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    >>> we're back now at 8:11. "new moon" mania is in full swing ahead of the midnight release of the second installment in "the twilight saga," and one of the main reasons is this young guy right here, robert pattinson . he's back as a century-old vam pine, edward cullen , and finds himself in a fight for his life. take a look.

    >> it's good stuff. robert , welcome back. it's nice to see you.

    >> you, too.

    >> last time you were here, it was in advance of a little movie, the first one, "twilight," and that movie went on to make $380 million at the box office . the dvd sold 8 million copies. did you have any idea last time you were sitting on this show what you were in store for?

    >> yeah, i actually bought up a whole load of the dvds and was selling them in the back of my truck. no, i had no idea whatsoever. everyone always asks me and no one believes me, but i had absolutely no idea what was going to happen with it.

    >> it turned your life upside down. it catapulted you to a different level of fame. i mean, we just saw what happened when you walked outside. what's it like? kind of give me the wide-ranging view, what's it like to live in your shoes these days?

    >> um, i mean, i wish i could give a more wide understanding of what it's like, but i mean, i feel exactly the same. i mean, it's kind of -- i speak in an american accent when i'm talking to crowds because it's so separate to my actual life. i mean, i still feel like i'm kind of acting. i mean, i think that's the way so i don't go completely mad.

    >> it's so flattering on the one hand, robert , but on the other hand, do you ever wish there were times you could put the je genie back in the bottle?

    >> only about my teeth.

    >> about your teeth?

    >> i had to change my teeth a little bit for the first movie, and that's the only regret i have.

    >> you liked your old teeth better?

    >> yeah. god, i was supposed to do this brace thing, and i never wore the braces, so now i've kind of damaged my teeth permanently. so, that's the only regret i have.

    >> one of the things people may recognize when this movie opens at midnight is because it stays true to the book, you're not in this one as much as you were the first one. how do you feel about that?

    >> well, i'm glad it's true to the book. i mean, geez, they would go crazy if --

    >> what could be worse than this?

    >> sacrificed. but i always liked this book. i always thought it was the most complex book, and the most, especially for edward's character, the most relatable story. i like the idea of a guy who, you know, the more in love with someone you fall, the more you kind of lose control of the relationship and kind of attack and destroy it. i always thought that was interesting.

    >> kristen stewart was here the other day, and she said there are times she finds herself falling into her character, that she likes the character and she kind of takes it on, and you say you feel like you're acting sometimes. do you like this character, this guy, this kind of perfect romantic?

    >> it's funny, i mean, because i never play it as that ever. and that's what i don't understand about people --

    >> why all this has happened?

    >> yeah. the character in the book, i mean, you can kind of see why it's an ideal guy, but the book is through bella's eyes, and she's madly in love with him, infatuates with him. so, i mean, i've always had to find the negative aspects of it.

    >> you can't go to an airport, can't go to a magazine stand without looking at you on the cover of one of these entertainment magazines or the other kind of magazines as well. i'm going to give you a chance to put some things to rest right here.

    >> what are the other kind of magazines?

    >> the tabloid magazines. so, let's do tabloid true or false. these are all things that have been written about you in the past year alone, okay? true or false -- you've been dating nonstop? i mean, nonstop.

    >> literally nonstop, yes.

    >> okay, good, true. you're dating one of your co-stars, her name rhymes with tristen blewart.

    >> tristen blewart -- there was a listen hewart.

    >> so, that would be true.

    >> yes.

    >> you got engaged.

    >> yes.

    >> you were hit by a cab.

    >> yes.

    >> you had a drug overdose .

    >> yes.

    >> are any of these false?

    >> no. i actually come up with these rumors to spread about myself.

    >> because it works for you. and this talked about butt accident, butt injury, what was that?

    >> um, i think that was my mother giving birth. so, that's horrible.

    >> i don't understand it, but you know what, i hope you're at least enjoying some of this. i really do. because there are very few actors or actresses who get to say that they're living in this kind of a predicament right now.

    >> i mean, it's kind of incredible, i mean, especially as i was literally, the day before i did this audition, i was going to quit acting because i never got any jobs. so, i guess it's not really quitting when you're not getting jobs, it's just surrendering to fate.

    >> it all worked out, and this new installment, the second installment, "new moon" opens in theaters nationwide, whether you say tonight or tomorrow, midnight. so, good luck with that.

    >> thank you very much.

