Jackson Rathbone Talks About ‘Intense’ New Moon Birthday Scene

Prepare yourselves, Twi-hards; according to Twilight actor Jackson Rathbone, the birthday-party scene in New Moon is going to be a real nail-biter.

“There a little bit more violence. It’s definitely longer,” Rathbone tells MTV.com. “It’s really about the moment where Bella is realizing what kind of world she’s into. We spent the entire time with Twilight delving into the vampire world, but now in New Moon, it’s like you’re in the vampire world, and what happens when you get a paper cut? What happens when everyone you love turns around on you and suddenly could kill you? She’s in that world right now, and she’s kind of scared by it. She’s also getting into the werewolf world, and suddenly she’s got these two new worlds on her—and there’s love in both.”

Rathbone adds that he really threw himself into the task of attacking Kristen Stewart’s Bella Swan character, to the point where co-stars Kellan Lutz and Peter Facinelli literally had to restrain him.

“I was going pretty method. We choreographed it—so I wasn’t too worried about attacking Kristen—but I told the guys to hold me back, because you want it to look real,” Rathbone reveals. “You want it to be as real as possible, because you want that to transfer on film, and you want the audience to feel that frightened sense that I gave Kristen. I felt really bad, man. There was a couple of moments where she was like, ‘I thought you were going to hit me that time!’ I come so close; it’s pretty intense.”

Doesn’t exactly sound like the ideal way to spend one’s birthday.

Let us know in the comments section: How important do you think the birthday scene is to New Moon, and how important is it that they get it right in the movie?