Jackson Rathbone Talks ‘New Moon’

Betsy Waldman / June 18, 2009

Jackson Rathbone, or Jasper Hale of The Twilight Saga as he is better known, took some time on Tuesday in Philadephia to throw a bone to reporters to give us all the taste of New Moon that we so desperately crave.

“We have a bigger budget, and we have a little bit more pressure to keep that [indie] feel going. But the nice thing is that we are delving more into the story now of New Moon. But I will say that Twilight is my favorite, because it takes you into this realm, from reality into this fantasy reality, and it makes that fantasy more real. As the films progress, you get deeper into the mythical world that we are establishing, with the werewolves and what the actual vampire society and legacy is with the Volturi,” Rathbone revealed.

The Twilight crew is becoming a family, he says, and they want more than ever to make New Moon something special.

“It’s funny. When we got back to film New Moon, the first day, the whole cast was hanging out in Peter Facinelli’s room. It was like a family reunion. It was like we had been away a month. It didn’t seem like a year. It was nice to get back together and have that family environment. In regards to having a new director, nothing changed too much. There was a different, subtle vibe because the director creates the energy on the set, and he was great. We all wanted to come together and make another great piece of art for the fans. It’s about what they want to see, because they are the ones buying the tickets.”

As far as stunts, Rathbone believes the action junkies will be satisfied.  His character Jasper is thrown into a piano in the New Moon trailer, showcasing a tiny bit of what is in store for us.

“…I was flying and got to do some stunts on that, and that’s only the beginning of it. They didn’t show the entire [scene]. It’s going to be a really action-packed movie. And then you have the other side of the love story. It has a lot of elements that I think the fans have been waiting to sink their teeth into. … I’m sorry. I had to use that pun. It’s terrible [laughs].”

Wow, things are heating up!

Tell us what you think: Are you getting excited about New Moon?