DALLAS — I have a strange job sometimes. A good example is an idea I had recently for the “Twilight” fans, where we’d ask the stars of [movie id=”414921″]”New Moon”[/movie] to go beyond the trailers and give us a preview of their favorite lines of dialogue that we haven’t seen. Innocent and fun, right?
Sure enough, actors like [movieperson id=”1014864″]Ashley Greene[/movieperson] and Jamie Campbell Bower jumped at the opportunity and had a blast with it. But when it came time to ask our old friend and Cullen patriarch [movieperson id=”182254″]Peter Facinelli[/movieperson], he made the very valid point that actors aren’t trained monkeys who can just do a silly little dance whenever we throw a nickel in the tin cup.
Peter being Peter, he was honest, forthright and eager-to-please — and that’s why the Twilighters love him. But it’s also a reminder that he’s a veteran actor who takes his craft very seriously (as his audition stories will tell you), as he does the entire “Twilight” saga. With that in mind, read on for our latest interview with Dr. Carlisle Cullen, in which the medicine man tells us about the line he fought to keep in the “New Moon” script — and why you’ll never see him delivering it to a disrespectful reporter like me.
MTV: So, Peter, as we get closer to the “New Moon” release, are you excited to see the final product?
Peter Facinelli: Yeah, I dig the clips that I’ve seen. I’m excited to see what Chris Weitz has put together. I’m looking forward — as a fan of the books and a fan of the movies — to seeing it myself.
MTV: When it comes to the “Twilight” films, there are two types of scenes: Those in Stephenie’s books, and the new ones Melissa Rosenberg added . Do you feel an extra level of excitement shooting those, because they’re so new?
Facinelli: I do. A lot of people keep asking “Hey, what happens in ’New Moon’?” And you say, “Well, if you’ve read the book, you know what happens.” But I like the scenes that aren’t necessarily in the book, that get to tell a little bit of the backstory. It adds another element to the moviemaking, and it’s a little surprise for the fans.
MTV: We’ve been asking your co-stars to give us their favorite “New Moon” line in character. Can you do yours?
Facinelli: Oh, wow. Now I have to reach back a whole year and try to remember my lines from a year ago, when I can barely remember my lines the day of. … OK, here we go: “Like everything else in life, I just had to decide what to do with what I was given.” That’s a line that Carlisle says.
MTV: OK, cool. But can you do it in character?
Facinelli: No. [Laughs.] Then, you gotta pay me. If I’m gonna act, you better pay me, Larry Carroll!
MTV: All right, we’ll take down your address and have every fan send you a quarter.
Facinelli: You know, I don’t even know if I can do Carlisle on the spot like that.
Facinelli: No. That takes time and preparation.
MTV: Well, we certainly don’t want to reduce you to a Vegas-like thing. Like you’re doing an Elvis imitation.
Facinelli: [Laughs.] No, no. Really, in order to play those roles, you have to get into the whole spirit of the character. I have to have on my white makeup and my contact lenses, otherwise it just doesn’t work. Otherwise, it looks like Peter Facinelli trying to play something; it’s weird. But I could say that’s one of my favorite lines from “New Moon”: “Like everything else in life, I just had to decide what to do with what I was given.” But that’s me saying it, not Carlisle. [In “New Moon”] Carlisle says it, and it’s very Carlisle-esque.
MTV: Well, then, tell us about the day you got to deliver the line on the “New Moon” set. Was it everything you had hoped it would be?
Facinelli: I hope so. God, I hope so. You know, it was a line that wasn’t in the script. It was in the book, and I asked Chris Weitz if we could put it in the movie, because I liked that line.
Facinelli: Yeah, and so we worked it into the stitching scene with Bella. It was in the book with Bella, when I was stitching her up. It’s just a line that I always liked.
MTV: We know you’re hard at work on a lot of things right now, Peter. But anything else new we should be looking forward to?
Facinelli: Well, between “Nurse Jackie” and “Eclipse,” I’m pretty busy. I mean, I go straight from “Eclipse” right into “Nurse Jackie.” So my fall and winter is pretty locked up.
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