The Treaty Has Been Broken, A Human Has Been Killed


The Treaty Has Been Broken, A Human Has Been Killed

The young Quileute even attended Bella and Edward’s wedding at the Cullen’s home. “Seth had a transformative experience in Eclipse when he worked together with Edward,” explains Meyer. “He really bonded with him and sees him as a hero, rather than a villain. Edward’s a cool guy and Seth really thinks he’s awesome. So when the pack turns on his friend, he doesn’t think it’s right. He leaps at the opportunity to follow Jacob.”

“Funny story about Rob… when we shot Eclipse, everyone was always asking what Rob is like, but I actually never met him while filming,” reveals Stewart. “Months after Eclipse came out, we finally met briefly at an awards show. So it wasn’t until we started filming Breaking Dawn that I really started hanging out with him. He’s hilarious, a cool guy who makes me laugh.”

The situation tests loyalties, but Paul, Embry, Jared, and Quil stay with Sam’s pack. “Paul sticks with Sam and we want to destroy the Cullens,” says Meraz. “It’s a crazy dynamic. There’s a scene where I try to confront Jacob and he plays us. He betrays the wolf pack and it hurts. If you have a brother, who you put your trust in and he betrays you, it’s a difficult thing. Especially having experienced dealing with transforming to wolves together and all the mythology behind that, it goes beyond just blood, it’s our culture.”

“Reluctantly I stay behind,” says Gordon. “I can’t just leave the pack that I first had my alliance to… I have duties. Yet, I’m torn between my best friend and my leader. It’s an internal battle and then finally it comes to an end when I feel betrayed by Jacob.”

“When Jacob splits, it’s really hard for Quil, because they’re lifelong friends,” adds Houseman. “Quil has to stay with Sam’s pack for the time being because it seems like Jacob’s betraying the wolf pack. He’s siding with vampires, and that’s too much for Quil.”

“This unknown baby is a creature that’s growing very fast. It’s very strong and will probably kill its mother. The Cullens are going to protect whatever it is, but it is dangerous,” comments Meyer. “So now the wolves reassess – it’s one thing to let Bella join them, it’s another thing to have them create something that we can’t understand. At this point they’re going to enforce the treaty and kill the baby, so it’s war.”

“Jacob imprints on Bella and Edward’s child… that’s really the curveball towards the end of the story in Part 1,” comments Pelletier.

“We think Bella dies during childbirth and that’s the final straw,” says Gordon. “We start darting out into the woods, running towards the Cullens. It’s a pretty gruesome fight and some people get hurt,” furthers Gordon.

“The treaty’s been broken – a human’s been killed, so they’re going to take out the Cullen family,” adds Houseman. “Wolves are fighting wolves, wolves are fighting vampires… all about this baby that’s just been born. Jacob, who thinks Bella’s now dead, is intent on killing this baby, and at the last second, he imprints on her instead.”

Jones adds, “The wolf pack are in the process of attacking, the Cullens are out there fighting with Seth and I on their side, and Jacob comes out and says it’s over. The wolves’ most absolute law says whomever a wolf imprints on cannot be harmed by any other wolf.” The battle is abruptly over. “It changes everything, because they’re no longer allowed to destroy her because she’s protected due to Jacob imprinting,” adds Meyer.

“Jacob finally finds the one,” confirms Meraz. “He never imprinted on Bella and that was always tearing him up, because he knew he loved her. But now you realize why he had loved her; because there was something she was going to give to him – true love, in the form of her daughter Renesmee.”

Jacob, like Quil before him, never expected to imprint on someone so young. “The other wolves met their imprintees when their girls were grown up. With all of them it turned into a romantic relationship, because here’s this person that is completely devoted and has an instinctive understanding of what that person really needs,” comments Meyer.

