THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN - PART 2
Bella and Edward's Families
Billy Burke once again appears as Bella's father and Forks Chief of Police,
The Cullen Coven - made up of Edward, as well as Peter Facinelli as Carlisle,
as Esme, Kellan Lutz as Emmett, Nikki Reed as Rosalie, Jackson Rathbone as
Ashley Greene as Alice - are all reprising their roles. Giving a further glimpse
colorful past, noted actor Wendell Pierce appears as human J. Jenks.
The time has finally come that Charlie must know that magical creatures
knowing the full truth about his daughter and her in-laws. "Jacob can't tell
Charlie that they're
vampires, but what he can do is show Charlie what he is," explains Godfrey.
"There's quite a
funny scene where Charlie's out chopping wood and Jacob transforms into a wolf
in front of him.
The message is, the world's not what you think it is and you need to see your
Lautner adds, "Jacob finds out that everybody, including Bella, is going to
have to leave
Forks to maintain secrecy and safety, so Jacob has to do something. He charges
straight to the
Swan house to show Charlie something that he's never seen before. All of sudden
transforms into a giant werewolf and this is the first time Charlie learns
anything about any of this
supernatural stuff that's been going on."
"All the creatures that do know what's going on find it necessary, not only
to protect what
they have going on, but to protect Charlie himself, to let him in on part of the
secret," says Billy
Burke. "He's told for the common good and he has no choice but to believe that,"
"Charlie is told that Bella and Edward have adopted a child and when
recognizes immediately that there's something not only unique and perhaps weird
about her, but
he also recognizes that she has a lot of similarities to his daughter," says
Burke. "He pieces it
together very quickly that that kid might have some of his own blood."
Stewart explains, "Charlie knows there's something more than a little off
and the fact that my adopted daughter looks just like me, all of those things
are easy for him to
stomach if he just pretends, as long as everyone's happy, then I'm just not
going to ask
She appreciated the experience of working on several films with Burke. "It's
something for so long because you form special dynamics with actors on one movie
over and you look forward to having scenes with them in the next. Looking back,
some of the best scenes," comments Stewart. "Billy and I get to do it again and
because the scenes are so sparse in the series, both to play them and to watch
them, when they
come up it feels very much like home."
Burke adds, "This has been a wonderful gig for me for four years. I always
back and I dig playing this guy. Charlie Swan and myself don't share a lot of
real similarities, but I
like him. He makes me laugh. I like playing this guy and I've had a great run.
If there were more
books, I would be coming back to play Charlie again, having a good time and
getting to be in
what is now, really a part of Hollywood history."
A handful of these comic scenes balance the mortal peril that soon takes over
several involving the returning Cullen cast. "When Charlie's on his way over to
see Bella for the
first time as a vampire, she quickly has to get herself together enough to be
presentable. In the
book, the other Cullen's give her some instruction about sitting and talking,
but Bill really wanted
to take that further. He wanted to have the Cullens really school her and do
these fast lessons,
with her just not getting it," says Rosenberg.
"We were teaching Bella how to be a vampire, but act like a human," Peter
"The Cullen family teaching her how to be human is so awkward because the
Cullens don't really
do a great job at appearing human themselves. They're always trying to fit in
and they don't quite
fit in. They think they're experts at it, so it was really funny. We had a good
time in that scene."
"When the Cullen family arrived on set it was like a reunion," says Condon.
this group of actors who had started together were back together and it was fun
to watch this
family dynamic take over. They've all got interesting pasts and connections, and
it became more
of this big group effort."
"I've enjoyed a lot of different beats in this script and I was really
looking forward to doing
the arm wrestling scene with Kristen," comments Kellan Lutz. "It's one of the
big moments for my
character, and the fans are really looking forward to it. It was fun to shoot."
"In some ways, it's a relief for us that Bella is now a vampire as well,"
Reaser. "Bella is fierce; she could really kill any of us. She's a newborn,
which makes her
dangerous and stronger than all of us, and a little... reckless, but it's great
that she's one of us.
It's fun to see her be powerful, and strong, and fast."
"Newborns are something that Jasper's dealt with a lot, as we've seen in
Jackson Rathbone. "Bella has far exceeded any expectation that Jasper or Alice
have ever had
as to how she would adapt, her powers, and her strength. Jasper knows what an
she is to the Cullen's."
"Bella's transformation into a newborn vampire is very easy for her, and that
Jasper a little bit," admits Rathbone. "He's so surprised, but he's also proud
of her. Also, he
finally can be around her without wanting to kill her. She shows up Emmett and
strong she is, and she's got these new powers that she's starting to realize,
which will come in
very handy towards the end of the film."
