"Twilight" stars reflect on bittersweet end to the films

Thu Jul 12, 2012 7:54pm EDT
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By Piya Sinha-Roy

SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - The stars of "Twilight" gathered for the final time at the Comic-Con pop culture convention on Thursday, laughing and joking with fans as they reflected on a "bittersweet" end to the film franchise that catapulted them to fame.

The "Twilight" films - five in all based on a series of young adult novels by author Stephenie Meyer about a vampire, Edward Cullen, who falls in love with a human girl, Bella Swan - have become a blockbuster franchise earning $2.5 billion at global box offices from the first four films.

The final installment, "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" is due in theaters in November.

"If you told me tomorrow that we had to reshoot some scene, I'd be so happy because I do enjoy living in this world. We got to do it for four years and I put everything I had into it," Kristen Stewart, who plays Swan, told reporters at Comic-Con.

"Even though it's a bummer to walk away, it's something I'll always have."

She was joined by fellow actors Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, author Meyer and newcomer Mackenzie Foy, who plays Edward and Bella's daughter, Renesmee.

Comic-Con attracts more than 125,000 movie, TV, comic book and pop culture fans annually, and Hollywood's studios turn out with upcoming films and stars to promote. The "Twilight" makers used the convention as a launching pad for the first film in 2008 and they continue to return to reach hard-core followers.

Thousands of fans lined up for hours - and for some people, days - to get into a Comic-Con panel where the stars talked about the film and treated fans to the first seven minutes of "Breaking Dawn - Part 2."   Continued...

Actress Kristen Stewart (C) accepts the award for movie of the year for "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1" at the 2012 MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles June 3, 2012. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni