Friday, May 6, 2011

Michael Sheen talks about Breaking Dawn battle scenes

Summit has been releasing a few of Breaking Dawn stills for the past week and it goes without saying that Twi-hards just can't wait for November to come. Alot has been discussed, argued, debated and theorised on how the final book will be portrayed on to the big screen. One common discussion topic that comes up frequently is the ending to "Breaking Dawn."

Without delving too deeply into details or spoilers, the last half of the book teases readers with the possibility of an epic vampire-on-vampire battle. And again, without giving too much away — the battle that occurs is not so much epic as anticlimactic.

MTV caught up with Michael Sheen (Aro of the Volturi clan) and asked him whether the movie will mirror the book or if things have been amped up for the big-screen adaptation.

"Oh this is very amped up, yeah," Sheen revealed. "This is, I think we spent something like four or five weeks shooting that scene and it takes up a big chunk of the movie," he added. "And it's got extraordinary things going on in it, so it certainly won't be anticlimactic."

Michael Sheen revealed to Collider that he got the opportunity to delve into Aro’s insanity a bit more, this time around, and that he got to show more of what’s under the surface of the character. He also talked about how much he enjoyed working with Bill Condon and thought the director handled the huge undertaking of a two-part film with about 40 new characters and a huge battle scene brilliantly.

Collider: What can you say about what you’ll be doing in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn?

MICHAEL SHEEN: It’s the same part that I played before – Aro.

Collider: Was there anything you got to discover in playing him this time around, that you hadn’t learned the last time you played him?

SHEEN: He’s more of a presence in these films than he was in New Moon, so I got to explore the character a bit more and probably fleshed it out a bit more. I don’t think that there’s anything that I learned. I just was able to go into the insanity of the character a bit more. I got to show what’s under the surface a bit more this time, which was fun.

Collider: How was Bill Condon to work with, as a director?

SHEEN: Bill was wonderful. He was terrific. He’s a very, very friendly, warm person. He obviously has a very varied and interesting body of work, and brought that to bear. He made everyone feel very comfortable. It must be quite hard, coming onto a film where people have already been together for a long time. Each film is a different director and you think, “What’s this one going to be like?” But, everyone really warmed to him and thought he was terrific. I think he did a really good job. It was a huge organizational thing. We had something like 40 new characters being introduced in this film, and the big battle scene took about four or five weeks to film. It was a huge undertaking, and he handled it brilliantly.

Collider: When a new director comes on and you already know the characters from having done previous films, do you feel like you know the characters more than the director, or does each director really bring something new out of you?

SHEEN: Personally, I was only on New Moon for two weeks, so it’s not like I got used to it. But, for the other actors, there’s probably a wariness about, “Is this person going to come along and not really get what it is we’re doing, or are they going to try to change it too much?” For a director coming on board, I would imagine there’s the pressure of wanting to make your mark and be different to what other people have done, but at the same time, not wanting to go against the flow of the whole series. I would imagine it’s quite a difficult balance to strike, but everyone seemed very happy on it and seemed to enjoy working with Bill.

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[Ina Noorazan]

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