By Bennett Marcus, Vanity Fair
On the day that the final movie of The Twilight Saga hit theaters, the Cinema Society held one final screening, where the cast shared some fond memories and revealed how they each bid a bittersweet adieu to Jacob's abs the characters that, after five movies, had become a part of them.
"Oh my God, they were beyond annoying," Elizabeth Reaser said of the colored contact lenses they all wore. "They are excruciating," she added. "There were days, you know, especially when we were shooting in this big snow, and the snow was made out of paper, and it was getting in the air, and it was going underneath the contacts," her onscreen husband Peter Facinelli chimed in. "And I remember Elizabeth woke up one day and her eyes were swollen shut. I was like, 'I play a doctor, but I can't help you, Elizabeth.'"
"I've never worn contacts, and the lens techs were a little, I think, leery when I coined the phrase 'corneal rape,'" said Maggie Grace. "It was funny; some you could see through, and some you just couldn't. So it was a little strange to be, you know, in a scene with someone that you couldn't see."
Dakota Fanning attended the screening at the Sunshine Landmark Cinema, and the after-party at the new club Finale, but, like her Volturi character in the movie, didn't speak. Robert Pattinson could not attend the New York screening, which was hosted by The Hollywood Reporter and Samsung Galaxy, because he was at the movie's premiere in Madrid that same day, wearing Dolce & Gabbana, which we know from the e-mail we received from the designer's P.R. department. (Presumably Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner were also somewhere, wearing clothing by designers on whose e-mail lists we are not.)
Reaser wishes she had kept a memento after playing Esme Cullen in five movies. "I regret that I didn't steal anything. But I've found that stealing from sets is not good," she said.
Peter Facinelli hasn't learned that lesson, even after being caught. "Carlisle's ring, I tried to take in New Moon, and they called me and asked for it back. I was like, 'I don't know where it is!' They were like, 'No, we only have that one. We need it for the next movie.' So I had to give it back. And then when we did Breaking Dawn--Part 2, it might have or it might not have been left on my finger when I got home," he told VF Daily.
Kellan Lutz did not need a memento. "All the memories are in my heart and my head," he told us. "There's a lot of Emmett in Kellan, and a lot of Kellan in Emmett, and I'm going to bring Emmett with me for the rest of my life." Aw. His memories of making these epic movies? "You know, a lot of times you just stand there all day as a vampire--especially with an ensemble cast, you're just there," Lutz said.
As if the onetime Calvin Klein underwear model were not buff enough, he killed time by getting even more in shape.
"I got really big. Seven months of working out? That's double the time we had for the other movies. I just was eating and working out, because I had a lot of downtime. So I just would watch football in the gym, work out," he said.
Ah, so after the film wrapped and he no longer needed to be in top shape, surely he gave all that up, pigged out, and became flabby, right? "I just got a little too big," he said. Aha! Stars, they're just like us! Lutz says he stopped working out for a while. "It's good to slim down a little bit."
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