Sunday, January 24, 2010

Some excerpts from Live Chat with Peter Facinelli

Peter: I'm very excited to be a part of the Twilight Saga. It's very rare for a movie to have this kind of effect on people and to be a cultural phenomenon.

On Comparisons between his Twilight Character Dr.Cullen & his Nurse Jackie Character Dr.Cooper. 

Peter: Cooper is a lot more energetic and immature than Carlisle
I think the only thing they have in common is they both wear white coats

Peter: I try to do things that I haven't done before - hopefully I'll continue to do so, and continue to surprise the audience and surprise myself

On his taste in Music: 

Peter: I have such an eclectic taste when it comes to music, so that's a very difficult question for me. I'll listen to everything from Eminem to Elvis Presley to The Beatles. Don't have a favorite band that I listen too -- kind of like a little bit of everything. I always sing in the shower. I can play maybe 2 songs on the guitar -- Blackbird (Beatles) and La Bamba.

On playing a Vampire :
Peter:  I think being a vampire is fun because you get to live forever. As an actor, the coolest thing about playing a vampire is that vampires are cool right now, so it's fun to play one.

Any character other than your own in the saga, who would that be and why?
Peter:  Edward, for a bunch of reasons, if I were younger would be a great character to play. If I couldn't play Edward I'm quite happy playing the dad. I don't think the apple falls far from the tree.

On Movies:
Peter:There are some genres I'd like to play in- westers, action, romantic comedy. I don't know what that is -- I like having scripts come to me and they either strike a chord with me or not. When I was younger, I always wanted to play Spiderman...but that didn't happen. There are some things I've been writing, and hopefully I can get financing and make those films My inspriations were Paul Newman and Robert Redford - Saw a movie "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" and those guys looked like they were having a lot of fun and I decided that's what I wanted to do.

Now I like Sean Penn and what he's doing. Gary Oldman. I like to be surprised by an actor - you never know what you're going to get and they don't play the same role. I try to take on contrasting roles, like Carlisle and Cooper.

Is he Team Edward or Team Jacob:
Peter: haha - I gotta go Team Robert. he's my family. I love Taylor, but Rob plays my son so I got to keep it in the family.
But as far as the real actors in the film -- I think they're both immensely talented and I support both of them.

On what else he would like to do in the industry:
Peter: If I could do something else in the entertainment industry I'd be either a director or a writer...I'd have to be able to tell a story one way or another. I'm writing now and hope to direct some day. Would like to do all 3 one day - write, direct and act

On Fight Scenes in Eclipse :
Peter: The fight scenes prep was tedious but fun. I enjoyed it immensely. Going to work and training, doing fight choreography and working out was fun. We had about 5 weeks to prep, so every day we were working really hard.
It wasn't like digging ditches, but it was fun to be able to go in and be a part of that. It became very competitive within the cast.

And Finally:
Peter: I'd love to work with Clint Eastwood, Sean Penn, Denzel Washington, Robert De Niro and Al Pacino. I've been really fortunate to work with some really great, talented people in my career and I'm looking forward to continuing that.

 Many thanks to @spannerviv for sending me the full chat transcript.


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