23 “Twilight” Saga Behind-The-Scenes Facts That’ll Make You Love This Bonkers Franchise Even More

1.Taylor Lautner was almost recast for New Moon. Studio execs wanted to cast Michael Copon, and they prematurely stated that he’d play the “new Jacob.”

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2.In Breaking Dawn — Part 2, they originally planned for Renesmee to be played by an animatronic, but director Bill Condon thought it was creepy, so they just used CGI instead.

A terrifying animatronic baby next to a more realistic looking CGI baby

Twilight producer Wyck Godfrey, who made the doll, even considered Renesmee “one of the most grotesque animatronic babies ever to not be seen on film.”

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3.New Moon director Chris Weitz instructed Kristen Stewart to put weights in her pockets to make her sink during the drowning scene, but Kristen wasn’t comfortable with that. In an effort to calm her nerves, Weitz tried it himself. After realizing how terrifying it was, he scrapped the idea.

Kristen Stewart underwater and coming up for air in New Moon

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4.Breaking Dawn — Part 1 was originally rated R because Bella and Edward’s sex scene showed a lot of Rob’s butt.

Bella and Edward having sex in the ocean

They decided to reshoot the scene so it could appeal to a larger audience.

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5.Nikki Reed wore a wig in the sequels because her hair started to fall out from the extreme bleaching she did for Twilight — it took 36 hours of bleaching to get her hair so light.

Nikki Reed's hair  in Twilight, New Moon, and IRL

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6.Rob also had to wear a wig for Breaking Dawn — Part 2 reshoots because he shaved his head.

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7.Twilight author Stephenie Meyer had her own casting ideas in mind for Edward and Bella. For Edward, her choices were Henry Cavill, Logan Lerman, and Tom Sturridge. For Bella, her choices were Emily Browning, Elliot Page, and Danielle Panabaker.

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8.Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke had Kristen and Rob do their chemistry read at her home on her bed because she wanted to see their chemistry.

Bella, on her bed, staring longingly into Edward's eyes

She said, “I know you just met, but I need you to do this scene. We’re gonna do it in my bedroom, on the bed — and you’re really gonna kiss.”

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9.To keep Bella’s wedding dress a secret from the public, Kristen had to wear a Volturi cape over the dress whenever filming had paused.

Edward and Bella standing at the alter

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10.Michael Sheen revealed that he actually didn’t know anything about Twilight before accepting the role of Aro. He did it because his daughter was a huge fan of the series.

Aro about to fight the Cullens

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11.Taylor said that the hardest part about getting buff to play Jacob was the amount of food he had to eat while working out. He had to eat at least 4,000 calories a day and would often have his trainer bringing him snacks in between takes.

Jacob shirtless

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12.For The Twilight Saga: New Moon, the director required actors auditioning for the wolf pack to bring documentation that proved their Native American heritage.

The shirtless wolf pack standing with Emily

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13.New Moon production designer David Brisbin actually went to La Push and met the Quileute executive council. While he was there, a Quileute girl gave him the first drum she made, according to custom, and David featured it in the movie.

Kristen Stewart standing next to the Quileute drum

Chris Weitz told Entertainment Weekly, “To show appreciation, we decided to put the drum in a prominent shot — it’s at the entrance of Emily’s house, and you see it when Bella first enters. Also, the high-pitched ‘call’ that Embry and Jared give when they jump out of Bella’s car is a thing the Quileute kids do.”

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14.While practicing for a fight scene in Eclipse, Kellan Lutz accidentally punched Jackson Rathbone in the temple and sent him to the hospital for a concussion.

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Jackson told MTV, “Kellan and I were going over our moves — we hadn’t had any time to rehearse — and we were out in mud, so it was really slick and everything. He punched too low, and I didn’t duck low enough. He caught me right in the temple, kind of knocked me for a loop. I didn’t fall, but I was kind of out of it for the next couple takes. My agent happened to be on set and was trying to talk to me apparently during the takes, and I wasn’t listening or I wasn’t really aware of what was happening. He was like, ‘I think Jackson’s kind of thrown for a loop. We should get him checked out.’ Apparently, I wasn’t speaking in full sentences, and I had a mild concussion. So they sent me to the hospital to get my brain checked out.”

15.Bella slips and falls on ice in Twilight, but in real life, Kristen Stewart stuffed a butt pad into her jeans so she wouldn’t get hurt.

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16.During the paper cut scene in New Moon, Jackson Rathbone got so into character that Peter Facinelli and Kellan Lutz actually had to hold him back — even Kristen Stewart thought she was about to be attacked.

Carlisle and Emmett holding Jasper back before he kills Bella

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17.In the movie, a majority of the cast wore colored contacts, including Kristen Stewart, who wore brown contacts so her eyes would match the description in the books.

Kristen Stewart in Twilight with brown colored contacts

Kristen’s eyes are actually green.

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18.Robert Pattinson didn’t have a driver’s license before the franchise, so he had to learn how to drive before he started filming Twilight.

Robert Pattinson driving a car in Twilight

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19.Then, coincidentally, Edward had to drive a boat during Breaking Dawn — Part 1, and as they were filming, Robert accidentally crashed the boat in front of the entire crew.

Edward Cullen driving a boat

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20.Originally, there was a scene in Eclipse where Bella envisioned herself as a chief’s wife from a Quileute folktale where she saves her village from a vampire by sacrificing herself — the scene got cut after viewers laughed at it.

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21.Another scene that never made it into Eclipse featured Bella and Jacob growing old together; however, they ended up cutting the scene because of “issues” with the prosthetics.

Bella and Jacob embracing each other

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22.In New Moon, when Edward, Bella, and Alice get on the elevator to meet the Volturi, the music playing is from Johann Strauss II’s The bat – aka “The Bat.”

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23.Finally, Rob almost tore a muscle in his buttcheek during a fight scene on his first day filming Twilight.

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23 “Twilight” Saga Behind-The-Scenes Facts That’ll Make You Love This Bonkers Franchise Even More