Twilight heartthrob Robert Pattinson admitted he was overwhelmed by his own celebrity as thousands of fans who had queued for 13 hours greeted him with screams at his latest film premiere in London tonight.
The 24-year-old British actor was joined by his Oscar-winning co-stars Reese Witherspoon and Christoph Waltz on the red carpet at Westfield shopping centre for the premiere of circus love story 'Water For Elephants', but the screaming and sobbing girls only had eyes for Pattinson.
Pattinson said of his fans, some of whom began queuing at 6am outside the shopping centre to get a front-row position: “It’s nuts!”
He said of his global celebrity status: “It’s weird, but it can be fun. I used to go shopping in this place and now it’s crazy.
“I guess you kind of adapt to it a little bit. Just keep working all the time and you don’t have time to think about it.”
The film, released in cinemas tomorrow, is based on Sara Gruen’s book about a travelling circus in the depression era.
Pattinson plays a vet who runs away with the circus and falls in love with performer Marlena, played by Witherspoon, who is married to the brutal ringmaster, played by Waltz.
The stars of the film all dismissed the old adage never to work with animals.
Witherspoon said: “It was really fun. I went to circus school for two months and then I trained on the elephant for two months and just got to know her, and I had this amazing Cirque de Soleil choreographer to train me.”
Before playing lovers, Pattinson previously played Witherspoon’s son in a film adaptation of Vanity Fair.
Director Francis Lawrence said: “I remember when I first started talking about Robert, Reese told me that story, it was quite funny.”