Jackson Rathbone talks about Robert Pattinson's Absence in New Moon to J-14:
J-14: So New Moon has a totally different focus than Twilight?
Jackson: It’s one of those things where you think losing Robert Pattinson for a lot of the movie would kind of be like a down turn but you basically get another, equally inspired, and equally riveting male star in Jacob Black. It’s one of those things where Bella is devastated by the departure of her vampire love but you know she gets her spirit rekindled by her growing friendship and her growing love in her and Jacob.
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