The movie version of the Twilight saga comes to an end tomorrow — with quite possibly the biggest vampire smackdown ever committed to film. We sat down with Jackson Rathbone, who plays Jasper, for an exclusive interview. Rathbone told us about the massive battle scene — and why Twilight’s vampires are sort of like the X-Men.
Rathbone also told us that Jasper spent the whole first Twilight movie wanting to kill Bella. Spoilers ahead…
When we sat down with Rathbone, he seemed pretty jazzed about all the fight scenes in the new movie. As the movie begins, Jasper is at peace for the first time since he gave up drinking human blood, not too long ago. But Jasper’s peace is shattered when the Volturi and their allies attack. And Jasper’s never one to back away from a fight. According to Rathbone, there’s a nice little moment early in the film, which comes back in a surprising way towards the end and shows just how far Jasper and Alice are willing to go to protect their family.
And thanks to this influx of new vampires, we get to see lots and lots of vampire fighting styles, and different superpowers, says Rathbone. These new vampires “come from many different walks of life, and some of them have lived through every single war or battle there ever was,” says Rathbone. “They have all these different sensibilities and fighting styles, but with the vampire strength comes a different element,” including various different powers.
“We get something like 30 new vampires and their special powers,” says Rathbone. “I was always an X-Men fanatic,” and these different vampire abilities and fighting styles feel sort of similar. We ask Rathbone which X-Man he’d want to play, and he says, “If it wasn’t done so well already, I’d say Nightcrawler. I have always loved that character since I was a little kid.” But really, he’d love to play any of the X-Men.