THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN - PART 2
Michael Sheen, Jamie Campbell Bower, and Christopher Heyerdahl play the
Volturi Coven: Aro, Caius, and Marcus. This venerable trio of eternal vampires
weigh and impose
the laws of the vampire world, and are protected by the Volturi Guard: portrayed
Fanning and Cameron Bright, in the roles of the powerful siblings Jane and Alec;
as well as
Charlie Bewley and Daniel Cudmore as enforcers Demetri and Felix. In The
Breaking Dawn - Part 2, the entire Volturi travel from Italy, making stops to
draft supporters, to
the Pacific Northwest to judge the Cullens.
Others siding with the Volturi include: Masami Kosaka as the Japanese vampire
killed by the Volturi in London; Brazilian stunt actor Lateef Crowder as the
Santiago, first seen in the Volturi Oculus room, again at the final
confrontation on the snowy field,
and in Alice's vision chasing Jacob and Renesmee; and Amadou Ly and Janelle
Henri and Yvette, two among the many witnesses on the Volturi side of the
"Aro is an ancient vampire who has a position of power to maintain order and
the vampire world... sort of a cross between the Pope and the Mafia," comments
"Each of the three Volturi deal with the boredom of being centuries old
differently: Marcus seems
to be a vampire of few words and longing for annihilation really, he's had
enough; Caius seems to
take pleasure in being cruel; and Aro is completely insane."
Aro and Marcus have supernatural gifts: When Aro touches someone, he can read
thought the person has ever had; and Marcus can see the relationships or
have to one another and sense the strength of their bond. Despite Caius' having
talent, Aro was drawn to Caius' ambition and capacity to hate. Caius has always
in the punitive side of governing.
"Marcus is the oldest vampire alive and he's never really very happy about
the judge observing from afar," says Christopher Heyerdahl. "He's the one who
seems to take
the job of judge to an extreme. He's also this constant ebb and flow of feeling
Waves of wanting to disappear, while some massively important thing is going on
in which he
really has no interest. Marcus is wonderful because he doesn't say much and
so sweet about playing a character who speaks only when it's absolutely
Jamie Campbell Bower adds, "I've always seen Caius as a henchman to a king
the king faltered or if he had the opportunity would kill the king, Caius would
try to step in and
take the position of power. He seems to be constantly angry and very upset with
The majestic Volturi Guard includes vampires who also have unique gifts. "My
has always been able to hide behind her power to inflict pain upon someone just
by looking at
them," explains Dakota Fanning. "Alec can release a mist that cuts off people's
senses - so
they're a duo. What I love about playing Jane is she looks innocent and
childlike, but actually
she's extremely dangerous and villainous."
"Felix is an elite guard who is very good at tearing vampires apart and being
and strong. I consider being good at tearing arms and legs off a power," laughs
Daniel Cudmore, who is 6 foot 6 inches tall. "It's fun to play someone who's
just vicious and
doesn't really care too much that he is that way. It's just who he is."
"Demetri is described as the world's best tracker, much more powerful than
Alistair," says Charlie Bewley. "He can track the tenor of someone's thoughts.
never shirked from what he is and that is a very aggressive vampire."
In this film, the audience first sees the Volturi in their castle in Volterra
when they receive
the false information from Irina Denali that the Cullens have an immortal child.
Michael Sheen is so much fun, his character is so rich, and I got to actually
create a couple new
scenes for him," says Rosenberg. "In the book, everything happens from Bella's
point of view,
and you hear about things after the fact that may have happened over in Italy.
In this movie we
can actually cut away to it, so I was able to imagine what was happening in the
Michael Sheen is just delicious. Aro wants what he wants. He gets pushed to his
limits at the
end and lets loose. Michael is such an extraordinary actor to embody that
The Volturi are coming after the Cullens under the pretense of upholding the
forbidding immortal children, a vampire taboo since it is impossible to reason
with a small child
insane with thirst. Long ago, the Volturi banned immortal children because they
risk exposing the
secret vampire world to humans, a concept illustrated in a flashback scene to a
"There are only a few opportunities to get out of the world of Forks and to
have Aro and
his crew in period drag was great and it was the first scene in which I got to
work with Dakota
Fanning," shares Condon. "There's also a ceremonial torch that you see starting
in the Russian
village, and again in the showdown. The pageantry of the Volturi arriving on the
field makes me
think of Rome and the papal visit with the Cardinals - they are holding court,
and delivering punishment."
However, the Volturi are also condemning the Cullens because Aro wants to
talented vampires in their coven. "Aro has always coveted Alice and her gift. He
mistrustful of the strength of the Cullen clan and their choice to be
vegetarian, but it's all a ruse to
get Alice," explains Godfrey. "A legitimate crime of an immortal child gives Aro
the perfect excuse
to gather all of the Volturi and as many witnesses as he can and go to Forks and
put them on
trial. Through that he'll probably destroy all of them in order to keep the
Condon adds, "Aro has been underground in that ridiculous place in Volterra
and has really gone crazy. I love the way that Michael Sheen takes such huge
moment where he explodes into that mad laugh perfectly captures to me the tone
of what this
movie needed to be. Another director might have played this movie very straight
and that would
have been an interesting choice. But because of its roots in young adult
fiction, to me there is a
level of theatricality to it that is important."
