Plus 4 Other Revelations From Shriek-Filled ‘Twilight’ Panel In Hall H
Fans of “The Twilight Saga” waited for days outside Comic-Con International’s Hall H to be close to Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, and the rest of the actors appearing in the films. But when the ‘Breaking Dawn‘ cast was asked what they were excited enough about to wait that long for, there was a moment of silence before 17-year-old Booboo Stewart (Seth Clearwater) piped in with “The Lord of the Rings.” Unlike Tolkien devotees, The ‘Twilight’ audience isn’t typically what people think of when they imagine Comic-Con attendees, but the enormous hall was packed with fans who didn’t seem to mind (but promptly left before the rest of the day’s panels).
We attended both the press conference and the packed Hall H panel, much to the envy of sighing women everywhere who buy ‘Twilight’ jewelry on Etsy. Here’s what we learned (you’re welcome):
1. The honeymoon footage shown proves you’ll go deaf if you see the movie during opening weekend.
Alternating between screams, shrieks and high-pitched giggles (don’t bring the dog), the reactions to the first-screened footage of Edward (Robert Pattinson) and Bella’s (Kristen Stewart) Brazilian honeymoon had the audience swooning. They arrive in the hotel suite and nervously look at the soon-to-be-broken bed. There are teases of a shirtless Edward, and Bella furiously brushes her teeth, combs her hair and shaves her legs in prep for the bed-breaking. Sadly, the footage cuts out before we can see any skinny dipping, but you can’t give everything away.
2. You won’t learn anything more about the mysterious wedding scene here–or anywhere–yet.
“It was so beautiful, it really looks like a dream wedding,” co-star Elizabeth Reaser said. “I don’t think I’m even allowed to say anything about it.” No kidding. Stewart described the security around shooting the wedding scene as “Secret-Service-style, insane.” No cell phones or email were allowed, which led to some complaining, but Stewart told the crew, “You don’t understand what this means to us, thank you so much. If this dress gets on the Internet, I’ll die.” When a helicopter passed overhead during the shooting of the vows, Stewart threw on the only thing she could to hide the dress from any possible photography: a Volturi cloak. Stewart did reveal that she listened to Band of Horses‘ “For Annabelle” to get in the appropriate mood, but it won’t end up on the soundtrack.
3. The birth scene will test the limits of gore for the series.
If you aren’t familiar with the infamous birth scene, then brace yourself. Though Pattinson lists it as his favorite scene in the film, he warns that it’s “quite hardcore, quite graphic,” which is unsurprising with the content of the scene (spoiler alert: a Caesarian section by vampire fangs). “There’s literally no way to do it in any kind of tame way.” Lautner has a similar affection for the scene and admiration for director Bill Condon. “I want to give Bill credit right now,” he said. “The birth scene is a lot to take in. It’s really amazing. It’s stunning. I don’t want to give too much away.”
4. The imprinting scene will be almost as talked about.
For those unfamiliar with the series, Lautner’s Jacob imprints on the young spawn of Edward and Bella immediately. For the uninitiated, that means he discovers she is his soul mate, and they’re forever linked. If that sounds weird, try attempting to convey all that with a look. “I was pretty nervous about imprinting,” Lautner said. “There was an X on the wall, and I had to walk into the room on the verge of killing this baby, and then stop, twist and imprint on it, whatever that means. Stop, twist, imprint. It was challenging. I spent a lot of time talking to Bill and to Stephenie [Meyer], and I’m like, ‘Okay, guys, what exactly does imprinting even look like?’ “
5. The soundtrack isn’t set in stone, but fans are likely to go as gaga as they have in the past.
Since this is The Playlist, we’d love to share a soundtrack listing…if there were one. When a fan in the panel’s Q&A asked for details of which songs will be included, Condon was cagey. “I don’t think we should say because we haven’t made any deals yet, but I think you’ll be happy.” The first three films’ soundtracks included Iron & Wine, Bon Iver, Muse, Editors and more. All other issues aside, we can’t complain too much if “The Twilight Saga” soundtracks are introducing our younger sisters–and our moms–to music other than Katy Perry and Ke$ha.
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