With two new films to bang the drum for - The Rover and Maps To The Stars - it's Pattinson's second time in Cannes in two years, following his arrival as a limo-dwelling billionaire in David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis. That was a turning point, he says. "I'd never even been to a festival before. It makes you think differently about things. You realise what you like. Cannes means a lot to me. I'm basically aiming for everything to get into Cannes."
Smartly, the only relationships he's building right now are with directors, meeting and greeting even before scripts are on the table. "I got sick of just waiting for something to happen," he says. Strangely, despite his unfathomable levels of fame, he's not the sort of actor the Hollywood studios have come calling for to front huge summer blockbusters. "Maybe after the first Twilight, I had offers for that kind of stuff, but I've never really been part of the group that gets offered that stuff. You get quite defined by Twilight in terms of big franchise stuff."
Read more what Rob said about The Rover and The Maps to the Stars:
"...director Olivier Assayas ...will next work on Idol's Eye, a movie based on my April 2007 article for Playboy called, "Boosting the Big Tuna." The story is about burglars who break into the home of Chicago's longtime Godfather, Tony Accardo. Robert Pattinson will play the burglar ringleader, who is based on John Mendell--a freelance "juice man" or "wire man" capable of overcoming the most sophisticated burglar alarms, but also the proprietor of a machine shop who was desperate to go "legit." De Niro will play Accardo, who ruled Chicago's mob for five decades. Despite the fact that he's hardly a household name, I would argue that Accardo was America's most important organized crime figure in the twentieth century. He not only influenced politics in the Windy City, but also corrupted wide swaths of the union movement (e.g. Teamsters and Laborers), and probably did more to build the Las Vegas Strip (mostly with Teamster pension funds) than anyone else. He features prominently in my play, "Assassination Theater." By the time of the burglary, he had become practically an establishment figure in Chicago--unusually accessible to the neighbors in his wealthy suburb, courtly to the power elite, with whom he occasionally rubbed shoulders, but still bone-chillingly ruthless with anyone who crossed his path in the criminal world--as Mendell eventually found out. It will be fascinating to see De Niro's approach to the part. One funny note: the dispute between Accardo and Mendell centers on the burglary of a high-end pawn shop.
For some reason many actors seem to forget they are: 1) the vehicle for wonder, 2) the translator of exception, 3) the provocateur of awe yet accomplishing any of these endeavors is very difficult. It’s difficult because the actor has to be willing to break convention, choose against formula, and frequently find rationales in character definition that may not be on the page. In other words the performance may contradict what we think the original text suggested. That’s right this performer has to be in large degree a rebel! This kind of artist can’t be a people pleaser, can’t seek to be popular, nor can he or she perform to win acceptance. These described bold attributions require guts, bravery and integrity, things that audiences don’t necessarily attribute to artists yet are apparent in the best performances . As Rey, Robert Pattinson provides this kind of superb performance.
Q: What you would do if he had only a day to live?
A: “I guess I should say, ‘I would hang out with all the people I love.’ But probably, I [would] just want to go crazy. God, I don’t know,” he said with a grin. “I might like to just walk around the Times Square naked or something.”
Q: How you deal with anxiety?
A: “I would love to go into therapy but it makes me too anxious.” “I have talked to a lot of people about it. I like my anxiety in a funny way. I like my peaks and troughs. I used to get such crippling anxiety before auditions that, every time I did, I’d want to quit acting after. So it would be physically painful.
"I could go on and on about both Rob and Guy’s performances in the movie, but many great critics have already done a fantastic job of praising their skill and heartfelt interpretations. While I was enthralled by Rob’s performance, I wasn’t at all surprised. He only proved what so many of us Rob fans have known since the beginning: he has an amazing depth of talent that is only now being plumbed. I maintain that every film he’s done had moments of brilliance that foretold the amazing ability he exhibited in The Rover. I am beyond thrilled that the rest of the world is now realizing that his stardom is not a fluke, but well-deserved. And Rob finally acknowledging it himself is my fondest wish for him—to really believe in himself and continue to rise to the challenges he seeks out. I have no doubt that that he will do it. I couldn’t be happier for him, or for us as Rob fans. We are the lucky ones who get to enjoy the fruits of his labor. They may be tough to swallow, as is the case with The Rover, but are deeply satisfying and enriching once digested."
