Ben Barnes Talks About His Twilight Audition

Catherine Hardwicke spilled the beans about a year ago regarding who was in the final four to play Edward Cullen. She called the runner ups bachelors one, two, and three. They were Jackson Rathbone,  Shiloh Fernandez (who she just worked with in Red Riding Hood), and Ben Barnes of Naria Fame. Ben just commented on the casting that almost was.

“Twilight” director Catherine Hardwicke says you were one of the final four actors to be considered for the role of Edward Cullen. We all know that Robert Pattinson ended up getting the role, but what were your “Twilight” auditions like?

There were quite a few auditions. I was the first person they kind of approached about it. It was all right. I very quickly read the first ["Twilight"] book. I really enjoyed it. I think Kristen Stewart is great. I think she’s a really good actress. And I really like Catherine Hardwicke.

But then there were two things: First off, they didn’t want to mix “Narnia” and “Twilight.” I think it’s dangerous to mix characters from franchises while you’re doing one. So she definitely didn’t want Prince Caspian being Edward Cullen. It doesn’t make sense. And secondly, I’d still be shooting at age 30, playing 17, and nobody wants to see that. That would be kind of sad.

And course you wouldn’t want the kind of craziness with fans and paparazzi that Robert Pattinson has to deal with in his life.

So true!”

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Via TwiFans

Comments

  1. Jackson?! I like Rob as Edward, but Jackson would have been cool.

  2. I thought Kellen Lutz auditioned for Edward’s part? Anyway, Rob IS

  3. I really like this interview. And I’m glad that even though Jackson didn’t get to play Edward he got to be in the movie. He plays Jasper great! He’s my favorite character in the saga.

  4. sounds like a load of crap to me….Rob was in Harry Potter…did Twilight and Narnia release at the same time?

  5. I was really impressed with these comments. I think they sounded very humble. When you don’t get the role that you want, it’s easy to say something bitter, but he was very mature about it. He’s a good looking guy and I’m sure he’ll do well. But I gotta say… Robert Pattinson IS edward. I can’t envision him in any other light anymore.

  6. I think the things Ben listed here weren’t the main reason he wasn’t cast. I think Catherine and Kristen agreed Rob’s audition was way better than the other guys’.

  7. Jackson is my favorite actor and I totally think he could have done Edward like a boss haha but now he IS Jasper, and even before I knew who Jackson was I was a Team Jasper Girl(: &he made me love Jasper even more(: &Shiloh? haha I think he is dreamy:p But like many of who have said Rob IS Edward now, it’s hard to imagine someone else.

  8. Hi . I am from Germany. I Love twilight. And I like him ad Jasper and Rob as Ed, Ashley as Alice and Kriszin as Bella

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