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‘Twilight’ cast sends crowd into frenzy

Chris Weitz steals show at Comic-Con presentation

Once Summit Entertainment’s “Twilight” presentation at Comic-Con began, the flash of digital cameras didn’t stop as the crowd — some camped out overnight to secure entrance — screamed their lungs out with every mention of a cast member’s name.

However, the real star of the hour was director Chris Weitz, who warmed up a room of thousands with healthy bursts of self-deprecating humor.

“I’ve been stalking Rob Pattinson for about 10 years now,” he said, “so when I got a chance to get within touching distance of him, I leapt for it.” (Pattinson, for his part, appeared genuinely flustered in face of the hysterical crowd.) When asked about the online phenomenon of “Twilight” fans putting their video reactions to the trailer on YouTube, Weitz said he’s considering a “reaction video to the fan reaction video.”

He also expressed deep affection for a walking stick he acquired for use during some of the forest scenes. “I thought it would give me an air of authority on the set. I was wrong about that.” He also acknowledged never having read any of the “Twilight” books before the first film’s release.

That said, the cast was tactful yet enthusiastic about the change in directors. “With Catherine [Hardwicke], everything was very impulsive and natural,” said Kristin Stewart. “We didn’t have to think about anything; we just went for it. This time was a little more cerebral.” Her co-star Ashley Greene agreed: “There was a lot more nervous energy — no rhyme or reason to anything, we just kind of did it.”

As for Weitz, Greene said: “Of course, we all hate him.” It got a laugh.

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