Twilight Trivia

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“And so the lion fell in love with the lamb.”

Robert Pattinson actually plays the piano in the scene where Edward is playing “Bella’s Lullaby.”  To find out more trivia keep on reading.

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Apparently over 5,000 actors auditioned for the role of Edward.


According to a July interview between and Director Catherine Hardwicke, Kristen Stewart was recommended for the role of Bella Swan by Emile Hirsch, her co-star from Into the Wild (2007) and whom Hardwicke directed in Lords of Dogtown (2005).


Stephenie Meyer had her own list of personal cast before all the roles were officially casted. They including Emily Browning as Bella Swan, Henry Cavill as Edward Cullen, Charlie Hunnam as Carlisle Cullen, Mary-Louise Parker as Esme Cullen, Rachael Leigh Cook as Alice Cullen, Trent Ford as Jasper Hale, Tom Welling as Emmett Cullen and Olivia Wilde as Rosalie Hale.


Henry Cavill was apparently Stephenie Meyer’s first choice to play Edward. However, by the time production was to begin, he was 25 years old, and no longer looked the part of a 17-year old. He was then offered the part of Carlisle Cullen but turned it down due to his commitment with TV series “The Tudors” (2007).


Once Robert Pattinson had been cast as Edward, Twilight author Stephenie Meyer has been quoted as saying: “When they told me Rob was probably the one, I looked him up and thought, Yeah, he can do a version of Edward. He’s definitely got that vampire thing going on. And then, when I was on set and I got to watch him go from being Rob to shifting into being Edward, and he actually looked like the Edward in my head, it was a really bizarre experience. He really had it nailed.”


For the role of Edward Cullen, Robert Pattinson flew from England to director Catherine Hardwicke’s house to audition. There, he and Kristen Stewart, who was already cast as Bella Swan, rehearsed the “Love Scene”/”Meadow Scene” on Hardwicke’s own bed.



Apparently before his casting Robert Pattinson had never heard of the Twilight novel. He only attended casting because he liked Kristen Stewart’s performance in Into the Wild (2007).


According to Catherine Hardwicke, among the 4 finalists for the role of Edward were Robert Pattinson, Jackson Rathbone, Ben Barnes and Shiloh Fernandez. Rathbone was eventually offered the role of Jasper instead.


As soon as Robert Pattinson was cast, he moved to Oregon and began working on his character, both physically and mentally. He didn’t talk to anyone to try and feel as isolated as Edward Cullen. He worked out five hours a day with a trainer: learning to fight, play baseball, and do stunts. He also had to learn to drive and get an Oregon driver’s license.


Robert Pattinson has stated in an interview that this was his first American role and he had no formal training to perfect his American accent.


Peter Facinelli was the second choice to play Carlisle Cullen. When he found out that he lost out on the final round of auditions, he wrote a note to Catherine Hardwicke, saying, “I hope to work with you sometime.” At the last minute before shooting, the original actor withdrew due to shooting conflicts. Hardwicke then offered the role to Facinelli, who immediately took up. He had to dye his hair blond before starting work.


Fan’s criticized the choice of Ashley Greene to portray Alice Cullen, this was to some extent due to Greene being 7 inches (18 cm) taller than her character as described in the novel. Meyer had also stated that Rachael Leigh Cook resembled her vision of Alice.


Apparently Cam Gigandet was originally cast as Emmett Cullen, but he asked Director Catherine Hardwicke if he could play the role of James instead and she agreed.



Originally Bryce Dallas Howard was offered the role of Victoria in Twilight but turned it down as she found the role too small. She later took the role when Summit Entertainment fired Rachelle Lefevre from The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010).


Christian Serratos initially auditioned for Jessica Stanley, but she has been cited as saying that “fell totally in love with Angela” after reading the books, and successfully took advantage of a later opportunity to audition for Angela Weber.


Anna Kendrick got the role of Jessica Stanley after two mix-and-match auditions with various actors.




Screenplay & Production           Casting            Bonuses


Apparently the script was finished in 6 weeks.


