Sunday, June 7, 2009

Rob Pattinson Monkeyed Around with Twilight Script

"You better hold on tight, spider money."

Love it or hate it, that line is perhaps one of the more memorable in the Twilight movie. Many fans were shocked to hear Catherine Hardwicke's revelation during the DVD commentary that Robert Pattinson himself had actually chosen that line.

In a recent interview with, the Twilight director explained how that line came about.

"I woke up in the middle of the night. I thought, 'They're going to be climbing that tree, and they're not going to have anything to say. It's just going to be another scene of them looking into each other's eyes,' " Hardwicke recalls.

Unfortunately, due to the writers' strike at the time, Twilight screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg wasn't available to craft any lines. So Hardwicke hastily assembled a list of possible dialogue.

"I gave it to Rob, the whole list," Hardwicke recalls. "And I said, 'Rob, which one do you want to say?' And he goes, 'I want to say the spider-monkey one.' "

It seems like such a silly, cheesy line for the brooding Edward Cullen Rob Pattinson portrayed, but before we judge let's take a look at the the other options Catherine gave him to choose from.

Option 1:
Edward: You're not scared of heights, are you?
Bella: Not that I know of ...

Option 2:
Edward: Hold on tight ...
Bella: Don't worry ...

Option 3:
Edward: Wrap your legs around me like a spider monkey.
Bella: Done.

Option 4:
Edward: Got a good grip? Don't let go.
Bella: No chance of that, buddy.

Option 5
Edward: Prepare for liftoff ...

In my opinion, none of these seem particularly fitting - and I wonder why they, again, refused to use the original dialogue from the books.

Do you think he chose correctly? If not, which would you rather he had used?



  1. With that list of non-sense he definitely chose the lesser of many evils. What dumb choices....

  2. Spider-monkey is one of my favorite lines in the movie. its the carefree side of Edward that I adore.

  3. I loved the spider monkey line myself. The rest were redunkulous!

  4. Well, they are all dumb---but I would go with the "hold on tight/ don't worry" combo. A little less out of Edward's type of speaking.

  5. I like the spider monkey line even if it's a bit OOC...

  6. Though the choices are NOT AWESOME, and I do agree with Lil T, but for some reason when he says this line, you see the little playful side of Edward since he is always soooo melodramatic! I like this line the best, I guess I would say....

  7. This one of my Fav lines in the movie. I am VERY happy with it.

  8. I liked the spider monkey! I thought that part of the movie was very cute and playful and it fit very well. The other choices she gave him I thought were really kinda BAD. ACK! Prepare for liftoff??