Instead, it was Twilight's brooding vampire Robert Pattinson, accompanied by director Catherine Hardwicke, who drew a packed and very loud crowd at the Soho Apple store Monday night for a fan Q&A about his vampire film based on the best-selling book by Stephenie Meyer.
The audience, made up mostly of screaming girls, went nuts when Pattinson showed up, shrieking "I love you" to the British thespian. Pattinson responded with a bemused "thank you" to very boisterous declarations of adoration, but told the ladies he's no polished hunk.
"I haven't washed my hair in about six weeks," said Pattinson, 22. "It's disgusting."Is he anything like Edward Cullen, the bloodsucker who feeds on animals rather than humans?
"I have an incredible six-pack. I'm joking," cracked Pattinson. "I can run really fast. I'm good at climbing trees. I always get carried away when I'm kissing people. I just go nuts."
He signed on to do the film because "I liked Catherine. I like the story," said Pattinson. "Done."
Depending on how Twilight, which opens Nov. 21, performs at the box office, sequels are a possibility for the director and her stars. Hardwicke, best known for smaller films such as Thirteen and Lords of Dogtown, seems mostly unfazed by the massive and very passionate followers of the film, even though fans clustered outside the Apple store and mobbed her car when she arrived.
"They're very vocal," said Hardwicke of the book series' followers.
How did Hardwicke find Pattinson, whose largest film role to date has been Cedric Diggory in the Harry Potter films?
"We auditioned every gorgeous guy that acts on the planet," she said. "(Pattinson) came over to meet with Kristen (Stewart, who plays Edward's human love Bella) and I. They auditioned and they did some scenes on my bed. These two had the chemistry."