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No one expected the director of The Notebook to follow one of the most romantic movies of all-time with a gritty true crime drama.

But that’s exactly what Nick Cassavetes did in 2007 with Alpha Dog, a film inspired by the events leading up to the 2000 murder of 15-year-old Nicholas Markowitz over a dispute between his half-brother and drug dealer Jesse James Hollywood, who’s serving a life sentence for the crime. For the movie, Cassavetes assembled a cast of up-and-coming actors, including Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster, Olivia Wilde and Amanda Seyfried, as well as pop star Justin Timberlake. (Sadly, Anton Yelchin, who played Zack Mazursky, the character inspired by Markowitz, died in a freak accident at the age of 27 in 2016.)

While Alpha Dog made just $32 million at the box office after it was released on Jan. 12, 2007, it proved to be a launching pad for its young stars, who’ve gone on to earn Oscar nominations, direct hit films and even co-star again in big-budget flicks. 

See what the star-studded cast of Alpha Dog is up to now.

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Emile Hirsch

Hirsch followed up his breakout role in The Girl Next Door by playing Johnny Truelove, the movie’s “alpha dog” who was inspired by Jesse James Hollywood. He went on to star in Into the Wild, Speed Racer, Milk and Lone Survivor. More recently, the 36-year-old actor portrayed Jay Sebring in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Hirsh checked into rehab and spent 15 days in jail in 2015, when he was charged with misdemeanor assault after choking a woman at the Sundance Film Festival that year.

“I’m still just so sorry for what happened and still just shocked even that it happened,” Hirsh said on the Happy Sad Confused podcast the following year. “Also, grateful in a way that you know it gave me an opportunity to make my life a lot better and to do some of the things that helped me in finding ways of just clarity.”

Hirsch is the father of an 8-year-old son, Valor, though he has never publicly revealed the mother’s identity. 

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Justin Timberlake

The pop superstar and former ‘N Sync member made one of his first major acting appearances as Frankie “Nuts” Ballenbacher, Johnny’s right-hand man. Following Alpha Dog, Timberlake put his music career on pause to focus on movies, starring in The Social Network, Bad Teacher, Friends With Benefits and In Time. He has also lent his famous vocals to the Trolls franchise.

In 2013, Timberlake returned to music and has released three hit albums, and his book, Hindsight & All the Things I Can’t See In Front of Me, was released in 2018.

Timberlake, 40, married Jessica Biel in 2012 and the couple have two sons, Silas, 6, and Phineas, who was born in 2020.

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Ben Foster

The Six Feet Under star also joined the X-Men franchise as Angel the same year he starred as Jake Mazursky, the older brother of Anton Yelchin’s character, Zack.

Known for his method approach to acting—he added glaucoma drops to his eyes to play a drug addict in Alpha Dog—the 41-year-old has earned praise for his performances in gritty dramas like 3:10 to Yuma, Hell or High Water and The Program, in which he portrayed Lance Armstrong. He reunited on-screen with Hirsch in 2013’s Lone Survivor

After ending his engagement to actress Robin Wright in 2015, Foster married Orange Is the New Black star Laura Prepon in 2018 and the couple have two children, daughter Ella, 4, and a son born in 2020.

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Olivia Wilde

Shortly after her breakout performance as Alex on The O.C., Wilde played Angela, Johnny’s girlfriend. The same year, Wilde began her four-year run on Fox’s hit medical drama House before going on to star in blockbuster movies such as Tron, In Time and Cowboys & Aliens.

The 37-year-old has since moved behind the camera, directing movies like Booksmart and the upcoming drama Don’t Worry Darling. Wilde is also set to direct a female-fronted superhero movie for Marvel. 

She was in a nine-year relationship with Jason Sudeikis, and they welcomed two children together, Otis and Daisy. Following their breakup in 2020, Wilde made headlines when she began dating Harry Styles

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Amanda Seyfried

The Mean Girl star began her acclaimed four-season stint on HBO’s Big Love the same year she co-starred as Julie Beckley, Zack’s girlfriend. 

After leaving critically acclaimed drama, Seyfried went on to star in Mamma Mia! (and its 2018 sequel), Jennifer’s Body, Dear John and Letters to Juliet. She reunited on-screen with Timberlake in the sci-fi thriller In Time and Seyfried earned her first Oscar nomination in 2012 for her turn as Cosette in the film adaptation of the musical Les Misérables. The 36-year-old would be nominated again in 2020 for her performance in Mank. Seyfried will next portray controversial Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes in the Hulu miniseries The Dropout

After getting married in 2017, Seyfried and her The Last Word co-star Thomas Sadoski have welcomed two children, daughter Nina, 4, and 1-year-old son, Thomas.

