'New Moon' mistake: Chris Weitz on his biggest regret (it's a Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart scene!)
There's not a whole lot that "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" director Chris Weitz did wrong -- the film smashed box-office records and further catapulted his young actors into superstardom.
He's not without regrets, though, particularly involving a major moment in the "Twilight" anthology.
SPOILER ALERT: In "New Moon" we see a premonition of Kristen Stewart as a vampire. (In the Stephenie Meyer-penned books, Stewart's character Bella is eventually made a vampire by Robert Pattinson's Edward). In said vision, Stewart and Pattinson frolic and play in the woods, soaking in their undead love.
So, what would Weitz have done differently, if he had it to do it all over again?
"I wouldn't have shot Bella running through the forest with Edward, because I've never been at a screening of the film in which people didn't laugh at it," Weitz told me. "My heart sinks every time I hear that."
Weitz blames that snafu on the fact that "New Moon" wasn't previewed for audiences or focus groups, partly due to their intense deadlines and intense demand for "Twilight" content online.
"The moment anything is shown anywhere in public you can see it on the Internet in about a second," Weitz said. "Something being shown at the Rome Film Festival for 400 people is given away instantly, [such is] that extreme portability of media."
So if he had the change to do it again, how would he reveal Stewart for the first time as a sparkly-skinned vampire?
"I think I would've shot it in a much simpler way, and have it be an extreme close-up on Kristen and her eyes. She's got a great face, and that would've been very satisfying. But I'm a sap," Weitz said.
"The Twilight Saga: New Moon" will be available on DVD March 20.
-- Matt Donnelly
Photo: Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson pine away in "New Moon." Credit: Summit Entertainment