Taylor Lautner shirtless in Rio honeymoon?
Don't bet on Taylor Lautner shirtless or fully dressed showing up in the next few days to shoot The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 in Rio de Janeiro, reports to the contrary notwithstanding. Along with fellow Twilight Saga players Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner would be flying next Friday to Rio according to the daily newspaper O Globo's gossip/local news column “Gente Boa” (“Cool People”).
However, Lautner's announced presence in Rio could be merely a case of the “Gente Boa” writer(s) being unaware that in Breaking Dawn the Twilight love triangle is downsized to a twosome. That's when Pattinson's Edward Cullen and Stewart's Bella Swan-Cullen spend their furniture-smashing honeymoon on a tropical islet off the coast of Rio. A fateful (or fruitful, depending on your take) honeymoon that, quite appropriately, leads to a bone-smashing fetus later in the story.
No Brazilian honeymoon threesome
So, Taylor Lautner plays no role in the Cullens' steamy Brazilian honeymoon. Else, Breaking Dawn would inevitably get an NC-17 rating in the United States and would likely be banned in dozens of countries. In good old family friendly manner, Lautner's Jacob Black is left behind moping in rainy Forks, Washington, while Bella and Edward frolic in sunny Brazil.
Now, why is Taylor Lautner shirtless all the time in the Twilight movies? Well, that's because Jacob Black is a werewolf / shapeshifter; which makes his body temperature soar. Also, shirts can be expensive. If Jacob wore them, he'd be ripping to pieces a whole collection every couple of days or so.
Well, why then is Taylor Lautner shirtless but not shortless in the Twilight movies? Obvious answer: So Summit Entertainment can avoid an R rating in the United States (and the R-rating equivalent elsewhere). Of course, depending on which parts of Lautner's body would have been displayed in Jacob's shortlessness, we could be talking about the even more restrictive NC-17 rating.
Breaking Dawn - Part 1 cast
In addition to Taylor Lautner, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson (only seen shirtless in New Moon), Breaking Dawn - Part 1 features both the usual Twi-actors and numerous newcomers: Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Kellan Lutz, Nikki Reed, Ashley Greene, Billy Burke, Dakota Fanning, Jackson Rathbone, Michael Sheen, Christian Camargo, Mia Maestro, Anna Kendrick, Michael Welch, Booboo Stewart, Maggie Grace, and MyAnna Buring.
Written by Melissa Rosenberg and based on the first half of Stephenie Meyer's final Twilight novel, the Bill Condon-directed Breaking Dawn - Part 1 opens Nov. 18, 2011.
Taylor Lautner shirtless photo: Summit Entertainment.
Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson in David Slade's The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Bill Condon, Robert Pattinson, and Kristen Stewart will be traveling to Rio de Janeiro in November for an intense five-day shoot of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn.
According to RioFilme director/president Sérgio Sá Leitão on his Twitter page, “we've made it possible to film Breaking Dawn in Rio. In order to bring in more investments, promote the city, and make the movie more realistic.”
Brazilian companies Total e Zoar will handle the production in Rio, as reported in the Rio daily O Globo, while “sources close to the production” claim that Rio's old Lapa neighborhood (in the not-too-distant past well known for its male and transvestite sex workers) and an islet off the coast of the state of Rio (outside the city proper) would be Isle Esme, where Edward Cullen and Bella Swan spend their fateful honeymoon.
(The islets off the coast of the colonial town of Paraty had been mentioned as strong possibilities for Isle Esme. Now, why'd they be filming Breaking Dawn scenes in Lapa is unclear, since the city of Rio is barely mentioned in Stephenie Meyer's novel.)
In that newspaper, Leitão explains that “we want to consolidate Rio's position as Brazil's top destination for foreign producers. The city will be portrayed in a very positive manner in [Breaking Dawn], a blockbuster that will be seen by millions of people all over the world, promoting Rio [that way].”
As per an unconfirmed report in O Globo's gossip/local news column “Cool People,” Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart would be flying down to Rio next Friday, Nov. 5, to check out the area while staying at the posh Copacabana Palace. Actual filming would take place later in the month.
