As 'Twilight' fans across the world wait with bated breath for the release of 'New Moon,' Moviefone caught up with Canadian actor Christopher Heyerdahl, who plays one of the Volturi leaders, Marcus, in the latest installment of the saga. Heyerdahl has been in everything from 'Sanctuary' to 'Stargate' to 'Smallville,' so he's no stranger to fantastical concepts.

We chatted with him about mastering the Volturi dialect, New Moon set-crashers and even a false rumour circulating about him online.

As 'Twilight' fans across the world wait with bated breath for the release of 'New Moon,' Moviefone caught up with Canadian actor Christopher Heyerdahl, who plays one of the Volturi leaders, Marcus, in the latest installment of the saga. Heyerdahl has been in everything from 'Sanctuary' to 'Stargate' to 'Smallville,' so he's no stranger to fantastical concepts.

We chatted with him about mastering the Volturi dialect, New Moon set-crashers and even a false rumour circulating about him online.

What drew you to the role of Marcus?

Well, it was thrust upon me. I was offered the gig and of course it took me the longest second in the history of time to decide to say yes. It was great. As soon as I was offered the gig I called my niece and she told me all about who Marcus was. She's a huge fan. She's 13.

What did you do to prepare for the role? Did you work with a dialect coach?

No dialect coach. I created the voice all by my lonesome. I tried to think of some of the oldest languages in the world and what kind of languages he would have been speaking 3,000 years ago and went from there.

I understand that the character sometimes appears to be floating instead of walking...

The big floating scene in the book when they're travelling is in Breaking Dawn. We haven't arrived there yet. Some of the guys were telling me about their floating experience in 'Eclipse' and it sounds somewhat uncomfortable.

Uncomfortable how?

Well, the only way these vampires can float, of course, is to stick the human beings who are playing them into a harness. So they have a series of rigged harnesses that take you along...I have a painful groin to look forward to.

Have you had any encounters with any die-hard 'Twilight' fans?

[Laughs] I thought you were going to say have you had any encounters with vampires.

Well, if you have I'd like to hear about those first!

Yes, there's a number of bloodsuckers in LA that I've met a few times. [Laughs.] The fans are fantastic. The great thing about something like this is they're literary-based fans. They know everything about these characters and they're passionate about the world that Stephanie [Meyers] has created. I've learned so much more about the world and the mythos behind this universe by meeting the fans.

What's your favourite memory from filming 'New Moon'?

Just walking onto a set like the 'New Moon' set was amazing. The welcoming entrance hall to where all the judgments go down for the Volturis is this three-storey dome chamber that's absolutely beautiful. And then to walk in and be able to play a 3,000-year-old vampire and watch Dakota Fanning and Michael Sheen and Jamie Campbell Bower creating these roles for the first time is just amazing. And then to get a knock on the door and who walks in but Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart...the whole thing was exciting!

What was it like working with Dakota Fanning?

It was amazing watching her work. I've been a big fan of hers for years, obviously, like pretty much everyone else. She is an absolutely remarkable actress. She has a focus and concentration that we see very rarely in this business.

Was there a lot of security on set?

I understand a lot of fans are obsessed with Robert Pattinson in particular. [Laughs] Absolutely. Robert and Kristen and Taylor Lautner - the whole gang is being chased after. We were shooting at a studio where there was a security gate. It was pretty difficult to get on set. Although apparently there were a couple of people who were able to talk themselves in somehow. I don't know how they did it, I think they were creative. They were able to spend a couple of hours on set before they were discovered.

I read that you were once asked to play for the Ottawa Senators. Is that true?

[Laughs uproariously.] That's the third time I've been asked that on this junket. I don't know how that started. I'm an absolutely dreadful hockey player. I have to say that or else all my buddies will ridicule me if I don't. I don't know what the root of that rumour is.

Well, now that you're in 'Twilight'...

Oh yeah, I'm sure that the Senators will be calling any day now. They want the guy who skates with an old man walker. Have you ever gone skating on Saturdays and seen the people skating with the slidey walkers? That's me. I'll be the first guy to be a professional hockey player with one of those walkers.

I can't imagine them making one tall enough for you. I also read that you are 1.93 metres tall, is that true?

Yes, there's a truth. Ding ding!

'Twilight: New Moon' opens in theatres on November 20.