Good news, "Mortal Instruments" fans: The first movie based on your beloved book series doesn't suck — at least according to "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" stars Jamie Campbell Bower and Kevin Zegers.
When MTV News caught up with the actors at San Diego Comic-Con, they confirmed that they have both seen either the final (or nearly final) cut and were very pleased with what they saw.
"It looks amazing," Bower said. "I'm super stoked to just share it with everybody."
There are plenty of occasions in which actors are forced to promote movies they're not terribly proud of, but that's not the case here. In fact, it turned out exactly how Zegers envisioned it.
"The great thing about the way that we shot [the movie] is that it was not so reliant on green screen," Zegers says. "It's not like we were in some room that had a bunch of green walls and we were pretending to do stuff — it was pretty practical. And it's a character movie, so a lot of the way that it felt on set is what ends up on film. It was exactly what I expected it to be, which was really good."
Bower is no stranger to big YA book-to-film adaptations, having also been a part of the "Harry Potter" and "Twilight" films — "I've made a career out of playing small roles in major movies," he jokes — and feels very beholden to the fans.
"I know without the fans of the books and without those people we wouldn't be able to be sitting here talking about this, and it's so important to me that we respect that," he says. "I'm still blown away that people want to come and see anything I've done. It still shocks me!"
Another surprising aspect for the cast was that they all genuinely get along.
"People get along when they're filming things, generally they're nice to each other, but this just felt a little more — we were sort of helping each other out as much as we could," he said. "I was very aware of how much work this was going to be for Lily [Collins] and for Jamie because they worked all the time. ... We were an open book for each other."
"I've made the best friends on this set ever, and people that will stay in my life forever," Bower added. "That to me means more than anything, so I get quite emotional talking about because it did mean a lot to me."