Robert Pattinson Takes Us Inside The 'New Moon' Birthday Scene

Star describes how everything goes from beautiful to tragic for Edward in one pivotal moment.

Late last month, during MTV's "Ulalume: Howling at New Moon" special, we debuted the catalyzing scene in the upcoming [movie id="414921"]"Twilight"[/movie] sequel, that traumatic moment that drives all the action in the film: when Bella Swan's 18th birthday party with the Cullen family turns from joyous occasion to violent game-changer.

As committed Twilighters know, [movieperson id="262629"]Kristen Stewart's[/movieperson] Bella nicks her finger while opening up a present, and the sight of fresh blood triggers the need for Jasper (Jackson Rathbone) to do a little vampire feeding. In steps [movieperson id="365131"]Robert Pattinson's[/movieperson] Edward to smack down Jasper and make sure not a hair on his beloved's head is touched. Their relationship is forever altered.

"It's sort of the ideal birthday party in the minds of everyone involved," Pattinson said in an interview provided by Summit Entertainment. "It's all beautifully decorated, and everyone's very happy, and Edward's looking at her thinking, 'She can become part of my family and my life and maybe this can work out the way [I] want it to.' And of course, it inevitably falls to pieces, and Edward has to reassess everything about the relationship and his life, with tragic consequences."

Behind-the-scenes footage shows exactly how filmmakers created the pivotal sequence, from a makeup effects technician applying fake blood to Stewart's fingers, to the hand-to-chest combat as Pattinson shoved Rathbone back onto a black safety mat.

"We choreographed it — so I wasn't too worried about attacking Kristen — but I told the guys to hold me back, because you want it to look real," Rathbone told MTV News of the scene in August. "You want it to be as real as possible, because you want that to transfer on film, and you want the audience to feel that frightened sense that I gave Kristen. I felt really bad, man. There was a couple of moments where she was like, 'I thought you were going to hit me that time!' I come so close; it's pretty intense."

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