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Amber Heard

After her small role in Alpha Dog as one of Julie’s friends, Heard would go on to appear in Never Back Down, Pineapple Express, The Rum Diary, Machete Kills and Magic Mike XXL. Heard joined the DC Universe in 2017 as Mera, starring as the Atlantean queen in Justice League, Aquaman and the upcoming Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom

The 35-year-old was married to Johnny Depp for 15 months, with their acrimonious breakup in 2017 turning into one of the biggest (and ongoing) celebrity divorce dramas in recent history

In July of last year, Heard revealed she welcomed daughter Oonagh Paigh several months earlier, writing on her Instagram, “I’m so excited to share this news with you. Four years ago, I decided I wanted to have a child. I wanted to do it on my own terms.”

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Bruce Willis

The action film star played Sonny Truelove, Johnny’s father and marijuana supplier. He’d go on to star in The Expendables franchise, Moonrise Kingdom, Split and Glass. The 66-year-old reprised his iconic character John McClane in 2013’s A Good Day to Die Hard

Willis has three daughters—Rumer, 33, Scout, 30, and Tallulah, 27—with ex-wife Demi Moore and two daughters—Mabel, 9, and Evelyn, 7—with model Emma Heming, whom he married in 2009. The co

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Sharon Stone

The screen legend joined the cast as Olivia Mazursky, Zack’s mother, the same year she starred in the sequel to her 1992 hit film Basic Instinct. Stone also appeared in Bobby, Lovelace and The Disaster Artist. The 63-year-old actress earned an Emmy in 2010 for her guest appearance on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and starred in Netflix’s Ratched. She’ll next appear in HBO Max’s The Flight Attendant, joining its second season as the mother of Kaley Cuoco‘s lead character. She released her New York Times bestselling memoir, The Beauty of Living Twice, last year.

Stone has three sons, Roan, 20, Laird, 15, and Quinn, 12.

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Let the Green M&M Be Daddy’s Nasty Little Slut

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The recent push to rebrand corporate logos to be more inclusive has, for the most part, been a good thing. Making Barbie more body-positive? Great. Renaming Aunt Jemima syrup? About damn time. Yet in brands’ fervent quest to capture youth audiences and capture the woke zeitgeist, they may be going just a little bit too far. Case in point: the slut-shaming of the green M&M.

Essentially, this is what happened: the CEO of Mars Wrigley, the company that makes M&Ms, announced today that it would be revamping the characters to make them more “current” and “representative of our consumer” (presumably, people united by their willingness to ignore the fact that they’re eating shittier Reese’s Pieces). How do they plan on doing this, you ask? By replacing the characters’ footwear.

This distinction is pretty negligible for the male characters (CNN goes into detail about the changes, but frankly they are men, and thus I don’t really care). For the female characters, however, the changes are apparent and formidable. The brown M&M’s heels have been lowered to a more sensible Alexis Neiers-esque kitten heel, while the green M&M’s signature go-go boots have been swapped out for non-descript white sneakers, the kind that Melanie Griffith’s character in Working Girl changes into on the subway to signal she’s a Girlboss with a head for business and a bod for sin. Let the river run, ladies! (Mars Wrigley did not immediately return a request for comment.)

For those familiar with the iconography of the green M&M, this change is nothing more than tectonic. I imagine it is similar to how the people of Wittenberg must have felt watching Martin Luther nail his 95 Theses of the Protestant Reformation to the church door. But it is also a major error on Mars Wrigley’s part, because the green M&M being a dirty slut, as signified by her iconic white go-go boots, is precisely what has engendered her a devoted fan base, particularly among similarly libidinous women and gay men who have embraced the character. Consider, for instance, this ad where she does erotic ASMR for no reason other than to give the male M&Ms a massive boner, then feigns ignorance at the impact her performance has. Can we, or should we, attempt to put a cap on such virulent, untrammeled female sexuality? Can you stop the wind from blowing? Can you prevent a dog from vomiting after eating too much cheese? Can you keep Twitter libs from being self-righteous about adhering to COVID protocols? No, you cannot.

