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ifMagazine.com: Movie Profile: Kristen Stewart Steps In Twilight - Part 2


Movie Profile: KRISTEN STEWART STEPS INTO 'TWILIGHT' - PART 2

The actress talks about bringing the pages of the famous novel to the big screen

"I think that you can’t hold that too high; I think you have to be the creative person that you are in the first place and consider that second," Stewart reveals. "While in this case you are shooting a book—I mean, we tried to stay true to the book without fixating on details that the fans were obsessed with. They should be happy with the general integrity of the story. I mean, we haven’t changed a thing, and we did the best we could. But yeah, I think that’s maybe not a good idea to—because they’re so fanatical, I mean, fanatical. And their opinions differ."


Want to try something difficult? Try taking a successful series of books and making a big screen adaptation that is worthy of the pages it’s drawn from. Need more of a challenge? Have the story be about vampires. You know, those immortal bloodsuckers that move at blinding speeds and have superhuman powers. Still not hard enough? Make sure the book your film is based on has a devoted—did I say devoted? I mean devoted with a capital D—fan base that will scrutinize every line, scene, and fiber down to the minutest of minute detail. How’s that for a challenge? That, my friends, is exactly what TWILIGHT faces when it is released Nov. 21.

Kristen Stewart had quite a task ahead of her when she was cast to play Bella Swan, the love interest of vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson). Let’s hope she can deliver the goods and give a performance that is both entertaining to those not familiar with the books and satisfies TWILIGHT’s diehard fans. How does Stewart feel of the daunting task of living up to their expectations?

"I think that you can’t hold that too high; I think you have to be the creative person that you are in the first place and consider that second," Stewart reveals. "While in this case you are shooting a book—I mean, we tried to stay true to the book without fixating on details that the fans were obsessed with. They should be happy with the general integrity of the story. I mean, we haven’t changed a thing, and we did the best we could. But yeah, I think that’s maybe not a good idea to—because they’re so fanatical, I mean, fanatical. And their opinions differ."

Sounds like Stewart is handling the pressure just fine. One of the keys to making a successful screen adaptation is realizing that you’re not going to please everyone. Some fan somewhere is going to notice a missed detail, criticize an "inaccurate portrayal" of a character, or complain about an omitted scene. Stewart realizes what she’s up against, and yet she seems unfazed. She knows the best thing to do is to just do the best job you can and remember why you became an actor in the first place.

"I feel like it’s something that I’ve really just stepped into," says Stewart. "And, I don’t know, if you sit back and consider why I’m doing this, it’s more about stories. I read stories, and if there’s a character in it that needs to be—I have to be really compelled to do something, or it just will be terrible. I don’t know, it’s just something that feels good; it’s just something that is—it’s actually quite hard to describe. I don’t know, I just have to do it. It’s fun."

Another key to a successful adaptation is to remember who your audience is. I think it’s a safe bet to say that TWILIGHT targets teenage girls more than middle-aged men. I don’t know, call it intuition, but that’s the vibe I get from the trailers and such. Don’t agree with me? Here’s what Kristen said when asked if she thinks TWILIGHT is a story aimed more towards girls:

"I think that girls are definitely—I mean, obviously—more enthralled with, like, the lovely ideas, like, especially when they’re younger," explains Stewart. "But it’s a very high-stakes—I mean, it’s a fight for the love. It’s not—the love is like the ultimate, sort of ideal, far-out goal. But to get there is hard. I mean, it’s a fight; it’s definitely a struggle, so maybe they’ll be interested in that, you know?"

Okay, so maybe TWILIGHT is poised to reach a larger audience. We are dealing with vampires after all. But beyond the occult, TWILIGHT deals with plenty of teen issues. So many, in fact, that the very filming TWILIGHT took its toll on Stewart.

"It was a very—it was a heavy movie to live through, you know, to, like, go through such things as were going on in the movie," says Stewart. "It’s like the most intense version of a teenager’s life that you can—it’s like taking everything and just putting it up here."

Sounds draining. People often don’t realize the difficulty of being an actor and living someone else’s life for months at a time. Being the living embodiment of a character that has to go through as much as Bella does can be both emotionally and physically exhausting. The emotional tax is obvious. And after watching the previews, the physical tax is pretty obvious as well.

Remember, we’re dealing with vampires here: beings that are blessed with incredible speed and strength. Stewart talks a little about the action scenes of TWILIGHT.

"There’s a couple sequences (when) we’re on wires a little bit of the time," begins Stewart. "He’s super fast—the vampire—super strong and super fast. So there’s wire work and a big fight scene."

"I always have fun doing that kind of stuff," she continues. "It’s a challenge. It’s a different kind of workday ahead. It’s physically and emotionally strenuous."

So now that TWILIGHT is being released, what of the rest of the books in the series? Is there a follow-up in the works? Would Stewart game to take part in a sequel?

"Yeah, I would love—I mean, you know. I think they’re planning on combining two of them, which I’m not sure which ones they’re gonna be. But yeah, I would love—it’s a good—it’s a very complete story. I would be very happy to do that."

Stay tuned TWILIGHT fans. There may yet be more to come…

 

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