A coterie of “Twilight” stars showed up for the heavily-hyped press conference at Comic Con early this morning to dish on Breaking Dawn: Part 1, the latest entry in the seemingly never-ending ‘tween fantasy series that will be released on November 18th to a horde of screaming young girls, drooling gay men, and countless thousands of desperate MILFs who creepily enjoy fantasizing about the now-legal Taylor Lautner.
First up were co-stars Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed, Elizabeth Reaser, Julia Jones and Booboo Stewart, who star as Alice Cullen, Rosalie Hale, Esme Cullen, Leah Clearwater and Seth Clearwater, respectively. The foursome gamely took questions from the legion of already-exhausted reporters about filming the latest installment and whether they expect the series to continue on after Breaking Dawn: Part 2, the supposed final entry in the series, is unleashed in fall 2012.
Inside are a few of the “highlights”…
On whether the “Breaking Dawn” films will be the last we see of the “Twilight” universe on the big-screen: “Who knows?“, said Greene. “I mean, the fans are certainly passionate, so there’s I guess definitely an opportunity for it, but as far as we know, we’re finished.”
On shooting the two “Breaking Dawn” films back-to-back: “I kept [track of which part we were shooting] in terms of ‘which uncomfortable shoes am I wearing today?’” joked Reaser.
On his favorite line to act from the series so far: “Hmm…I don’t know, in ‘Eclipse’ I didn’t say a lot,” said Booboo, shifting uncomfortably.
On the hugely-anticipated wedding scene: “It was so beautiful,” said Reaser. “I mean it really looks like a dream wedding. I don’t think I’m allowed to say anything about it. I want to tell you how amazing it was, but I can’t.” Oh, darn.
On the bat-shit insane “Twilight” fans who have been camping out in front of the Convention Center since Monday: “I have a really large amount of respect for our fans,” lied Greene. “It’s kind of amazing that they found something that they’re so passionate about, and that it happens to be something that we put our heart and soul into.”
On the new types of vampires we can expect in the “Breaking Dawn” films: “There were all these international vampires all of a sudden,” said Reaser. “Very sexy, like all these different sexy vampires walking around…very S&M inspired. There’s a lot of great new characters.”
On working with Maggie Grace: “What was Maggie’s last name?” Booboo asked his co-stars of the actress. “Maggie Grace, yeah, she was cool.”
On being hit on by pedophiles: “I remember one time I was…taking pictures, and there was a lady – she was probably around 40 or so – and after the picture she turned around and asked me if I wanted to make out,” recounted Booboo, who is 17 years old.
Following this discussion we were then forced by Summit to sit through three seemingly-interminable press conferences with three different authors to discuss their upcoming or recently-released books, all of which are now being developed by the studio as potential new franchises. It sucked.
After about an hour of that shit, the main event finally arrived in the form of series leads Kristen “Mumbles” Stewart, Robert Pattinson (sporting a jacked-up hairdo and his usual annoying tendency to take five minutes to answer a simple question), and Taylor Lautner, who I believe has now officially been deemed the second coming of Tom Cruise. Also there was director Bill Condon, who has somehow been reduced to helming “Twilight” sequels after enjoying a solid run with critically-acclaimed fare like “Gods and Monsters” and “Kinsey”.
A few choice quotes from the Q&A:
On filming in Brazil: “It’s nice, it’s different. I don’t know if its ‘love’, necessarily,” said Pattinson, acting as if he’d just done a couple lines backstage before the press conference (I have no idea if that’s true or not, but I’m just gonna go with it). “Shooting in Brazil…one of the interesting things about having an international fanbase [is] every single country has a totally different reaction to you and the movie…in Brazil [fans] would literally just go up and try and grab you!”
On if this is truly the end of the franchise: “Like breakfast time, or something,” said Pattinson, inexplicably.
On if this is truly the end of the franchise, second try: “I think [author Stephanie Meyer] always says it’s the end of the Bella/Edward story,” said Condon. “But especially in the second [‘Breaking Dawn’] movie there are so many new characters that I…suspect she’ll want to revisit it.”
On filming the highly-secretive wedding scene: “It was like Secret Service style, insane…I mean, the crew was completely inconvenienced, and grumbling around the set like, ‘I can’t have [my] cell phone!” said Stewart.
On the vampire-birth scene: “I think the birth scene is kind of…for a fantasy series that has kind of a [young] audience, it goes quite far.”
On Lautner’s dance prowess: “Taylor can dance,” said Stewart, to Lautner’s embarrassment. “He can move his hips better than I [could] ever dream [of doing].” Sounds about right to me!
On his hardest scene to act: “There was an ‘x’ on a wall and I had to walk into the room on the verge of killing this baby and then stop, twist [around] and imprint on it, whatever that means,” said Lautner. “I spent a lot of time talking to Bill and to Stephanie and just being like, ‘what exactly does imprinting even look like?”
On the strangest scene to film: “We had an animatronic baby for one bit, where [Bella] had to be introduced to the [vampire] baby for the first time,” said Pattinson, who compared the doll to Chucky from “Child’s Play”.
So there you have it…the most breathlessly-anticipated event at Comic Con, and it was totally lame. Of course, is anyone really surprised by that?