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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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im gonna be so sad when twilight ends!!!! :(
it is the best saga everr!!!!!

Omg I Really Dont Want It To End But You Should Make the Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner Into A Movie It Would Be Awesome I Just Cant Wait To Breaking Dawn It Will Be Awesome I Love It AnD Want It To End Hey Check Out Bellas Diary Its A girl and she is pretending to be bella and every month she writes and entry like life after vreaking dawn its awesome and i think there is a nessies alice jacob and edwards diary too oh msg me hehe :)

The "Twilight Series" has really shocked me! It's very hard for me to find a movie that I like, but I Love all 3 movies! I watch them over and over. I can't wait for the next 2 but will be sad when it's all over! Congrat's to all the cast and crew on making Wonderful Movies! Thank you!

cant wait for breaking dawn but will be sad at same time

greatest movies I'e ever seen. Wish they would make a weekly series, never ending. All the actors and actresses are really wonderful , exciting , beautiful, handsome makes me fall inlove all over agian when I see the movies .EVERY TIME.

I will always have my Twilight Saga , books to read and my movies of them and I will read them over and over any time I want , and the memories will always be in my heart.

:"( I love Twilight, but it won't end cause I'll have all the Dvds

I'm 51 years old & I LOVE all three of the Twilight movies. Can't wait to see the final movie.

Janet; Kentucky

i would like the writer of the book to contine with jacob and resamay

Hey i luv u and iam watching u ! iam realy happy for u and bella i iam now waiting for breaking dawn xx

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