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With the release of Breaking Dawn Part 2, I had the chance to interview two Volturi guards; the powerful tracker Demetri and super strong Felix, played by Charlie Bewley and Daniel Cudmore respectively.
While their characters, who have been present in the Twilight saga since New Moon, are intimidating, scary and at most times cruel, Charlie and Daniel are of course the complete opposite. Actually, they were quite hilarious and the smiles and constant laughter present during our interview were so unexpected from the usually grim and sly faces that are seen in the films.
“Oh it was terrible!” were the first words to come out of Daniel’s mouth after I asked the two 31-year-olds to describe their experience with the Twilight franchise. Of course, following that response was laughter.
My favourite moment of the interview?
When I began a question stating, “so Twlight has made vampires into desirable love interests instead of the scary creatures they’re supposed to be…” Only to be cut off by Daniel yelling a big “THANK YOU!”
That made my day. ahaha.
Full, unedited Q&A after the picture!
Describe your experience working with one of the largest film franchises of the decade.
Daniel Cudmore: It was a blast, it was fun, I think for me it was one of those things I think is gunna be a clear picture of that adventure, a little year away from it. Right now I think I’m still in the midst of everything that’s going on with this last film, there’s definitely little points where I was like “oh that was awesome”, “that was fun” “that was really cool” and “that was a neat experience.” I think that there’s definitely not any massive, negative things that come to me on my mind.
You said that there was those moments that really stood out to you, is there one in particular to you can describe off the top of your head?
DC: I think what we both talk about most of the time is when we were auditioning—boom—we got the role. We both pretty much got it within the same couple of days. We didn’t know each other, but within I don’t know long—it was like there, you’re filming. We thought it was kind of like, okay that was it for filming, and then it was this phone call saying, alright pack your bags you’re going to Italy. Then you’re going “holy shit” It’s insane, you really feel part of something large when all of a sudden you’re whisked off to this beautiful town in Italy to film something, and I think that’s where we got a grand understanding of the scope of how strong the fandom was. When you’re in this tiny little town on the other side of the world and there’s people from everywhere and ages 15, 16 years old who were by themselves from say Brazil or somewhere like that, and I don’t know how they got out there and how they convinced their parents to let them get out there. I think that was kind of like a big whoa moment like this is something.
So what was your reaction when you first landed your roles, knowing that it was such a big franchise?
DC: I didn’t think anything of it, I was just excited to get another job.
Charlie Bewley: I think it’s just because of the magazine covers that started filling up with these same four, five faces and I was involved in the community in Vancouver and my coach kept talking about this movie and then all the girls on facebook, suddenly you realize it’s a big deal and then you get in your inbox an audition for Twlight and suddenly it’s a big deal. So you start watching the movies and things have really changed.
DC: I think mine was different though, my audition process was different. I had lost out on a role and I was pretty down about it, I really felt like that role that I lost out on was this sort of avenue for me to really move forward in a way that I really wanted to. And then my audition was like a one day play. It was not for the character, it was for a guy who just came in on New Moon who would literally film for one night and that would be it, and so I didnt put more importance on it than anything else. So I went and did it and I didn’t think anything of it, so I just had fun with it and thought” ah nothing’s gunna happen and then got a call saying hey come in and do the call back but it was actually for Felix not the other character and I still went in thinking it was for the other character, so I had five minutes with the material, so I just put it on tape and then filmed it then next day, because I felt like I did a terrible job. I don’t know what tape got there, so I don’t think I had any idea. It just happened so fast and I was like now your working, but I don’t understand the scope of it.
How did you prepare to get into character?
CB: I think that the misconception is that you have to practice being a vampire, but there’s not much vulnerability in vampires. All fears is a fear of death and really when you’re a vampire you don’t fear death, so it’s like there’s no fear. Imagine walking around without any fear, you would just not give a monkeys about anything. So there is the degree of that, obviously we’re part of an establishment and it’s very proper. We got jobs, but there was no real sort of preparation in the real sense, the real work came when you got onto set and you get the head or you get fitted and suddenly you put these contact lenses in and bang—you’re a vampire, there was nothing to take from the books to necessarily warrant any big choices or anything. Or there was not enough meat on the bone in the book for me to think that I’m constricted in any way. Let’s just play an awesome version of myself, how would I be, if I was fearless.
DC: what points can I take from this character that I kinda relate to that’s really what it was. When you’re around other actors, and you’re on the set, you suddenly pick up these sycroncies that definitely stuck.
Twilight has turned vampires from the scary creatures that they used to be into these desirable love interests.
DC: Thank you!
But you guys as the Volturi, keep that scary front.