The green M&M has spent decades building her brand as a horny, sexy bitch, and for what? For her creators to give her Larry David footwear in the name of feminism? For Mars Wrigley to give themselves pats on the back and big fat fucking raises at the next corporate retreat in Palo Alto? Guess what: the green M&M is a feminist, and she’s a dirty slut. We are real, and we exist, and we refuse to tolerate this disgusting attempt at erasure. We are given so little, and we have tolerated so much. Let the green M&M keep her go-go boots. Let her get blackout and suck dick in the bathroom at Acme on a Wednesday. This is what we want. This is what we deserve. This is what she deserves

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How John Mayer Helped Return Bob Saget’s Body to California After His Death

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In addition to retrieving Saget’s car from LAX, John Mayer also helped the Full House star return home to California in a very heartwarming way. Find out more below.

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John Mayer paid for a private plane to transport Bob Saget‘s body back to California after his death, E! News has learned.  

On Jan. 9, the Full House star died in his hotel room in Orlando, Fla., while on his stand-up comedy tour. Saget’s funeral was held five days later in Los Angeles with many of his famous friends in attendance. He was 65.  

But Mayer didn’t just fund the flight. Joined by comedian Jeff Ross, the singer also retrieved Saget’s car, which was parked at Los Angeles International Airport. While on their drive home, the pair remembered their “rock star” friend in a poignant Instagram Live.  

While speaking about Saget and the personal impact he had on Mayer’s life, the singer quickly became emotional. 

“I really loved the guy,” he said. “He was a comic before he was anything else. You know, I’ve heard from a thousand comics in the last couple days and he loved making people happy. It didn’t matter who you were. It didn’t matter your stature, your status. Bob was a rock star without an assistant. Bob was a single dad for a long time. He raised three amazing, amazing people and he somehow took his TV family and also made them his real family, which is unheard of.” 

He added, “I’ve just never known a human being on this earth who could give that much love individually and completely to that many people in a way that made each person feel like he was a main character in their life and they were a main character in his life.” 

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Shortly after Saget’s death, Mayer shared a collection of photos of the pair together and penned a moving tribute to him on Instagram.  

“I’ve met many people in my life, but when Bob crossed my path, I just held onto him, and I wasn’t letting go. I just knew he was the realest thing,” he wrote in part. “I would like you to know that the man you hope was as lovely as you think was way beyond what you can ever imagine. He was impossibly kind. And generous. And loving. And I have more to say so please let me do like one more of these, okay? It’s just the way it’s gonna be.” 

He concluded the post by writing, “I love you, Bob. I will never forget you. I will visit you often in my memories, and I hope I get to see you in my dreams. I will tell my kids about you. I’m taking you with me forever.” 

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Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart’s Twilight Audition Was Wilder Than You Thought

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From the very beginning, Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke knew that casting was going to be tough. While teenager Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) was locked in early on, finding the perfect actor to portray vampire Edward Cullen was a little trickier. 

On the Jan. 19 episode of Spotify’s The Big Hit Show podcast, Catherine looked back on the moment Kristen auditioned with Robert Pattinson. In just a short amount of time, she knew something special was brewing. 

“I wanted somebody that didn’t seem like a real person,” she explained to host Alex Pappademas. “Who is that going to be? This vampire has lived for 90-something years. He’s ethereal, he’s special, he’s unique, he’s internal, he’s brooding, he’s everything, you know, iconic.”

Catherine described in detail the first audition Rob and Kristen had together, in the bedroom of her house.

“They did the kissing scene and he fell off and landed right there on this floor,” she recalled while giving a tour of her Venice Beach house. “Rob was so into it, he fell off the bed. I’m like, ‘Dude, calm down.’ And I’m in there filming with my little video camera, you know, whatever.” 

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At the end of the audition, Catherine recalled Kristen pushing for Rob to get the role. “I could tell they had a lot of chemistry,” she said. “And I thought, ‘Oh my god, Kristen was 17, I don’t want to get in some illegal thing.’ So I remember I told Rob, ‘By the way, Kristen is 17. In our country, it’s illegal for them to have sexual relations.’ And he’s like, ‘Oh, OK, whatever.'” At the time, Robert was 21. 

While the two actors weren’t romantically involved when they first started filming the movie, they began dating in the middle of 2009 and eventually broke up in 2013. 

Kristen recently recalled her instant chemistry with Robert in a November profile for The New Yorker.

