“Twilight” director Catherine Hardwicke not too long ago joined the “Completely happy Unhappy Confused” spinoff podcast “Watchalong” to replicate on her 2008 vampire romance, which is celebrating its fifteenth anniversary this month. Hardwicke’s movie launched a $3.3 billion film franchise and turned leads Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson into world superstars. However Pattinson wasn’t precisely an thrilling alternative at first for Summit Leisure. Hardwicke mentioned the movie studio questioned if Pattinson had ok appears to play the vampire Edward Cullen.
“When he came visiting to my home, he had black bangs for hair and was form of out of form as a result of he was hanging out on the pub on a regular basis,” Hardwicke recalled of auditioning Pattinson. “After we did the enjoyable auditions [with Kristen] at my home for a pair hours, then I appeared the subsequent morning in any respect the footage I shot and recorded and I assumed it labored not simply in particular person however it works on display screen. I had to make certain. After all in particular person I simply obtained carried away, however you need to make certain it interprets [to the screen].”
“Then I despatched it to Summit and he went over to fulfill them,” she continued. “They known as me again and go, ‘Do you suppose you can also make this man look good?’ I mentioned, ‘Yeah, I do. Did you see his cheekbones? We’re doing a makeover on the hair and all the pieces and he’s going to start out figuring out and he’s going to be attractive.’ However they didn’t consider it at first. He like walked over there with a stained shirt or one thing. It was Rob.”
Pattinson was not what the studio was envisioning for Edward, nor was he what followers had been anticipating. When the “Twilight” film obtained introduced, fan casting leaned closely within the favor of a pre-Superman Henry Cavill. In any case, franchise creator Stephenie Meyer mentioned publicly that Cavill was on the high of her want checklist. Hardwicke thought the actor appeared too outdated to play a highschool scholar by the point her movie adaptation obtained off the bottom, however Cavill had no thought he was ever in consideration for the position till Pattinson had already boarded. Cavill mentioned final yr it “would have been cool” to play Edward, though he has no arduous emotions over not getting the job.
Hardwicke believed Pattinson was the right Edward primarily based on his audition with Kristen Stewart. The 2 actors shot scenes from the movie at Hardwicke’s dwelling and famously kissed for the primary time whereas rehearsing a scene within the director’s personal mattress.
“They did the kissing scene and he fell off and landed proper there on the ground,” Hardwicke mentioned on The Huge Hit Present” podcast final yr. “He fell away from bed. I’m like, ‘Dude, settle down.’ And I’m in there filming with my little video digicam, no matter…In the long run, Kristen was like, ‘It must be Rob.’”
“I might inform that they had a whole lot of chemistry, and I’m like, ‘Oh my God.’ I assumed, Kristen was 17. I don’t wish to get in some unlawful issues,” Hardwicke added on the time. “So I bear in mind I advised Rob, ‘By the best way, Kristen is 17. In our nation, it’s unlawful to have a sexual…’ And he’s like, ‘Oh, okay, no matter.’”
Stewart mentioned of their audition: “[Pattinson had an] mental method that was mixed with ‘I don’t give a fuck about this, however I’m going to make this sing.’ And I used to be, like, ‘Ugh, similar.’ And, no matter, we had been younger and silly and, to not say that we made it so significantly better, however that’s what it wanted, and that’s what anyone enjoying these components wanted to really feel.”
Based on Hardwicke, all three “Twilight” alums reunited this yr at Pattinson’s celebration. He turned 37 years outdated in Could.
“Surprisingly sufficient I went to Rob’s celebration not too long ago,” Hardwicke mentioned. “I crashed with my pal Toni Collette, who had simply achieved a film with him. Rob was like, ‘Oh, carry Catherine!’ Then Kristen crashed it, too! That was just some months in the past. It was like, oh my god. All of us hugged one another and that is so loopy and funky…he’s such a beautiful particular person.”
Watch Hardwicke’s full look on the “Watchalong” podcast within the video beneath.