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'Twilight' director Catherine Hardwicke guest DJs: Spins Robert Pattinson, remembers Heath Ledger

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Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke was this week’s Guest DJ on Santa Monica public radio station KCRW, and shared five songs that have inspired her. You can listen below (for a transcript, click here.) The five tracks she picked:

1. Radiohead’s “15 Step”: When she heard the band open a show with it, she suddenly saw how Twilight would end (she used it over the end credits).

2. Robert Pattinson’s “Let Me Sign:” Also used in the film, over Bella’s near-death scene. “After we made the whole morphing crazy dream sequence we took that on my laptop back into another little studio in the valley, and then Rob literally sang and just played to the image on the screen,” she said. “And I just watched Rob sing this song, maybe ten different times. Every time it sounded like something almost completely different, because it just came out of him, this kind of raw feeling and in a way, that was my favorite day that I’ve had in the last two years, just being there in the studio, and watching music just come out of somebody’s body.” Is it just me and anyone who’s listened to the Twilight DVD commentary, or is Hardwicke a little too into Robert Pattinson? I know. Kettle, you’re black.

3. Cold War Kids’ “On the Night My Love Broke Through”: This song, which Hardwicke said “seared right into my skin and kind of freaked me out when I heard it,” is written into the new screenplay she’s working on.

4. Sparklehorse’s “Wish You Were Here”: She used the Pink Floyd cover in her 2005 film Lords of Dogtown, which starred the late Heath Ledger. “I thought it was just so powerful and beautiful, and you know, of course, well, ‘Wish You Were Here,’ it’s kind of for Heath.”

5. Rod Stewart’s “Maggie May”: Her most interesting story. It was used in the documentary her film was based on, Dogtown and Z-Boys (so good), so even though she loved the song, she picked another tune for Ledger to sing along to in the movie’s final scene. “I talked to Heath the day before, and I said ‘You’re cool, with the other song, it’s all good?’ And he goes, ‘Yeah, it’s all good.’ And then one minute before shooting, Heath said, ‘Catherine, I gotta sing ‘Maggie May,’ I’m not doing the other song.'” She said the scene, of him shaping a surfboard, is one of her all-time favorites Heath scenes because it feels more like him than a character. “Heath had that ability to just absorb that movement and physicality. He could do everything in his own cool way.” Watch the scene below.