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Robert Pattinson on ‘Twilight’ finale: ‘It’s the end of an era’

>> 2011/01/18

From the LA Times:

Pub­lic speak­ing has never been Robert Pattinson’s favorite part of his job. But pre­sent­ing the Golden Globe to direc­tor Susanne Bier for her drama “In a Bet­ter World” Sun­day night proved to be a wel­come respite for the actor, who’s knee deep in the mid­dle of film­ing “Break­ing Dawn,” the final install­ment of the “Twi­light” saga, which will be split into two parts.

“It’s been really hard shoot­ing both films at the same time,” admit­ted the 24-year-old star, moments before he had run back­stage to present his award with “Tron” star Olivia Wilde. “But it’s the end of an era.”

That era cer­tainly will be one that Sum­mit Enter­tain­ment, the films’ dis­trib­u­tor, not to men­tion the franchise’s devoted fans, will be sorry to see go. Start­ing with 2008’s “Twi­light,” the fan­tasy romance that first saw Pattinson’s hand­some, brood­ing vam­pire encounter his mor­tal love, Bella Swan (Kris­ten Stew­art), the movie series has taken in roughly $1.8 bil­lion at the world­wide box office, as audi­ences lined up to see Swan wres­tle with her feel­ings for her immor­tal boyfriend and her best friend, Jacob (Tay­lor Laut­ner), a were­wolf, over the course of the next two films, 2009’s “The Twi­light Saga: New Moon” and 2010’s “The Twi­light Saga: Eclipse.”

At the start of the first part of “The Twi­light Saga: Break­ing Dawn,” Bella con­sents to Edward’s mar­riage pro­posal — Edward’s con­di­tion if he is to grant Bella’s request that he trans­form her into a vam­pire — and the young cou­ple are wed before head­ing to a remote island get­away for a honeymoon.

Speak­ing by phone this month, direc­tor Bill Con­don, who’s helm­ing both install­ments of the finale, said he has been thrilled with what he’s seen from his leads. “All the char­ac­ters are mov­ing [in this chap­ter],” he said. “It’s really about the pas­sage from ado­les­cence to adult­hood, and they all seem ener­gized by that. It’s the stuff they are all con­nect­ing to in their lives.”

As for Pat­tin­son specif­i­cally, Con­don added, “Now he’s deal­ing with a char­ac­ter who’s like him. The final movie allows us to step behind the cur­tain of what it’s like to be a vam­pire. It doesn’t seem that exotic any­more; It’s try­ing to be more real.”

The direc­tor, though, was ret­i­cent to share any details of the pro­duc­tion, which is film­ing in both New Orleans and Van­cou­ver, Canada, with a jaunt to an island off the coast of Brazil — a loca­tion that might in the end prove the most mem­o­rable to Con­don, because the entire cast and crew needed for the hon­ey­moon scene was stranded after a long day of filming.

“It was incred­i­ble. We got caught in the mid­dle of this huge rain­storm — I’ll remem­ber it for­ever,” Con­don said. “Eighty peo­ple sleep­ing on the floor of the set. We couldn’t leave.”

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Biography

Robert Thomas-Pattinson was born on May 13, 1986, in Barnes, a suburb of London, the capital of England. His mother, Clare, worked for a modeling agency, and his father, Richard, imported vintage cars from the U.S. Robert is the youngest of three kids in the Pattinson family, and the only son. He has two older sisters. Elizabeth is three years older than he is, and Victoria is five years older. Pattinson became involved in amateur theatre through the Barnes Theatre Company. After some backstage experience there, he took on acting roles. He caught the attention of an acting agent in a production of Tess of the D'Urbervilles and began looking for professional roles. Since then he has performed in an amateur version of Macbeth at the Old Sorting Office Arts Centre, as well as trying his hand at modeling. more

Musical career

Pattinson plays guitar and piano, and composes his own music. He also appears as the singer of two songs on the Twilight soundtrack:
"Never Think", which he co-wrote with Sam Bradley,
and "Let Me Sign", which was written by Marcus Foster and Bobby Long.
The soundtrack for the film How To Be features three original songs performed by Pattinson and written by composer Joe Hastings.
Listen to Rob's music

Cosmopolis 2012

Water For Elephants 2011

New Moon 2009

How to Be 2008

Bad Mother's Handbook 2007

Filmography

# Maps to the Stars (2014) ... Jerome
# Hold on to Me
# The Rover (2013) .... Reynolds
# Mission: Blacklist
(2013)
# Cosmopolis (2012) .... Eric Packer
# Bel Ami (2012) ....Georges Duroy
# The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 (2012) .... Edward Cullen
# The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 (2011) .... Edward Cullen
# Water for Elephants (2011) .... Jacob Jankowski
# The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010) .... Edward Cullen
# Remember Me (2010) .... Tyler Hawkins
# The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009) .... Edward Cullen
# Twilight (2008/I) .... Edward Cullen
# Little Ashes (2008) .... Salvador Dalí
# How to Be (2008) .... Art
# The Summer House (2008) .... Richard
# Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) .... Cedric Diggory
# The Bad Mother's Handbook (2007) (TV) .... Daniel Gale
# The Haunted Airman (2006) (TV) .... Toby Jugg
# Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) .... Cedric Diggory
# Ring of the Nibelungs (2004) (TV) .... Giselher
# Vanity Fair (2004) (uncredited) .... Older Rawdy Crawley
PRODUCER
# Remember Me (2010) .... executive producer

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