Monday, February 13, 2012

Q&A with Gil Brimingham & Tinsel Korey

I sat with Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1 stars Gil Brimingham and Tinsel Korey to talk about their experience making the films, music in film, and fandom.

Did you know about the Twilight stories before you were cast in the film?

Gil Brimingham: I wasn’t’ familiar with Twilight before being cast for it. I was told that there was a big fan base for the books. It wasn’t until I got cast and they made the announcement that my webmaster called saying, “What’s going on? Your website crashed. You had over 11,000 hits in two hours”. I said these people are really loyal. This could be something.

Tinsel Korey: I had no idea. I didn’t know anything about the franchise. My little sister wanted to know if I wanted to watch Twilight. I said what’s Twilight? {little kid voice} It’s like Harry Potter in love. When the audition came out I really wanted to get the role for her because she was a fan.

How has your life been different since the Twilight movies? Has it been crazy?

TK: I normally don’t get recognized because [Emily] has a big scar on the side of her face. The main thing is the travel. The crazy parts are the premiers or when people camp out. Those fan experiences is when it gets a little intense.

GB: Or when your friends become celebrities because they’re friends with us. I think that’s funny. Parents become very popular with their teenagers. For the most part we are pleasantly surprised when people ask for a picture, autograph, or say I love your work.

Was there a point where you realized fans were going to react that way?

GB: For me, there’s the cliché trappings of Hollywood. You don’t want your ego to get so invested in the fame part. Joe Pesci said, “You’re nobody until a lot of people tell you you’re somebody, but don’t believe them.” You just have to take it with a grain of salt. You have to know the reasons you are doing what you do is your creative expression, your art, and you’re just pleased people like it.

What was your experience on set for Breaking Dawn Part 1?

GB: It was like old family getting together. This is the fourth movie for me. Of course security is much more heightened. The expectation is probably about the same. I think it’s familiar ground and being able to share this with the only other people that understand what it really feels like.

TK: I don’t even think we [points to Gil] even had a scene together. My scene was on the beach. Originally Gil was supposed to be in that scene but they were like “How does he get his wheelchair down in the sand?” so that wasn’t going to work [laughs]. The traveling with everybody, and that last road trip- it was beautiful sendoff for my last film in the franchise.

Do you have a favorite scene in Breaking Dawn?

TK: It’s when they’re doing the toast at the wedding. I wasn’t expecting there to be humor in Breaking Dawn, but there’s a lot of it and you get to see that in the toast. Especially when Charlie is addressing Bella. That whole part of the movie was hilarious.

GB: Doing take after take at the beginning of the movie when Jacob takes his shirt off in the rain. He’s got the wedding invitation and is finding out that Bella’s going to go through with it. That was fun.

TK: But it made it on the trailer. Now you’re famous

GB: The wedding was pretty special. It was a little bit of the last hoorah. Having all the actors there in one of the biggest most anticipated scenes for a lot of the fans. It was good spending a week doing that and seeing how it turned out.

How many takes did you do?

GB: In the rain, 4 or 5. The funny thing was they had a rain tower so we produced our own rain. Every time I rolled out, I had to go back in and dry my hair so it didn’t look like I was coming out of my house wet. The minute we finished the scene the skies opened up and the real rain came. I just had to laugh.

The Twilight movies really touch its fan base. Why do you think that is?

GB: It’s all about the memories you have of love. Even for the older fans, it’s so easy for them to go back and remember their first love and the emotional turmoil they were going through. The movies heighten themselves just as the story is building up. When it came to Breaking Dawn, it was the culmination of this love affair.

TK: It was that turning point, especially for the Team Edwards, who have been waiting for that moment for Bella to choose Edward. For girls, who doesn’t love a wedding scene. Also for new life with Renesmee. I also thought there was a lot of action. For people who like vampires, in Breaking Dawn it gets a lot more gruesome and I think vampire fans enjoy that.

