New Face Fridays Interview: Joe Anderson

This weeks New Face Friday interview was given exclusively to the fan site Page to Premiere

He’s a excerpt, the rest can be read at the source on the above link!

Today, Page to Premiere exclusively is featuring the entire Joe Anderson interview as part of New Faces Fridays. Joe plays an English nomadic vampire named Alistair in “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2.” You may recognize him for his singing and acting talents from when he performed Beatles classics in the film “Across the Universe,” and more recently he was featured in “The Grey.”

How much did you know about Twilight before you auditioned or before you got the part?

Joe Anderson: I wasn’t living on Mars so I knew a lot about it. Friends of the family as well were a little younger than I am, young girls, and they were huge, huge fans so when they found out that I was going to have something to do with it, my street cred went through the roof. So there was a gathering and watching of films together and getting excited about it. I’d seen all of them (the movies) I think by the time I was shooting in Canada.

Does that mean you haven’t read any of them?

Joe: No, you know interestingly enough, no, I did pick around the books. The interesting thing with Alistair is that the way he is used in the film versus the books is slightly different. For me it was more about taking this rather aloof character and developing him. And as an outsider, you know I wasn’t part of the previous movies, so I sort of felt like I had a bit of room to kind of play with this guy because none of the other characters quite knew what to expect and what have you. So it was quite freeing – quite fun to sort of go in there and really sort of invent something.

He’s (Alistair) a loner. Except for his history with Carlisle, you almost wonder why he decided to come and join up with the Cullen’s. He’s leaving pretty early on. Did you have an idea or did you talk to Stephenie about what his motivations were?

Joe: Yeah. It’s a really interesting question. I think, obviously without giving too much away, that the notion of just a general sort of right and wrong. One of things that serves Alistair is that he’s a tracker – his senses were quite strong. I think the reason for what he does is more to do with morality and right and wrong, and I think that he just doesn’t feel he is necessary because whatever will happen will happen. But I think it will explain itself, without giving anything away, more clearly in the film.


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