Actor Guri Weinberg recently spoke with Phoenix Movie Examiner about his role as Stefan in “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2.”
In “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2,” which became available Saturday, March 2 on Blu-ray and DVD at retail stores and rental outlets throughout the Valley, the Cullens gather other vampire clans in order to protect Edward (Robert Pattinson) and Bella's (Kristen Stewart) newborn child from a false allegation that puts the family in front of the Volturi.
Question: Tell me about Stefan. In particular, how did you prepare for the role?
Answer: In the book, it says how the Romanians used to rule the vampire world and they lost everything to the Volturi. Everybody understands what it is like to have things that mean a lot to you taken away and want revenge or to get payback. So it was pretty easy and straightforward. It was more about understanding what life was like 3,000 years ago when the Romanians were turned into vampires. We had to learn the ancient Romanian dialect. That is really what we concentrated on the most.
Q: What was your experience joining the cast like? Did the returning cast members welcome you with open arms or did the set resemble a high school cafeteria where the returning cast members sat on one one side of the room while the new cast members sat on the other?
A: For me, it was torture. To be next to three beautiful people every day was absolutely torturous. Being dressed like a creep and to step on stage and have Kristen, Patrick and Taylor say, “You look creepy!” while I'm like, “Wow... thank you. Because you don't. You look so pretty.” That was hell. But beyond that, the main cast members were all really nice to everybody. There really is something to be said about people who have had such high success in such a big movie to be so open to the new cast and to welcome us with open arms. They taught me something about success and about people dealing with that really well. My hat is off to them.
Q: I have heard some complaints about the vampire contact lenses. What say you?
A: When I heard Rob talking about how bad they were, I was like, “What a wuss!” But then I put them on and was like, “Wow... he wasn't kidding!” The problem with the contact lenses is that you really can't see very well with them in. First of all, they are uncomfortable. But not only that, though. When we were filming the battle scene, we were indoors with fake snow so what would happen is that the contact lenses would dry so badly that they would actually stick to your eyeballs. It literally took them 20 minutes to try to take them off of me. I will not miss those contact lenses whatsoever. God bless the people that made them but I don't want to wear them again, that's for sure.
Q: Finally, what have you taken away from your experience working on this project?
A: My experience with the fans has been great. The fans are just so excited about this new project. They have been very courteous and really nice to us - especially the new cast members. I can't thank them enough because I was worried walking into such a big project as somebody who is new. You don't know how the fans are going to react so, when they were so welcoming, you really appreciate it. I would really like to thank the fans because they have been really cool and made me feel really good.