In a box-office year that saw strippers storm the stage, vegetarian vampires take their final bite and teens tear each other to shreds, you better believe MTV News garnered plenty of notable quotables from Hollywood’s finest actors and actresses. Whether talking thongs with Matt Bomer or witnessing a surreal hijacking on the part of Bill Murray, 2012 boasted plenty of unforgettable interviews. Here are 10 of our favorites:
“Twilight” stars Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner practically have reserved parking spots outside the MTV studios considering how often they stop by to chat. So it was bittersweet when Josh Horowitz sat down with the actors for one final “MTV First” dedicated to “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2.” It’s hard to pick our favorite moment (there are so many!), but the leads doing a cold read of the lost “Breaking Dawn – Part 3″ script was particularly inspired.
Matt Bomer Battles A Thong
Filming a movie is, if nothing else, an educational experience. Just take it from “Magic Mike” star Matt Bomer, who had to learn how to properly put on a thong for his role as a Tampa stripper — and continued to struggle with the man panties. “The American flag one, for me, was the most problematic,” he said of his array of underwear. “All of the holes were the same size. So in the dark at five in the morning, the math gets a little complicated.”
Spider-Man’s In Love
We heart a good met-on-set romance, so our chats with “The Amazing Spider-Man” stars (and real-life couple) Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone were particularly awwww-inducing when they talked about their first impressions of each other. “We got on really well as people, in between [takes],” Garfield recalled. “That was the fun stuff: In between, we’d just mess around, and I felt, ’Ah, this is different.’ I wasn’t really aware what was happening in the screen test. She keeps you on your toes, and that wakes you up. That was the beginning.”
The Muppets Talk Nerdy
You’d think President Obama had stopped by for milk and cookies judging by the long line of staffers who lined up for a photo-op with interviewees Kermit and Walter from “The Muppets,” who graced the MTV studios to talk about the latest buzzworthy films. “If you’ve ever been behind Miss Piggy at a buffet, you know about ’The Hunger Games,’ ” Kermit quipped.
Bill Murray Crashes A Wes Anderson Interview
We shouldn’t have been surprised considering Bill Murray’s reputation for crashing house parties and kickball games, but we were still in awe when the actor made a cameo during our interview with “Moonrise Kingdom” director Wes Anderson. Of course, the actor had nothing but kudos for his frequent collaborator: “I’m so proud of what he does now and how much fun he’s having doing it,” he said, leaning into frame. “Because that’s the reason I do it, ’cause I have fun doing it. And he’s really done an excellent job of instructing others how to have fun and make it a real adventure to play.”
Ben Affleck Doesn’t Have Bieber Hair
Filming a period piece often necessitates a ’do do-over, but for the ’80s-set drama “Argo,” lead Ben Affleck seemed to be channeling a modern pop-star: Justin Bieber. However, the actor vehemently denied that his mop-top resembled anything close to the Canadian’s swoop. “When I first started growing out the hairdo, in all the magazines, it was like, ’Ben Affleck is trying to have Justin Bieber’s hair,’ ” he recalled. “I had to go and look it up, ’What does Justin Bieber’s hair look like? That’s not ’70s. That would f— up the whole thing.’ It was not Justin Bieber’s hair.”
Shia LaBeouf Is Ready To Go All The Way
One does not simply sign on to a Lars von Trier movie titled “Nymphomaniac” without reading the fine print. And that’s exactly what Shia LaBeouf did, telling MTV News that he’s prepared for anything. “Whatever is asked. I think we all are,” he said of the cast. “It is Lars von Trier, making a movie about what he’s making. For instance, there’s a disclaimer at the top of the script that basically says we’re doing it for real. Everything that is illegal, we’ll shoot in blurred images. Other than that, everything is happening.”
It doesn’t matter how brightly one’s star shines: getting a sneak peek at a hotly anticipated script is still a thrill. At least Anne Hathaway thinks so. When we asked what her initial reaction was to reading the last pages of Christopher Nolan’s Batman finale, “The Dark Knight Rises,” her response was swift and succinct: “Holy sh–!”
Katy Perry Keeps It Real
“Katy Perry: Part of Me” filmed during a rough patch for the artist, who was going through a divorce with husband Russell Brand, but Perry didn’t want to shy away from portraying the events in her concert movie. “It’s not about the problem; it’s about how you solve it,” she said, hoping to inspire fans dealing with similar struggles.
A “Hunger Games” Bromance
Forget Katniss and Peeta. The “Catching Fire” relationship you should really keep an eye on is the one between Peeta and fellow Quarter Quell tribute Finnick Odair. When asked about her impression of newbie Sam Claflin as the District 4 representative, she demurred, saying Josh Hutcherson would be a much better person to consult: “They are in love. It’s a full-blown bromance and it’s really bromantic and adorable. It’s really cute. It’s annoying, but it’s cute,” she said. Hutcherson confirmed as much saying, “We totally hit it off. He’s just one of those guys that’s always down to have fun and is generally a good person. We have a similar sense of humor. He likes to play soccer; I play soccer. It’s kind of really a great match. Everything just kind of melded together.”