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The Twilight Saga: Eclipse gets its UK Premiere

by Toni Garden. Published Fri 02 Jul 2010 02:07, last updated: 09/07/10

Not even the sweltering heat of London in July will deter the fanatical Twilight fans and yesterday was a particularly sticky Thursday that saw them out in full force to greet the cast for the UK premiere of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.

Sure, some fans may have been carted away by paramedics, before the stars had even set foot on the red carpet we might add, but that is just a small price the TwiHards are willing to pay to be a part of the phenomenon.

Vamping it up on the red carpet were the stars of the film, Ashley Greene and Nikki Reed, who play “vegetarian” vamps, Alice Cullen and Rosalie Hale.

They were joined at the premiere by co-stars Kellan Lutz (Emmett Cullen), Xavier Samuel (Riley Biers) and Alex Meraz (Paul) and Booboo Stewart (Seth) who got the girls screaming and forgetting all about their absent vampire and werewolf.

The films stars were also joined on the red carpet by TV presenters Gok Wan and Holly Willoughby, actors Danny Dyer and Clive Owen and singers Joe Jonas, Kelly Rowland and Paloma Faith were dressed to impress.

Director David Slade said he was "overwhelmed and terrified" by the massive number of people who had turned up to support the film "The reason why I took it was because I knew I could never do anything like it again. I know it's vampires and werewolves but it's an unapologetic love story," he added.

The newest Twilight heartthrob, Xavier Samuel 26, who plays bad boy Riley in Eclipse, chatted about getting to know his co-stars and says he has been jamming to get to know them “We do play together when we get the chance. Especially Jackson and Rob.”.

Sadly for fans though it doesn't look like they will be taking to the road anytime soon with Samuel adding “They play the guitar but we’re not going to start a boy band or anything like that.”

Fans travelled from far and wide and even camped out overnight in Leicester square just to get up close to their favourite celebs.

Some fans had boasted over a 34 hour wait and many expressed how disappointed they were at the absence of Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner and especially Robert Pattinson with t-shirts saying “ROBBED” to show their heartbreak.

But as the wolf pack descended upon the red carpet to titillate the patient TwiHards, video messages from the much missed trio were released to ear piercing screams.

"Sorry I can't be here tonight, but I hope you have a fantastic time with the rest of the cast this evening.” Pattinson recited, continuing with a word of thanks to the fans before closing with the standard, "hope you enjoy the film as much as we enjoyed making it.".

Pattinson and Stewart both stated work commitments to get a sick note from the premiere but Lautner offered no reason for his absence other than “scheduling conflicts”.

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse opens Nationwide on July, 9.

If you went to the premiere tell us what you thought, was it worth the trip?

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"Love BooBoo Stewart! and Nikki Reed looks amazing in the photos (:" Abigail, suffolk uk around 9 years, 8 months ago

"I am so upset i couldnt go, however watched the film today and had goosebumps the whole way through, one word AMAZING! cant wait for next x" Sadie Thomas, bristol around 9 years, 9 months ago

"I was right near the cinema at the front of the barriers. Annoyed that Ashley and Kellan didnt stop for us, but it as brilliant anyway :)" Kathryne Hamilton, London around 9 years, 9 months ago

"Didn't go to the premier in Londodn but have just got in from a 7.5hr cinemathon triple bill - well worth it. Totally Fab!" Suzie, Wales around 9 years, 9 months ago

"OMG I loved it,it was amazing.Travelled from Blackpool,sat near the front for over 7 hours and it was worth it.Thanks for putting my pic on " Marie, Blackpool around 9 years, 9 months ago

"Most awsome experience ever! Got Ashley Green, Alex Meraz (x2) David Slade, Booboo Stewart's autography and got pictures, except Ashley ;D" Lydia Grace White, Plumstead, London around 9 years, 9 months ago

"the best two days of my life so far..that's not even an exaggeration! I was one of the ones there from about 1 O'Clock on wednesday!! xxxx" Wendy Mullaney, Northampton around 9 years, 9 months ago

"I had a lot of fun! upset that ashley didn't come to my part of crowd though! LOVE nikki reed <3 cannot wait until i see the film! yay yay!!" becki, bath around 9 years, 9 months ago

"Had a fab day! Riley, Paul, Alice, Seth & director's autographs, plus same great photos and posters. Seeing the film tomorrow -can't wait!" Rebecca, Westcliff-on-Sea around 9 years, 9 months ago

"Even though i was not in time to get into the square i got amazing pictures and alot of waves and had alot of fun!" Yasmin , London around 9 years, 9 months ago

"It was sooooooo good! Because of the amont of people it was extremely difficult to get anywhere near them! But GO KELLAN and ASHLEY!! :Dxxx" Lauren Currie, Scotland around 9 years, 9 months ago

"everyone who went is sooo lucky!!! but have to say nikki and ashley looked sooo pretty!! =]" Colette Rodrigues, london around 9 years, 9 months ago

"I WAS THERE! IT WAS AMAZING! came all the way from the north west! so worth it, even though i was 'ROBBED' :( oh well! bring on next year;)" libi, blackpool around 9 years, 9 months ago

"took my 7 year old daughter was right at the front all she wanted was alice autograph and she just walked past very upsetting" alice, aylesbury around 9 years, 9 months ago

"yes i went of course i went, i was pushed nd squeezed but i didnt care i love every second of it and i would do it again , I LOVE ECLIPSE xx" Sarah Buckley, london around 9 years, 9 months ago

"omgg!! i went it was soo packed! everyone was going crazy and pushing but it was good and booboo held my hand!! It madee my day!! " umisha, london around 9 years, 9 months ago

"o my good it was amazing i got lots of autographs i was the best day xx" stacey shirley, cardiff around 9 years, 9 months ago

"Oh my god, absolutely amazing!!!! arrived at 4am and saw all the stars! got nikki reed and alex meraz autographs, they were both so lovely!!" sarah Mills, Bristol around 9 years, 9 months ago

"Yesterday was amazing! I was lucky enough to have premiere tickets! The movie is deffo the best one so far! IT IS FANTASTIC! & kellan is hot" Candice, Berkshire around 9 years, 9 months ago

"omg the premiere was amazing..glad i could be there :) cant wait to see the film tomorrow :D xoxo" susanne, London around 9 years, 9 months ago

"OMG I was there!!!!!!! It was awesome and Kellan Lutz was amazing!!!! And so was Alex Meraz!!!" Roslyn, London around 9 years, 9 months ago


"they should have got more people from the film to go, as there were only 6 stars from the whole film that turned up and the director.x" Chloe, Chatham, Kent around 9 years, 9 months ago

"Loved being at the eclipse premiere yesterday so worth getting there at 6am!! And Alex you are a legend!!!" Kathryn Withers, Slough around 9 years, 9 months ago

"oh my god it was amazing i waited for seven and a half hours and it was worth every second of it! i met lots of the stars and got photo's :)" Danielle, london around 9 years, 9 months ago

"wow the premiere was amazing, i got ashley and kellans autographs...it was amazing :) cant wait till the film comes out :D" Louise, High Wycombe around 9 years, 9 months ago

"ohmygod. Yesterday was amazing! waiting 10 hours in the sun was worth it. It was AMAZING! :)" Chase, Reading around 9 years, 9 months ago

"i was the fan who got carted of by the paramedics! it was amazing the time that i did stay & i was at the front but the heat was to much " daisy thatcher, essex around 9 years, 9 months ago

"Just got bk from the premier-I was lucky enough to be given a ticket&OH MY GOD IT WAS AMAZING!Literally shaking watching it-my fav so far!!" Liliane Osborne, London around 9 years, 9 months ago