The Hollywood Reporter has a Q&A with New Moon directo Chris Weitz. He talks about about why he got involved in The Twilight Saga, Stephenie Meyer, the two heartthrobs in New Moon and more.
THR: Speaking of Italy, how have you dealt with the problem that your heartthrob is gone for most of the book?
Weitz: There are two heartthrobs in this movie, not just Rob but Taylor Lautner. Part of the point was that Edward was away. Readers of the book know this and appreciate it. The story is about loss and heartache; he is present as an absence. Bella is always thinking of him and affected by him. His return to the film is really powerful and made more so by not having millions of “back at the ranch” scenes. And the middle of the movie is sustained by Kristen’s amazing performance and by Taylor doing a lovely job as her best friend. There are people who would like nothing more that two hours of Rob Pattinson standing there, and I sympathize with them. But I think they’ll appreciate getting him back after the second act.
THR: So you didn’t alter the story at all?
Weitz: No. We didn’t want to shoehorn him into the story. I did alter the visuals of the story in the sense that in the book, Kristen’s character has aural hallucinations — she hears his voice — and we’ve built in a very beautiful subtle effect so that we see him as well. But those are brief, if impactful, moments. A lot of the film is sustained by her loss and Taylor’s character bringing her back to life.
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