Michael Sheen Talks ‘Breaking Dawn’ Battle Scene & More!
MTV and Collider got a chance to talk to Michael Sheen (aka Aro/Volturi) about Breaking Dawn recently. Michael talked about the ‘battle scene’ in Breaking Dawn with MTV and talked about working with director Bill Condon with Collider.
“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.”
Sheen’s comments will hopefully be music to the ears of “Twilight” fans hoping for some actual action in those big final sequences, and they fall in line with the bits and pieces of information we’ve derived from other castmembers. Peter Facinelli told us a few months ago that he’d been doing some intense scene work with “a lot of vampires.”
“I don’t want to give away too much, but if you’ve read the books, it’s the standoff with lots of vampires in play,” he said. “There’s like 70 people going through the works at once. It’s a little maddening, but fun.”
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.
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.
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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. 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.
I am really looking forward to the ‘battle scene’!! ”Very amped up! Won’t be anti-climatic!” SCHWEET! *spoiler* Don’t worry folks, it’s just a vision from Alice that she shows Aro if he decides to battle with the Cullens. Michael play Aro perfectly. He’s going to go into the insanity of the character! EEEP!