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Robert Pattinson on 'Twilight' finale: 'It's the end of an era'

January 17, 2011 |  3:01 pm


Public speaking has never been Robert Pattinson’s favorite part of his job. But presenting the Golden Globe to director Susanne Bier for her drama “In a Better World” Sunday night proved to be a welcome respite for the actor, who’s knee deep in the middle of filming “Breaking Dawn,” the final installment of the “Twilight” saga, which will be split into two parts.

“It’s been really hard shooting both films at the same time,” admitted the 24-year-old star, moments before he had run backstage to present his award with “Tron” star Olivia Wilde. “But it’s the end of an era.”

That era certainly will be one that Summit Entertainment, the films’ distributor, not to mention the franchise’s devoted fans, will be sorry to see go. Starting with 2008’s “Twilight,” the fantasy romance that first saw Pattinson’s handsome, brooding vampire encounter his mortal love, Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart), the movie series has taken in roughly $1.8 billion at the worldwide box office, as audiences lined up to see Swan wrestle with her feelings for her immortal boyfriend and her best friend, Jacob (Taylor Lautner), a werewolf, over the course of the next two films, 2009's "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" and 2010's "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse."

At the start of the first part of “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn,” Bella consents to Edward’s marriage proposal — Edward’s condition if he is to grant Bella’s request that he transform her into a vampire — and the young couple are wed before heading to a remote island getaway for a honeymoon.

Speaking by phone this month, director Bill Condon, who’s helming both installments of the finale, said he has been thrilled with what he’s seen from his leads. “All the characters are moving [in this chapter]," he said. "It’s really about the passage from adolescence to adulthood, and they all seem energized by that. It’s the stuff they are all connecting to in their lives.”

As for Pattinson specifically, Condon added, “Now he’s dealing with a character who’s like him. The final movie allows us to step behind the curtain of what it’s like to be a vampire. It doesn’t seem that exotic anymore; It’s trying to be more real.”

The director, though, was reticent to share any details of the production, which is filming in both New Orleans and Vancouver, Canada, with a jaunt to an island off the coast of Brazil — a location that might in the end prove the most memorable to Condon, because the entire cast and crew needed for the honeymoon scene was stranded after a long day of filming.

“It was incredible. We got caught in the middle of this huge rainstorm — I’ll remember it forever,” Condon said. “Eighty people sleeping on the floor of the set. We couldn't leave.”

— Nicole Sperling

Photo: Robert Pattinson at the 68th Golden Globes. Credit: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images.

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i Wish it was not over i like to know how things turn into between the wolf and the half human and vimpier goes please tell the writerto make one of the two of them please.ILOVE THE TWILIGHTSAGA

I have to say that I am really going to miss the saga.I am such a huge fan.I would like to get all of the Cullen,,the wolves,the volturri and except for chaske spencer.I already have his autograph in my New Moon book.How cool is that.I went to the Peoria civic center to see Kellan Lutz and he couldn't make it so I got chaske's autograph instead.I would also like Charlie's and I really want Kristen and Rob's.I have a lot of memorabilia.Thank goodness for D.V.D's I will have them all.I have dolls mI have big Posters I made myself of my own pics that I have saved on my computer I have an magnetic puzzle of Edward and Bella.I have about 10 t-shirts.You name it I have it.This saga is a big part of my life.I watch it quite alot.I would llike to say thank you to Stepenie Meyer for writing the saga and to the actors for making it so wonderful for us to imagine and fantasize a world such as Bella's.

Well I really just wanted to send a Thank you
to all of the cast and wish them luck on upcoming projects.
You are all wonderful.
The saga will be greatly missed and remembered for a long time to come.
Sincerely,A Twi-Hard Mom
Love to all

I really enjoyed reading the books & got intertwined with the characters in the stories. I also enjoy the movies....whatever spin offs that may occur, please allow them to happen. If the story ends at Breaking dawn, at least we can make our own assumptions as to what might happen. I prefer the books over the movies because there's so much info not portrayed in the movies.

