"Twilight"s’ Jackson Rathbone: Kristen Stewart and I jammed together!
Jackson Rathbone, who plays Jasper in the “Twilight” movie series – and also fronts touring rock band 100 Monkeys — says that he and series star Kristen Stewart have played guitar together on the set. Rathbone will bring 100 Monkeys to Allentown’s Crocodile Rock Café on April 15. The “Twilight” series continues June 30, with the release of “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” which is the third movie in the wildly popular romance series about teen-aged vampires based on the books by Stephenie Meyer. Jackson Rathbone as Jasper in ‘Twilight’ Stewart also plays rocker Joan Jett in the movie “The Runaways,” which opens in area theaters Friday and tells the story of Jett’s 1970s all-girl prototype punk band. She has gotten strong reviews for her portrayal, which included playing guitar on and singing The Runaways songs for the movie. But in spite of reports that Stewart learned to play the guitar for the movie, Rathbone – speaking in a recent telephone conversation while on the road with 100 Monkeys – says he and Stewart played together while on the set of the original “Twilight” film back in early 2008. “And I don’t think she learned how to play guitar for that movie,” Rathbone says. “I think she’d known how to play guitar for a while now. I just think she learned how to play for Joan Jett for that movie.” Learning to play like Jett included learning how to play guitar left-handed. Kristen Stewart on ‘The Runaways’ set In addition to 100 Monkeys’ 100-date tour this summer and the opening of “Eclipse,” Rathbone will be busy with the July 2 opening of the expected blockbuster movie “The Last Airbender,” a live-action adventure-fantasy film based on of the animated television series “Avatar: The Last Airbender.” Rathbone says he doesn’t doubt he and Stewart will play together again – there are rumored to be two more movies in the “Twilight” series. But Stewart has said she doesn’t expect to launch a music career, as Rathbone has. “We’re not packaging this deal,” she said in a recent interview.