“The second the imprinting happens, nobody else in the universe exists. But, imprinting can be iffy because you have no choice at all about who you imprint on,” says Houseman. “Quil’s situation is he has already imprinted on a two year old little girl, Claire. The wolves do not age, so for the time being, Quil is just her protector and her best friend, until she’s old enough that things can become more mature. When she catches up and they’re the same age, then it’ll turn into more of a romantic relationship. Quil and Jacob share that they both have imprinted on a really young girl; in Jacob’s case, a baby. It’s really cool that Stephenie set that idea up with Quil first, because it gives a chance to explain that it’s not weird, that it’s not creepy in any way, and that it’s a natural thing in the wolf mythology. She’s going to grow up quickly and be his same age.”

Another complicated love triangle exists within the older generation in the film. “Sue is the widow of Harry Clearwater, who died of a heart attack trying to do our job in New Moon. Sue is a very strong and powerful influence, with a wolf lineage. Sue’s also a very special friend and an attractive woman, towards whom I’d like to have romantic notions,” explains Birmingham.

“Charlie and Billy go way back, they’re best friends who share watching the Mariners, sports, and fishing. They have a real camaraderie and children around the same age. We can relate to just really wanting the best for our kids. That’s another added complication, because I know what Edward is and it makes no sense to me that she would chose to have that life, versus one with my son Jacob,” adds Birmingham.

“We’re both interested in Sue. You just can’t know what the draw is between people. Charlie’s a great guy, so it’s another interesting wedge to slip in there. Which direction is Sue going to go? I can’t speak for her in terms of which of us Sue’s most romantically drawn to… apparently it’s Charlie. Don’t get me started,” laughs Birmingham. “But, she’s a good friend.”

A loyal member of the Quileute Tribal Council, Sue Clearwater is aware of all the supernatural conflict happening around La Push and Forks. “Sue and her family, being friends with Charlie and Bella, are invited to the much anticipated wedding of Bella and Edward,” comments Rice. “But, Sue is also present to assess the situation and what this may mean in the future, as far as the possibility of Bella being transformed. Sue’s very vigilant at the wedding. She’s very protective of her family and her people, and it’s somewhat of a conflict, because she’s very good friends with Charlie and developing a romantic attraction for him.”

“Unbeknownst to Charlie, Sue knows that his daughter is going to enter into something that can cause a great deal of trouble for the wolf pack and the Quileute Tribe. What will this union between Bella and Edward mean? Charlie doesn’t really know, but Sue knows,” adds Rice. “As the story progresses, she spends a lot more time with Charlie. Sue, being a parent herself, can relate to what Charlie’s going through with Bella. She’s had a chance to accept and digest what’s happened to her children. She understands what Charlie’s going through probably better than anybody else does. She understands what’s going on, even when he doesn’t. She really sympathizes with his pain, because she’s missing and worrying about her own children. Here’s Charlie, who doesn’t know anything that’s going on, he just knows something’s going on. Sue is probably the only person that can be there for Charlie at this time.”

The Quileute actors were thrilled with the new director. “From the minute I met Bill, I felt just very calm – he has a sense of everything’s going to be okay about him. I think everybody feels that energy,” comments Jones.

“Bill actually directs you, explaining scenes and saying ‘this was good but, let’s try it this way.’ He goes back and forth with you, he’s not just telling you what to do. He’s very giving,” says Pelletier.

“I’m so happy that I’ve had the opportunity on my first project to work with three different directors, to get an idea of different styles,” says Houseman. “Bill is so meticulous. I love the guy, he’s really, really cool. After every single take, he has his little notepad, taking notes on every single little detail. He would come up after every take, and say ‘before we do it again, let’s work on this.’ He would give pointers on the smallest things. It was just so easy to feel comfortable with his direction, because he was just so clear.”

“Bill Condon is my favorite director, don’t tell the others,” whispers Birmingham. “Bill is fabulous. Every artist, every director’s got a vision. Bill was so nice to come to our trailers the very first day and introduce himself. I just got such a great vibe from him. I felt so relaxed to know that he was going to give us that creative space, and listen to any ideas or thoughts that we had. He communicates very well with the actors.”

