Let's go back -- way back, to 2007 when Summit Entertainment announced that its search for the real-life embodiment of impossibly beautiful bloodsucker Edward Cullen had come to an end, with "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" actor Robert Pattinson bestowed the plum part -- along with the hopes and dreams of millions of "Twilight" fangirls the world over. And about those fangirls, well, they weren't too pleased.
Five years later, following four blockbuster films and enough tabloid scrutiny to undo even the most jaded Hollywood vet, all that backlash seems like some sort of bizarre fever dream. But it was all real, and it only takes one cursory glance at a casting post, like this one on Oh No They Didn't! to remind us of what once was.
The hubbub is something Pattinson hasn't forgotten either, evidenced by the walk down memory lane he took with cast members Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner during Thursday's (November 1) "MTV First: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2."
Pattinson clearly has a sense of humor about the casting outcry, though, describing it as "unanimous unhappiness," while grinning broadly. "That was fun," he mused.
And when MTV News' Josh Horowitz asked what Pattinson would tell his doubters today, he answered in his characteristic self-deprecating manner: "I don't know. I feel like it's kind of coming full circle again, and they hate me again," he said laughing.
With the first four films grossing $2.5 billion worldwide, we think that's hardly the case. But if we've learned anything from our epic Twi-Fight Saga, it's that Pattinson or no, fans have never lost fervor for the handsome vampire. Edward Cullen continues to sink his teeth into the competition, easily defeating foe after foe. Will he be named the #1 "Twilight" character of all time? It all depends on you! Visit Twilight.MTV.com to cast your vote now (be it for Edward or another beautiful bloodsucker or Forks sheriff!).
"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" hits theaters November 16.