Several excerpts from Rob' interview to Yahoo!Singapore:
"Q: How did you relate to Dennis Stock and his work as a photographer?
PATTINSON: What fascinated me was that he was an artist who was struggling with living up to his own expectations of what he should be doing as an artist. He doesn't feel he's accomplishing enough or doing the kind of work he wants to be doing. I've spent a long time dealing with the same kind of issues and trying to attain goals that I've set for myself and wanting to do the best work possible. I'm still very driven to do work that challenges me.
Q: Did you go through a James Dean phase in your younger days?
PATTINSON: (Laughs) I think almost every actor has a moment in their live when they are either obsessing over James Dean or trying to imitate some aspect of his personality or his acting style. I was a fan of his even before I wanted to become an actor. We all want to look as cool as he did although it's pretty much impossible! (Laughs) I admire his work greatly although I don't think I'm anything like him and I wouldn't dare to compare myself to him.
Q: Would you have wanted to play Dean yourself?
PATTINSON: No! I wouldn't have dared. And I think Dane (DeHaan) does a brilliant job.
Next spring Martin Koolhoven – finally – begins with the shooting of his highly anticipated new film Brimstone. The 45-year-old Dutchman wrote the script for the “violent and epic thriller” himself and managed to get Hollywood stars Mia Wasikowska and Guy Pearce for the main roles. Filmpjekijken.com invited Koolhoven to a lunch with the hope to get some more news about his international debut.
Q: What kind of movie is it going to be? A: It is going to be an epic film set in different time periods. A dark and violent story, but also a juicy adventure. In terms of story I dare say there is no movie like Brimstone, it doesn’t resemble anything you’ve already seen. Told in a way you’ve never seen before. It’s not a classic western, but only takes place in the same time, at the end of the 19th century, set in the western United States. Though it retains certain elements of earlier films. The Night of the Hunter, to name but a few, for example, have been a source of inspiration for me. For the first time I have written something that really really suits me and the kind of movie I want to make. But it’s also a movie I don’t really see happen in a Dutch setting.
"Twilight" films made him the idol of millions swarming fans. But in "Life," which appears on the Berlin Film Festival, Robert Pattinson wants to clarify that he is also an excellent actor.
"I want to do what challenge me and what I have not done before", he says TT, but adds: "Determine if there is something that is good and unlike anything I've done before, so it's clear that I accept."
To record a still photograph requires that the actor in question can handle a camera properly. Pattinson practiced it for several months before filming began. "The camera is supposed to be as a part of the body of a photographer, he has of course also to hide behind when he plates. I practiced with the Leica I use in the film, but it was nervously. It was terribly expensive."
The role as vampire Edward Cullen in the "Twilight" films have made Robert Pattinson world famous and he has lots of loyal but sometimes intrusive fans. "Though it has somewhat improved in recent years. Or else it is I who have become better at dealing with it", he says.
Even after two Cronenberg-movies many still doubt the acting skills of Twilight-star Robert Pattinson. On Monday he presents his latest movie “Life” at Berlinale – together with director Anton Corbijn. In this interview the former vampire-star explains how he connected with the movie and why he feels his career is in a good place.
Q: Mr. Pattinson, is James Dean still an icon to your generation?
RP: Definitely. Especially when I was young. I knew James Dean before I even knew I wanted to act. I had read many of his interviews. He was style-defining and has an influence on every actor, simply through his physicality. Anyone who´s leaning forward, trying to look cool, is copying James Dean, really (laughs)
Q: You playing a photographer has a certain irony since in real life you often clashed with photographers who sometimes made your life hell. What was it like, playing a photographer?
RP: They´re still doing it. But to be honest, I had a very preconceived notion of photographers. Just like Anton Corbijn. Our ideas couldn´t have been more different. For Anton, the whole movie is about the nature of the photographer. I didn´t see Dennis Stock as a photographer, but someone, who under all circumstances wanted to be an artist. He saw an artist in James Dean just like he saw himself as an artist. To me the movie is about those petty jealousies: why is Dean perceived an artist and not me. That´s what I liked about it.
Here are the full production notes of LIFE. There are a lot of quotes from Rob about the movie, his character and the cast&crew and comments about Rob from director Anton Corbijn, co-stars Dane DeHaan and Joel Edgerton, screenwriter Luke Davies and procucers Iain Canning and Christina Piovesan.
