by Jeff Niesel
In advance of the DVD release of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, which arrives in stores on Saturday, three cast members from the film came to Cleveland today to talk to TV reporters and radio personalities and promote the release. They flew in from Los Angeles last night and leave for St. Louis this afternoon. On Friday night at midnight, they’ll make a special appearance at “a WalMart somewhere in Missouri” to be on hand for a pre-release event for the disc.
Patrick Brennan, Marlane Barnes and Lisa Howard — the trio who play the “Irish maven” in the film — only appear in the franchise’s final film. They were, as Brennan puts it, “the new kids at school” when they arrived on set. But don’t think their characters, which are only in the movie for a matter of minutes, are insignificant. “I go around and do these conventions and all these great fans come out, so I’ve been living it for the past couple of years,” says Brennan, who was joined by Barnes and Howard at the Renaissance Hotel for a quick breakfast before heading off to an interview with Fox 8’s David Moss. Brennan has his own fan club and some fanatic followers have even constructed a web site dubbed The Patrick Brennan Experience that’s devoted to the star. “It’s so strange,” he says, “because we have small parts but these fans embrace all the characters.” Barnes agrees. “It’s fun to be a rallying point for a much bigger thing,” she says. “You have to think not much about it. You have to go along with it. It’s not about me. It’s about this bigger thing and you have to let it wash over you.”
So what exactly is it about the series — the film took in $290 billion at the box office — that appeals to so many people? “Forbidden love. Romeo and Juliet,” says Brennan. “For me, as I grow older — I just turned 40 — it’s very scary to thing grow old and watch your fact change and watch the lines change. Maybe there’s something to staying young.” “Maybe it’s just that teenager, angsty thing,” says Howard. “No matter how old you are, you still remember that time of your life and that desire. Bella eventually gets there. It’s all wrapped up with the fantasy. And she has to choose between these two hot guys who are all over her. She has to choose between these two loves and is conflicted about it.”
And what do the three stars have to say to the film’s detractors, of which there are plenty as it took a “Raspberry Award” for worst movie of 2012 and initially received mixed reviews upon its release? “It’s so funny because some guy at the gym came up to me the other day to tell me that,” says Brennan. “I was like, ‘Shut up, dude. That’s not nice, man.’”