In the stories that Billy Black tells at the bonfire, the third wife was originally going to be played by Kristen Stewart. She did perform the scene but the director David Slade and author Stephenie Meyer thought it had an unintentional comical effect.
Director David Slade originally spoke against the Twilight series, stating that he wouldn't go near the franchise. Shortly after he was announced as the director of Eclipse, he quickly withdrew his previous remarks, claiming it to be a joke he was doing to promote some comedy shorts.
Kristen Stewart received her high school diploma by correspondence one week before filming Bella's graduation scene. She took a mock graduation photo with an extra so she'd have a photo of herself graduating high school.
The note Bella retrieves from her drawer that happens to be from Jacob is actually the same note that is used as the prologue of the 'Eclipse' novel. Just as in the novel, lines of text are scored out rather than erased.
David Slade has stated that most of Nikki Reed's fight scenes at the climax were left out because the dailies that came back from the lab were underexposed and the shooting schedule would not allow him and the crew to reshoot her parts.
Prior to the release of the movie, the Volvo company sponsored an online game in several countries, including the continental US, in which they gave away a car of the same make and color as Edward's silver Volvo featured in the Twilight Saga: The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010). This game was called, "Lost in Forks", and was a maze style game in which the player had to drive around the town of Forks, Washinton and be the fastest player to reach Bella's Graduation Party at the Cullen's house in the shortest number of road "forks." The game featured several locations featured in the books, such as: Bella's House, La Push Beach, The site of the New Born Battle, and the Lumber Mill. The player could also unlock several easter eggs, including wall paper, movie clips and plot secrets. Volvo announced the the shortest route possible to the Cullen's house was 11 forks.
Originally, the scene where Jacob carries Bella to mask her scent, Taylor was to push Kristen on a machine like thing. But it did not look real enough. So Taylor agreed to carry Kristen himself. Only after so many takes, his arms were extremely sore as they filmed the scene all day.
The scenes of Victoria building her "army" were based on the novella 'The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner', written by Stephenie Meyer and distributed, in first draft form, to the cast. One particular line, given by Edward to Jane, indicates he knew about the alliance alluded to in the novella, but, with no proof, it was something he could do nothing about.
The original editor, Art Jones, was to be solely credited for the film. Three months before the film's release, however, Jones was abruptly released by the studio. In regards to that, David Slade later commented that although Jones' edit was good, Summit felt that it didn't have the intensity intended. Summit immediately brought back Nancy Richardson (who edited the first film) to recut and fine-tune the edit. However, Jones' name still made the final credits.
"The Cold One" is played by Peter Murphy, who was the lead singer of the English band Bauhaus. Their brief success during the late 1970s and early 1980s is considered by many music critics to have given birth to the "Goth" rock genre, and their debut single, "Bela Lugosi's Dead," introduced several elements into the "Goth" genre and subculture - including its interest in vampires (Bela Lugosi being the actor who played Count Dracula in Dracula (1931)). Therefore, Murphy's presence in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010) is a tip of the hat to several layers of subculture that predate the "Twilight"-era vampire enthusiasms. Murphy's only other feature film appearance was in The Hunger (1983), also a vampire film, in which he sang "Bela Lugosi's Dead."
Unlike the first two films, Twilight and New Moon, this film does not contain a reference to the picture on the book cover. In twilight Edward catches Bella's Apple in the canteen and in New Moon when Carlisle sets fire to blood and glass from the cut on Bella's arm they make the rose on the front of the book.
There was a German show called Mission Hollywood (2009) by Til Schweiger where more or less unknown German actresses including Annika Ernst and Margarita Ruhl should contest for the role of Vera, a friend of Rosalie when she still was human. Winner was Sabrina Frank who also really shot her scenes in Vancouver. However, her scenes were deleted from the final version of the film.
The only Twilight film not released in November, in order to avoid competition with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (2010). In fact, the delay of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) from November 2008 to July 2009 is the reason why Twilight (2008) was released in November 2008. Furthermore, the shortest release gap in the series is between this film and The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009) which was released in 2009, while the longest release gap was between this and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (2011).
The trivia items below may give away important plot points.
Jasper introduces himself as Jasper Whitlock to a coven of vampires, but is often referred to as Jasper Hale in his modern life; this is because he adopted Rosalie's family name to pass himself as her twin brother.
In certain scenes, the Cullens irises are completely black rather than their usual golden topaz color. While never directly commented on in the movie, it is referred to in the novels as an indicator of a vampire's extreme hunger when the eyes go completely black.
When Bella visits Jacob after the newborn battle, a painting of the A-Ka-Lat "Top of the Rock" island formation off the coast of La Push Beach can clearly be seen behind Bella during her dialogue sides. According to actual Quileute tradition, prominent members of the Quileute tribe have been buried on the A-Ka-Lat island. The island is also known as James Island, which is not an allusion to the Twilight series character James.