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New Robert Pattinson Interview with Télérama Magazine

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The interview was done in a private club in Sunset Boulevard.
He hid his intense beauty under a baseball cap, a blonde scruff, a lumberkjack shirt, a white tee and washed out jeans. They had the interview on the terrace where he could light up his cigarettes.
Between light coughs and nervous laughs, he explains that he doesn’t feel at home here.
His dream is to work in a black comedy of Todd Solodnz or in dramas for men by James Gray or Jacques Audiard.

“I was scared of being cut off from the art-house cinema that I always felt passionate about. I was scared to never be asked to play in anything interesting, that my life would pass and that someone would ask me one day, ‘so apart from Twilight, what did you do?’. In this industry, you’re easily typecast”

“I never proved anything, I was never fooled by the hysteria that surrounds me. It’s the character that I play, Edward Cullen, the romantic vampire. Besides, before the movie was even made, girls would screams at Stephenie Meyer’s public readings.”

When he got the script for Cosmopolis: He got the fear of the beginner/novice. “I was so scared I would screw this up that I spent a week trying to find a way to refuse the job. And then I told myself that I shouldn’t be so stuck-up. My agent was nervous: ‘why would you accept if you don’t understand it?’. I confessed my confusion to David and he liked it. I think that might be why he hired me. Most actors would have try to act cooler, try to say something smart but I was completely lost.”

Cronenberg said that the actor didn’t come on set with his hands in his pockets. That he’s an assiduous reader, who’s been interested in the character of the ‘golden boy’ for a long while, one who’s close to the one he portrays in Cosmopolis. ‘Money’ by Martin Amis – which describes the giddy heights of easy money and the chic hedonism – is one of his bedtime readings. He finds so many similarities with himself in the empty space of the star system, that he wrote how own version of the novel, in hopes of playing it one day.

“I thought about it for Cosmopolis of course but the characters are too different and Cronenberg prefered that I knew nothing. He wanted me to give in, to say my lines in almost an abstract way, like poetry. Itawas exciting and a little scary. Today I’m nervous about the idea of having to talk to an audience about a movie that stays dark. But Cronenberg, himself, wanted to have something that escapes him. He would tell me about Fellini and say that a filmmaker that has a goal is dead already. It’s so much more interesting than to know right away where an artist is gonna take you. Plus, its’ the first time I really like one of the movies I make.”


(The article talks about his family, how his sisters dressed him up as a girl, how he did modeling jobs.)

“At the beginning, I was sort of repelled by the vanity of actors. I wanted to write before everything else, but pretty fast I had to find myself. In a humdrum way, acting seemed the best way for me to express what I couldn’t say in a different way.”

(The article then mentions his role cut in Vanity Fair and Harry Potter. His verve, his arrogance and his disposition didn’t offer him many roles. )

“I was at loss, I would do one acting job after the other without any consistency. Thirty euros days job. When I was offered Twilight, I didn’t have a choice. It had been three years that my agent in Hollywood would try to find me a job without any luck. Usually, after six months of unsuccessfull search, you’re dead in this industry, but she kept believing. I was never fascinated by a role but when I’m chosen I give myself to my character at 150%.”

The Twilight saga that was about to eat him whole, will end next Fall.

“I’m curious to reunite with this universe for the last time, to see the effect it will have on me and on the audience. I feel like the frenzy is starting to die down. We step into the era of The Hunger Games, the world wants fresh meat!”

Today Robert Pattinson has five next projects lined up, including one in Iraq. And since he knows that “you only get to have one or two failures before you’re forgotten,” he speaks about going back to music and writing songs, inspired by Van Morrison’s Beside You and Neil Young’s Ambulance Blues. He also has in mind the idea of a movie and a TV show, he never gave up on being his own author and to work with determination on the script of an ambitious project – a trilogy of fantasty adventures (and politics), freely adaptated from a successful novel.

“People are listening to me right now so I take advantage of it. I don’t think authors last very long in our time and I love this job way too much to let it go away.”





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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

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How to Be 2008

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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
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# Remember Me (2010) .... executive producer

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