Preteens made a bum rush to the free Twilight-themed slap-bracelet table while waiting for an appearance of Daniel Cudmore, Felix in the movie New Moon, at a DVD release of the film Friday night.
Cudmore's appearance, at the Borders Bookstore on Kirby, was part of a nationwide Borders event where actors from the movie came to stores around the country for the midnight celebration.
Felix, Cudmore's character, is part of the vampire coven Volturi.
"My favorite part of my character is the evil side and the enjoyment of being evil because no one in real life is really like that," Cudmore said. "Every one kind of pushes down those animalistic feelings of anger and aggression."
After playing only good guy roles before, Cudmore said he appreciated the new experience.
At a whooping six-foot, five inches tall, Cudmore towered over the estimated 250 fans equipped with camera phones and good tiptoe balance.
For half an hour Cudmore patiently answered questions from fans, letting the crowd know tidbits of information about himself--like that his favorite movie is Spaceballs.
"I was excited because I watched this movie and I really liked it," a fan, Michael Matthews said. "I heard Felix was tall so I wanted to come see him in person."
The Borders store did not know they would be hosting an actor for their party until Thursday, the day before. The kept the secret until Friday afternoon.
"It was pretty cool having him [Cudmore] come here," Shawn Patrick, a Borders supervisor said. "We knew the party would be big but having Daniel here made it a lot bigger."
As ancient royalty and a vampire who works to enforce laws throughout Volterra, where the movie is set, Cudmore worked to make his role as realistic as possible.
"First off I started by reading the books so I understood where all of this phantom came from," Cudmore said. "Then I started to build a backstory of who this character is, bring some surreal-ness to it, so it's not just me sitting here pretending. I wanted to understand him."
Making a movie with a mainly preteen girl fan base is not a problem for Cudmore.
"It's funny -- they are very passionate and they will let you know if you have done something wrong," he said. "But it's really just great to be in a film that people like. That in itself is awesome."
As a hyperactive child throughout school, Cudmore acts as a means of using his energy productively.
"During school I was that kid who was in class interrupting," Cudmore said. "I was in drama class and always enjoyed it and it evolved into a full-time job."
Cudmore also made a plug for his coworker and fellow Volturi, Dakota Fanning.
"She's such a professional. She's been in the industry since she was like three or four. Talking to her is like talking to a 35-year-old even though she's only 16. She's got a long career ahead of her," Cudmore said."
Finally, when asked the ultimate question, "Team Edward or Team Jacob?", Cudmore had a ready answer.
"Team Volturi," he said.