Robert Pattinson is swamped by fans

Robert Pattinson now needs 11 bodyguards to protect him around the clock from overzealous fans, according to his 'Twilight' co-star Kellan Lutz.

The young British actor has achieved superstar status with his role as the brooding vampire Edward Cullen in the hit film franchise, and now he needs day and night protection from fans, like the ones who started camping out in Los Angeles just to catch a glimpse of the hunk at 'The Twilight Saga: Eclipse' premiere four days later.

But castmate Lutz insists Pattinson is still the same guy he first met at the beginning of the 'Twilight' rollercoaster - he just needs a little added protection.

Added Lutz: "We've all stayed so down to earth, and it's just funny to see life change for the people around us, especially Rob. It's like, when a fan lunges at him and you only see one bodyguard around, and then 10 more jump out of the crowd, where they've been hiding."

"God, it's crazy to think about needing a bodyguard, but Rob can't take any chances. He's a heartthrob, but he's also a great guy and we all love him because he hasn't changed as a person."