The baby especially captivates Rosalie. "She's in mom mode, taking care of
and fighting for her family," says Nikki Reed. "In the book, some of the best
between Rosalie and Renesmee. This is the dream come true for Rosalie. It's so
nice to see
how close Rosalie and Renesmee are because it's what she's always wanted. The
is so supportive of their relationship and also really thankful that Rose is
capable and ready to be
a mom. She's prepared. This is where the family comes in and everyone steps up
contributes while Bella's in the throes of transformation."
"My biggest fear with Rosalie from day one was always that she would come off
very one dimensional. Yes, she's misunderstood, but in the book she's less
because there's more about why she's behaving in the way she is," says Reed. "In
Part 2, she
and Bella really have that triumph together of having made it through the drama
in Part 1.
Obviously everyone's completely in love with Renesmee, but Rosalie, she was
ally during her pregnancy and brought her through. Bella and Rosalie have that
connection throughout Part 2."
A problem is brought about when Renesmee is mistaken for an immortal child.
cardinal rule in the vampire world is you don't create vampire children; you
just don't. It's
punishable by death," explains Facinelli. "They wreak havoc and when the Volturi
find out, there
are no questions asked. They take care of the problem and everybody around it.
We find out
that the Volturi know about Renesmee, and there is no explaining to them, 'But
wait a minute.
She's only half-vampire, she's also half-human.' They wouldn't listen to that."
The Cullens prepare for the Volturi's arrival by spreading out around the
globe in search
of support. "We start collecting witnesses," explains Facinelli. "We hope to try
to slow the Volturi
down enough so we can try to explain that we didn't go out and create a vampire
child; we need
to explain that she was born. Carlisle has been around for 350 years, so he's
known a lot of
people who he visits and asks them to stand witness, which is basically asking
them to put their
lives on the line."
Reed adds, "We find friends or other extended family members, people that
throughout the years, to come and meet Renesmee so they understand what she is
and then act
as somewhat of a buffer. Before the Volturi can actually approach, maybe they
can hear from a
few people that she's not an immortal child."
The family is once again tipped off to the Volturi's intentions by Alice's
gift of seeing
possible futures - she envisions them engaging the Cullens when the snow sticks
to the ground.
She and Jasper mysteriously leave town suddenly.
"Alice is forced to keep her family in the dark. She has a vision of the
Volturi coming to
attack her family and she realizes that if she even thinks anything, Edward is
going to be able to
read her mind," says Ashley Greene. "To keep her family safe, she takes Jasper
and they go in
search of some people that are going to help convince the Volturi not to destroy
Alice leaves a clue that only Bella can find and she finally returns in the
latter half of the film and
has a big part in saving the day."
Not willing to concede to total defeat just yet, Alice leaves behind a clue
that only Bella
can find... a clue that leads Bella to J. Jenks. When she meets him, Bella learns
that Jasper has
been using him for years for high quality fake travel documents - passports,
driver's licenses, and
birth certificates. Alice has led Bella to an insurance policy for Renesmee's
safety... a way to
escape the Volturi if things go badly.
Condon was thrilled to have such an acclaimed actor want to do a small but
role who only appears in one scene. "I was so excited to hear that Wendell
interested. HBO was shooting 'Treme' down in New Orleans at the same time and
I'm a huge fan
of his. It's the longest scene in the movie and it really is a two-hander
between the Kristen and
Wendell. There's so much going on beneath the surface while they're each probing
There's real mystery there. It was a gift to have a great actor. Kristen really
felt that. Rob was
really jealous that Kristen got to work with Wendell because he kind of idolizes
Alice proves Aro's reason for attacking invalid. "Nahuel - a
- basically proves that these hybrids can exist without destroying our secret,"
"But Aro doesn't really care so much about the so-called immortal child, he
really just wants me,
my brother, and in the end, Bella, for our gifts. He wants us to join the
Volturi. Using her gift,
Alice has to show him what's going to happen in the future if he's doesn't
change his course:
Bella's going to defeat him. Ultimately, he decides not to attack. Alice does
leave for a good bit
of the film, but towards the end, she certainly redeems herself."
Because of Alice's vision, the audience gets to experience the thrill of the
vampire forces in unrestrained war. "You finally get to see that huge battle
between the Volturi
and the Cullens that always seems to almost happen, but never quite does,"
"You really get to see a lot of courage with everyone really having to come
together and trust
each other to protect what we care about."
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