“It was so clear who worked,” she said. “[He had an] intellectual approach that was combined with ‘I don’t give a f–k about this, but I’m going to make this sing.’ And I was like, ‘Ugh, same.'”

For even more secrets behind the making of Twilight, keep scrolling

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1. When first writing Twilight, screenwriter Mark Lord recalled fears that the male audience wouldn’t be interested. “They wanted to take the concept [of Romeo and Juliet with vampires] and build in a structure that was far more a cinematic structure,” he shared on The Big Hit Show podcast. “And they wanted to just put in more action to advance it more and give something more for the male audience. They thought they were going to lose the male audience with too much of a romance.”

2. Director Catherine Hardwicke quickly made the writers pivot after throwing the script into the trash. “The original script literally had Bella on jet skis being chased by the FBI,” she recalled. “She was a star athlete. Nothing to do with the book.”

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3. Paramount and MTV initially had acquired the film rights to Twilight, with the original script making significant changes to the book. “It had veered very far from the book, and so I did not like it at all,” Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke revealed to CinemaBlend. After three years, Paramount released the rights and then-independent film studio Summit Entertainment, immediately picked them up.

4. Stephenie Meyer had some strict guidelines when it came to the adaptation of her source material. She didn’t want any stereotypical vampire elements added in and demanded that Edward’s “so the lion fell in love with the lamb” line make it into the final version. She also stepped in to have Kellan Lutz take over the role of Emmett when she didn’t agree with the initial casting choice and asked to have Bella and Edward’s first kiss toned down. Of stepping in to put her foot down, Meyer told EW, “That’s hard for me, but I’m glad of every time I did it and I don’t think I stepped on too many toes and everyone seems to still like me.”

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5. According to Summit’s then-Head of Production Erik Feig, book author Stephanie Meyer was adamant that her vampires didn’t have fangs. “The negotiated language says, ‘No actor playing a vampire will have canine incisors longer than those found in the average human being,'” he recalled on Spotify’s The Big Hit Show podcast. “And that to me is… I love that line.” 

6. Director Catherine Hardwicke knew she found her Bella when watching Sean Penn‘s film, Into the Wild. “I see Kristen…with all that longing and just lusting for Emile [Hirsch] And I’m like, ‘Oh my God, that is so what I felt from the book. This girl that has so much longing, and it’s so contained, and just repressed longing, but it was so palpable.’ So I thought, oh, it’s got to be Kristen.” 

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7. Some soon-to-be-major actresses (including some who would also become faces of their own respective franchises) that auditioned for Bella Swan included Emily Browning (Meyer’s early first choice), Michelle TrachtenbergLily Collins and Jennifer Lawrence

“I didn’t really know what it was,” Lawrence later said on The Howard Stern Show of her Twilight audition. “You just get like five pages [at the audition] and they’re like, ‘Act monkey.’ And when it came out I was like, ‘Hot damn. Whoa!'”

8. Based on a suggestion from Emile Hirsch, who starred opposite Kristen Stewart in Into the Wild and was in Hardwicke’s Lords of Dogtown, the director zeroed in on Stewart for the role, despite the actress initially having no interest in the project upon hearing the synopsis. But after meeting with Hardwicke and going through the script together, Stewart quickly changed her mind. 

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9. Over 5,000 actors reportedly went out for the role of Edward Cullen, including Dave Franco, Jamie Campbell Bower (who would go on to play Caius in the follow-up films), Schitt’s Creek‘s Dustin Milligan and Michael Welch (who landed the role of human Michael Newton). Moreover, Henry Cavill was Meyer’s first choice, but was too old by the time the movie came along. He was reportedly considered for the role of Carlisle, the Cullen family patriarch.

But the final four contenders were Robert Pattinson, Ben Barnes, Shiloh Fernandez and Jackson Rathbone (who would eventually nab the role of Jasper Cullen), and they were all brought to Hardwicke’s home in California to test opposite Stewart.

10. The chemistry read involved the infamous meadow scene, which Stewart and Pattinson performed on Hardwicke’s bed. When it came to the kiss, Hardwicke recalled Pattinson being a bit too revved-up, but told EW, “It was electric.” Pattinson later revealed he took half a Valium before the make-or-break audition. 

After the four actors tested, Hardwicke was still uncertain, but Stewart knew who her Edward was right away, telling Vanity Fair, “I was like, “‘Are you kidding me!? It’s such an obvious choice!'”

