SAN DIEGO — They came, they saw, they conquered. As expected, San Diego Comic-Con 2012 was a veritable feast for TV, movie and comic book fans, particularly with regard to the star power that descended upon the annual pop-culture convention. Even better than the slew of celeb appearances at the Con in support of various panels were the interviews MTV News snagged with some of our favorite stars, like Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Will Ferrell and Kate Beckinsale.
There are too many newsy goods from said interviews to list in one story, but here is a list — in no particular order — of our favorite quotes uttered in our very own Comic-Con headquarters as well as the famous Hall H.
Actor Terry Crews on the magic of “Expendables 2”
“When you look at what this genre is, it literally becomes a religion to a lot of people. It’s about what you believe in. Action movies have created that,” Terry Crews said. “When you a see a guy like Chuck [Norris], Arnold [Schwarzenegger], Sly [Stallone] and Bruce [Willis], all together, it’s literally like father, son, holy spirit. Not to be sacrilegious, but in the action world, that’s what it is.”
Richard Madden on “Game of Thrones” season 3 secrets
“There’s some really complicated but amazing stuff that happens,” Richard Madden told us during an interview after his show’s well-received panel in Hall H. “I wish I could tell you more, I really do, but the HBO snipers would take me out.”
John C. Reilly does “Batman”
In our ongoing efforts to differentiate the real geeks from the poseurs attending Comic-Con, MTV News prepared a little quiz with a few pointed questions about current hot topics in geek culture. When John C. Reilly stopped by our HQ to talk about his upcoming animated film “Wreck-It Ralph,” we asked him to give us his best Christian Bale “I’m Batman” impression. Instead of delivering the classic line, he chose to go with an interpretation of another famous Bale line, one from a certain rant that became a viral video on YouTube: “Oh good. Good for you.”
Mackenzie Foy adorably avoids outing potty-mouthed “Twilight” castmember
Speaking about her now-infamous “swear jar” she carried around with her while filming “Breaking Dawn – Part 2,” Foy would only cop to the fact that she took home a good chunk of change — which she donated to charity — but refused to name the castmembers who had to donate the most money toward her cause.
Asked how much money she made, Foy said with a smile, “It was a bit. Everybody cussed a little bit, but I’m not going to say who said the most, because I don’t want anybody’s mommy to hear, because I know if me or my brother says something, we get in trouble.”
Kate Beckinsale almost had three boobs in “Total Recall”
“We’d had a conversation about the fact that I wasn’t available, and we were both being very grown-up about it, and he said, ’Well, maybe, will you play the three-breasted hooker just so that you’re in the movie?’ ” Beckinsale said about her initial casting conversations with husband/director Len Wisemen.
“And I was like, ’OK,’ because it had been a very long time since I saw the movie [’Total Recall’]. I’m so glad that I didn’t do that. I mean, she gets more attention than Jessica or me put together,” Beckinsale laughed. “My daughter would die. She’d be so mad at me, going into eighth grade, if I was walking around with three boobs all the time. She’d be really annoyed.”
Guillermo del Toro’s “Pacific Rim” is “robot porn” for fans
“Expect robot porn … robot and kaiju action,” del Toro told the 6,500 fans who packed into Hall H for the highly anticipated Warner Bros. panel Saturday about what to expect from “Pacific Rim.”
“With Warner, I had the relationship with having prepped ’The Hobbit.’ With Thomas [Tull] and Jon [Jashni at Legendary], I found an absolute dream. It was like clash of the geeks. It was fantastic,” del Toro later told MTV News of his filmmaking experience.
“Discussing with them kaiju and robot battle sequences in an office full of toys and collectibles and posters and original art is like a game changer for me. It is the best experience I have ever had professionally, and I really loved creatively and in every way every second of it, so it was truly, truly a respite for the fan-man.”
Edgar Wright promises “Ant-Man” packs a punch
As tweeted and captured by Jon Favreau: “Ant-Man will kick your ass-one inch at a time,” Wright said during Marvel’s action-packed Hall H presentation of well-received footage from his upcoming film. The flick reportedly features Ant-Man engaging two enemies in battle, shifting between incredibly small and large heights to confuse his opponents.
Kristen Stewart on “animal” sex in “Breaking Dawn – Part 2”
“In [’Breaking Dawn – Part 2’], we just wanted it to be animals, you’re not humans anymore,” Kristen Stewart said during the movie’s Comic-Con press conference. “Yeah, how do you do that? We tried, and they told us it was rated R, and we were like [snaps].”
Zach Galifianakis is “The Batman”
Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis delighted fans with their surprise appearance in support of “The Campaign” at the Warner Bros. panel Saturday. Even better, the two funnymen swung through our MTV News HQ for a hilarious and off-topic chat. Although both comedians are full of quotable commentary, our favorite was Galifianakis’ response to what he’s working on next: “I’m the new Batman,” he joked.
“They’re going in a very different direction,” Ferrell added. “Down the toilet.”
Robert Pattinson reveals interest in licking “50 Shades of Grey”
“I’d just sit there and lick the pages,” Pattinson said, predicting his reaction to a “Twilight” cast or book club-esque reading of “50 Shades of Grey,” which sent his “Breaking Dawn – Part 2” co-stars Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner into a fit of giggles. “What are we live on?” Pattinson asked after realizing his quick quip might have come out of left field. “Is this actually happening?”
MTV News had San Diego Comic-Con covered. Stick with us as we roll out more interviews with your favorite stars!