COPIED AND PASTE
About 5000 Twilight fans descended on London’s Leicester Square for the UK premiere of the franchise’s latest film, Eclipse.
Not a bad turnout considering all three of the film’s biggest stars did not attend.
British actor, Robert Pattinson was too busy filming in America and instead fans had to make do with a short video message.
“Sorry I can’t be here tonight, but I hope you have a fantastic time with the rest of the cast this evening,” he said.
“Thanks for your continued support – hope you enjoy the film as much as we enjoyed making it,” said Pattinson, reading from cue cards.
Not that his no-show dampened fans enthusiasm.
Some people camped out on the pavement for 34 hours so they could be first in the queue. Others travelled from as far afield as Brazil and Italy.
Nikki Reed, who plays Rosalie, said: “It is humbling. You never get used to this. The fans are great.”
In case you’ve been living on another planet, Pattinson gained a cult following after playing a vampire in the first Twilight film in 2008.
He’s a teenage pin-up and at the centre of Twi-mania. A twenty-first century’s Donny Osmond.
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The Twilight series is based on Stephanie Meyer’s teenage books that have sold more than 100 million copies worldwide.
Twilight Eclipse is the third in the saga and it centres around a love triangle between a vampire played by Pattinson, a werewolf played by Taylor Lautner and a normal – well human – girl played by Kristen Stewart.
It took more than £20million in its first showings in North America overtaking the previous record held by New Moon, which grossed £17.5million during opening night screenings last November.
But reviews have been mixed. Director David Slade said: “There’s on old Hollywood saying that if you read the good reviews, you have to read the bad ones – so I don’t read them at all.”
Although Pattinson may have snubbed the UK premiere his fellow cast and crew hold no grudges.
Slade said: “He’s sorry not to be here. Robert is absolutely the most reserved and down-to-earth bloke you will ever meet. When he becomes Edward he is transformed and as soon as filming stops he is back to normal.”
And there’s more to come – the fourth and final book will be filmed later this year, no doubt bloodthirsty fans will still be baying for more.