Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner continue to be amazed by fan devotion to their “New Moon” characters, although there are aspects about Edward Cullen and Jacob Black that both puzzle and annoy them. They also learned a few things about themselves.
For one, Taylor says he loves having short hair again after being forced to wear a long wig for his new movie. The 17-year-old actor had wear a wig for “Twilight Saga: New Moon,” but was able to shed his long tresses in the second half of the sequel.
“I would not want that hair. When I looked at myself in the mirror, I couldn’t even recognize myself,” he told the Boston Globe.
As for Rob, he only began to realize how obsessive his fans were when they came to watch his dying scene in “New Moon.” The 23-year-old British actor was amazed at how far some fans travelled just to get a glimpse of the shoot.
“I have a scene in the new movie where I’m about to reveal myself in the sunlight, which will mean the death of Edward Cullen. We shot it in a town square in Italy and it was the closest moment I came to realising the fan attachment to this character,” he said.
“People from around the world heard about the filming and flew into that town square to see Edward Cullen die. Most wanted to stop him from taking that one step into the light. Honestly, I felt this weight of anticipation and the responsibility to the fans who are obsessed with these stories,” he added.
Taylor says he discovered he was a book worm after reading the novels the movie series is based on.
“As a matter of fact, I was not a book reader at all. The only books I ever read were the ones I was forced to in school,” he explained.
“But when I started reading this book series, I fell in love with the characters and started turning the pages one after another. It was crazy. I never thought I could do that.
“But I love this story. This franchise has everything in it – romance, action, suspense. It has a dark side to it.”
The Hollywood star has also revealed it was extremely tough trying to gain weight for the role and he had to resort to eating every two hours to pile on the pounds.
To bulk up, he carried around a little bag of high-energy foods to make sure he was scoffing enough calories a day.
“I was trying to put on weight. I knew if I was in the gym too much I’d lose weight. I was motivated to get in the gym, but the eating was pretty hard.
“Basically, I ate every two hours. I carried a little baggie with beef patties, raw almonds and sweet potatoes.”