Twilight stars bid farewell in LA
Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner premiere The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 in Los Angeles and talk about saying goodbye to the franchise.PT2M2S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-29b3v 620 349 November 14, 2012
Thousands of screaming fans have lined the black carpet in Los Angeles 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 late on Monday before it is released in theatres.
Breaking Dawn - Part 2 will see 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.
Kristen Stewart vamps up for Twilight premiere
Twilight star Kristen Stewart says goodbye to the teen series in grown up style.
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 said.
More than 2200 fans travelled from around the world to camp 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," he 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," he said.
The three lead stars were joined by fellow cast members including Nikki Reed, Ashley Greene, Kellan Lutz, Jackson Rathbone, Michael Sheen and Dakota Fanning, as well as director Bill Condon and 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.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 opens tomorrow.