracle.
But when Edward realises there’s no changing Bella’s mind about the child, he becomes more supportive.
To sustain the baby and herself through pregnancy, Bella has to drink blood which she then reacts to and throws up again. Pattinson says he “loved” doing the gruesome birth scene.
“It could have been a R-rated sequence – or a real ridiculous comedy sequence,” he says, laughing.
“We kind of shot it as an adult horror and then edited out the really gruesome bits. If you went on the set, it looked like a Saw movie, not a Twilight movie.”
He adds: “There’s literally been no blood in the films, except for single drops here and there. I walked in and Kristen was covered in fake blood and gore.”
In between shooting the Twilight films, Pattinson has kept himself busy. He played Salvador Dali in Little Ashes, starred in tear-jerker Remember Me and romantic drama Water For Elephants.
Yet stepping back into Edward’s shoes was easy. “You do feel as soon as you go into make-up, for one thing, it’s quite limiting. All of the limitations of the make-up, wardrobe and even the contact lenses, they all play into the character,” he says.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 is released on November 16, 2012.
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