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Exclusive: Robert Pattinson almost got fired from first ‘Twilight’ film

Meriah Doty
Movie Talk
November 2, 2012

Robert Pattinson was so overzealous in the early days of production on the "Twilight" series that, he says, "I almost got fired."

The 26-year-old star, who can laugh about the situation now, told Yahoo! Movies on Thursday that while working on the first film he took his method acting to such a "serious" level that "I was fighting with everybody in control all the time… to the point where I almost got fired."

When asked what he would tell himself when he was first cast in the series -- if he had the ability -- Pattinson expressed he has no regrets -- except for the level of intensity he brought to his co-workers early on as he was playing an angst-ridden teenage vampire. "I was so determined to make it so serious," he recalls of that initial Twilight film.

[Yahoo! Movies Exclusive: Stewart and Pattinson want to work together again]

Indeed, Pattinson is also known to have butted heads with series creator Stephenie Meyer early on over character motivation. During the interview on Thursday, he indicated the onscreen payoff was worth it: "I like the first one having been so wrought."

Bent on being intense when he first got the part of vampire Edward Cullen, Pattinson moved to Oregon (one of the filming locations of the movie) and is said to have taken method acting to new heights for a teen movie -- isolating himself from the rest of the cast to get deeper into character. (He isolated himself from his family and friends too.) Pattinson also trained five hours a day learning how to do fight scenes and play baseball -- a favorite Cullen sport.

The prospect of getting fired may have seemed real to Pattinson because he got the axe on an acting gig just a few years prior. He was fired from a London play in 2005. Pattinson has since said in interviews that the experience was a good thing -- that he was let go because he was "trying to take risks."

[Related: Kristen Stewart keeps rings as keepsake from 'Twilight']

Another reason Pattinson may have been sensitive on the set of the first "Twilight" is because he wasn't originally intended for the role of Edward. Henry Cavill -- who is starring as Superman in 2013's "Man of Steel" -- was "Twilight" creator Stephenie Meyer's first choice for the role. But by the time filming began, Cavill was 25-years-old and much too mature looking to play a 17-year-old-looking vampire.

Check back for more from Yahoo! Movies' extensive interviews with the cast and creators of "Twilight" as they discuss the final film, it's mind-blowing ending and memories as they say goodbye to the popular series.

"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2" opens in theaters November 16. Yahoo! Movies is live-streaming the red carpet premiere on Monday November 12 at 7:30 p.m. ET/ 4:30 p.m. PT. The online event will incorporate fan participation through Yahoo! Movies' various social media sites, including Facebook and Twitter.

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