Surprising Secrets You Never Knew About The Twilight Franchise

Surprising Secrets You Never Knew About The Twilight Franchise
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It's been almost 15 years since the first movie, but we still can't help but go crazy every time we learn something new.

While many fans are familiar with the love story of 17-year-old human Bella Swan and 104-year-old vampire Edward Cullen, there are some fascinating behind-the-scenes secrets about the franchise that may surprise you.

The Wolf Pack Heritage

During the casting process for The Twilight Saga: New Moon, Chris Weitz, the director of the film, implemented a requirement for the actors who were auditioning for Sam Uley's wolf pack. Those auditioning were asked to provide documentation proving that they belonged to a Native American tribe.

This step was taken to ensure authenticity in the portrayal of the Quileute wolf pack, as the characters in the film are portrayed as members of the Quileute tribe, and the production team wanted to cast actors who shared that heritage.

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Taylor Lautner’s Sacrifices

Not only did Taylor Lautner have to consume at least 4,000 calories a day to stay in shape for his role as Jacob Black, but the actor also had to employ a unique tactic to appear taller than his on-screen love interest. To create a height difference between himself and Kristen Stewart, Lautner wore elevators in his shoes.

This decision was made to match the book's description of Jacob Black as being significantly taller than Bella Swan, and not just 4 inches like his co-star.

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Robert Pattinson ’s Driving Skills

Pattinson faced interesting challenges because he did not have a driver's license at the time of filming the first installment. This became problematic because his character, Edward Cullen, was frequently shown driving in the movie. To solve this problem, Pattinson undertook the process of obtaining a driver's license in Oregon, where the Twilight production was located.

The Very First Scene Shot

Surprisingly, the very first scene the production team shot for the entire Twilight series was the iconic ballet studio scene at the end of the first Twilight movie. This scene of Bella being chased by the villainous vampire James in a dance studio serves as the climax of the movie and is a turning point in Bella and Edward Cullen's relationship.

Finding out that it was the very first scene shot somehow makes our hearts skip a beat.

My Chemical Romance Diss

Apparently, My Chemical Romance turned down the opportunity to write a song for the New Moon soundtrack because lead singer Gerard Way was uncomfortable with his association as Edward Cullen's muse in the Twilight series.

Gerard found the portrayal of Edward's character pursuing a teenage girl disturbing, and in response to the request, the band wrote Vampire Money, a song that humorously roasts the Twilight franchise and their refusal to contribute to it.

Kristen and Rob’s First Read

During their first chemistry read for Twilight, Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart were asked to perform a scene nowhere else but on director Catherine Hardwicke's bed. She instructed them to have a real kiss as part of the reading, a decision that played a role in the development of their on-screen chemistry.