'Breaking Dawn's Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser talk about film and family (Q&A)
Peter Facinelli says "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" is like its "own complete movie," rather than just the first part of the fourth installment of the hit vampire franchise.
The film is set for release on November 18 and depicts the consequences of the union of Kristen Stewart's character, mortal Bella Swan, and longtime love Edward Cullen, a vampire played by Robert Pattinson. Facinelli and and Elizabeth Reaser play his adoptive parents, Carlisle and Esme. The two stars talked to OnTheRedCarpet.com about the film and their characters. Warning: Potential spoilers ahead!
Somehow, these two vampires bring the heart to this movie. Your scenes are sometimes abbreviated. You have to get the point across. There is no time to just play. How do you do that?
ELIZABETH REASER: "It is hard. There's not a whole lot of time to tell that part of the story and I think what I focus on and what we focus on is loving our family. I think of Esme is a mother - first and foremost, she's a mother. I think that's how she would describe herself. I think that's a stronger force in her than being a vampire. Although being a vampire is a very strong force. But she restrains herself, parts of herself, in order to be who she wants to be, which is the best mother in the world."
PETER FACINELLI: "What I love about these movies is it's a vampire movie but the vampire stuff is just a backdrop, it's a setting. You're really dealing with relationships. You're dealing with the love between Edward and Bella, you're dealing with Jacob's love for Bella. You're dealing with family, family problems, this divide in the family. Somebody's not going to be happy with the outcome and how do you keep that family together? So there's a lot of stuff to play (with). Although there's not a lot of time to play, there's a lot of meat on the bone."
Because in the midst of all this chaos, there's this one place, where even if there's this chaos outside, inside, there tries to be a little calm. As a moviegoer, I feel that.
PETER FACINELLI: "I really felt that this movie was really emotionally charged. It takes you on an emotional roller coaster. You have this wedding - it's really beautiful, you go to the honeymoon, you get to experience that and then all of a sudden, all hell breaks loose. You have relationships divided, family divided, the wolf pack divided with Jacob. It's like a lot of stuff is going on."
Are you ready for this to all be over, so you can move on?
PETER FACINELLI: "I think there's an ending to it but I think it's a year away. I think it'll feel more complete next year. Right now, I'm really excited to promote 'Breaking Dawn - Part 1.' I feel like it's its own complete movie. Sometimes you just feel like, 'There's a cliffhanger there.' But this one really feels like a complete movie that's leading into another one. Then, this time next year, I might feel more melancholy that there's finality to it."
Reporting by George Pennacchio of KABC Television, which produces the entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).
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