Ladies it is one thing to think it, and another to actually scream it aloud right in front of him.
Can we say creepy?
We were granted a small amount of one-on-one time with Rob Pattinson. That interview is streaming all over this website if you haven't seen it yet. Judging from the 20 minutes or so I spent with Rob, he seems like a pretty normal guy. When I told him I hardly had an idea who he was a few months ago, he laughed and said he didn't blame me. He's as taken aback by this outpouring of love as the rest of the world seems to be. The movie hasn't even opened yet and he thinks this will all be over in a few weeks. Rob - wait until they see you on the big screen, and remind me never to take you to the mall with me.
So then came the question and answer, better known by it's technical term - the time Rob and I stood on a stage and were screamed at for 10 minutes. Rob gave me a laugh when I told him I had questions from the audience ready. Good luck hearing yourself think after we step onto that stage, he told me. When we walked onto the riser, amid hundreds of flashing bulbs and a pulsing roar from the crowd, he kept looking at me and shaking his head. Every city he's been to it's been the same reaction. I think he's looking for the town where 10 people show up, and he'll probably move there.
"Take off your pants," one girl yelled from the crowd.
"Did you just ask me to take off my trousers?" Rob answered. Perplexed by the term "trousers", the crowd moved on to more screaming. Overall the Q&A lasted about 10 minutes. He mentioned that his favorite musical artist was Van Morrison, he refused to sing (he has a song on the soundtrack), and he said that he was signed for at least 3 movies.
We wrapped up the Q&A as objects began flying on stage. By objects, I mean little handwritten notes folded up like mini-footballs, most with names and phone numbers written on them. Note to fans - from a long distance on the upper deck, a harmless toss of a mini-football turns into a dangerous Chinese star flying through the air. I know you love the guy, but try not to take one of his glorious eyes out.
Overall it was an amazing experience. So much energy packed in one little space. I talked with a ton of fans about their obsession, and I'm cutting that video together as we speak. It'll be up on the site later this evening. Hopefully the ringing in my ears be gone by then!