Kellan Lutz Interview For ’The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2′
After the birth of Renesmee Cullen (Mackenzie Foy), Bella (Kristen Stewart), who is now a vampire, finds herself enjoying her new life and abilities. However, the vampire Irina (Maggie Grace) misidentifies Renesmee as an “immortal child” – a child who has been turned into a vampire – and because immortal children are uncontrollable, creating them has been outlawed by the Volturi. After Irina presents her allegation to the Volturi, they plan to destroy Renesmee and the Cullens. In an attempt to survive, the Cullens gather other vampire clans from around the world to stand as witnesses and prove to the Volturi that Renesmee is not an immortal child. Upon confronting the gathered Cullen witnesses, the Volturi discover that they have been misinformed and immediately execute Irina for her mistake. However, they remain undecided on whether Renesmee should be viewed as a threat to vampires’ secret existence.
The hefty cast for ’The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2′ includes Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Peter Facinelli, Ashley Greene, Kellan Lutz, Jackson Rathbone, Elizabeth Reaser, Nikki Reed, Billy Burke, Rami Malek, Maggie Grace, Mackenzie Foy, Tracey Heggins, Judi Shekoni, Omar Metwally, Andrea Gabriel and Rami Malek. Set for a November 16th release, ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2′ is based on the fourth novel in author Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight” series. Academy Award winner Bill Condon (Dreamgirls, Gods and Monsters) directed both the first and second part of the two-part finale. My Taylor Lautnner interview for ’The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2′ can be read here (lots more to come).
It’s been five years since you made the first movie. How has this ‘Twilight’ journey been for you?
Kellan Lutz: I don’t think there’s even words to describe it, because I’ve never been apart of something like this. Also, I never would have imagined to be a part of something like this. So from day one its just been special. I love my character Emmett Cullen, and then reading the books I loved the books. You never know if your going to make all the movies come to life, so once we started having fans come out of the woodwork and you realise that you have fans for this, and for all the love I had for my character I was really crossing my fingers that we could do it. Its been an amazing, let alone all of the premiers, nothing is work – the premiers, press, meeting the fans. Its just been amazing and special, and you have fans that are friends now. So one of the biggest compliments is when you have a fan who’s now a friend, who has a child, then they name them Kellan or Emmett, that puts the biggest smile on my face. I would have never in my wildest dreams thought something like that would happen. Everything about it has just been special, I’ll always remember it. And now, I’ve just seen the last movie and it’s starting to really affect me knowing that this is it, we’re closing all these mini chapters as far as finishing the movie with the last press junket, soon the last premier. Then I think the very last thing is maybe the special Platinum Box DVD grouping (laughs), it’s special.
What was the moment for you when you thought, “Wow, this is going to be huge.” Do you remember that moment or what that thing was, or was it a series of things?
Kellan Lutz: There was a couple stages in the “wow” factor of all that. For me there was reading the books, from that I could see why people might be into it, because I read through them quick. Then also when fans started coming to sets, and then when they found my hotel room and knocked one night, I was like, “How…..what……?” (Laughs) That was very special. Then thirdly it was Comic Con. I forget who it was, it was either Robert or Kristen, but once they just stepped out, the screaming! Then also the premiere of the first film, fans holding signs – “Nutz for Lutz”, that made me smile. There’s been a lot of wild moments.
With Emmett’s journey in these last two movies, was it more fun to play him because you felt like you knew him better after each film?
Kellan Lutz: Yeah, there’s a lot of material there and info for your character, and then for you to add your own two cents. From day one I’ve been having a blast creating the back-story for Emmett. In each movie I get to add another layer and another layer. I think we all got pretty comfortable with our characters and knowing who they were by even the second movie, just because we loved it and we knew we were going on this magic carpet ride. And fingers crossed, we knew we were going to do all of the movies so we all got our characters pretty locked down. But the last movie, Emmett is more of the protector. He has his funny lines, which I love, I love playing the comedic relief character. But he also plays the protector, and now that Renesmee’s in the picture, he has something to really fight for. Plus, Bella’s a vampire now, and he had always wanted to protect her because his brother loved her. I think he also just loves kicking butt (laughs).
How was it working with the different directors on the ‘Twilight’ movies, and in particular working with Bill Condon on the final two?
Kellan Lutz: That’s why I loved this ‘Twilight’ saga, we got to work with so many different, extremely talented directors. For me it’s crash course education working with each one of them, also, it works well because the books are so different. So now, working with Bill Condon, he I feel went above and beyond, because he was kind of the new transfer kid and we were all seniors (laughs). He took the time to sit us down individually and ask us, “What do you want to show that you haven’t shown with your character? What would you like to see?” I remember telling him about Rosalie and Emmett’s relationship, that you haven’t really gotten to see any real kind of connection or love there….and we had a kissing scene! We had a lot more of being next to each other and interaction, comforting moments. And Bill, he’s just a fun guy to work with, he has more energy than me – and I have a lot of energy! It was great that he was always hands on, he was always asking questions to the cast, he was always there asking for responses. He was very much involved, and he knew how to communicate to all of us, which is always very helpful. He was a gem to work with.
Did you have a favourite moment in ’The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2′? Was there something in particular that was fun to shoot or do?
Kellan Lutz: I would have to say working with all the new vampires – and a lot of these actors I’m really good friends with. It must be tough for them to come in and be a part of it and feel like the “new kids”. But there was so many new actors on ’The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2′ that I’ve been a fan of, so I got to add to the list of people I’ve got to work with and its been an honour to work with. Then you build these friendships, you make new memories with all of these people. It just felt like band camp, I guess (laughs).
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