Im kinda glad there is a year space between breaking dawn part 1 and 2 because it shows we have twilight at least for another year, it woulda sucked to have it end so soon :( Gonna miss it tho!

What a pity... It's the end of the Twilight era...

I am so excited for Breaking Dawn to be released. But very sad to see the saga come to an end. It has been such a source of enjoyment for me and my youngest daughter (13). It is one of the few things we have in common and love to share with each other. She is has an autism spectrum disorder and hates to read. Just hates it. But she read the entire Twilight series cover to cover. I owe a huge thank you to Stephenie Meyer for that!

Sugarfoot... THANK YOU!!! I have been bugged by the werewolf vs shape shifter thing for some time now. In fact, I could have sworn there was a conversation between Edward and Bella that explained that very thing but now I can't recall. Time to read the books again I guess. :)

I and my daughter and my granddaughter love this series and we ve shared a lot of family time together reading the books and seeing the movies and now playing the games. We cant wait to see BrakingDawn We love this sereis and how much Meyers has brought us together as a family in this fun world of fantasy!!!

Well it will be sad to see it all end the Twilight Saga Series all the movies were great excellent cast and crew to everyone you did a great job. I have watched these movies over and over without getting sick of them, I guess I am a hopeless romantic. Good job to all I wish it did not have to end for the fans sadness Stephanie you have created something special and will be here a long time Thank- You .

no i cant believe its going to be over :( so fast !!!!

congratulation I am hope to you more and more happiness I and want to see breaking down so soon

I can hardly wait to see the last two movies of The Twilight Saga series. I have all of the hard back covered books , I even have paper soda glasses from Burger king with Robert Pattenson and Bella Swan and Jacob on them. I have the games in tins . I love all the characters in the movies. I'm their #1 fan.

I'm looking forward to these two last movies but I'm sad it's the end they should do a movie about Jake n Nessie that would awesome

"End of an era"? Oh, I hope so! Then maybe we can get back to literature with some semblance of...literature! Go, Team VAN HELSING!


it will be sad when twilight comes to an end i love all the movies so much..

I am 56 and cannot get enough of all the Twilight Sagas.Have read all the books several times and have lost count of how many times i have watched the movies.I hope SM will do more on her books to see things from Edwards point.That would be so awesome

i read al e books b4 cn e films they r much better than the films so much more an sum of e humor is lost and both jacob an edward get e girl cause jacob imprints on belas an edwards baby renesmme but how they r goin 2 pull of sum of e scenes in breakin dawn i dont no like bella standin naked in front of a mirror withe edward behin her pluckin feathers from her hair an edward bittin thro her belly 2 get e baby out u cant cram 700 pages of a book in a 2 hour film so i say read e books they r much better an so much more in it.

i cant wait much longer for the breaking dawn to come out....the twilight saga has been great and cant wait for the new one....we love edward here

I have loved all the books. Have read Breaking Dawn at least 3 times. Sorry to see it end, but will have all of it on dvd. It's fun to go into a fantasy world were happy endings are possible. Just love the story and romance of all books great read.

Yeah, it is sad that the story comes to an end. But you can watch all the films again and again... I love all the Twilight novels and movies and the music used in the movies. They have helped me in a very critical period of my life last year. After all, I have become a kind of addicted, but I don't mind it at all. Nevertheless, I think these young actors and actresses showed their talents, they also improved a lot, and it's time for new aims, new challenges. I hope they all get great roles in the future, too. I'm very interested in their other works. They will be as good in their new roles as in The Twilight Saga, or even better! Life must go on.

Unfortunately he's right :-(

I too shall miss the books and this film series. It will be hard to find such a big fat target for comedians, satirists and other mockers of the silly, the stupid and (as always) the easily-impressed tween public.

Honestly, kid-lit is okay, but this stuff can't be taken seriously if you are above the age of nine.

Im gutted that breaking dawn is the last ever twlight :/

I Love twlilght, im gutted that breaking dawn is the last twlight but oh well life goes on lol

in tell us about it lol

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