You guys have heard the news about Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, right? Word on the street is that they're back together and working things out. Man, what a relief! After the cheating scandal that rocked the tabloids, I figured their romance was dunzo -- but it's just like Stewart said earlier this month from the red carpet: "We’re going to be fine. We’re totally fine."
According to widespread reports, they are in fact totally fine now. But here's the thing: I'm not sure fans should be celebrating quite yet. Don't lump me in with the hardcore conspiracy theorists who are convinced the entire scandal was a crazy PR stunt, but I think there's a pretty good chance this "reunion" has been manufactured for one big bazillion-dollar reason.
I'm talking, of course, about the Twilight franchise, which has pulled in $2.5 billion at the worldwide box office so far. With the final installment in the series looming just around the corner, and Breaking Dawn 2's publicity machine starting to crank into high gear, it's in everyone's best interest if the onscreen lovers put an end to their offscreen drama.
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If Rob and Kristen are "back together," it's a huge win for the studio, because it means they can stop worrying that the stars' personal lives will cast a pall over the escapism of the film. After all, part of Twilight's massive appeal is tied to the real-life relationship between Bella and Edward -- the romance that happens on the big screen is all the more enjoyable because fans believe in it.
A painful, embarrassing breakup might not have ruined Breaking Dawn 2, but it definitely had the potential to change people's perceptions of the story. Watching them snuggle and cavort onscreen might feel cringeworthy, or even make fans sad, knowing that outside of the Twilight world the stars' love was busted by infidelity.
Look, I'm not saying people don't know the difference between fiction and reality, I'm just ... okay, that is sort of what I'm saying.
Anyway, my point is, it makes all kinds of sense for Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart to sit down and strategize a reconciliation for the sake of the movie. From the moment Stewart took the highly unusual step of issuing a public apology, I suspect they've had to consider the studio's interests as much as their own when it comes to moving on from the scandal.
Maybe I'm wrong, and maybe they really are back together. But if they split up again soon after Breaking Dawn 2 comes out, I won't be surprised.
What's your take: is the reconciliation for real, or is it all for publicity's sake?
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