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Twilight: Eclipse takes over Leicester Square

by Andy Gibbons

When I first heard that the UK premiere of the latest Twilight movie would be happening without any of the three main stars, I have to admit I was a little sceptical that it would get much attention. Boy was I wrong!

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Two and half thousand frenzied fans packed into London’s Leicester Square last night (many having queued over night) while another few thousand waited outside to greet Ashley Greene (Alice Cullen), Kellan Lutz (Emmett Cullen) Paul Meraz (Paul), Nikki Reed (Rosalie Hale) and franchise newcomers Booboo Stewart (Seth), Xavier Samuel (Riley) and director David Slade, and greet them they did as central London was drowned in ear-piercing squeals.

Even though Slade admitted he felt rather “overwhelmed and terrified” by it all, the young stars took it in their stride and signed as many autographs and posed for as many pictures as possible. It’s obvious the cast and crew have a real affinity with the ‘Twihards’ and Nikki was quick to praise them, telling me “It’s incredible. I love them and I think I’m extremely lucky to be part of this and have these fans. It’s my first time here over in the UK and I’m blown away” while Kellan described all the attention as “fun”, adding “This is my first premiere here in London and I hope it’s not my last.”

Mind you, as nice as the fans can be, 16-year-old Booboo, who plays new werewolf Seth admitted that some can get a little too close, saying “One time I was doing a photo opp and this woman, she was like 40 years old, after she was like ‘Hey, do you want to make out?’ I was like ‘Whaaaat?’ It was kinda weird, you know what I mean.”

I’ve posted some pics from the night below but that’s not all – earlier today I spent some time chatting with the stars of the movie and I’ll post those interviews in full next week.

Twilight Eclipse premiere 006 A very packed Leicester Square

Twilight Eclipse premiere 047 Paul Meraz

Twilight Eclipse premiere 037 Director David Slade

Twilight Eclipse premiere 062 Ashley Greene

Twilight Eclipse premiere 071 Nikki Reed

Twilight Eclipse premiere 072  A relaxed Xavier Samuel

 Twilight Eclipse premiere 083 Booboo Stewart

Twilight Eclipse premiere 091 Kellan Lutz

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse will be released across the UK on the 9th July, with advance screenings on the 3rd and 4th July.


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