Cheese-ball alert: today was a special day in the Twilight fandom. The cast kicked off Breaking Dawn press here at Comic-Con, and it was obvious they are all feeling emotional about it being the beginning of the end. As a Twilight fan and reporter I felt it too – the mix of raw excitement for the final film and deep sadness that after so much time together, this is it. I sat in for both press panels before the Hall H madness, and was impressed by the cast’s energy. Peter Facinelli and Kellan Lutz were being goofballs, Nikki Reed was sweet and sensitive, Ashley Greene was poised and professional and Liz Reaser did some amazing dance movies (imitating Michael Sheen on-set). Taylor Lautner often gets overlooked, but I love his attitude so much — he’s always ready to goof around with Rob and Kristen but is a class act to the core. Mackenzie Foy is as adorable as she seems, and she handled the attention like a pro.
We heard it was hard to get a hotel room at San Diego Comic-Con, but are people really forced to go to such drastic measures as sleep four to a car? Err, not really. San Diegans Ian Morris, Trent Brookshier, Kat Turner and Christie Ripley signed up to live in a brand new Dodge Dart from Wednesday night through Saturday morning as they compete to win that very car and are live-streamed doing so for 12 hours a day (the other 12 they get a break from the glaring TV lights, but not the car). And after their first night together in such cozy quarters, it seems like they just might survive without going at each other’s throats. “We’re actually really friendly with each other,” Kat said, as Trent explained how they quickly learned the best way to sleep four to a car: give up on your personal space. So leg room hasn’t been what’s getting to them so far, it’s the heat. “We were actually hoping to be in the convention center, for the air-conditioning,” Kat said. Still, the foursome seemed in good spirits as they prepared themselves for another day of silly challenges like packing the car, answering trivia questions, and — this being the Con — dressing in costumes. That last contest was how Trent got to choose his seat for the day, the passenger side. Behind him, Christie was desperately trying to catch up on the sleep she couldn’t get all night as hecklers stopped by. Kat was trying hard not to think about how much she needed a smoke (she’s not allowed to have one, even on breaks).
“This is a lifetime experience for me, whether I won the car or not,” she said. “One day is more than most people would do.”
Though Ian joked that they’d formed an alliance against Trent, the fans at home might want to root for him: He just got married a week ago and this car would make a great gift for his new bride!
Visit DodgeDartChallenge.com to watch these guys “Live in It to Win It,” through Saturday and check back here for more updates from them … and the people who actually made it out of the car and into the Con too!