"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn" director Bill Condon is imploring that fans and the media show his stars, Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, some respect on the heels of Kristen's cheating scandal.
"The fact is, these are actors playing parts, and maybe it's not such a bad thing that people be reminded of that," the director told Entertainment Weekly.
"Both of these actors gave heart and soul to the 'Twilight' movies, not only during shooting, but also by navigating so graciously the whole life-in-a-fishbowl aspect of the phenomenon," he continued. "Above all they have always shown great respect for the fans who made these movies such a success. Now it's time that some of that respect be returned to them."
Previously, Summit Entertainment - the studio behind the blockbuster franchise - said that despite the personal turmoil between Kristen and Robert, promotion for "Breaking Dawn - Part 2" will continue without a hitch.
"While it is studio policy not to comment on the personal lives of actors, Summit is moving full steam ahead and looking forward to this November's opening of 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2,'"Nancy Kirkpatrick, Summit's president of worldwide marketing, said in a statement to the mag earlier this month. "We are confident that the film delivers amazing entertainment for our passionate fans and general audience alike."
Robert will go public in his first television interview since news broke of Kristen's fling with her "Snow White and the Huntsman" director Rupert Sanders, appearing on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" on Monday. He is expected to promote his new film, "Cosmopolis."
"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" hits theaters on November 16, 2012; "Cosmopolis" is slated for release on August 17.
-- Jesse Spero
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