Thousands see stars of Twilight at Leicester Square premiere
07:07 15 November 2012
Thousands of frenzied fans caught sight of their favourite actors as the stars of Twilight took to the red carpet for the premiere of the final film in the series.
British actor Robert Pattinson, who plays vampire Edward Cullen, said the saga had “changed everything” about his life.
Wild screaming and cheering from thousands of “Twi-hards” greeted Pattinson and his co-stars Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner as they arrived in Leicester Square last night.
Around 6,000 fans, some of who have camped since Saturday, packed the square. Many came from outside the UK, with fans from the USA, Dubai, Sweden, Norway and Hungary all amongst the crowd.
Stewart, who plays Bella, wore a black lace jumpsuit, designed by Zuhair Murad while her on and off-screen partner Pattinson, and Lautner, who plays Jacob Black, dressed smartly in suits
Pattinson, 26, told the crowds in an interview on a specially erected stage that the saga connected to people on a “primal” level.
He said: “For me it’s changed everything about my life. I don’t even think I’d be acting if I wasn’t doing this, or if I hadn’t done the first one. It’s crazy. The character and the whole experience combined for me.
“It’s definitely really created something which connects to people on a very fundamental level, it’s like primal.”
He joked that the fans must have a “mental disorder” to camp out in the cold and said: “The reaction) makes me feel very foreign. It’s really nice, it’s really nice, especially after five years.
“They have stuck around, they’re still camping out, I respect that.
“It’s very, very, very cold and I don’t understand what kind of mental disorder you have.”
Stewart, 22, described the end of the saga, which has included four films, as “a trip”.
She said: “This is weird, right? I don’t know. I’m so happy that every single bit of the story is done.
“Usually we’re at one of these premieres going, I don’t know, you can’t really feel it because you’re not done. You’re a little desensitised by it all because you have another one coming up.
“This time it’s a trip, it is weird.
“Sometimes things don’t hit you until you hear about them after.”
Meanwhile Lautner, 20, said the director calling the final cut on his final scene was an emotional moment for all involved.
He said: “It was definitely emotional. My last scene was the slow dance scene between Jacob and Bella.
“It was an emotional time for all of us.”
He also refused to settle the fierce debate among Twi-hards, who divide themselves into “Team Edward” and “Team Jacob” camps, in reference to the love triangle at the centre of the saga.
Asked if Bella made the right decision, he said: “To be honest I don’t think she could have gone wrong either way - Jacob and Edward couldn’t be more different.
“So yeah, I think she made the right choice but I don’t think she would have made the wrong choice if she went with Jacob.”
Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 is released in UK cinemas on Friday.
Stewart also revealed that it would have been “painful” if the series, based on Stephenie Meyer’s books, had not been finished.
“I feel very happy that we got to end it at the end. If we hadn’t been able to finish the series, it would have been utterly painful for all three of us. At this point, everything is out, the stories have been told, I’m so proud of everyone I can’t even tell you. I feel pretty good,” she said.
Amid rumours that the film franchise may extend further, Stewart did not rule out reprising her role.
Asked if she would be involved in any future Twilight films, she said: “Yeah. I can’t imagine it but yeah of course.”
Other guests attending the premiere included Lauren Pope, Victoria Pendleton, Peaches Geldolf and members of The Saturdays.