The only scene where the entire wolf pack appears together comes near the beginning of the story, but it was the last scene that the group shot all together. “It’s a lot of our last scenes in the film, so was a good way to close the whole franchise together, on one little beach playing soccer,” comments Meraz.

Booboo Stewart adds. “It was like a family reunion. We see each other at the hotel all the time, but we don’t get to work with each other a lot on this one because we are broken up into two packs. Whenever all the wolf pack’s on set, it gets a little crazier.”

“One of the things I really loved about this series is there’s always this very familial sense and you feel like you’re working on a small movie,” says Jones. “Everywhere there’s these kids that are your age and people that are so familiar, you’ve seen them over and over for years. It’s a very fun environment, everybody loves what they do, and it’s just incredible to be a part of something like this.”

She adds, “I am excited to get to be with all the guys, and Tinsel, again. I honestly don’t know how they do what they do because they are so silly and goofy. The biggest difference for me working on Breaking Dawn versus Eclipse is that I’m not a part of the wolf pack anymore! Booboo and I, since our characters are with Jacob now, are on different schedule from all of the boys and I never see them.”

“I love filming but even though it’s coming to an end, I’m going to know these cast members for the rest of my life. These guys are lifelong friends,” states Pelletier.

“It’s been a big, extended family on a crazy two-year ride. We always stay in touch with each other through the downtime between the films. One thing we’re going to walk away from this experience is having made just a good set of friends,” states Meraz. “It’s been a coming of age for me. I really learned a lot about myself, a lot about others. I got to travel the world, meeting a lot of new faces, and it’s just been an incredible ride, so overwhelming, but yet really exciting. I’m so grateful.”

Spencer adds, “It still is overwhelming. Looking back as we come to an end, I’m glad I have the relationships with the people I’ve worked with, and I’ll continue having those relationships because they’re my bros and my sisters. I’m really looking forward to seeing what happens after this because it’s been a big journey. It’s still surreal.”

“The whole Twilight experience, this whole crazy phenomenon has been an absolute roller coaster ride,” agrees Houseman. “The past two years of my life have obviously been the most crazy insane two years ever. I’m so appreciative of everything that’s happening. This really is a phenomenon. People have compared it to The Beatles just because of the fan base and how devoted they actually are to this.”

“People love Twilight because it’s a story that everyone can relate to… within all the mythology there’s a really deep-rooted sensibility that everyone can recognize, but also to escape from the norm as well,” says Meraz. “There’s so many crazy things in these stories: the vampires, the werewolves and there’s love and wanting love. Every person from every walk of life can find something to relate to.”

“I finally realized it when watching all these movies, it really does go across all the whole board – it’s first love and best friends and it has all these different emotions that totally just entice you mind, body and soul,” comments Gordon. “It’s intriguing to see that you can find true love somewhere that you never even thought to look.”

Spencer adds, “I really appreciate the fans and do hope they enjoy these last two films. Because of the fans, we have jobs. They turned the books into bestsellers; they made the films huge box office successes. Basically, it’s the fans’ movie and we’re just lucky to be on that journey with them.”

“This story is so big and so epic and so classic and so timeless,” says Rice. “It’s this beautiful forbidden love story and this battle between good and evil. There’s something in it that speaks to all ages and all levels. It’s quite a ride that keeps people intrigued. There are ups and downs and highs and lows… it’s a page-turner. You can’t put it down. People really need fantasy and love and passion and commitment, and it delivers on all those levels.”

“It’s just a universal concept about what it is to fall in love that everybody can relate to at some point in their life. Even if you’re a little more mature, you can remember your very passionate days as a youth,” reminisces Birmingham. “We really all want the same thing. We just want to find that one mate, that person we feel so happy and fulfilled with, who completes us, to spend the rest of our days with, and then overcome all the obstacles that will arise. When you find two people who are compelled because the love and passion are so strong that they’ll overcome any challenges, it’s a wonderful thing if you’ve ever experienced it. People really find that person.”

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