The movie was shot in 48 days.


Scenes were filmed primarily in Portland, Oregon.


Stunt work was done mainly by the cast.


The first scenes filmed for the movie were the ballet studio showdown and the baseball scene as Cam Gigandet (James) had to leave the set to shoot another movie.



MTV Films & Maverick Films were the original owners of the rights to produce the film and Paramount was set as the distributor. However, Summit Entertainment ended up getting the rights and actually producing and distributing the film as MTV Films weren’t able to get a script they felt was good enough for the movie.


After Summit Entertainment took over the Twilight production, author Stephenie Meyer has been quoted as saying: “They could have filmed the script developed when the project was at Paramount and not called it Twilight because it had nothing to do with the book… When Summit Entertainment came into the picture, they were so open to letting us make rules for them, like “Okay, Bella cannot be a track star. Bella cannot have a gun or night vision goggles. And, no jet skis….”


Stephenie Meyer wrote a parallel novel (unfinished) to “Twilight” called “Midnight Sun”. It tells the story of the first book but from Edward’s point of view. In it, he comments that the arrival of Bella to the school has all of the boys “acting like they’re in first grade and she’s the shiny new toy”. This thought is spoken aloud by Jessica during Bella’s first lunch in the cafeteria. The partial rough draft of this book leaked over the Internet and is now posted on Stephenie Meyer’s website.


The apple on the cover of the Twilight book is not only a symbol for the forbidden; in Scandinavian mythology the apple is a symbol for eternal youth and beauty. However, on her official website ‘Stephanie Meyer’ states that she used the apple on the book cover because of the past literary connections (causing trouble every time) like in Snow White and the Golden Apple Paris gives to Aphrodite in Greek Mythology and because to her apple represents “choice”.


When Bella is searching for books on the Internet on Quileute mythology, she finds a listing for a bookstore in Port Angeles. You can also see a list of other places to get the book and one of the link tabs is for “Little Brown”, which is the publishing company for the Twilight saga.


Stephenie Meyer, author of the Twilight books, has a cameo appearance in the movie where she is seen next to a laptop ordering a vegetarian sandwich in the diner at the beginning of the scene where Charlie asks Bella if she likes the boys in town.



Kellan Lutz, who plays Emmett Cullen, intended on keeping his natural curly hair for his role as Emmett. However, his previous role in Generation Kill (2008) required a buzz cut and his hair didn’t grow fast enough for the filming of Twilight.


While doing location scouting work in La Push, Catherine Hardwicke and the crew saw people surfing and suggested to screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg to add beach surfing scene. Rosenberg agreed and added it but the scene had to be scrapped because of budget constraints.


Kristen Stewart has naturally green eyes. She wears brown contacts for filming to match Bella’s eye color from the description her character in the book.


All of the actors playing the Cullens wear topaz-colored contacts.


Taylor Lautner had to wear a wig for his role as Jacob Black.



Kristen Stewart wore hair pieces so they didn’t have to waste time doing her hair, and therefore had more time to shoot.


Apparently it took 36 hours to turn Nikki Reed’s naturally brunette hair to blond.



The three ‘evil vampires’, actors Cam Gigandet, Rachelle Lefevre and Edi Gathegi, are all wearing little slippers painted like bare feet.


Jessica’s character in the movie is supposed to be a combination of the characters Jessica Stanley and Lauren Mallory from the Twilight book.


Eric’s character in the movie is a combination of the characters Eric Yorkie and Ben Cheney from the book.


Kristen Stewart turned eighteen while filming the movie and was rewarded with a birthday cake and a full night of shooting.


Actors Nikki Reed (Rosalie Hale) and Jackson Rathbone (Jasper Hale) learned how to play baseball left handed for the famous baseball scene.


During the scene when Carlisle bit Edward, he whispered something into his ear. In the first take it was “I’m sorry” then “My son”. On about the fifth take he apparently said, “You’re sexy”.


Stephenie Meyer claims these authors that partially inspired her are Jane Austen, Orson Scott Card, Shakespeare and Charlotte Bronte.


