‘Twilight’ Baby Almost Played By Creepy ‘Chuckesme’ Doll
In The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, Bella (Kristen Stewart) gives birth to her half-human, half-vampire daughter with Edward (Robert Pattinson), whom they name Renesmee. While Twilight critics and Twi-hards alike took issue with her eerie CGI appearance, a new video reveals it could have been far worse in the form of an animatronic puppet.
Twilight author Stephanie Meyers constructed Rensemee in the books to have the ability to grow rapidly and possess an inexplicably high intellect in her early days. The production team initially thought they could achieve this in the form of a 60-pound puppet. Despite their efforts, the puppet’s first day on set proved it wasn’t going to work. In retrospect, they’ve dubbed the doll Chuckesme – a reference to the infamous horror film living doll in Chuckie.
Interviews included in the Twilight Forever box set include commentary on the doll by producer Wyck Godrey. “Chuckesme is one of the most grotesque, animatronic babies ever to not be seen on film,” said Godrey. “We ended up pulling this thing out on the day and shooting it [but] the second you’re holding it up, you realize this is never going to work. No fake thing is ever going to do the trick.”
Nikki Reed, who played Edward’s sister Rosalie in the films, was one of the actors who had to film scenes with the puppet. “I understand the theory behind it to have this little creature that does all the hand movements and stuff,” said Reed, who looks noticeably uncomfortable handing the doll. “I’m holding like a 60-pound mechanical doll and me the doll have to move our bodies at the same time. I’ve got two men sitting right below me doing puppet stuff with her hands… It’s really difficult for me.”
Producers ultimately decided to replace the 60-pound animated doll with CGI, which only proved to be slightly less disconcerting. The older Renesmee was played by 12-year-old actress Mackenzie Foy.
– Chelsea Regan