By Christina Radish
Chaske: Whatever puts the ladies in seats for the tickets!
Bronson: That's right!
Alex: We've been telling guys, "Watch the film because your girlfriends will be watching it."
Chaske: The thing is, though, there's action in New Moon, so girls can bring their boyfriends. I think they'll really like it.
Alex: They don't have a choice. Their girlfriends are going to be there. But, it wasn't awkward. By the time we started filming, we had already been working out shirtless. It's like a costume. It really is. You wear it. You don it and you own it. You can't be intimidated about your body. That's not the time to be doing that, when that little red light is blinking and you're being filmed.
Chaske: It also helped us get into character, as well.
Bronson: As soon as I got out there with my shorts and no shirt on, I felt the part.
Alex: As soon as I got the bronzing on, I felt it.
Bronson: The bronzing always ended up on my socks.
Chaske: That stuff is hard to wash off, too.
Alex: I think they put motor oil on us. It's all brown and copper. The shower looked like someone murdered a man.
And the moviemakers have "bronzed" their skins too. In other words, these Indians are your stereotypical dark, menacing, half-naked savages. All they need is a few feathers and they could fit into any racist epic of the last 200 years.
I mean...bronzing, really? Because real Indians don't look enough like stereotypical Indians for the Twilight crew? I'd love to hear their justification for putting Native actors in "redface." "They just didn't look right...we know best...the audience won't believe they're Indians unless they're a swarthy dark brown."
Where's the Indians' intellect?
I still haven't heard about or seen these Twilight characters doing anything except standing around and posturing like pack animals. Do they read books? Surf the Net? Show their superior knowledge of anything other than fighting, hunting, and tracking? I doubt it.
As usual, I don't blame the actors for the bronzed, shirtless look. They probably didn't know what they were getting into when they signed their deals. And they're not in a position to demand better portrayals.
But still, they're kidding themselves if they think a secluded clan of beast-men is going to change our view of Indians. People already think Indians are nature-loving semi-humans who have no connection to modern society. What about Twilight's Indians as werewolves is going to change that?
For more on the subject, see Wolf Pack on Stereotypes, Wolf Pack Shows Savage Side, and Noble Savages in Twilight.
Below: "Don't let our shadowy, scary brown bodies fool you. Not to mention our claws, fangs, and fur when we change into wolves. We're really moral, philosophical, and intellectual giants...no, really! Awhooooo!"