March 11th, 2010
11:22 AM ET
The countdown to “Eclipse,” the third installment in the “Twilight” series, is officially in full swing.
A ten second trailer was released for the film, which won't open until June 30, and it lit up the web, ramping up anticipation for the entire trailer which will be unleashed by Summit Entertainment.
Ten seconds doesn’t sound like much, but it’s just long enough for all the necessary “Twilight” components: an intense stare between Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner walking around shirtless and then back to Stewart wearing her trademark “Twilight” mask of confusion.
It's strange timing on Summit's part, as the trailer was originally supposed to premiere before "Remember Me," to draw in the Team Edward fans who are upset about Pattinson getting cozy with Emilie de Ravin and not "staying true" to Kristen Stewart's character, Bella Swan.
For Pattinson, that kind of rabid following has been both a blessing and a curse.
On the one hand, he realizes there’s nothing he can do about his enormous fan base. As he told Parade magazine in a two-part interview, “I think you really cause yourself a lot of problems if you start fighting against it…People recognize you and they want to talk to you, or want to see you. My trick is not to see them as a crowd. If you break down every crowd into individuals, then it's more manageable.”
But on the other hand, he said, “the more people think they know you, the more you’re identified with a certain kind of role. You think people will judge you by your work, but the truth is, it’s about whether the film you’re in makes money or not. And if it’s not making money, they’re like, ‘Oh, he’s over.’”
Pattinson’s ultimate goal is to try and get his name “to stand for something other than meaningless celebrity,” and he hopes to have a career on par with Johnny Depp’s at some point.
One can also hope that by then, Patttinson will have figured out how to ask a girl on a date. Millions of women of all ages are throwing themselves at him, but the 23-year-old Brit said he still has a confidence problem.
“When it comes to the opposite sex, I'm not as fully confident as the guy I play,” he told Parade. “I don't even remember the last time I asked someone out on a date, like, just went up to them and that's the first thing I did. I'm much more self-conscious and not wanting to fail. So I tend to hold back."
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