This GIF started making the rounds on the internet after it popped up in a BuzzFeed gallery of awkward moments last week, but it’s the first I’ve ever seen it! Taken while filming The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, it shows stars Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner having a… shall we say, awkward moment. It’s so bizarre, it’ll make you stop surfing the internet for a sec and just wonder, How did they get to this moment? One thing’s for sure, for all the on-set shenanigans we’ve heard from the Harry Potter and Hunger Games kids, not much matches this.
It’s downright hilarious! Even the normally emotionless K. Stew looks to be smirking to herself as she pets Taylor’s head while he stands in for his wolf alter ego. In fact, this GIF may be cheesier than the end result, those fake-looking wolfs with their overdramatic thoughtspeak.
So how did this golden moment of filmmaking come about? USA Today uncovered the whole thing back in 2010, while interviewing the starring trio:
Yet the few extra bucks seem to have paid off, especially with the effects. Even Lautner’s CG wolf alter-ego is more adorable than in New Moon. ”Yeah,” says the actor, sheepishly. “It was very cuddly. I don’t know if that’s what we were aiming for.”
He waffles over the wisdom of sharing an anecdote about the scene in which the vicious horse-sized beast sweetly nuzzles Bella and she scratches his ear. After a little coaxing, he relents.
“That day I came on set and put on this tight gray spandex suit …”
“There is dialogue and I talk to him,” Stewart explains. “I said, ‘How am I going to do this without Taylor?’ ” So instead of the actress pretending that a massive computer-animated wolf was nearby, Lautner volunteered to be its stand-in.
“Basically, it looked like a Teletubby,” he continues about his outfit. “I had this circle on the face but everything else was covered. It was weird. But, yeah, I stood there and would literally bend over …”
“I would actually pet his head,” Stewart adds.
Amazing. The Twilight cast should do a better job of highlighting the awkward moments in their movies. I still remember laughing myself silly when someone says to Bella, “You run with the Cullens?” and Kristen deadpans, “You can’t really run with vampires.” These movies know how ridiculous they are, and they really should embrace that more often.