Twilight star the highlight at Armageddon
Friday 2 Apr 2010 6:10 p.m.
By Dan Parker
The Twilight phenomenon hit Wellington today as New Moon star Chaske Spencer headlined the pop culture Armageddon expo.
Twi-hards turned out in droves to get a glimpse of the man sho plays Sam, the leader of the wolf pack in the second Twilight film.
From all corners of New Zealand and from all walks of life, Twilight's hardcore fans lined up and coughed up to spend a few precious moments with one of their heroes.
“Oh my god, it was worth everything, just everything!” exclaimed fan Lisa Eden after getting a photo with Spencer.
Spencer is a bit bewildered by his fame, saying: “It's really strange, like it's not supposed to be there.”
Buying your own piece of fantasy cinema is a big part of the Armageddon experience, even though New Moon has yet to be released in New Zealand on DVD yet.
“I wish I had known I would have grabbed a few of my DVDs and brought them over here to you guys,” says Spencer.
It's predicted 15,000 people will browse the merchandise at Armageddon in Wellington this weekend and the show's organisers says the visitors can't be pigeonholed.
“I've always said Star Wars doesn’t make a billion dollars because nerds go to see it - Star Wars makes a billion dollars because everybody goes to see it,” says expo organiser Bill Geradts.
Many attendees turn up to Armageddon dressed as their favourite characters - some contemporary, some classic.
Other stars at the expo included Marion Ramsey and Michael Winslow shot to cult status in the Police Academy movies.
It a role Winslow's never been able to live down - not that he cares. His career has come from his amazing voice box.
“It’s one of those things, just be grateful that it the phenomenon that it was and it isn’t over yet - guess what, there's more to come,” says Winslow.
That's right - Police Academy 8 is in pipeline. It will give Winslow another chance to make more sound effects and steal the show.