Interview: Daniel Cudmore and Charlie Bewley from “The Twilight Saga: New Moon”
Interview: Daniel Cudmore and Charlie Bewley from “The Twilight Saga: New Moon”

The Massie Twins recently had a chance to sit down with two of the stars of “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” – Daniel Cudmore (Felix) and Charlie Bewley (Demetri) – to discuss the phenomenon that is “Twilight” and their participation in such a groundbreaking event.

The Massie Twins: How are you enjoying Arizona? You came here for the one day out of the year when it’s cold.

Daniel Cudmore: I know. It’s supposed to be summer all year here, and it’s a little chilly. It’s better than Vancouver now, which is all rain. I can’t complain.

MT: How was the mall tour yesterday?

DC: The mall tour was wild. They’ve been very, very cool. You see these people who are so passionate about these great books and they haven’t even seen what we’ve done with the characters that we play. They’ve got this blind faith and it’s flattering but also nerve-wracking. You hope you’ve done all your homework.

MT: How many have you gone through so far?

Charlie Bewley: We’ve been to Philly, Seattle and this is the final leg of the tour. They’ve got their actors in the field right now. This is an amazing thing to be involved in. As my first real project, it’s great because there is so much extracurricular obligation. I’ve just signed a contract for next year to do a bunch of appearances. For such a small but great role there are so many things you can do away from the film to keep yourself busy.

MT: Were you guys familiar with the novels before you got involved?

DC: I’d heard some rumblings on the internet when they were casting the first one that I should go out and audition. I didn’t know the world that well. I knew of it, but as soon as I was in the process of auditioning, I sort of delved into it and educated myself on it. I can’t say enough about Stephenie Meyer’s writing.

MT: Had you seen the first movie?

CB: I watched the first movie on the day of my audition. The 27th of January I believe. In an acting sense I had prepared for the role, but I find it’s always useful to watch the films. I had to download the thing because I couldn’t get to the cinema that early in the morning. There’s a very definite style to the way she interprets this world. It’s ethereal yet it’s real. That probably has a lot to do with the way it was shot – very dingy, very overcast. The first film is a cult film and when it was finished I had an idea of what I needed to do – take that forward and be this Demetri guy. New Moon is very much a Hollywood blockbuster movie and an action film. It should bring a whole new demographic to the Twilight world. I don’t think anyone really understands how big this is going to be. After a week you’re going to get some spare seats in theaters and they’re going to get filled up with guys looking for a good action movie.

MT: Can you guys give us a quick intro into your characters and the Volturi?

CB: Volturi are brought into this because of what happens to Edward. He, very selfishly (the more I think about it, the more angry I get), goes out and tries to dispose of himself. He goes to the Volturi and wants them to kill him. Volturi are the only people who can kill him. He thinks Bella has committed suicide, and… you know the story. But they want his powers and want to take him on board. He says he’ll go out into the world and screw up the whole vampire nation by exposing himself – so he puts his whole family at risk, and everyone else in the vampire kingdom. Aro sends us out to bring him back. We make and enforce the laws.

MT: What are the special powers that each of you have?

CB: I’m a tracker, very much like James’ character in the first one, but my tracking abilities are unlimited which makes me a much more formidable threat, which you’ll see in Breaking Dawn. Demetri gets the standard skill set of being immensely strong, fast, aesthetically pleasing and highly dangerous. I am very much the “good cop” where as Felix is…

DC: Each character gets an extra power, whether it is a tracking ability or mind power, but my character isn’t given a specific power except that he’s just brutally vicious and strong. There isn’t a vampire at his same level and he knows this, so he can have fun with tearing apart other vampires. He knows what he can do and enjoys the heightened strength.

CB: I think that goes for the whole of the Volturi. We’re a very arrogant bunch.

MT: What’s the tone like on the set? Is anyone a prankster? Is Kristin Stewart incredibly eccentric?

CB: Not really. (laughs) There’s not that much to talk about behind-the-scenes. It’s an incredibly professional set. It’s a very high-stakes film with some huge industry talent. There’s not that much room for a prankster running around putting whoopee cushions on Aro’s chair. Off set, there are some great characters. It was really nice meeting all the Cullens and putting personalities to faces. There are some nice people, but I wouldn’t say there’s a guy running around pulling people’s pants down.

MT: What’s the craziest or coolest thing a fan has done so far?

DC: Wow. Last night this little girl was crying. It was the most terrible moment of her life mixed with the most emotionally charged, happy moment. It was such a strange feeling. I looked up and…

CB: Yeah, she could have gone any way. (laughs)

DC: She almost fainted, but I touched her hand and she wobbled away. It was the strangest thing, but it was really, really cool.

CB: It’s really hard to understand. We must be like the gods were to the Greek peasants back in the day (laughs).

DC: (laughs) I don’t see myself like that!

CB: (laughs) I’m trying to fathom it in my head, the power status between fans and movie stars that could justify the extreme female behavior. Something I can’t get my head around.

DC: And then you go back home and your buddies tear you apart. (laughs) They instantly put you back in your place. It’s hugely flattering, especially when they haven’t seen what you’ve done. It’s also great to have your friends and family knock the pegs right out from underneath you.

MT: Who would win in a fight: Felix or Colossus?

DC: (laughs) Oh man. I think it would … I don’t want to upset anybody. I think it would go on for a very long time and it would be a very cool fight scene. And it would cost a lot of money if they wanted to do that in a movie.

MT: Are you getting your own Twilight action figures, and if so, will you own them?

CB: Damn right! That’s immortalization! This is stage one on my way to my statue! (laughs) We did a publicity day, which we missed for New Moon – which is why you’re not seeing us on all the paraphernalia going around – but we got to go to Italy. We went up on this mini stage and there was some technological setup that took pictures of our front, side, profile. And someone was like, “this is for your action figure.” And at that point I was like… Wicked! Sweet! (laughs)

DC: They made one for Colossus, but I didn’t get one. Those guys didn’t send me one, and I’m upset. I want you guys to get this out there and have whoever made those things to send me one.

CB: Just go buy one!

DC: I’m not going to buy one. It’s bull!

CB: I’m going to go to a store and pick one up off the shelf and walk to the cashier and say, “That’s me! That is me.”

DC: Why couldn’t they have just sent me one so I could have it!

MT: Have you guys seen the final cut of the movie?

DC: No. Monday’s the premiere. I’m really excited. It’s going to be huge. Sometimes I don’t want to see it before the premiere.

CB: I’m on the other side – I wish I’d seen it. I’ve got like three agents coming with me and they’re going to be watching me. That’s pressure. I know I’ve made some pretty weird choices in the film. I don’t know if they’re caught on camera or not. Here’s actor naïveté for you: It’s when we rip apart the vampire and Aro’s got the head and we had to film the bit where we have an arm each. We’ve just ripped his arm off and I played the scene in my head and I said “This is one of those slow motion scenes, massively dramatic.” So I thought, “I’ve got to play it in slow motion.” (Charlie acts out ripping apart a vampire in super slow-mo). And I forgot you do everything in real time and they slow it down afterwards. (laughs) So later I’m in the car at night with Dan and I’m like, “Shit. I did that scene in slow motion! Was I supposed to? NO!”

DC: I was looking over thinking, “Is he in slow motion? What did he have for lunch?” (laughs)

MT: Well hopefully they can speed it up to put it back into real time.

CB: I can picture someone up at 2:00 in the morning editing, correcting my screw-up! (laughs)