On the set of Dread, ShockTillYouDrop.com got some chat time with actor Jackson Rathbone to discuss his part in the Clive Barker adaptation and S. Darko, the controversial follow-up to Richard Kelly’s film starring Jake Gyllenhaal.
“I play this crazy character and it has to be one of the best character developments I’ve seen,” Rathbone says of the new Darko. “I just jumped at the chance to play it. Chris Fisher is an amazing director. [Makeup artist] Christel Edwards did this amazing prosthetic effect on me, it was so much fun. It was a month in Utah and we just had a blast [shooting] up there.”
First of all Jackson, I just want to say thank you so much for answering some of our questions. We at Phases are really excited to get to know you just a little bit more.
Phases: The question that I think everyone asks and fans always want to know is, have you read the books? If so, what do you like most about the books?
Jackson: I have read only the first book, I didn’t want to play anything that shouldn’t be revealed yet, a la Casablanca. However, I have studied my character’s personal background extensively using Wikipedia, various fan-sites, and especially picking Stephenie Meyers’ brain when I got to meet her before filming. She was extremely generous with information about Jasper and commended my desire to keep his character development as it is in the books, gradual. I
have cheated a little, though, and read parts of future books. I can’t help it… they’re so enticing.
Phases: Can you tell us anything about the audition process for the role of Jasper (multiple interviews, what did they have you read, etc)?
Jackson: I actually walked to the audition with my guitar, playing as I walked. I also wore my lucky cowboy boots.
Jackson Rathbone is drenched in blood from head to toe, and being dragged down a flight of cellar stairs. Somewhere, a million Twilighter hearts are weeping for the hunky young star of their favorite blockbuster. But somewhere else, horror maestro Clive Barker is smiling a wicked grin.
When MTV News recently visited the London set of “Dread,” based on a short story by the twisted mind behind “Hellraiser” and “Candyman,” things weren’t looking good for the 23-year-old actor who shot to stardom last month portraying earnest vampire Jasper Hale. But, as Jackson was eager to tell us, life has never been better.
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“I stay away from Facebook and MySpace. Whenever I go out with a friend, they’re like ‘I didn’t know you had a MySpace.’ I don’t have a MySpace. There’s actually three MySpaces for Jackson Rathbone. I don’t know who these people are but they’re not me!”
We caught up with Jackson Rathbone right before Twilight hit theaters. Here’s what he had to say…
TEEN: In the movie they never talk about Jasper’s vampire abilities. Why?
Jackson: Well it doesn’t really come out too much in the book. It’s one of those things were it’s understood but in the third book it really comes out like the back story and everything. I think one of the things we didn’t want to get too much into was focusing on all the other vampires. We wanted really to establish this relationship and how she (Bella) gets sucked into the world of the Cullen family and once she’s in the world that’s when things kind of start coming out.
One of the things about Jasper is he doesn’t use the ability all the time. It’s something that he’s very strict about using because it’s like an invasion of privacy to make someone feel something, to manipulate emotions.
Jackson Rathbone (‘Jasper’) plays a vampire who has the ability to manipulate emotions in the big screen adaptation of Twilight, the bestselling book by Stephenie Meyer. At Twilight‘s Los Angeles premiere – surrounded by hundreds of fans who didn’t stop screaming for three hours – Rathbone talked about Meyer’s take on vampire mythology.
So we don’t really see his special powers in this one.
Jackson Rathbone: “Oh no.”