One of Hollywood’s most famous smooches could have had his star arrested.
Kristin Stewart was just 17 when she was slated to star alongside then 21-year-old Robert Pattinson in the teen vampire flick “Twilight.”
Director Catherine Hardwicke reflected on the former couple’s 2007 audition, during which the young actors got hot and heavy on a bed in Hardwicke’s own home. The kiss was so hot it knocked Pattinson to the ground, the director said on The Big Hit Show podcast.
The franchise filmmakers were concerned about the kiss because Stewart was underage at the time.
Hardwicke showed the podcast around her home where she first hosted the ‘Twilight’ auditions in 2007. She then ushered the show’s crew into her bedroom where the ‘Batman’ star and the “Spencer” actress kissed during their screen test.
“Rob and Kristen did the audition right here on the bed. They did the kiss scene and he fell down and landed right on this floor,” she recalled.
The ‘Red Riding Hood’ director then recalled how the now 35-year-old Pattinson looked when he first set foot in her house for the audition. “He walked in and his hair was dyed black to play, with that goofy bangs. He was a little out of shape,” she said. “His shirt was just a mess, and I was like, ‘Oh, okay. Alright, let’s see how it goes.
She continued, “Rob and Kristen auditioned on my bed, the kissing scene, Rob was so into it he fell off the bed. I’m like, ‘Man, calm down.’ And I’m in here filming with my little video camera, whatever.
“And in the end, Kristen was like, this must be Rob,” Hardwicke said. “I could tell they had a lot of chemistry, and I was like, ‘Oh my God.’ I thought Kristen was 17. I don’t want to get into illegal stuff.
“So I remember saying to Rob, ‘By the way, Kristen is 17. In our country, it’s illegal to have sex…’ And he was like, ‘Oh, okay, little matter,’” she added.
After the audition process, Pattinson’s casting had to be approved by “Twilight” writer Stephenie Meyer. According to the podcast, Meyer had an “arrangement with Summit [that included] veto power over casting decisions like this.
True fans will recall that Meyer originally wanted “Man of Steel” star Henry Cavill to play Pattinson’s Edward Cullen in Stewart’s Bella Swan. However, Cavill was 24 in 2007 and looked too old to play a 17-year-old vampire immortal.
“My opinions on the film don’t matter to anyone. I have no influence on what happens with the film. No one is going to ask who I think should star in ‘Twilight,'” Meyer wrote on his website in 2007 about his casting choice.
“The only actor I’ve ever seen who I think could be close to Edward Cullen is Henry Cavill,” she explained at the time. “The most disappointing thing for me is losing my perfect Edward. Henry Cavill is now 24. Let’s have a quiet moment to grieve….