Answering a query about the possibility of Pattinson and Stewart taking part at a local Twilight fan event, Leitão tweeted that it would be impossible for security reasons.
“We want everything to run smoothly and according to schedule,” he added. “It's a movie shoot, not a media junket. [Filming] conditions are determined by the producers.”
Leitão also stated that “every security measure will be taken to ensure a smooth shoot. Both the city and the state governments will provide the necessary support.”
According to reports released in late summer, Summit Entertainment had been considering filming part of Breaking Dawn in Rio, but Summit executives had changed their minds following a slum gang vs. police shootout that left one person dead in one of Rio's upscale neighborhoods.
Negotiations had begun in 2009 in Los Angeles. Breaking Dawn “producers” (and/or Summit executives) had been scouting the Rio area since last July.
According to Leitão, Breaking Dawn's five-day shoot will add US$2 million to Rio's economy.
Last week, Leitão announced that Fast Five would be filming in Rio in November as well.
Photo: The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (Kimberley French / Summit Entertainment)
Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson in David Slade's The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (top); Rio de Janeiro's Marina da Glória with Sugar Loaf in the background (upper middle); Paraty-Mirim (lower middle); Lapa and Rio's business center (bottom)
RioFilme's Sergio Sá Leitão has tweeted that most rumors about the filming of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn in Rio are “baseless.”
Yet, a Nov. 3 report in the Brazilian celebrity magazine Revista Quem affirms that Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner – apparently on leave of absence from the Baton Rouge, Louisiana, set – arrive in Brazil on Friday, Nov. 5, aboard a chartered jet landing at Rio de Janeiro's Antônio Carlos Jobim International Airport. (Note that there's no mention of director Bill Condon. Not enough of a celebrity?)
Written by Priscila Bessa, the report asserts that Pattinson, Stewart, and Lautner will be there to begin filming their Breaking Dawn scenes – and not just to check out the area as per earlier reports.
On Sunday (Nov. 7), they're supposed to film in the historic Lapa district adjacent to downtown Rio's business center, which will be closed off to locals.
Following that, Pattinson, Stewart, and Lautner (is that honeymoon gonna be turned into a three-way or what?) will head to the colonial town of Paraty a couple of hours south of Rio to continue filming in the Paraty-Mirim area, described as “a paradisiacal beach near an Indian reservation which should also be used as a backdrop in the feature film.”
Bessa adds that it's possible – though it hasn't been confirmed – that Breaking Dawn scenes will also be filmed at the Marina da Glória, across the bay from the Sugar Loaf.
Pattinson, Stewart, and Lautner would be staying at the luxurious Copacabana Palace, which, according to the report, will be gated in to prevent fans from getting near its guests. Additionally, the hotel is considering barring all non-guests from the swimming-pool area.
The Breaking Dawn cast and crew should remain in Brazil until November 14-15.
Pattinson, Stewart, and Lautner, poor things, are also supposed to meet with Rio's mayor Eduardo Paes, a meeting initially set for Wed., Nov. 10, though date and place are now up in the air.
Disclaimer: I'm unfamiliar with Revista Quem, so I've no idea about the accuracy of this report. It's certainly quite detailed – I'd never even heard of an Indian reservation anywhere near Rio.
Now, I find it curious that Fast Five will also be shot in the Lapa district in the next few days. Does that mean Vin Diesel will make a guest appearance at Edward and Bella's honeymoon?
Scratch that. I'd rather not start any more rumors.
Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart's hair & shoulder in David Slade's The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Without specifying which “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn in Rio” rumors, RioFilme's director/president Sérgio Sá Leitão tweeted on Monday that all the news he has – and that he can mention publicly – are those he posted last Saturday.
Leitão added that “most of the rumors are baseless.”
Whether those include Taylor Lautner coming to Brazil and/or Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart arriving next Friday to stay at the Copacabana Palace hotel remains unclear.
Leitão also tweeted that “the Rio Film Commission is working hard to provide ideal filming conditions for the Fast Five and Breaking Dawn production companies.”
Vin Diesel, currently in Rio for the Fast Five shoot, is a top trending topic on Twitter today.
