After arriving in Australia on Friday, Robert Pattinson hit the ground running today as he kicked off day one of the Breaking Dawn — Part 2 worldwide promotional tour.
The Brit attended a morning photo call and guested on a couple of radio interviews, before thrilling crowds at a red carpet ‘Special Fan Event’ in Sydney.
Held at Byron Kennedy Hall in Moore Park, Pattinson was bashful but smiley as he signed autographs and posed for the press. During a Q and A inside, reportedly the star had fans in stitches when he joked that if he hadn’t become an actor he would happily be “designing lingerie.”
More laughs came when Pattinson revealed the best moment of filming Part 2 was when co-star Taylor Lautner had to hold hands with 11-year-old Mackenize Foy. The young actress plays Renesmee, the half vampire-half human daughter of Edward and Bella Cullen (played by Pattinson and Kristen Stewart).
During a round of interviews with various press Pattinson told Ten News:
“[It] feels like quite a lot of pressure this last one.”
“You know there’s The Hunger Games and there’s other things coming out which are kind of the same market.”
The actor also had a few things to say about the moniker — “RPatz” — that has followed him like a bad smell since his 4 year rise to superstardom. Telling the Sydney Morning Herald, “I would like to break the hands and mouth of the person who came up with it.”
The 26-year-old also commented on the meta-culture that surrounds The Twilight Saga phenomenon:
“That’s the one thing I’ve been annoyed about by the whole thing … The kind of ‘team’ aspect of it — in which fans ally themselves with “Team Edward” or “Team Jacob.” It’s strange. I think that’s what has created a very strange atmosphere around how the movies are promoted and stuff.”
“It’s making it like a sport or something. People can’t really watch the films any more because they’re thinking about all this other silliness.”
Five thousand miles away, Pattinson’s other half — Kristen Stewart — landed at Tokyo’s Narita airport today ahead of her promotional duties. Debate is still raging about the context in which Popsugar released intimate photographs of the couple, and the reasons why they were later removed from Popsugar’s website. Strangely, few outlets have mentioned illegality.
Right now, however, the focus is the global press tour that will see all the cast members reunited at the world premiere in Los Angeles on November 12. Breaking Dawn —Part 2 hits theaters in most territories on November 16. Check out Pattinson in action in Sydney today in a selection of interviews below. We’ve officially entered the quickening.