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Twilight star Robert Pattinson on why the Breaking Dawn sex scene was all in your imagination.

So having a look through this book, the sex scenes are pretty dramatic. How is that to film?
Well, it’s funny when people talk about the sex scenes in the book because there aren’t actually any, and it’s all people’s imaginations. They think, ‘Oh it’s so hardcore,’ and it fades to black every single time and it just shows little bits of the aftermath. The book is the best example of how to keep something censored and still be kind of erotic.

Like the thing with the feathers, we didn’t mention anything apart from the fact that there’s feathers afterwards and that’s why all the Twilight fans are so fixated on the feathers. It’s like all their fantasies about this story are based on that one image.

But the whole sex scene is just totally in their own heads.

I mean, I guess that’s the only scary thing about doing it in the movie - you have to show something. If you fade to black in the movie a bit then people will go insane.

But at the end of the day, watching some other people have sex is never going to be that spectacular. I mean, hopefully it will be kind of good but it’s a strange thing when there’s so much hype about it. You are like, ‘God, I hope this lives up to it.’

So Edward is very protective of Bella. Who do you feel protective of in your life and how can you relate to that sort of total protectiveness he has?
I guess anyone close to me. When people start talking about your friends or your associations and stuff, that’s the one time I feel like you really have to do something about it.

So are you a little nervous about the reception of this film, or are you pretty blasé these days?
When the book came out, I was like, ‘Wow, [Stephanie Meyer] really just broke the whole box.’ She’s not even thinking outside the box anymore. She went all out in the last one having such an incredibly bizarre storyline. It was really brave, it’s a different genre of movie so I don’t know, hopefully it will be interesting.

 What’s the best thing that fame has brought you?
I am living a life which I had never knew existed, and you can kind of delay being an adult for quite a while. But it’s fun; you get to meet really interesting people. There’s very few jobs where almost everyone in the industry loves their job, and it’s nice to go to work everyday when people are really excited about it and think that they are making something great.
Do you look forward getting past this moment of fame that’s connected to Twilight?
Whenever you get big, it seems you have an equal number of haters and detractors. I remember before Twilight, if there was something on the internet, I mean every single comment would be positive, whereas when you have to do image saturation a little bit, then it just drives people crazy for some reason. But also, the great thing about Twilight fans, they are all very, very vocal and they are very protective of our stuff. And so you always have a kind of army of people defending you.
It’s like a sport.
Yeah, it’s just a team, that’s exactly what it is. People have fun hating on [celebrities] and people have fun supporting them and it’s just kind of the way it is.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part One is in cinemas November 18.

Interview: Victor Draven / The Interview People


Twilight's Robert Pattinson on the 'scary' Breaking Dawn sex scene
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