Twilight's Edward Speaks!
Robert Pattinson, who stars as the century-old vampire Edward Cullen in the upcoming big-screen adaptation of Twilight, told SCI FI Wire that he didn't feel beholden to any previous depictions or interpretations of vampires and explained that he chose to play Edward more as a diseased human than an otherworldly bloodsucker.
"It's funny, some people talk about vampires, and there have been encyclopedic amounts of fiction about it, but some people forget that they're a fictional creature," Pattinson said in an interview. "So they think behavioral traits are standard in portraying a vampire. I kind of abandoned everything and saw it as, I guess, being a disease. There's nothing really positive about being a vampire."
Pattinson (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) thought of Edward as a 17-year-old boy, the age at which the character was turned. It's also the age of Edward's human girlfriend, Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart), whom he engages in a risky relationship.
"I thought that he was stuck in the same mentality of a 17-year-old, but having more and more experiences," Pattinson said. "He's still just a 17-year-old guy who is never going to be able to have children, never going to die, always going to have a thirst for human blood. When he was a human, I guess he was a pretty normal, moral, nice person. The vampire aspect of it is completely secondary, and I guess I tried to see it as that."
Pattinson added, "I never tried to play it as a vampire. I just saw it as a guy who gets bitten against his will and wakes up three days later with an unquenchable thirst for human blood and goes out and kills 40 people. So he's trying to come to terms with living for eternity when he sees no point in living and doesn't know if he even has a soul. I'm kind of making a short story long, but that's how I see him." Twilight opens Nov. 21. --Ian Spelling