Brad Pitt's Plan B film company has decided that the story of explorer Percy Fawcett – who disappeared in the rainforest in 1925 –should start with a backdrop of Belfast (Ireland).
The Lost City Of Z, starring Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch, is expected to commence filming here early next year. The film, also starring Robert Pattinson, tells the tale of Fawcett, as penned by US author David Grann.
Fawcett and his son had been searching for evidence of an ancient lost city and their disappearance sparked searches by explorers and scientists alike. It is thought that up to 100 people died or vanished without trace during ill-fated expeditions to discover Fawcett's fate or traces of the ancient civilisation he had been seeking to prove once existed. Grann even made a trip to the Amazon, and claimed to find evidence of how Fawcett died, which he revealed in his 2009 account The Lost City Of Z: A Tale Of Deadly Obsession In The Amazon.
Unsurprisingly, Belfast won't actually be filling in for the jungle – director James Gray revealed in an interview that filming here will depict Fawcett's early 20th century London, with the Amazon scenes filmed in Colombia.
Preparation for shooting commences in September, with filming in Belfast starting next January.
Director Gray said The Lost City Of Z will ask the same question all of his films ask: "What does it mean to be a human being?"
"The Lost City of Z is almost set on two different planets – the jungle and Victorian England," he said.
"What does it mean to be a civilized person? This to me is a profound question. What is progress? Is progress just economic growth? Or is it understanding what's around us? Is it growth of emotional intelligence or GDP growth? How do we contemplate new and old ideas of humanity? That to me is what Z is about."
He has millions of female fans, he lives in Los Angeles and paparazzi dog his footsteps wherever he goes; yet it would be difficult to find a young man less interested in embracing his stardom than Robert Pattinson. The 28-year-old actor refuses to go the Hollywood route of big houses, wardrobes full of designer clothes and roles that utilise his boyish good looks. He has even rejected the idea of taking the near-obligatory therapy route followed by nearly every self-absorbed star in Hollywood, although he jokes: “I would love to go into therapy but it makes me too anxious.” “I’ve been talking to a lot of people about it and I don’t know. I kind of like my anxiety in a funny sort of way and I like my peaks and troughs. Luckily depression never lasts long with me.”
“I’m curious to know whether people who liked the Twilight movies will come and see things like The Rover. Hopefully they’ll enjoy it. I try to do ambitious projects but I don’t know if people are going to like them. You just try and do things which are challenging and hopefully people will appreciate that.”
"I’m extremely lucky which always makes me a little nervous,” he says. “I don’t quite know why I got so lucky but yeah, it’s just ridiculous and I’m pretty happy. Yeah, definitely pretty happy.”
Q: Did you enjoy playing a less beautiful character? “Yeah, I mean it takes away constraints. If someone’s saying, ‘You’ve got to look pretty!’ for one thing you feel like a bit of an idiot, because you’re a guy, and then you’re kind of thinking about stuff that really doesn’t mean anything – you’re just posing. As soon as you take away the allowance for your own vanity, then it’s kind of a relief.”
Q: Are you happy at the place you’re at in your career? “Definitely. I’m really happy these two films got into Cannes, it’s kind of exactly what I wanted. I am really happy with both the films as well. But it’s nice – I just get to work with people I’ve wanted to work with for years and years, and just been really lucky in the last year, with this really cool stuff”
Q: What’s happening with Life? ”I don’t know when it’s going to be finished. I just saw a trailer, which they’re playing here. Other than that, I haven’t seen anything from it. It was fun to do, though, and Anton [Corbijn]’s really cool. It’s about the famous photographs of James Dean in Times Square; it’s about James Dean and the photographer’s relationship. Joel Edgerton’s in it, weirdly because he’s a co-writer on The Rover, and Ben Kingsley. It’s cool. It’s interesting doing a movie about photography with Anton Corbijn, a master photographer. He taught me how to take photos a little bit, with an old Leica. They’re not very good. I thought they were all going to be absolutely amazing. I developed them all at the end of the movie and I did like 25 rolls of film, and on about four I hadn’t even realised that you need to pull the lens out (laughs) – so they’re all blank. Four films. It was a fun movie to do.”
Anton Corbijn talked a little about Rob and more about Life's release a recent interview with The Playlist.
Q: What about Robert Pattinson’s work in the movie? A: Rob and Dan very different kind of actors. They’re very, very different kind of people in the film, so it was fantastic. They were so different naturally. For Rob to play a photographer is quite interesting because he’s being chased by photographers all the time. Rob is of course a film star, but he likes to be seen as an actor, so he works very hard to be an actor and be valued as an actor. And in the film he plays this photographer who wants to be seen as a great photographer. So I think there’s a parallel there that’s helpful. Q: He’s made a lot of interesting acting choices, “Cosmopolis”… A: ...Yeah, “The Rover.” I hear that “Map to the Stars” is a really great film. I am looking forward to seeing it. Q: I was hoping to see “Life” announced as part of the TIFF 2014 lineup. A: Yeah, I was hoping that too, but we are too far from finishing, because we finished [shooting] in late October. Q: Will we see it at on the fall festival circuit anywhere? A: I reckon it will be 2015.
Q: Is it easier or is it more difficult, life after Twilight? A: Uhm, I don’t know. It’s kind of easier to not have to basically do a movie. I was, like, constantly working on Twilight, so whenever I had a gap in between the two Twilight movies, I had to fit something else in, and I had no time to prepare for it and stuff. And now I kind of have that time to really decide what you wanna do and it does make things a little bit easier. Q: Rob, I think you are the one from the Twilight group, that really makes smart choices. Who’s your support group who kind of helps you shape your career? A: I have great agents and managers but it took me a little while to realize to just work with the best directors in the world. That’s the only decision for me. It doesn’t matter what is the script, it’s just do it. I just only worked with Werner Herzog, it’s just a small part and I had absolutely no idea how to play at all but they offered it to just do it and something will happen, I just.. you’re not gonna be bad in it.. or I might be, but the likelyhood is, even if it is not that good really, all experience in a way and I think it’s all I want out of cinema.
The Rover," the Australian dystopian crime drama from director David Michod ("Animal Kingdom") is a fascinating cross between a western and neo-noir. And the pairing of Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson is an intense psychological study of abuser and enabler. For Argentinian cinematographer Natasha Braier ("The Milk of Sorrow," "XXY"), this is a breakthrough movie.
What she said about Rob:
"... I was just blown away from the first moment I saw him. I think he's a natural. He's just born with this quality. There are a lot of actors that have this technical ability. They've been working for many years and have learned and refined [their craft]. And Rob has something very instinctive, which is why he's so famous and loved by girls all over the world. "He's a very intelligent person but also very emotional. It's quite connected. So I think that gives him a gateway to channel whatever character he's playing from someplace deep. And he came up with backstory about being abused and treated badly. He was always the one in the family that they would bully. And he feels so abandoned. So he's coming from that psychology where he can fall into this abusive relationship with Guy. "But David had a clear idea from the very beginning, which is that everyone in this movie comes in pairs because this world is so hard that you cannot be on your own. So everyone that Guy meets on the journey is with somebody else, except Rob who gets left behind and they team up."
These interviews are from the same roundtable interview as The Manila Bulletin, Telegraph UK, The Philippine Daily and Star Online, but with some new quotes.
Several quotes of Robert Pattinson (Google translation):
- I believe that humanity remains the same, generation after generation. And all those who predict that the world is ending, have not been right. I think that man is basically good, and I wouldn't have problems in having children, but maybe I'm answering my ignorance as well. I live a very simple life swimming in my pool all day.
