Saturday, May 30, 2009
"Twilight" casting, now stars
"One year ago, Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and a handful of other “Twilight” stars arrived at the MTV Movie Awards and walked down the red carpet, with most of the world’s press uninterested in speaking with them.
This Sunday night, Rob, Kristen, Kellan, Ashley, Cam, Taylor and others will return to Universal’s Gibson Amphitheatre triumphantly, leading the evening’s attendees with seven nominations. And when director Catherine Hardwicke recently showed us around her Venice home where it all began, she marveled at the difference 12 months can make.Hardwicke has a seat on the aisle, stage right. And she’s ready to do a lot of jumping up and down and shrieking if “Twilight” continues its rags-to-riches story at the MTV Movie Awards. “I think it’s going to be different,” she said of the reception she expects for stars like Pattinson on this year’s red carpet. “Most people, now, know who Robert is. He’s been at the top of the Star Meter on IMdB for a year now — he’s really blown up big.”Hardwicke grinned, she’s looking forward to hearing the possible acceptance speech of Breakthrough Performance nominee Pattinson. “If anyone has dealt with it well, [it’s Robert]. He hasn’t gotten a big head — he takes it with a grain of salt. He sees the absurdity and the humor in it,” she explained. “He’s great with that self-effacing Brit-thing; it’s awesome.”