"The Aro laugh is interesting because I wasn't sure if anyone would let me do
it's quite extreme," smiles Sheen. "But I liked that because he does play this
false persona so
much and has this very soft voice, I wanted something now and again that cut
through to what
was actually true... like a flash of lightning. You suddenly got a true sense of
what was actually
going on inside his head. The laugh was quite a good way of being able to get
that across in a
very economical way and surprising way that gives a sense of total insanity, a
nightmarish thing. On the surface the laugh seems to be a pleasant thing, but it
how deeply insane he is. It's something that would echo long after you'd left a
room, the laugh
just stays with you in this horrible funny and chilling way. You'd never want to
hear that laugh
anywhere near you."
Initially dismayed that Alice is not present on the battlefield, Aro is
quickly enthralled with
the discovery of Renesmee's true nature - half-human/half-vampire. "When he
Renesmee, Aro has a combination of both curiosity and fear maybe, and anger,"
"Just before Renesmee touches his face you are really scared for this little
child. It should feel
horrible and weird, but then the tables are turned when she puts her hand to his
suddenly she has the power over him. When he discovers her gift, the power
The Volturi have never seen or heard of a vampire/human hybrid before. "She's
gorgeous," says Heyerdahl. "Something very new has been brought to us... a
intelligent, calming, loving being who may be capable of joining vampires and
humans... it's really
"Aro's feelings about Renesmee change so much in quite a short period of time
threat to useful to a new found fascination. He's drawn to Renesmee, but at the
same time it's
disappointing, because it means he can't really punish the Cullens anymore and
this threatens his
super objective of trying to peck these people that he's always wanted to be
part of his collection."
After Caius kills Irina as punishment for wrongly reporting Renesmee as an
child, simmering tensions nearly boil over. As a prelude to the fighting, Jane
inflicts her pain, Alec
spreads his numbing mist over their rivals, and all the Volturi become aware of
"Once the two tribes confront each other it becomes clear that the Cullens
defensive skill that the Volturi weren't aware of before. Aro is stunned,"
shares Sheen. "There's
some sort of protective shield happening from Bella, the newborn vampire. Her
sense because even before she was a vampire, she somehow was able to keep Jane's
herself. This changes things a lot. Of course, Bella becomes infinitely more
interesting to Aro as
a potential chess piece in his game."
"Jane has no love for the Cullens, especially Bella. There is definitely a
Jane is not very happy to see that Bella as a vampire, or that she has a special
power, or that
she's even alive," laughs Fanning. "Bella's shield pretty much makes Jane
useless, and that is
very frustrating and adds to their rivalry. Jane is most loyal to Aro and
there's a moment where
Aro tells Bella that she's beautiful as a vampire. Aro sees a new jewel that he
wants to add to his
collection and Jane is no longer the golden child. Because of Bella's shield,
Jane actually has to
have some physical skills, other than just being able to look at somebody to
Heyerdahl adds, "Bella's true power is love. That power of love is what pushes
save her family, the man she loves, and her child. Without that, she would never
be able to
discover she could expand her shield."
"Bella is a tricky little thing, isn't she? Jane and Alec not having their
special little powers,
is actually rewarding for Demetri and Felix because we're now important," says
brute strength and ability are key when the massive battle ensues."
As the preamble continues to escalate, Alice and Jasper arrive on the snowy
Alice shows Aro her vision of what the result of the impending battle will be,
the audience gets to
see the unique talents of the various vampires square off against each other -
gift vs. gift and
strength vs. strength.
"Aro's no fool. He sees the possibility of our eminent death, if he takes
this step, then it
is highly possible that we will all be wiped out, and specifically him," adds
"Lives would be lost... Alice shows that to Aro to try and prevent him from
starting a battle
in the first place," adds Fanning. "If he can see what his future would be, then
maybe he won't
start the battle."
Since the stakes are now his life or his death, Aro knows he must choose
doesn't fight those kind of fights," says Stephenie Meyer. "He's not a man for a
fair fight. He's a
man for executions. He doesn't go into it and put himself at risk. All of a
sudden he's actually at
risk here. That makes the decision. Bella's ability that puts Aro at risk
changes everything. What
we did with the battle was come up with a way to show him and the audience that.
He gets to
see his death and realize this is what's coming for him if he pushes this, and
it makes it very clear
why he doesn't. I like that because Aro's not a brave person."
One final assurance is needed, evidence that the Renesmee will not be a
her rapid growth makes the future a big unknown. To satisfy Aro's last straw,
Alice produces an
example of another vampire who was born, carried by a human mother. The Ticuna
Nahuel and his aunt Huilen travelled back from South America with Alice and
Jasper to provide
that proof and a path to peace, allowing Aro an out to back down.
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