The cast and crew weigh in on the success of Twilight and its impact on Hollywood. “Apart from Kristen who had done a lot of work beforehand, a lot of the other actors weren’t that well known, so the idea to have a hugely successful series of films without necessarily having well know actors in it, that’s obviously attractive to producers” added Michael Sheen who plays Aro.
Jackson recently called into Kiss 98.5′s Morning Show and you can listen to his interview with them below.
How will civilization sustain itself without a Twilight movie to look forward to every fall? I for one will miss my annual trip to the theater each November to watch a Morrissey-looking vampire and shirtless werewolf fight for the love of an unhappy lesbian. One person with an even more personal take on the conclusion of the series is X-Men enthusiast, Civil War buff, and Twilight actor Jackson Rathbone (he plays Jasper Hale, neither the Morrissey-looking vampire nor the shirtless werewolf ), whom I spoke to during a recent press junket. Looking less pale and significantly less blond than he does in the films (Rathbone had to dye his naturally dark hair blond to match the character description in the books) the charming Texan talked about his illustrious ancestry, his action figures and what might be next now that Breaking Dawn has broken.
It’s been quite a ride since the beginning of the series. Is it hard to say goodbye?
It’s definitely an interesting feeling putting away the boots of a character you’ve been wearing for so long. I definitely had a wonderful, kind of intense moment on the last day of filming. We’d filmed for twelve, thirteen hours. It was cold and raining. It was 3:00am and I was in my trailer taking off my makeup, and I thought, “Wow, this is the last time I’m going to do this.” It was nice yet at the same time I’m like, “Oh, I’m a little bit nostalgic.”
How long did it take to get you into makeup?
It was about forty-five minutes every time. Although in Eclipse when they reveal Jasper’s scars, I was in the makeup trailer for almost four hours.
Is there a certain level of relief to have the whiteface period of your career seemingly behind you?
[laughs] So excited for that to be done! They paint your face white, they paint your hands white, if you touch anything the makeup is all over the place… it’s done.
At this hour, only one member of the VH1 Celebrity team, Kate Spencer of course, has seen The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, and she has dutifully avoided spoiling that big old surprise twist at the end for the rest of us. Except when I was watching her interviews, she couldn’t help alluding to a few spoilery things while talking to some of the Cullens. I tried to hold my ears and sing over that part, but it made transcribing a little difficult. And during Monday night’s big premiere live stream, it seemed to me like the Yahoo! reporters were hinting a little too hard at what goes down. If I’m nervous about the big surprise getting leaked, I can’t imaging what it’s been like for the cast, who’ve managed to hold their tongues about it for almost two years now.
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.
EDGE speaks to the charismatic Rathbone on how he makes his vampire stand out and what he takes away from the whole “Twilight” experience.
EDGE: With all the other vampires in the Cullen clan, how did you make Jasper stand out among the pack?
Jackson Rathbone: Throughout the course of ’The Twilight Saga’, I really try to remove Jasper from the other characters in the sense that his own desires and motivations are far different. He is trying to fit in to this vegetarian vampire way of life for love, for the love of Alice. This is a character that is born in war. He has fought his entire life in the civil war when he was turned. He became the leader of vampire armies.
This is seen in ’Twilight: Eclipse.’ I really want to utilize that army training, that sensibility, duty and honor and really give Jasper that feeling, as opposed to having him be a flippant character that just enjoys being a vampire. I want him to show, stand a little straighter, talk a little more direct, and be kind of a quiet badass basically.
EDGE: How was your experience working with your fellow cast members?
Jackson Rathbone: The cast of the ’Twilight’ saga has been incredible. In the first couple of films, we really felt like we connected as a family. Nikki Reed is the godmother of my son. (She is married to ’American Idol’ contestant Paul McDonald.)
It is good to see them a lot. They live really close to me. We have all connected and I hope that these friendships last for years.
Sure, the fifth and final movie will be bittersweet for the fans — but what about the actors in the movie? They have lived with these characters for five years of their lives (that’s a lot of time to be a vampire). We had the opportunity to sit down and chat with actor Jackson Rathbone who plays Jasper, the “creepy” sibling of the vegetarian vampire Cullen clan. He gives us the scoop about the final movie and talks about his years as a vampire with fondness.
I recently did a video interview with Jackson Rathbone for the site — many of you may know him as the creepy and lovable Jasper Hale from the Twilight franchise. With the final installment, Breaking Dawn Part 2 opening in theaters today (many of you have probably already squealed your way through the midnight screening or have already watched it 10 times by the time this has been posted), Jackson had plenty to say — so much that I have some extra tidbits from the interview where he likens a Jasper spin-off to Joey and Frasier and about a glorious Twilight musical!
If you have not seen the film yet, then stop reading now! The article below contains spoilers about the film’s ending.
Young Hollywood has finally posted their interview with the Cullen clan on youtube. Check it out below. Screencaptures to follow soon!
Young Hollywood has the Cullen Clan on the couch! Kellan Lutz, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone, and Liz Reaser stop by to chat with us about the final chapter in the ‘Twilight’ Saga, ‘Breaking Dawn – Part 2′! We split them into two groups to play a little round of Vampire, Werewolf, or President, and then the lovely actors reveal to us their crazy first jobs! Hosted by Nikki Novak
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