It’s the definition of mania. Twi-hard fans from across the globe began gathering days ago at the San Diego Convention Center, camping out for a chance to hear New Moon stars Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner discuss the upcoming film, the second in the ever-growing Twilight franchise.
Information is still seeping out from the press conference, which took place at 9:30 AM PST on Thursday. Hoards of young and old fans packed the convention’s first massive event, a fitting kick-off for what promises to be a Twilight-soaked weekend.
“It seems to keep building, the magnitude of this franchise,” Pattinson said during the press conference, the evidence clearly right in front of him.
“It’s awesome that we get to see them all waiting for us again a year later,” said Lautner of the fans.
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Reporters were restricted to questions only about New Moon (meaning no personal life questions for the three stars).
On Edward’s relative absence from the book New Moon, Pattinson, Stewart and Lautner assured fans they’d still see plenty of the sexy vampire in the film.
“It would look probably pretty cheesy if it were just my voice, so they’ve done these hallucinations, semi-visible apparitions,” Pattinson said, explaining how he’ll be visible even in his character’s absence.
“It’s how she remembers him, not necessarily how he actually is,” added Stewart.
“That’s what this whole movie’s about, is that empty, completely dark place where Edward is absent.”
Lautner’s Jacob will also play a major role in this film, and, as fans have seen in the New Moon trailer, his transformation into a werewolf will also be a key point.
“There are definitely fans who separate into separate teams.Sometimes it gets me nervous because I’m trying to live up to the fans expectations and represent Team Jacob in the right way,” Lautner said.
“I thought they did a pretty good job with the wolf transformation… The werewolves definitely step up the action in this movie. There’s double the action in this movie,” Lautner assured the crowd. He adds, “There’s not just this romance between a human and a vampire. There’s also the beginning of a love triangle.”
“I think my breakup scene was my favorite scene,” Pattinson said, referring to a five-page dialogue sequence in the film, a stark contrast from many of the other supernatural aspects in the story.
Stewart and Lautner also recollected their friendship breakup scene amusedly, which was filmed in 35 degrees with artificial rain. “That was bad and I wasn’t really wearing much,” said Lautner.
When asked why they thought the Twilight series was so popular, Lautner called the characters “very relatable,” while Stewart praised the first-person narrative of her character Bella.
“I found myself kind of bizarrely invested in the story. I’ve got more and more attached to it,” said Pattinson. “I’ve been talking about the script for Eclipse over the past few weeks and I find myself being argumentative.”
Though he plays one himself, Pattinson hesitates to frame the films as “a vampire story.” And it’s not always his super-human character being the courageous one.
“Everyone looks at Edward as the hero and he’s being continually saved by the damsel-in-distress,” said Pattinson.
“Hopefully it will come off as having quite a few more levels than the relationship in Twilight.”
Stewart also emphasized the real, human emotions going on with Bella in New Moon.
“There’s more to think about. It’s a more mature part. She’s older. She has more to deal with,” said Stewart.
And how has the actress herself changed since the first film? “I cut my hair off.”