Despite being drenched in chilled rain, globs of snowflakes and exhaustion due to standing outside for days, a street of a reported 1,500 fans got what they waited for on Saturday night, as the cast of the upcoming movie “Twilight”- Robert Pattinson, Rachelle Lefevre, Nikki Reed, and Kirsten Stewart- dropped by Much Music in downtown Toronto, and were greeted with a raving audience of shrieks and screams.
According to CTV News, crowds began cluttering the streets as early as two days in advance.
The cast covered all angles to promote the new movie, which is due in theatres on November 21, from signing autographs and posing for polaroid fan-pictures to answering questions about the audition process and their on-screen chemistry.
The film has received an enormous amount of popularity and hype due to it’s massive fan base of the Twilight saga series written by author Stephenie Meyer, about the love affair of a 17-year-old girl, played by Stewart, and a century-old vampire in a 17-year-old boy’s body, played by Pattinson.
“I kind of am fascinated by the whole “Twilight” phenomenon,” said celebrity blogger Perez Hilton who greeted the cast via web cam. “Especially because the movie hasn’t even come out yet. I would venture to say that safely at this point in time Robert Pattinson has a bigger, crazier effect over the ladies than even Zac Efron.”
The film apparently went through thousands of actors until they finally casted 22-year-old Pattinson as the perfect fit for the heartthrob Edward Cullen.
“We just spent like four hours in this room hashing over all the scenes and we couldn’t stop talking about it,” said Pattinson. “But it’s funny, it’s like last year you can’t get a date, and this year the world turns and everybody — the definition of attractiveness has just been redefined.”
“I had no idea this was beloved by so many people,” said Stewart, 18, who plays heroine Bella Swan. ”It’s a strange thing to have something so personal and to care about something so much individually and then become aware of it halfway through you’re already starting the project. So, you know — I care about the book as much as everybody else. Bella is like every girl, and she’s not a vampire, so she doesn’t have any superpowers, but I guess she’s like a superhero, in the sense that she’s a really strong character.”
And as the story and film’s main couple, Pattinson and Stewart spoke a bit about the thought process behind the on-screen chemistry. “The one thing that needed to be specific was that it’s not a typical make-out scene,” said Stewart. “We didn’t really do a rehearsal, because there needed to be a responsiveness that needed to be solid.”
Canadian born Lefevre, who plays the villainous vampire Victoria, says her passion for the series began long before the audition, and the decision to take a bite into the role has resulted in a dream come true for the Montreal actress.
“I read “Twilight” before the audition and I didn’t wait to find out if I got cast or not, I read the whole series. I’m definitely a fan,” said Lefevre, 29. “But it’s been pretty amazing to be on the receiving end of so much support and adoration and excitement. The anticipation has been very great, but really I just feel really lucky. I’m from Montreal and now I’m coming home to Canada and instead of coming home just to see family I’m coming home to do a press tour. It’s kind of surreal.”