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Actors prepare for an emotional farewell as 'Twilight Saga' comes to an end

Elizabeth Reaser, Jackson Rathbone, Kellan Lutz and Nikki Reed are among the performers who have appeared in all five films based on Stephenie Meyer's best-selling book series. The last movie, “Breaking Dawn — Part 2,” opens Friday.
by Brandy McDonnell Modified: November 15, 2012 at 4:29 pm •  Published: November 16, 2012

“That was a lot of fun. There were so many new people, so many new vampires. It's a very exciting world,” said Lutz, 27, who plays Emmett Cullen. “You get to see all the exciting vampires with the new powers, which is awesome. It's like vampire X-Men.”

The Cullen actors fielded plenty of inquiries from the “Twilight” newcomers about how to play Meyer's vampires, who don't have fangs but sparkle in the sunlight and boast red- or amber-colored eyes, depending on whether they live on human or animal blood.

“I got a lot of the questions like, ‘So, how do you deal with the ...'” Reaser said. “There's a lot of technical issues that come up with playing a vampire: the makeup, the hair and the (contact) lenses.”

For Rathbone, 27, who plays Cullen adoptee Jasper Hale, the “new blood” on set meant new opportunities for playing pranks.

“I actually confused one of the vampires, Erik Odom, who plays one of my Texas brethren. I told him when he came to set, I was like, ‘Hey, man. Where are your teeth? You're missing your teeth.' He goes, ‘What?' ‘Yeah, the fangs. You've got to put them on. You've got to run back. Go get them.' So he thought he had fangs he forgot to put on,” Rathbone said with a grin.

“I think you did that to me on one of my first days, too,” Lutz recalled with a smile.

“I did that to everybody,” Rathbone replied.

Although they will miss the camaraderie of working with their “Twilight” “family,” the actors are looking forward to bringing the final big-screen installment of the saga to “Twihard” fans.

“There are surprises, so I think we're all reticent about jumping on board the spoiler alert club. So we'll just say that the last 20 minutes of the film are going to really, really be exciting for the fans who followed the series for years and loved the books,” Rathbone said.

Travel and accommodations provided by Summit Entertainment.

by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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