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Comic-Con 2012: ‘Twilight’ Panel

Comic-Con 2012 'Twilight' panel
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If you thought the Comic-Con 2012Twilight‘ panel wasn’t going to be a big deal, especially when compared to the ones for ‘Dexter‘ and ‘Game of Thrones,’ just remember how long die-hard fans have been camping out in front of the location — days.

Filmmaker Bill Condon was joined by all the cast members you love (or love to hate) to reveal the latest news about the finale of ‘Breaking Dawn’ and the entire movie series. Though after the official trailer and a slew of images from the film, what else could we possibly need to know to make us even more pumped (or filled with dread, whichever you prefer)?

Moderator Eric Moro stepped out on the stage and first have his condolences to Giselle, the lady who died a couple of days before Comic-Con. After the somber moment, he brought to the stage Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Mackenzie Foy and author Stephenie Meyer. Before we heard them answer a bunch of questions from the audience, we saw a few clips from ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part II’ with a video introduction done by director Bill Condon. Unfortunately, he wasn’t present in person because he’s currently helping out with the score for the film, but at least he brought the fans a good amount of footage to see.

The panel showed us the opening of the film that — MAJOR SPOLER ALERT — began with a close-up of Bella’s blood red eyes: She’s a newborn vampire now and is experiencing the world in a different way. Bella can see and hear everything, which is made apparent through the extreme close-up images of a tiny leaf on the carpet among other random objects.

She runs off into the woods with Edward. It’s not her choice, it’s his. He refuses to show her Renesmee until she goes out and hunts. So the two are running along in the woods, racing with each other. But then they stop as Bella starts to focus her attention on a deer. She’s about to attack when suddenly she hears somebody else in the distance. It’s a rock climber who just cut his arm. She can smell the blood and it’s driving her wild. She begins climbing up the cliff going after the human but Edward stops her in the nick of time. Instead of feasting on the blood of a human, Bella wrestles and drinks the blood out of a mountain lion instead of the deer.

Bella and Edward return back to their home to find Jacob waiting outside for the two. He comments on how normal she looks and she finally is able to experience how bad werewolves actually smell to vampires. The two have a cute little conversation between each other before they all go inside to meet Renesmee.

The last scene featured Bella sitting down, trying not to fidget when Alice puts a couple of brown contacts into her eyes. Bella’s dad was about to visit so the rest of the Cullen clan gave her tips on how to act more human. Towards the end of the scene, she’s just generally frustrated by it all and figures out her own way to be more human.

After we got a good footage dose of ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II,’ they brought out the remainder of the Cullen clan which includes Ashley Greene, Kellan Lutz, Jackson Rathbone, Nikki Reed, Peter Facinelli and Elizabeth Reaser. They talked about their favorite scenes to shoot and you can tell that they’re all genuinely happy to see each other again since they did finish shooting months ago.
But what some of the ‘Twilight’ fans are really curious about is how excited she is to finally play Bella the vampire. Obviously she’s really excited. Why wouldn’t you be? You get the opportunity to go and beat Kellan Lutz’s character in a scene. How can that not be fun to do? Then there’s Edward and Jacob, two characters who both have to deal with Bella’s sudden physical change. Of course Taylor Lautner and Robert Pattinson talk about how happier their characters are over the change. Why wouldn’t they?

They continue to answer a number of questions asked by the fans. The one that stands out the most in our minds is when one of them asked what villain they would dress up as if they were casually going to Comic-Con. Kristen Stewart wants to be the Evil Queen from her film ‘Snow White and the Huntsman.’ Robert Pattinson’s answer is a little more creative. At first he answers that he wants to be one of the crowd then changes it to General Zod. Then suddenly some fangirls thought the phrase “Kneel before Zod!” was the sexiest phrase they ever heard.

What was their favorite scenes to shoot? We’ll tell you. For Taylor Lautner and Kristen Stewart it was the scene where he explains to Bella that he’s imprinted on Renesmee, her daughter. What a funny coincidence. Then for some weird reason they were asked about what would be the perfect concert to attend no matter what the era. We certainly did like the chuckle reaction the audience gave out when one of them responded with Adele.
Then there was the question about it all finally coming to an end. It was really surprising to see Kristen Stewart begin to choke up a bit, talking about what a wonderful experience it was and how much she’s going to miss it.

No, she didn’t actually cry, but there definitely was a lump in her throat.

But that wasn’t the cutest part of the question and answer portion of the panel. A young man, probably in his late teens, stepped up to the mic and told Taylor Lautner that he was so inspired by the actor’s physique that he lost a spectacular amount of weight. The audience clapped for him and Taylor Lautner at one point was so surprised by this testimony that he wasn’t sure what to say. But he answers the kid’s question when he asks if he ever has a cheating day and what else does he do sport-wise in order to keep up his physique.

And that was the end of ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II’ panel, and furthermore the end of ‘Twilight’s panel appearances at Comic-Con. We wonder how many fangirls will come back just for the heck of it last year or how many will not. We’ll find out next year.

‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II’ will be released in theaters everywhere on November 16th.

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