- I have a blind faith in humanity and I think people won't change. It's very difficult to accept that during my generation our species will become extinct. I think in the end, most will see the light and have a happy ending. People don't like good news, bad prefer that sell more newspapers. Predicting the end don't produce results; however, if you hope, maybe we can achieve something.
- From the beginning I have dissociated from it [fame]. Just see it as part of the job. Some years ago, I had a bit of a struggle because my life really contracted and I couldn’t do a lot of the stuff I used to be able to do, but once I got through that a year or two ago I just accepted my life is something else and now I can’t really remember what it was like before, So it’s much easier to deal with.
- I've been a movie buff since my teens, and even before. When I choose scripts, I don't care that my part is small, as when I worked ten days with Werner Herzog. But to distract myself I look at everything.
- I was never guided by what the public wants or what the critics say; you can't please everyone. What makes me happiest is to work with people that have a passion for their films like Werner Herzog or David Cronenberg, or Michod. Since I was 16 I've been wanting to work with Herzog. I want to continue doing ambitious projects that excite me, although I don't know if the public will share my interests. I'm not interested in becoming "a Hollywood star."
On choosing roles, Robert said, “50 percent is about being able to work with directors I admire. I think about that a lot but I find it more comfortable to do small roles if I am choosing something for its director. But if you are doing a lead, I try to do something, which I think will precipitate into my normal life.
“I want to do something which I feel (is) totally impossible for me to do. I think it will make me a bigger person in my real life afterwards. I kind of try to do that.”
He’s been trying to shed Edward Cullen for years — and now he may finally have done it.
Q: To a certain degree — probably less so now — you’re so closely identified with “Twilight.” Does that make it more of a leap of faith for a director to cast you because of preconceptions people have? A: It kind of remains to be seen. I know that there’s definitely some kind of baggage, but I guess if it brings people into the cinema, which I’m not entirely sure if it does, then — but I don’t know. I think you end up fighting for all the parts you want anyway. I guess as I’m going further and further away from “Twilight,” the perception slowly becomes something else. Because I haven’t really tried to hit the same market again. Maybe because I don’t really know how to.
Q: When you look at directors you want to work with, is there a list? A: It’s kind of a list. I’m basically trying to go to acting school and film school by working with the best possible teachers, and also people who I grew up watching their movies. There are a few people who I really, specifically want to work with because of the performances they get out of their actors. I kind of feel like there’s something in me which is in that kind of ballpark. Like James Gray — I just loved all the stuff he did with Joaquin. And also just talking to James for years, I like his ideas about performance. And people like [“Rust and Bone” director] Jacques Audiard and stuff. But then there are other people like Herzog and Cronenberg; I never even thought I would be in any realm of possibility of getting a part with them. And then you’re suddenly doing it, it’s almost ridiculous. I’ll kind of do any part in any of their movies and just try and figure it out.
Robert Pattinson is amazing in The Rover. The bleak, dystopian Western is out now, and his performance is sure to convince even the biggest RPattz critics to do a spit take of their haterade. Critics left Cannes raving about his performance, and the accolades are ongoing.
1. Yes, critics love him.
2. Rey is unlike any other character he’s ever played.
In “The Rover,” the post-apocalyptic tale of a man (Guy Pearce) on a desperate search for his car in the desolate Australian outback, Robert Pattinson plays a troubled sidekick — a slow-thinking man with a Southern drawl, rotting teeth, and a violent streak.
Q. I spent the day reading reviews of you in this movie. They use phrases like “inarguable skill.”
Q. Do you read reviews?
A. Oh, yeah, definitely, but I only remember the bad ones.
Q. Have you always read reviews? Even during the “Twilight” years?
A. I never learn my lesson. I was sitting around earlier reading them and everyone’s like, “Stop it. You’ve got to keep doing press all day.”
Q. You must be loving all these “Rover” reviews. People keep using the word “transformative.”
A. It’s really the best I could have hoped to have happened. I’d already come to terms with it being completely not received well and everyone hating it, so everything is a bonus.