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11. Prior to landing Twilight, Pattinson has considered leaving the entertainment industry after a string of failed auditions following Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (RIP Cedric Diggory!). “I was going to quit [acting] because I never got any jobs,” he would recall on Today, “so I guess it’s not really quitting when you’re not getting jobs—it’s just surrendering to fate.”

12. While he would go on to play the titular teen wolf in MTV’s hit series Teen Wolf, Tyler Posey revealed he auditioned against his good friend Taylor Lautner for the role of Jacob Black in the first film. “So, yeah, I auditioned for Twilight, Jacob Black. Taylor Lautner beat me,” he told MTV with a laugh. “Congratulations, dude. That’s a sick role. That’s awesome. I hate you.”

13. Another young star who auditioned for a role in Twilight included future Pretty Little Liars actress Lucy Hale who wanted to play Alice Cullen (she would also audition for Jane in New Moon and Leah Clearwater in Eclipse). She told J-14, “I read the books and I wanted to be part of the first movie so bad.”

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14. After initially going out for the role of villain James, Cam Gigandet (known for his bad boy turn on The O.C.) was brought back in to read for Emmett Cullen. “So I was like, ‘Is there anything you guys have for me? Anything at all?’ And so I went in for Kellan Lutz’s character,” he told MTV. “Once I went in, I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, I like this character, but I just have to play James.’ We waited a little bit, and after about a week, we heard back, and they were like, ‘OK, we’ll give him the job.'”

15. Meyer made a brief cameo in the first film as one of the diners in a scene between Bella and her dad Charlie (Billy Burke). She would also appear in Breaking Dawn: Part 1 as a guest as Bella and Edward’s wedding, along with screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg, co-producer Bill Bannerman and producer Wyck Godfrey

16. “On the first shot on the first day I strained one of my ass cheeks, my ass just couldn’t take the strain of the first one,” Pattinson revealed to Jimmy Kimmel . His injury caused a problem with the company insuring the film and led to a bit of physical therapy for the star.

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17. When New Moon was officially announced the day after Twilight dominated its opening night at the box office, fans were shocked to see Lautner not listed among the cast members. But it wasn’t a typo, as the studio confirmed it was assessing whether or not the 16-year-old could play the character after his wolf transformation. 

“The doubts came up because he had very few scenes in the first movie, and also because he’s described as being 6-foot-5 in the second book, so there were reasonable facts that we had to come to grips with,” New Moon director Chris Weitz explained to Reuters.

18. In fact, there was even an actor in mind to take over the part: The Scorpion King 2 and One Tree Hill star Michael Copon. “I have nothing against Taylor personally. I think he’s great and tremendous at what he does,” Copon told MTV. “But it’s just adjusting to the fact that Jacob has to grow. It’s a matter of going with the storyline.”

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19. But Lautner was committed to playing Jacob, taking on an intense training regime to bulk up as soon as production wrapped on the first film. His prep included consuming 4,000 calories per day, eating every two hours and working out for two hours at least five days a week.

“I knew I had to get to work right away; there could be no waiting involved,” the then-17-year-old told Interview. “The day I finished Twilight, I came home and started bulking up. For New Moon, I’m 30 pounds heavier than I was in Twilight.”

20. While Lautner (and his legions of fans) enjoyed his physical transformation, there was one aspect to playing Jacob that the actor was didn’t like: that wig. “There was hatred between both of us,” he told MTV. “It did not like me, I did not like it. Not fond memories.”

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21. After dying her hair blonde to play Cullen family member Rosalie in the first film, Nikki Reed opted to wear a wig for the rest of the series to protect her hair. “My hair fell out,” she revealed to MTV of the damage. “It took 36 hours initially to make me blond, and every other day, I was bleaching my head and my skin. This time around, we are testing out different wigs and stuff.”

22. More wig woes: After cutting her hair to play Joan Jett in The Runaways, Stewart had to wear a wig for Eclipse, one that earned a lot of eyebrow-raises. Leading up to Breaking Dawn: Part 1, Stewart assured fans she would be rocking her own hair and revealed Summit really didn’t want her to chop her hair in the first place. 

“They’re going to hate me for this, but they offered me lots of ridiculous… many ridiculous things to not do that,” she told George Lopez in 2010. “I completely understand, I just thought we’d have a better…wig, and, uh, it’s OK, we worked it out, and hopefully, hopefully, hopefully, it’s OK now.”