So both of you have a music background.

GB: Yes! We collaborated as of this morning [laughs]

TK: I was going to play a song that I released on iTunes, and I tuned my guitar funny. We started playing these riffs and somebody said, wouldn’t it be funny if you did a Breaking Dawn song. We just went with it. I have an improv background and we created this whole Breaking Dawn Buy it On DVD song.

There’s always a connection between music and film. Its always interested me.

TK: Look at New Moon. That scene when Bella’s depressed. In the book it’s just really dry and I was thinking how are they going to play that out. In the movie, just that song “Possibilities” going around just heightened the mood of that scene so much. The scene wouldn’t have been the same without that song being a part of that emotion.

Not only has the Twilight series been a different look at vampires, it’s been a different take on werewolves too. Especially the cultural aspect they put into the film.

GB: That was my favorite part. They tied it into them being heroes. It wasn’t a gratuitous thing to be this transforming monster. They didn’t make them as monsters, they made them protectors of the land. It was a great way to honor the culture in a supernatural kind of way.

TK: They’re kind of not really werewolves. I always struggle with that term for the wolfpack. They’re shape-shifters who turn into actual wolves. That’s a completely different take on that genre.

The Twilight movies aren’t your traditional movies. It’s a mix of vampires, werevoles, and a love story. Somehow it all works well together. People love it.

TK: The fans really feel a part of it. They’ve helped make this franchise what it is. Without the fans, this movie wouldn’t the phenomenon that it is so they’re invested. You see Justin Bieber fans really invested in him because they’ve been with him from the beginning all the way to the top. That’s what our fans have done for the films. They feel connected and a part of it as well.

I see that fandom when I go to comic-con,

GB: You feel part ownership

TK: Even the Twilight conventions that we do. We’re just the bonus. They’re happy to make friends with someone else who connects with something. The amount of people that have come together and built friendships because of these movies is incredible.

Have you met any crazy fans?

TK: Not crazy. I battle with this term. I think they’re just passionate. They just love the films.

GB: In a time where it’s hard for people to just have hope. It’s worth investing so much of yourself into it. This thing is safe for them and it seems real. It’s the emotional element. The dynamics between the love story is real. These emotions are experienced by almost everybody.

Would you do another Twilight film?

GB: Definitely. I think it lends itself to so many other side stories. There addressed in the book, but there are so many different directions it could go. Everybody is really focused on the love triangle.

What would be interesting is your characters back story,

GB: He has a back story alright. He’s the lineage. The history of where he came from and why is it that he never transformed. The truce that was made with his ancestry and how this peaceful existence was even possible until Bella came into town. The humans messed it up [laughs].

TK: I would love to see the story before Emily has the scar. Meeting Sam, Sam still being in a relationship with Leah, them imprinting, and what that felt like. I thought that was such a great story but we didn’t have a chance to tell it.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Biography Thursday - Jamie Campbell Bower (Caius)


Date of Birth
22 November 1988, London, England, UK

Birth Name
James Campbell M Bower

6' (1.83 m)

Mini Biography
Jamie Campbell Bower has a love for performing and for being in the spotlight and is an ex-member of the National Youth Music Theatre. Jamie is a good singer and used to be the lead singer in a band called "The Darling Buds", he is also a model for Select Model Management. He is from London and went to school privately at Bedales School in Hampshire. Whilst still at school there, he was told that he had got the part of "Anthony" in "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street", which he was recommended to audition for by family friend, Laura Michelle Kelly. Bower later went on to star in RocknRolla (2008) as "Rocker", directed by Guy Ritchie. He will make his next on-screen appearance as "Caius", a member of the Volturi coven, in the tween franchise that is New Moon (2009) alongside actors such as fellow Brit Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart. Bower will be seen also in the next installments of Twilight, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010) and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 (2011). He will also join the "Harry Potter" cast as "Gellert Grindelward" in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011).