    >> thanks for coming by, robert . it's nice to see you. tomorrow on "today," co-star taylor

TODAY contributor
updated 11/19/2009 10:39:48 AM ET 2009-11-19T15:39:48

A chalky complexion and a predilection for blood are no obstacles to movie idolhood. Proof came when Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira escorted Robert Pattinson onto Rockefeller Plaza Thursday morning, on the eve of the nationwide premiere of the second “Twilight” vampire romance saga, “New Moon.”

A collective screech rose from young female fans lined up a dozen deep as the 23-year-old British heartthrob flashed a megawatt smile and worked the crowd like a seasoned politician.

And the young actor handled some good-natured badgering about supermarket tabloid headlines with similar grace and more than a touch of self-mockery. Once they were safely ensconced in Studio 1A, Lauer played a game of true-or-false with the tabloid stories surrounding Pattinson in the past year.

Are the rumors true?
“You’ve been dating nonstop,” Lauer started.

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Pattinson put on a grave face. “Literally nonstop, yes.”

“You’re dating your co-star: Her name rhymes with ‘Tristan Blewart,’ ” Lauer posed, tongue-in-cheek.

Pattinson replied, “Umm ... there was a Liston Hewitt last year! That would be true, yes.”

Lauer continued down the list of rumors. Was it true Pattinson was engaged? Yes, the actor affirmed. That he’d been hit by a cab? Also true. That he’d had a drug overdose? Absolutely.

“And this talk about a butt accident, butt injury? What was that?” Lauer asked.

“That was my mother giving birth,” Pattinson said, no longer able to keep a straight face.

He added, “I actually come up with these rumors myself!”

He almost quit
Indeed, the affable actor seems to take the fan hysteria, and the probing of his personal life, with more than a grain of salt. But Pattinson admits idolhood can be a heady experience, especially since he was about to chuck his acting career at the time he was just one of 3,000 young men to audition for the part of Edward in the first “Twilight” movie two years ago.

Video: Kristen Stewart on ‘New Moon’ “I was literally, the day before I did this audition, I was going to quit acting,” Pattinson recounted. “I was going to quit because I never got any jobs, so I guess it’s not really quitting when you’re not getting jobs — it’s just surrendering to fate.”

But fate had something different in mind for Pattinson. “Twilight” — the movie based on the first of four Stephanie Meyer novels that have sold 40 million copies — grossed $380 million, and the young actor’s popularity has eclipsed even that of his attractive co-stars Stewart, Ashley Greene and Taylor Lautner.

In Los Angeles, fans camped out for days just to get a glimpse of him at Tuesday’s premiere. And while merchandisers have sold some 40,000 life-size cardboard cutouts of the “Twilight” stars, 30,000 have been of Pattinson’s brooding hero.

Pattinson told Lauer that the hoopla seems nearly an out-of-body experience to him. “I wish I could give a more wide understanding of what it’s like, but I feel exactly the same,” he told Lauer. “I speak in an American accent when I’m talking to crowds, because it’s so separate to my actual life. I still feel like I’m kind of acting. I think that’s so I don’t go completely mad.”

Video: Fans line up for ‘New Moon’ premiere While the jury is still out on whether Pattinson is the next Tom Cruise or just a flash in the pan (his non-“Twilight” movie “How to Be” was called an “aimless indie dud” by Entertainment Weekly), he’s clearly reveling in being the Hollywood heartthrob of the moment.

Dental issues
“New Moon” is only the second of four planned “Twilight” films: A third installment has already been completed and is set for release in June 2010. Pattinson said “New Moon” is actually his favorite among the four Meyer books, even though his character, Edward Cullen, is given showy scenes only at the beginning and the end. In fact, his reduced role is a bonus, he told Lauer.

“I’m glad it’s true to the book: I mean, [the fans] would go crazy otherwise,” he said. “I always liked this book; I always thought it was the most complete book, especially for Edward’s character. I like the idea of a guy who, the more in love with someone you fall, the more you lose control of the relationship and attack and destroy it. I always thought that was interesting.”

Video: Fans go wild for Robert Pattinson So even though he doesn’t get a ton of face time in “New Moon,” Pattinson still has plenty to smile about: According to reports, his and co-star Stewart’s paychecks rose from $2 million for the first “Twilight” film to $12 million for the second.

But the actor’s smile is also at the center of one of his few regrets about “Twilight,” Pattinson admitted to Lauer. It seems producers were unimpressed with the choppers God gave him and urged him to wear a brace to heighten his smile.

“I had to change my teeth a little bit for the first movie, and that’s the only regret I have,” Pattinson said ruefully. “I was supposed to do this brace thing, and I never wore the brace, and so now I’ve damaged my teeth permanently.”

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