Thousands of screaming fans lined the black carpet late last week for the final Twilight film premiere as the cast of Breaking Dawn — Part 2 bid farewell to the franchise and its loyal followers. Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner and other cast members greeted fans known as ‘Twi-hards’, many of whom had camped out for days in downtown Los Angeles to catch a glimpse of their favourite actors and see the film before its release in theatres.
Breaking Dawn —- Part 2 sees the love story of human Bella Swan (Stewart), vampire Edward Cullen (Pattinson) and werewolf Jacob Black (Lautner) come to a tantalising end, when Bella and Edward are forced to protect their child from an ancient vampire coven.
Stewart, who was finally able to embrace her wild side by playing Bella as a vampire, hoped people would enjoy the ultimate transformation of her character in the film.
“Bella has worked pretty hard to get to the point where they can have it all, and it’s fun to be there. She’s always been human, but now that she’s not, you’re just in full blown vampire land and it feels funny in a great way,” Stewart told Reuters. More than 2,200 fans from all over the world came to camp out on a concrete plaza in downtown Los Angeles last week, where Twilight movie studio Summit laid out activities and marathon screenings of the previous movies.
All of the film’s main actors spent time signing autographs and posing for photographs with the loyal fans who had camped out in chilly November weather over five days.
Pattinson, who plays vampire Edward Cullen, said he hoped the fans would like the franchise’s swan song. “I hope they feel it kind of respects them, because I think in a lot of ways that’s what we were thinking when we were making it,” the actor said. Lautner, who plays werewolf Jacob, said he’d be sad to say goodbye to the films and his character and hoped fans would be happy with the conclusion of the final film.
“I’m feeling fantastic, sad, emotional, there’s a lot of things going on inside of me right now, but I’m just trying to soak up every moment because this means the world to me,” Lautner said.
Author Stephenie Meyer, whose Twilight novels kicked off the franchise and phenomenon.
Meyer said she would miss watching the three lead cast members evolve as actors and characters in the films.
“It’s really been great to watch them grow up, particularly Kristen because her character gets to evolve so much in this film, and to watch her be all powerful and really get to where the character was always meant to go, to be the fiercest of the fierce, was really rewarding for me,” the author said.
Twi-hards camped out for the premiere
Dozens of excited Twilight fans set up tents in Los Angeles on Thursday ahead of next week’s world premiere of the last film in the vampire romance franchise. Some 2,200 people from all over the world have registered to camp on a concrete plaza outside a downtown Los Angeles movie theater, movie studio Summit Entertainment said.
The fans — most of them young women — will get guaranteed spots to see stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner walk the red carpet for the November 12 premiere of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2. Summit has laid on special activities during the five day wait, including a marathon screening of the four other films in the blockbuster franchise, surprise appearances from some cast members, and a Twilight-themed workout.
“We figured it was a once in a lifetime opportunity for some of us. This is the last movie. We’re never going to get to do it again and we wanted to hang out with some of our friends for the last one,” Bri-Anne Glover told Reuters Television as she settled in at the camp on Thursday. “I love Breaking Dawn because that’s kind of where I am in my life. I’ve got the husband, I’ve got my children, and we’re getting on with our lives and having a happy life and the same with Edward and Jacob and Bella,” said fan Eryka Bradford.
The Twilight books by author Stephenie Meyer have been a publishing sensation and the four movies have made more than $2.5 billion combined at box offices worldwide. The final film sees the bliss of newlyweds Bella (Stewart) and Edward (Pattinson) and their daughter threatened by an ancient vampire coven.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn —Part 2 opens in several European countries on November 14 and arrives in U.S. movie theaters on November 16.