"Breaking Dawn" director Bill Condon has spoken out about the recent cheating scandal separating his two stars - Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson.
"The fact is, these are actors playing parts, and maybe it's not such a bad thing that people be reminded of that," Bill Condon 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."
"Above all, they have always shown great respect for the fans who made these movies such a success," Condon continued. "Now it's time that some of that respect be returned to them."
In mid-November, the final and highly anticipated "Twilight" film, "Breaking Dawn - Part 2," will be released worldwide. In past years, Stewart and Pattinson have attended numerous film premieres, television shows and press junkets and conferences together to promote "Twilight" movies months before they hit theaters.
They appeared together at San Diego Comic-Con in July to meet with fans and talk to the press about the newest film (see photos of Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and other "Twilight" stars at Comic-Con. It is unclear how the cheating scandal will affect their film promotion duties for the last installment.
Though it has been reported that Pattinson and Stewart are not on speaking terms, they are contractually obligated to promote their upcoming film. Summit Entertainment told Entertainment Weekly in a statement, "While it is studio policy not to comment on the personal lives of actors, Summit is moving full steam ahead."
Stewart, 22, shocked fans of "Twilight," one of the most popular film franchises of all time, when she said via a press statement on July 25 that she had had a "momentary indiscretion," around the same time that paparazzi photos of her and Rupert Sanders, who directed her in the movie "Snow White and the Huntsman," kissing and embracing were published in Us Weekly magazine and posted online.
"I'm deeply sorry for the hurt and embarrassment I've caused to those close to me and everyone this has affected," Stewart had said at the time. "This momentary indiscretion has jeopardized the most important thing in my life, the person I love and respect the most, Rob. I love him, I love him, I'm so sorry."
Sanders, 41, is married to model Liberty Ross, 33, who portrayed Stewart's mother, Queen Eleanor, in "Snow White and the Huntsman." The couple has two young children - Skyla and Tennyson.
Sanders had also issued his own statement about the fling, saying: "I am utterly distraught about the pain I have caused my family. My beautiful wife and heavenly children are all I have in this world. I love them with all my heart. I am praying that we can get through this together."
Pattinson is scheduled to appear on "The Daily Show" on Monday, August 13 to promote his newest film, "Cosmopolis," an R-rated, sexual film that sees him playing a billionaire who takes an unusual limo ride through Manhattan. He will also set to appear on the ABC show "Good Morning America" on Wednesday, August 15. It is unclear if the actor will address the cheating scandal.