July 13, 2009

New Moon as a "Renaissance Painting": Christopher Heyerdahl (Marcus) Reveals New Moon Details

ScifiWire has an exclusive Q&A with Christopher Heyerdahl, who plays Marcus in New Moon. Here is an excerpt where he talks about his role:
"He's one of the oldest vampires on the planet, and who doesn't want to play a 3,000-year-old vampire?" Heyerdahl said. "The cast that I get to work with, like Michael Sheen. ... We had so much fun goofing off together. It was an absolute hoot. Director Chris Weitz's version for this piece is like a Renaissance painting. The images were absolutely beautiful, and the character is such a tragic old fellow."

Heyerdahl adds: "Here's how I approach him. When Marcus is brought in, he's there against his will. He and his love tried to leave an awfully long time ago. Through a series of tragic circumstances, the love of his life was killed, and he's now being forced to stay and use his powers for the betterment of the Volturi. He's not exactly there, waking up and looking forward to eternity.

When Edward and Bella come walking in, his ability to sense the power of their connection is something that wakes him up, brings him back from the boredom of that eternal life and sparks something in him that brings Marcus as close to excitement as he can get. That idea has to be contained and expressed as little as possible to his rather power-hungry captain-in-arms, Aro, which makes for a rather interesting conflict. You might not know it, but Marcus is pretty darn excited by this love that he witnesses. At the same time, it causes him great pain with the memory of what he had and lost. It was very complex to play, especially when you are doing it with so few lines. It will be interesting to see how it is cut together."
Wow, I can't wait for this movie!! Read the rest of the interview here.

[via New Moon Movie]


  1. Wow! I agree with you TCA, I want to see this movie now sooo badly!!!xD I never realized that Marcus gets THAT much excited about Bella&Edward because to me, he always seemed so unimpressed from just everything that happens around him, even the love between a vampire and a human. Nice from Mr. Heyerdahl to make this clearer to me and perhaps to others too. =)

  2. I like how Mr. Heyerdahl approached the character, very good insight.

    I can't stand it,
    I want to enjoy my summer but I'm gonna scream if Nov. doesn't get here soon! How beautiful is Edward gonna look if the film asthetic is Renaissance painting inspired? Crazy excited!!!

  3. Sounds fantastic. I can't wait.

  4. I think that actors who take smaller parts seriously (or not) can help catapult a movie from 'good' to 'great' or from 'great' to 'awesome.'

    EVERYONE is important, not just (in this case) for setting up 'Breaking Dawn' but for what we'll see in NM, too.

    I love reading the insight and study members of the Volturi have given their roles. I loved reading this and also the interview with Charlie Bewley a number of weeks ago.

    Way to go with the casting, Chris/Summit! Can't wait . . . REALLY can't wait!! :)

  5. Can't wait!! One of many characters that will need great physical/emotional acting, do to the few lines, I'm sure Christopher did an amazing job, luv him in the Sanctuary!!

  6. Holy smokes. I never even thought of Marcus as anything more then filler for the pages. Wow!

    I hope editing doesn't chop this story to death like Twilight was! So far, so good. I'm wishing Chris could stay on for Eclipse.

  7. I really wish that Steph would put out her Saga guide, I wonder if she explains a lot more behind each character in it. I would imagine that is where the directors have gotten more insight to share with the actors.

    I really am looking forward to this movie. Come on November! The heat is driving me bonkers anyways!

  8. I think I saw that the Saga guide release has been pushed back to December 2010!!! UGH!

    I can't remember where I saw that, but within the past 6 weeks, I saw it somewhere. Was it amazon.com? I'm not sure.

  9. Did anyone notice that he said something about being contracted for Breaking Dawn?? It is me creating things or is it true?? I love this interview! He seems so real and unique! I agree sometimes small parts make a difference in the movie!


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