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23. After originating the role of villain vamp Victoria, Rachelle Levefre was replaced by Bryce Dallas Howard (who was first approached to take on the role years prior) in Eclipse. And Levefre was not happy about the casting change, which the studio attributed to scheduling conflicts. 

“I was stunned by Summit’s decision to recast the role,” Levefre said in a statement. “I was fully committed to the Twilight saga, and to the portrayal of Victoria.”

24. Newcomer Xavier Samuel won the role of Riley, Victoria’s sidekick, in the franchise’s third installment, reportedly beating out Channing Tatum and Harry Potter star Tom Felton for the job.

25. Michael Sheen took on the role of Volturi coven leader Aro because his daughter Lily (with Kate Beckinsale) was a massive fan of the series. “I was mainly excited about it because I knew I would make my daughter very happy,” he told The Daily Record. “That was the main reason, and then I read the books and I really enjoyed them. I didn’t think I was going to, but I really did.”

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26. For Bella’s highly anticipated wedding dress, production turned to Carolina Herrera. “Carolina had worked with Stephenie personally for events. And they’d struck up a friendship and dialogue so we talked to Carolina for the dress,” costume designer Michael Wilkinson revealed to MTV. “They’d been talking about the day that this dress would hit the big screen for a while and I was happy to help with the design as a consultant because it had to work with the rest of the film.” For the rest of the Cullen women and Bella’s mom, the costume designer created original dresses for each character. 

27. The problem with a custom couture wedding gown? The chances were high of it getting ruined, which almost happened due to the bad weather in Oregon, and they only had two duplicates. “I had a vision of the wet paint slowly creeping up the hem of the dress, but in the end, we got away with it,” Wilkinson told InStyle. “We shot the wide shot first, and sure enough, by the time we moved in for the close-ups, the hem was soaking up the paint like a thirsty sponge!”

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28. Okay, but how did Edward get Bella pregnant when he’s, you know, dead, and she’s not? Meyer actually provided an answer to this question on her official web site back in the day: “Like with vampire skin—which looks similar to human skin and has the same basic function—fluids closely related to seminal fluids still exist in male vampires, which carry genetic information and are capable of bonding with a human ovum.” So there you go. 

29. The original cut of Bella and Edward’s wedding night sex scene initially caused Breaking Dawn: Part 1 to receive an R-rating, with director Bill Condor forced to tone down the couple’s highly awaited first time. “There are very specific guidelines on thrusting intercourse,” he told The Hollywood Reporter.

30. Pattinson nearly caused the fanbase to combust in 2011 when he revealed at a press conference for Breaking Dawn that a real priest was used for the wedding scene, “So technically we are already married because he did all the things you would do in a normal ceremony. So we don’t have a civil union in law, but I guess in the church we are actually married.”

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31. In 2011, a judge ruled in Summit’s favor after they filed a legal claim against B.B. Dakota when the clothing company changed the name of one of its jackets to “the Bella Swan jacket” after Stewart wore it in the first film. 

32. Stars you may have forgotten appeared in the franchise’s films include Anna Kendrick, ShamelessNoel Fisher, Lost star Maggie Grace, Lee PaceWestworld‘s Angela Sarafyan and Oscar winner Rami Malek.

33. In an interview with Vulture years later, Hardwicke didn’t exactly have fond memories of her time reading the scripts for Twilight, admitting, “Every one of those scripts sucked. Oh Lord, did they suck.” She isn’t the only franchise director to bash the series, with David Slade having to apologize for disparaging comments he made before signing on to direct Eclipse. “Twilight drunk? No, not even drunk. Twilight on acid? No, not even on acid? Twilight at gun point? Just shoot me,'” he once said during a radio interview.

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34. A 10 year-old Mackenzie Foy landed the integral role of Renesmee, Bella and Edward’s half-vampire half-human baby that Jacob imprints on (LOL remember that?). And the entire production team and cast were protective of the newcomer on Breaking Dawn: Part 2, with even Condor placing a swear jar on set, which accumulated over 800 dollars, and the two leads taking a particular interest in Foy.

As for her onscreen mom and dad, “they were amazing with her,” Condor told EW. “It really brought something paternal out in Rob, and Kristen was especially protective. I’d have to interrupt them when they were in deep conversation to get going with a scene.”

While CGI was ultimately used to portray the baby version of Renesmee, it was later revealed the production team attempted to use a doll to extremely creepy results. Seriously, it earned the nickname “Chuckesmee.”

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