IESB had a chance to talk to New Moon director, Chris Weitz, screen writer, Melissa Rosenberg, and producer Wyck Godfrey.
“Q: Was there ever any thought of trying to get your mother to make a cameo in any of your films, like possibly the grandmother in the first scene of New Moon?
Chris: How fun. I think it would have been difficult for me to say, “Mom, we’d like you to play a woman who is so old she horrifies Bella when she recognizes herself in the mirror.” But, I’m glad that people still remember my mom. For all who don’t know who she is, she was nominated as Best Supporting Actress for Imitation of Life. I think she’s put movies behind her for good, and now she just raises me and my brother.
Q: There are a lot of hunky guy moments in this movie that the girls are going to go crazy for. Even Laurent gets to show up bare-chested. Can you guys talk about constructing those moments and then delivering them?
Melissa: I wish I could take credit for the moments of Jacob pulling off his shirt and Edward pulling off his shirt. They are in the book and it seemed unwise to leave them out.
Chris: That would be a cut that you would regret. I like to say that it’s all essentially economics. You see, the Quileutes don’t have a very high average income and they can’t afford the t-shirts they would need, given the amount of times they turn into wolves on short notice and their clothes burst. They’d really have to go to Wal-Mart, every 10 minutes. They just go around in shorts, for that reason.”