Photo: The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (Summit Entertainment)
Photo: The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (Kimberley French / Summit Entertainment)
Nov. 5, '10, update: Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart – but no mention of Taylor Lautner (or of director Bill Condon, for that matter) – have arrived in Rio de Janeiro to shoot scenes for Summit Entertainment's film adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's bestseller The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn.
Pattinson and Stewart were escorted by four police cars from Rio's international airport to the Copacabana Palace hotel facing the Atlantic Ocean.
According to Rio's daily O Globo, hundreds of fans awaited the two Breaking Dawn stars outside the hotel to no avail. Their idols got in through a secondary entrance.
Filming of Breaking Dawn scenes should begin on Sunday in downtown's Rio historical (and bohemian) Lapa district.
In a few days, Pattinson and Stewart should fly out by helicopter to Paraty, a tiny colonial town located just south of Rio, where they'll shoot Edward Cullen and Bella Swan Cullen's honeymoon on Isle Esme.
The site Ego, hosted by Globo, has published shots of Pattinson and Stewart looking out the hotel window. Stewart looks like a ghostly apparition from a horror movie – not because she's ugly (c'mon!), but because she can barely be seen behind the (tinted?) glass.
Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen, Kristen Stewart as Bella Swan in David Slade's blockbuster The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (top); Rio de Janeiro's Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, with Ipanema and Leblon separating the lagoon from the Atlantic Ocean (bottom)
Revista Quem's Priscila Bessa, who apparently has some good contacts either at RioFilme or with one of the Brazilian production companies handling the Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn shoot in Rio (or perhaps at the mighty Summit Entertainment itself), asserts that Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, and (one assumes) director Bill Condon arrive tomorrow (Nov. 5) at approximately 10 a.m. aboard a commercial flight (not a chartered jet as reported yesterday) at Rio's Antônio Carlos Jobim International Airport.
They should disembark on the runway, so as to avoid the paparazzi and possible throngs of fans. The article does not explain why Lautner, whose character Jacob Black doesn't play a role in the fateful honeymoon in Stephenie Meyer's novel, will be going to Rio.
Bessa adds that in addition to filming in the Lapa district (downtown Rio's historical section) on Sunday (Nov. 7), the Breaking Dawn stars will shoot a now-confirmed sequence at Marina da Glória, across the bay from the Sugar Loaf.
Apparently, that's where Pattinson's speed-maniac Edward should put to good use his boat-piloting skills so as to take Stewart's Bella Swan Cullen to Isle Esme – which will be located somewhere on the coast of Paraty-Mirim, a couple of hours' drive south of the city of Rio de Janeiro.
Pattinson and Stewart (and Lautner?), however, will not reach Paraty-Mirim by boat. Instead, they should hop on a helicopter at the Lagoa (see photo) heliport on Monday.
Bessa says that the Breaking Dawn stars will possibly have to fly out to Paraty and back again to Rio on a daily basis, as the production companies haven't yet found adequate accommodations in the Paraty area. (In Rio, they'll be staying at the posh Copacabana Palace.)
Pattinson, Stewart, and Lautner (if he's indeed tagging along) will have Friday and Saturday free.
They should leave Brazil between Nov. 12-14, depending on how quickly filming goes.
Note: Revista Quem is a celebrity/gossip magazine that belongs to the Brazilian conglomerate Globo, which also owns one of Rio's top dailies and Brazil's no. 1 television network.
I haven't found anywhere else any confirmation about the Friday arrival, Lautner's trip, or filming dates/locations. An e-mail to the newspaper O Globo has gone unanswered.
On his Twitter page, RioFilme president-director Sérgio Sá Leitão – whose company, along with the Rio Film Commission, brought Breaking Dawn to Rio – wrote the following:
Sorry, guys … But I really can't give out any more details about Breaking Dawn. I hope you'll understand. Only Summit can talk about the film.
As an aside, Leitão also tweeted that Fast Five, which stars Vin Diesel, will begin filming shortly – as in within hours (or minutes) – at Arpoador Beach, which borders Ipanema Beach.