In an interview today published by MTV says that he enjoys playing Carlisle, but can't play it fully without makeup and contacts. Otherwise he doesn't feel "in character". He also pushed for a line to be added that had been omitted. Reminds me of the "almost" omission of the Lion/Lamb quote in Twilight. I think for many of us, this particular quote really embodies Carlisle, embodies the entire point of why the Cullens' are a family and not a coven.
MTV: We've been asking your co-stars to give us their favorite "New Moon" line in character. Can you do yours?
Facinelli: Oh, wow. Now I have to reach back a whole year and try to remember my lines from a year ago, when I can barely remember my lines the day of. ... OK, here we go: "Like everything else in life, I just had to decide what to do with what I was given." That's a line that Carlisle says.
MTV: OK, cool. But can you do it in character?
Facinelli: No. [Laughs.] Then, you gotta pay me. If I'm gonna act, you better pay me, Larry Carroll!
MTV: All right, we'll take down your address and have every fan send you a quarter.
Facinelli: You know, I don't even know if I can do Carlisle on the spot like that.
Facinelli: No. That takes time and preparation.
MTV: Well, we certainly don't want to reduce you to a Vegas-like thing. Like you're doing an Elvis imitation.
Facinelli: [Laughs.] No, no. Really, in order to play those roles, you have to get into the whole spirit of the character. I have to have on my white makeup and my contact lenses, otherwise it just doesn't work. Otherwise, it looks like Peter Facinelli trying to play something; it's weird. But I could say that's one of my favorite lines from "New Moon": "Like everything else in life, I just had to decide what to do with what I was given." But that's me saying it, not Carlisle. [In "New Moon"] Carlisle says it, and it's very Carlisle-esque.
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