C: Yeah in this movie you definitely feel that sense when the Volturi are introduced, Tania comes to us and reveals the nature of the immortal child and suddenly Aro has heard all that he needs to hear and he’s looking for any excuse to go after specifically Alice really and then he gets it. But there’s something about the contact lenses, I think they’re oversized for Jamie, Chris and Michael, so it actually makes them look really really strange. Jamie’s really weird looking anyways.
And I felt it, in the cinema you feel like stuff is going to go bad and damn right is should. It’s such a shame at the end of it all that the people who caused all the trouble are the people who went at it.
Did you guys have a particular film that was your favourite?
DC: New Moon because we had a trip to Italy. And it was the beginning of this whole sort of party.
What can fans expect from the final film?
CB: First of all you’ve got all the issues that were brought to attention in part one; with the pregnancy for example and the issue with the love triangle finally becomes resolved.
DC: Like is she or is she not going to be a vampire?
CB: Then you have Bella, it starts of with Bella becoming awesome. Just awesome! And the growth of Renesmee.
DC: And the ever present threat of the Volturi throughout the whole thing. All these new Vampires from these new worlds, there’s just so many different characters and stories that are opened up. Just a great way to end of the series.
Today I interviewed two members from the Canadian pop rock band Faber Drive. (Dave Faber and Jeremy “Krikit” Liddle). A feature piece on them will be in the Fall issue of Faze Magazine.
Read the full interview below:
So Lost In Paradise is your first studio album in three years, what have you been up to during that time?
Faber: Well we went on tour for Can’t Keep a Secret across Canada, and then we’ve been working on this new album Lost in Paradise which just came out out on iTunes and worldwide which is cool. I think we spent almost two years writing that album and we wrote over 60 songs in L.A., Vancouver and Toronto, doing a lot of collaborations with a lot of people. We worked with a bunch of guys; Shawn Desmand, Reem Mega, the boys from Simple Plan, and one of our good buddies Jeff Johnson out in Vancouver. So that’s what we’ve been working on and the album just came out so we’re excited about that.
We saw a transition in your music style, from your Seven Second Surgery album to the 2009 one, will you be staying with this sound for this new album, or did you adapt a new sound would you say?
Faber : I think our first single, “Candy Store” is a quite a bit of a departure from everything for us. It’s a little bit more Jack Johnson and Jason Mraz, chilling on a beach acoustic type vibe, and we are just big fans of music. We love all types of music; we love anything from Metallica to U2, to the Beatles, we’re fans of everything all the way up to Katy Perry and Justin Bieber. We love the band FUN as well. We love country music; actually it’s funny because our guitar player JP, his dad is a famous country guy, his name is Erin Pichett, check him out. He’s a really good country guy. Yeah, we’re fans of all kind of music.
The lyric video for Candy Store is a really neat concept where you got fans to send in their own videos. Where did you guys get that idea from?
Faber: we got it from this guy over here. With the hair.
Krikit: Yeah, I was just driving my car one day and trying to think about through social media and stuff how it really opens up your reach as a band. So now we have fans from all over the world who will probably never have the chance to be in a Faber Drive video so it’s just an idea that we had, you know, why not send out the word and let these fans send in pictures of themselves holding signs that they made with the lyrics to the song and just take them and animate them all together so that it goes throughout the course of the sound.
Nice, so you had a great response from that right? From all around the world?
K: Yeah we ended up getting in over 500 pictures sent in.
Do you have plans to create a full music video soon for any of your singles?
F: Yeah we just did a video for Candy Store and it features Phoebe from MuchMusic and a guy named Dash who’s awesome. He’s kind of the main the dude in the video, and we shot that maybe a week ago.
What are your plans for the future?
F: We definitely want to tour across Canada, throughout the world. Right now, Candy Store is blowing up in Indonesia of all places, which is actually kind of cool, because I’m partially Indonesian, like 1/16th. We’re hoping to tour in Indonesia. We’ve got a record in South Africa, hopefully going to tour over there. Maybe the States, the UK, bunch of places.
If there was one artist or one group that you could tour with, who would it be any why?
F: I would love to tour with U2 but I don’t know if that would match so well. U2 is my all time favourite band. The boys of Hedley are always fun to tour with. Who would you like to tour with Krik?
K: I like Green Day, amazing band to tour with. I’ve been a fan of them since I was about 12-years-old.
Where do you find your inspiration for writing songs and creating music?
F: Just day-to-day life, things that happen to us whether it’s relationships or just feeling good or feeling frustrated. The song Too Little Too Late is kind of about people talking down to you, and you’re just working your best, doing your best and you believe in yourself. And I think that’s a big thing, a lot of people let other people take them down, I think that God believes in us and we need to believe in ourselves and we can go a long way if we don’t let “haters” take us down.
Make sure you grab a copy of Lost in Paradise, and check out Faber Drive’s latest music video for Candy Store Ft. Ish: