Amid the flash and “Twilight” fan idolatry at Monday’s premiere of “Breaking Dawn — Part 1,” director Bill Condon carried a huge smile all night.
“This is such a relief because it’s the first time we’ve had it in front of a real audience,” he said at the after-party, held in a tent atop the LA Live parking structure. “You can’t really do a test screening on these, so we only had one tiny one with 50 people.”
Condon sees himself as fortunate to have had three “Twilight” films to set up the fourth, when the love affair between Edward and Bella is consummated. “It’s one third act after another in this film,” he added.
Condon will spend the next six months cutting “Part 2,” and allowed that a scene with 100 vampires in a field has stayed with him. “Now I have these greenscreen dreams where you have absolutely no idea where you are. It’s the most disorienting thing,” he said.
Party’s theme was the wedding scene from “Part 1.” Summit’s Rob Friedman with Patrick Wachsberger, who greenlit “Twilight” shortly after coming on board, admitted that he’s a fan of that scene. “I have four daughters so when Bella’s father tells her that he’ll always love her, I always cry,” he said.