Unfortunately, the fun for some in the audience ended here as there was some severe awkwardness with Kristen Stewart’s behavior on stage, not only in her introduction before the video, but how she was presenting herself.
In the Q&A session that followed, all Taylor talked about was his “physical transformation” and how he worked out to look the way he does to please the fans and that he hopes they like the reward of his hard work. Ashely Greene, along with director Chris Weitz were by far the better communicators of the group.
Taylor spoke relatively well, but he wasn’t able to focus on or respond to some questions. As for RPattz and Stewart, they were almost a lost cause with their answers and mannerisms. It all started for Kristen when she walked out on stage after being introduced to very mixed reaction of how she looked. When she spoke she couldn’t finish a sentence before starting two others and her mannerisms and the way she constantly held her head with her hands suggested extreme nervousness or borderline intoxication.
Pattinson tried to be funny with most of his answers, and it worked with his quarky facial expressions and delayed responses for the most part. One question he tried to answer with an analogy that made no sense, followed by laughing at himself for not making sense. For his last few questions, he was lost and kept looking and forwarding them to director Chris Weitz who sat just to his right.
One of the better questions asked was what the cast members looked forward to down the road in the franchise and here are the responses we got:
- Ashley Greene is looking forward to working with director David Slade on the third installment, Eclipse.
- Taylor Lautner is looking forward to “the height of the love triangle” and joining with Edward Cullen to protect Bella.
- Kristen Stewart’s witty response was “I can’t wait to get pregnant” which earned some laughs from the large crowd.
- Robert Pattinson’s response was continuing from Stewart’s joke, and he said “being involved with the Cesarean.”
- Director Chris Weitz praised Summit Entertainment and talked about how good it was to work with them where he has some creative control over the process and how much of an improvement it was from his prior project where the studio re-cut his work and interfered.
Towards the latter half of the Q&A, the host Eric Moro really had to prevent and not allow certain cast members from answering questions for fear of embarrassing themselves. At this point, most of them kept looking confused, delaying, and looking towards the director when a question was asked and Weitz had to answer several of the question on behalf of them.
After the awkwardness that was the Q&A, Chris said he had another clip to show the crowd and this one featured the scene where Alice and Bella are racing in Italy to stop Edward from revealing himself. The entire scene was Bella running through crowds of people dressed in red while we see… you guessed it… Edward (in slow-motion) taking off his shirt about to step into the sun. The scene cut out as she got close.
There you have it, both clips we got to see focused on a man taking off his shirt in front of Bella. If you’re a hardcore Twilighter on Team Edward or Team Jacob, this is probably what you wanted to see.
I felt underwhelmed by this panel and was hoping for some better clips or something for the fans and non-fans. The main focus for Summit was on this film, their prized franchise. And the main focus of this film’s panel was on allowing the stars some face time with the fans so they can ask the cast questions… but that didn’t turn out too well. The talk of the crowd was purely on topless Jacob and Edward shots.
The Twilight Saga: New Moon opens November 20, 2009.