Security Beefed Up on 'Breaking Dawn' Set
Thinking about dropping in on Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and the gang while they're filming part 1 of Breaking Dawn in Baton Rouge, Louisiana? You might want to think twice—or at least bring plenty of bail money along with you.
Scene magazine caught up with Winston Achee, chief of security for Celtic Corporation, which is overseeing security for the Breaking Dawn production at Raleigh Studios Baton Rouge. To hear Achee tell it, they've been substantially fortifying security in anticipation of their sparkly guests—and the paparazzi and Twi-hards who will no doubt follow in their wake.
According to Achee, new security measures include vehicle identification requirements and unique photo badges that must be displayed at all times. Moreover, Celtic has enacted a 600 percent increase in the size of the studio's security force—drawing from former Louisiana police and sheriff's department officers—in an effort to thwart potential infiltrators. Says Achee,
“We have increased our number of full-time security personnel from six to twenty-four in the last week. That’s just the beginning of the ramp-up. We’ll be adding two to four more every week.”
In addition, Achee notes, a separate 20-person security force has been added:
“So, we’ll have on property at all times a forty-eight man force. We are not taking security on this property lightly."
Achee goes on to note that trespassing at the studio—which is surrounded by high-resolution security cameras—is a felony punishable by up to six years of hard labor and a $1,000 fine, and Century won't hesitate to prosecute infiltrators, whether they're paparazzi looking to catch a scoop or Twilight fans with innocent intentions:
"I think of this place as a home. You wouldn’t want somebody trespassing in your home, and if you did, you’d defend yourself. That’s what we’re doing here, it doesn’t matter who it is.”
Achee and his crew have reason to be concerned; during Breaking Dawn's shoot in Paraty, Brazil, a fan sneaked into the waterfront estate where the movie was filming, capturing unauthorized footage that, quite naturally, quickly found its way onto the Internet.