Former member of the National Youth Music Theatre.

Began his career when family friend Laura Michelle Kelly introduced him to her agent.

Attended Bedales school.

Dressed as a mouse for Halloween.

Attended Burberry's return to London Fashion Week catwalk.

He models clothes for his designer ex-girlfriend Zoe Graham.

Has a younger brother named Samuel.

A great fan of music, one of his favorite songs is "Marlene", by Lightspeed Champion and he named his 2009 album of the year, "Only Revolution", by Biffy Clyro.

Is a fan of Arcade Fire and Clement Marfo.

Is good friends with fellow vampire from New Moon (2009), Edi Gathegi.

Engaged to Bonnie Wright [May 10, 2010].

Personal Quotes
I'm going to cry until I get another job. I want to do more movies. I feel like it's a totally different skill set than there is to theater. It's much more internal. I'm an extrovert, I like to gesticulate and talk loud and stuff, and the theater is easy for me. I can go up there and spread my legs and go, 'Here I am'. Oh, don't get that wrong. Whereas in cinema you have to be much more thoughtful, and I find that a lot more challenging.

People don't get it, they think I'm rich. I'm not! I have no money!

I grew up with Johnny Depp and Tim Burton's films -- like Edward Scissorhands (1990) and Sleepy Hollow (1999) -- when I was first realizing that I really liked films and understood what a good film was.

Monday, February 6, 2012

A First Look At Some Of The Breaking Dawn Part 1 DVD Extras


Try to remember to breathe!

It seems like we have to wait forever to see the final installment of The Twilight Sage, but luckily, the release of the latest film is only just days away. That will surely tide us over for about a week!

And lookie, lookie! The DVD set of Breaking Dawn Part 1 comes with some FUN-tastic extras! Check out the video (above) to see what some of them are! (Hint: Some of this stuff you've never seen before!!!!)

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Biography Thursday - Kellan Lutz (Emmett)

From IMDb:

Date of Birth
15 March 1985, Dickinson, North Dakota, USA

Birth Name
Kellan Christopher Lutz

6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Biography
Actor and model Kellan Lutz is one of a large family - he has six brothers and a sister. As a child his family moved around and he grew up in North Dakota, the Midwest and Arizona. Upon high school graduation, Lutz relocated to California to attend Chapman University and study Chemical Engineering, but left in order to pursue a career in acting.

Lutz had picked up a few modeling jobs as a teenager, but got his first TV break with a small role in "The Bold and the Beautiful" (1987). More television success followed, including parts in "The Comeback" (2005) and "Generation Kill" (2008). He was also cast in some film roles, including Accepted (2006) and Prom Night (2008/I), but his major break came in 2008 when he won the role of vampire Emmett Cullen in the smash hit Twilight (2008/I), and its subsequent sequels.

Trade Mark
Ripped body (as displayed in Calvin Klein X Underwear Campaign)

Favorite place is South Africa.

Is real life friends with Twilight (2008/I) co-stars Nikki Reed, Ashley Greene, Jackson Rathbone, Taylor Lautner and Robert Pattinson.

Grew up in Arizona.

Born in North Dakota.

Has six brothers and one sister.

Originally asked to read the role of "Edward" in Twilight (2008/I), but was busy filming "Generation Kill" (2008) in Africa.

Kellan was the male lead actor in Hilary Duff's music video "With Love".

Personal Quotes
I love life way too much and find fun in almost anything. I'm a chameleon.

(About the Twilight (2008/I) cast): This cast rocks! We get along so well together it's like a real family which is great to see.

Well my family is really supportive of it all and is glad to see me on TV or on the big screen which is great. As far as school, well it affected that greatly since I quit going to school to take the biggest risk of my life and pursue acting. I worked my butt off in high school and received a lot of scholarships for college and to throw all that away for acting was tough for my family, but it was just something I felt my heart pulling me towards and don't regret a single minute of it. I love to act!