'Twilight' director says he stopped Taylor Swift appearing as an extra because it would 'distract' from the film

Taylor Swift attends Tribeca Festival 2022. Gotham/Contributor/Getty Images
Twilight: New Moon director Chris Weitz said Taylor Swift asked to star in the sequel.
He told the hosts of the Twilight Effect podcast that Swift was a "huge Twi-hard" at the time.
Weitz said he ultimately said no because he thought it would be too distracting for the audience.
Taylor Swift almost appeared as an extra in 'Twilight: New Moon,' the film's director has said.
Chris Weitz, who directed the 2009 film, appeared on the podcast The Twilight Effect with Ashley Greene and Melanie Howe to share his experiences creating the hit teen film.
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During the interview, he mentioned that many famous "twi-hards" — the name given to the franchise's superfans — were trying to land roles in the sequel, including the "Shake It Off" singer.
"The craziest part of all this was hearing that Taylor Swift was a huge twi-hard, and actually, Taylor Swift and I had the same agent at the time, and he said, 'Taylor would love to be in this movie — not because of you, but she is a twi-hard.'” Weitz said. "'She'd be someone in the cafeteria or the diner or whatever, but she just wants to be in this movie.'"
Taylor Lautner and Kristen Stewart in New Moon. Summit Entertainment
The Twilight director said he didn't think it was a good idea given Swift's superstar status at the time.
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"The hardest thing for me was that the moment Taylor Swift comes on screen for like five minutes, nobody can process anything," Weitz said. "I kick myself for that, too, because I was like, 'Wow, I could have hung out with Taylor Swift. We could have been friends.'”
Weitz added, "She must have said, 'Who is this idiot?' But sometimes you make decisions and you think that's the best thing for the film."
Swift has since landed small roles in television series and films such as New Girl, The Lorax, and Cats.
The Reputation pop star is next set to star in David O. Russell's upcoming movie Amsterdam alongside Margot Robbie, Christian Bale and John David Washington.
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