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Now that Bella (Kristen Stewart) has delivered vampire baby Renesmee, Dr. Carlisle Cullen (Peter Facinelli) is officially a grandfather.
“It’s weird being a grandfather at such a young age. I didn’t quite like being called grandpa,” Facinelli said, laughing. “But [Edward, played by Robert Pattinson is] a dad now. So we’re all kind of growing up. It happens.”
It sure does. Four years after “The Twilight Saga” franchise adapted from Stephenie Meyer’s novels became a mega-squeal-inducing phenomenon, this weekend’s “Breaking Dawn—Part 2” wraps it all up as the business hits the fan between the Cullen family and the powerful Volturi vampire collective.
The day after the film’s L.A. premiere—from which Facinelli says he got home around 3 or 3:30 a.m. and woke up at 4:30 a.m.—the 38-year-old actor talked at the Dana Hotel about being asked to sign people's underwear, introducing his vampire self to the real world and if he's ready for all this madness to end.
See him: Facinelli's scheduled to appear 3 p.m.-10 p.m. Fri. at Hollywood Blvd Cinema in Woodridge; 2 p.m.-10 p.m. Sat. at Hollywood Palms Cinema in Naperville; noon-8 p.m. Sun. at Hollywood Blvd Cinema
I’m sure you’re inundated with screams and posters while traveling around with this movie, but can you think of a surprising reaction you’ve gotten, one that stands out?
Screams are OK. The crying sometimes gets me. Sometimes people will cry and I feel bad. [Laughs.]
Are you ever moved to cry when you see them to balance it out?
No, I just give them a big hug and make sure they know I’m just a person.
I read at the premiere someone was holding a sign that was an enlarged photo of Rob’s crotch.
I didn’t see that. Was it the full-frontal crotch?
I assume not, but I don’t know what photos are out there.
I’ve never seen that photo or Rob’s crotch. I’m just going on record saying that. [Laughs.]
That’s good to know. I’m sure people emphasize Rob, Kristen and Taylor, but what do people say specifically about you on posters?
There’s always some kind of posters with the cast or me. Usually they just ask me to sign. The oddest thing someone asked me to sign, I think I was in London. Someone asked me to sign their britches, and I didn’t know what that was. I was like, “Yeah, sure,” and then she kinda rolled up her underwear. I was like, “No, I didn’t know that was a britch. I’m not signing britches.”
Was there anything in this last installment that felt new?
Yeah, we had all new cast members in the last one, which is kind of fun because I felt like we were like the seniors in high school and they were the freshmen coming in. They were wide-eyed and excited and we were like, we had done it already. They’d be going out and going, “Hey, come out with us,” and we’re like, “No, we’re tired, we’re getting some sleep.” [Laughs.] We’d already been there, done that, and now we’re just wanting to get to work in the morning. It was fun watching them come in and look at it from a different perspective because we had already been there, so it was like now they were getting the opportunity to come in and see it fresh, be a part of it fresh.
Were you asked for any advice, being that senior member?
No, no one ever asks me for advice. About anything.
When you guys were in town for the red carpet for “Breaking Dawn—Part 1” and I interviewed Nikki [Reed], she was telling me shooting in depressing places with lousy weather takes a toll on her. What effect did that have on you?
I wish I could get one of those seasonal disorder lights. If I had to do it again, I’d get one of those lights because it’s like six months of rain every day and then you’re on set, you’re in hair and makeup and costume and you can’t really do anything because if you’re not working for a few hours, it’s not like you’re like, “I’m going to go to the gym.” I can’t even go to the convenience store because if you walk in as Carlisle Cullen, it’s creepy.
Did you ever have that experience?
I walked into a 7-11. I had on my full hair and makeup. I actually had just come from working a couple hours and I was like, “Let’s see, I’ll test out Carlisle Cullen and see if people would actually freak out if they actually saw a vampire.” The lady didn’t even look up, so that made me feel good that the Cullens actually could walk around town and not be noticed.
I was impressed that it seems you’ve started your own dance craze on “Ellen.” What inspired you to do that, and how do you feel about “Gangnam Style”?
Well, I had my dance before “Gangnam Style.”