Apparently actor Christian Serratos wore her own glasses for her part as Angela Weber.


This movie had the biggest opening ever for a film directed by a woman, and also for a movie starring a woman.


Stephenie Meyer has cited the band Muse as one of her sources of inspiration to write her books, and another of her favorite groups is Linkin Park. Both bands contributed a song to the movie’s soundtrack.


Although Robert Pattinson contributed two songs to this film, this was done unknowingly to him. Apparently Nikki Reed was the one who got the producers to add Robert Pattinson’s songs to the film. Reed had secretly started recording him from her laptop, while he was singing, and playing his guitar. She then took it to the film producers, were they fell in love with his songs. The next day, they asked Rob if he could sing a few of his songs for the soundtrack, and he accepted. The songs are: “Never Think” (playing during the restaurant scene) and “Let Me Sign” (plays during the scene where Edward has to suck the venom from Bella’s blood to save her). Pattinson said he was overwhelmed by how well “Let Me Sign” fit into the film.


From the two songs that Robert Pattinson performed for the movie, only one of these songs, “Never Think,” appears on the soundtrack. His other song, “Let Me Sign”, is a bonus track.


Prior to the release of the Twilight Soundtrack featuring Carter Burwell’s scored theme of “Bella’s Lullaby”, Yurima’s piano composition, “River Flows in You”, was largely and mistakenly believed by many fans to be featured in the movie as Bella’s Lullaby. This was due to a popular fan site including the piece by Yurima on a play list of songs that served as their personal soundtrack for the Twilight book. While this song was how the fan site imagined the lullaby to sound, it was never a part of the movie.


Apparently Matt Bellamy of Muse gave Carter Burwell music for Bella’s Lullaby, but it wasn’t used.


The Cullen family crest is a lion with a hand over its head, and a downward pointing chevron with 3 clovers. The lion was added because of the famous line “And so the Lion fell in love with the Lamb”, but the other portions (chevron, clovers, and hand) are from the actual Cullen Coat of Arms, although there are fewer clovers (2), more hands (3), and a sheaf of wheat on the real one. All of the Cullens can be seen wearing the family crest. Edward, Jasper, and Emmett all had the same wristband, and Alice and Rosalie had similar necklaces. Esme had a bracelet and Carlisle had a ring.


Even though there is a song by Radiohead in the movie, which plays during the end of the movie when the credits are rolling, it actually never made it to the official soundtrack album.


The beer that Charlie drinks in the movie is “Rainier Beer”, a brewing company originally based out of Seattle, Washington. Charlie refers to it as “vitamin R”, which is a common nickname for Rainer Beer.


Robert Pattinson actually played the piano in the scene where Edward is playing “Bella’s Lullaby”.


The song playing in the background when Bella comes to have dinner at the Cullen’s is the aria “Libiamo” from La Traviata. “Libiamo” literally means “Let’s Drink”, which is exactly what the Cullens do when they “have dinner”.


In the scene where Bella goes to the Cullens house for the first time, when Nikki Reed’s character Rosalie had to break the bowl, she actually cut her hands. This is why she is wearing gloves for the scene in the film.


When Edward and Bella are standing in the doorway of the Cullens’ kitchen, there is a chess set on the dining room table behind them with red and white pieces, like the cover of Breaking Dawn, the final novel in Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight saga.


When Bella and Edward are lying in the meadow, the sun coming through the trees makes a heart between them.


In the script, the climatic Bella’s “limbo/dream state” in the ballet studio scene was intended to be an underwater sequence but budget constraints could not allow the scene to be filmed. As the alternative, outtakes from other scenes of Bella and Edward together were used, albeit digitally modified.


While entering the building at the prom, Victoria can be seen at a slot machine to the right of Bella, her hair in a bun, wearing a fur shawl and a long dress.


In the movie Edward’s car is a Volvo C30.


The dress Kristen Stewart wears in the prom scene only cost twenty dollars. The suit Robert Pattinson wore was the most expensive item of clothing from the entire shoot.






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