So as most Twifans know by now, the 4th installment of the massive Twlight Saga series is finishing off in Vancouver in the next few weeks.
Most even know that yesterday the movies main stars Robert Pattinson (Edward Cullen) & Kristen Stewart (Bella Swan) arrived.
However, only the most observant were aware that on Saturday the first cast showed up for filming... including a little piece of Edward & Bellas love.
The festivities started with the first person to come in, former "Alias" star Mia Maestro (Carmen Denali). The 32 year old Argentinian actress who has also been in the international hit "The Motorcycle Diaries" had tweeted the day prior that she was heading to Vancouver Saturday & looked packed for a long visit. She was was very pleasant & and answered questions & seemed very fine with the level of attention she was getting as she made the 100 yard walk to her vehicle to depart.
Not long after her arrival, the most notable name of day 1 arrived. Little 10 year old Mackenzie Foy (Renesmee) came thru with her mom to far more attention than she has ever likely endured before. Everyone there was absolutely blown away with how composed & professional the young star was. She answered questions, smiled for photos & even signed an autograph. I was quite blown away with how well this kid has it together already.
Finally, was Swedish actress, 26 year old MyAnna Buring (Tanya Denali) who I have seen in 2 films before "Grindhouse" & "Lesbian Vampire Killers". The majority of the star watchers & paps completely missed her leaving, and I might have too if someone hadnt made me aware. Because she seemingly flew in under the radar of most, we had little to no time to get a couple pics of her. She also said she was happy to be here & thanked us when we told her to enjoy her time here.
So that was it for the 1st day of the cast arriving. Day 2 obviously proved far bigger for name power... we'll see what day 3, the final day has in store.
The hardest working doctor in show business was in Vancouver this past weekend for a Twilight fan convention.
The double shifting doc, known to the rabid Twilight series fanbase as Dr. Carlisle Cullen, or at his second doctoring job as Dr. Fitch Cooper on the television show Nurse Jackie spent several hours meeting, greeting and talking to fans at the convention.
While other stars were whisked away from the fans like they were recluse rock stars thru private corridors, Peter opted for a more low key & personable departure from the convention. He simply walked out the front door into an awaiting vehicle.
Outside he greeted fans, signing autographs & posing with fans.,..FOR FREE. Despite the absurd $30 an autograph & $50 for a photo with price the convention hawkers were gouging fans for inside, Peter did it for no extra charge outside upon his departure.
Once at the airport, a group of 8 people were awaiting his arrival. Fans & hounds waited for his arrival & when he finally showed up, he acted as if we were just as special as the people who in total might have shelled out over $360 for a complete Twilight fan package that weekend.
His willingness to sign multiple items per person, stop and pose for photos with several of the fans, answer a few questions as best as he could, and do it all without even a sign of disdain is why I have him on my top 10 nicest celebs list. Because truthfully, most celebs in his position after just getting paid to sign autographs & pose for photos wouldnt have lifted a finger.
To top it off, you could clearly tell he was a bit worn down & probably, truthfully, would have been just as happy to leave with no fanfare. But instead of being gruff & anti-social he took it all in & seemed genuinely happy for the attention. He thanked the fans for coming out. He thanked the other photographer there and myself for coming out, shook our hands & went on his way.
Another great experience with Peter Facinelli wrapped up. With news that Breaking Dawn may be done in Louisiana, its possible this was my last interaction with Mister Twitter 2009. If it was, he left an incredible impression.
I occasionally argue with inanimate objects, but I usually win. So its all good.