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David Slade talks about making Edward character “dangerous” in Twilight film “Eclipse”

By Kim Palacios

HollywoodNews.com: In a recent interview with IGN, David Slade gave excellent commentary on his treatment of the sinister themes in “Eclipse”. Slade’s own directorial resume shows a bent toward darker pieces (e.g., vampire flick “30 Days of Night” and psycho-horror-thriller “Hard Candy“), the inclinations of which he admits he brings to the upcoming Twilight film.

“Of the three films so far, we were lucky. We got the best story. We got the most action. In terms of both the character histories, a lot of the origin stories, but also we have a battle, we have huge momentous fight, plus we have a newborn army. A lot of darkness in this film,” said Slade. “Aside from the love triangle theme we saw in the other Twilight films, we got another theme: vengeance. And, that is a theme that really delivers.”

Yet, it’s not just the villains in the film who are depicted darkly–rather, we are introduced to the darker sides of characters who endeared themselves to us in the earlier books. Said Slade, “One of my goals in doing the script was to make Edward scary, because he’s a vampire [at the] end of the day. There’s a carnivore beneath that surface, so we went out and we shot a lot of sequences that are all in the book geared towards just opening that character out, showing the potential of vampire as killer. And in the end, particularly in a sequence I don’t want to spoil about, he comes across as dangerous.”

The most interesting (and fun) aspect of Slade’s tone is his satisfaction around translating complex relationship dynamics to the physical aggression of a battle. “If you read the books you have an idea of the alliances that form together for the final battle…If you haven’t, then let’s just say there’s a lot of very, very devious, very scandalous stuff going [on] in the background with our villains. Then, an alliance that is still very, very difficult takes place, one that allows a battle to become a more of a massacre, which is great fun to watch.”

The interview can be viewed in its entirety on IGN.com

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