Monday, March 16, 2009

Edi Gathegi talks about New Moon

Before heading up to Vancouver for New Moon rehersals, Edi Gathegi stopped at MTV for a quick interview.

SANTA MONICA, California — Edi Gathegi recently reunited with his "Twilight"
co-stars in Vancouver, kicking off the lengthy process of shooting the highly
anticipated sequel "New Moon." But before he left, he stopped by the MTV studio
to fill us in on some top-secret script details, what it's like to pump iron
with Taylor Lautner and what we can expect next from the vampire Laurent.
"I'm going up to Vancouver for some preproduction stuff and rehearsals. The
entire cast is going to be up there," said the actor, who recently starred in
"My Bloody Valentine 3D," making him the first "Twilight" star to have a hit
film follow-up (there's already talk of Gathegi returning in a sequel). "We're
going to be doing a whole bunch of fun stuff.
"I've read the script — it's
very good," Gathegi explained, praising the talents of returning screenwriter
Melissa Rosenberg. Comparing the script to Stephenie Meyer's 563-page novel, he
said, "It's a lot more active — in the best possible way — than I thought it was
going to be."
Although the novel is peppered with failed romance, depression
and thoughts of suicide, Gathegi insisted that the second story is better
because anticipation becomes reality. "I'm actually one of the people that think
that 'New Moon' is pretty active. There's a fraction of people who think it's
slow because [Edward Cullen] is gone for a long time, and [Bella] is going
through depression — but I think it's more active than 'Twilight,' " he
explained. "In 'Twilight,' it's the anticipation every day. The anticipation of
'What is he?' And then you discover what he is. 'New Moon,' I think, has a
little more forward movement; which is great for a movie.
"And I love what I
get to do in it," he said with a wicked grin. "I definitely get to sink my teeth
into something."
Gathegi also loves the recent activity of co-star Taylor
Lautner — one of his best friends on the "Twilight" cast. When Lautner's
youthful appearance presented him with a possible
exile from "New Moon,"
the two actors pledged to hit the gym together — and the
results have spoken for themselves
"He does not let up. I ask, 'What do
we do?' [and he replies] 'Everything! The whole routine,' " Gathegi said of
their regimen. "I could say that he's definitely one of the most committed
people that I have ever seen at the gym. I think I might have been like him when
I was younger — I go off and on, even right now. This kid just stays at the
focus point.
"[Lautner] does free-weights: bi's, tri's, shoulders, legs,"
Gathegi marveled. "He's ready [to play the older Jacob Black]. His job depends
on it, and he has to be this way and get bigger for the rest of the series. I
mean, this kid is incredible!"
The biggest news for Gathegi these days,
however, is that the movie version of Laurent won't go down without a fight.
"[In the novel] they talk about me getting chased and destroyed by the
werewolves — and in the movie, we'll see what they have me do," he revealed
cryptically. "We might show it." Source

1 comment:

  1. Anyone interested in the Twilight series should know that Melissa Rosenberg is currently a confirmed panelist for the 2009 Austin Film Festival. If you need any other info about the festival you can check out its website at