THE FILM DOESN’T LOOK LIKE A DENNIS STOCK PHOTO, it looks like the world he took photos in. That’s important because a photographer always translates the world into his pictures. The pictures don’t present themselves to you; you have to find the pictures.” Anton Corbijn is talking about Life, one of the buzziest titles in the Berlin lineup, which tells the backstory behind arguably the most iconic images in Hollywood history: the photos Stock took of James Dean during a road trip on assignment for Life magazine in 1955, just months before the actor’s death. Starring Dane DeHaan as Dean and Robert Pattinson as Stock, the project seems particularly ideal for Corbijn.
The 65th Berlin International Film Festival (Feb 5-15) has added a further eight titles to its Competition programme, ahead of the complete line-up next week.
The films, which originate from across Europe, Asia, the US and the Middle East, include the world premiere of Queen of the Desert, Werner Herzog’s biopic based on the life of British explorer Gertrude Bell.
Nicole Kidman plays the 19th century explorer, known as the female Lawrence of Arabia, and her co-stars include James Franco, Damian Lewis and Robert Pattinson (as TE Lawrence).
Q: Can you tell us more about your next movie 'Queen Of The Desert' ? A: In less than ten days, I will start the mixing. The filming and editing are completed and I should be able to put an end to the movie in the first days of december. I don't know where or when it will be shown for the first time. Q: The cast is really impressive : Nicole Kidman, James Franco, Robert Pattinson... A: They all really wanted to work with me. I was asked why I chose Pattinson. It's not a big part, and it matched perfectly. I needed an englishman who still looks like a schoolboy but which is very smart. He plays Lawrence of Arabia, but at the age of 22, on an archeological site. Kidman, who plays the main role is wondering what that kid has to do in a place like this, and an archeologist tells her that this kid has a PhD. Pattinson is really good in that role. He is a smart man and the choice was quite natural.
There are a few new details about the movie, as well as the first movie sketch that was released with the interview.
The time is right for Westerns in Hollywood right now, after the success of movies like True Grit by the Coen brothers and Django Unchained by Tarantino. European-american western hybrids are popular as well.
After 3 years of writing the result was script of Brimstone, about a woman who at the end of the 19th century is haunted by an obsessed priest in the Wild West.
Koolhoven: ‘Most important was that the people were going to read my script. I needed help with that. I had no idea how it all worked in Holywood and my name doesn’t mean a lot there [yet].’
In november the buzz started. Koolhoven: ‘It was enthusiastic, the script started a buzz in Hollywood. Guy Pearce really wanted the part. An amazing actor, and it really helps that everyone enjoys working with him. He knows Pattinson from The Rover, and Pattinson again knows Wasikowska from Maps to the Stars. Not that that’s why I chose them, but they’re all very down to earth. At the end you are in each others space for a few months in the middle of nowhere.’
When last weekend the news was released that teen idol Robert Pattinson was taking part in the Brimstone, Koolhoven got a few hundred ‘rather abundant’ twitter followers extra.
Pattinson, known for his part as the swoon worthy vampire Edward Cullen from the Twilight saga, plays the part of an outlaw in ‘just one of the 4 chapters’ of Brimstone according to Koolhoven: the lead parts are for Mia Wasikowska and Guy Pearce and is particularly favored to cast as a movie villain.
Q: How did you get Pattinson to join? A: That goes through an agency. I was watching some movies Guy Pearce was in and last year he was in 'The Rover' and Pattinson was in there too. So I happened to stumble on that and I fell for that role. It is completely different from his role in 'Brimstone', but I thought he was really good. Q: What will he be doing exactly in your movie? A: He will play an outlaw and I'm not going to say more than that. It's a secret.
"Pattinson was a teen-idol. A lot of fans are still very loyal. I didn't know he was that popular. I knew he was popular, but not that there are people that have more or less devoted their lives to finding every bit of news about him on the internet, so every interview and most probably also this one 'hello, Pattinson fans' will be translated and then everybody talks about it. And because I am on Twitter they tag my name so my whole Twitter-feed is full. He has a kind of rebellious charisma and he is a handsome guy and he is a very good actor. So I believe he is going to be really good."
Robert Pattinson have joined Mia Wasikowska, Guy Pearce and Carice Van Houten (Black Book, Game of Thrones) in writer-director Martin Koolhoven’s (Winter in Wartime) thriller Brimstone, which Embankment has launched at Berlin’s EFM (Feb 5-13).
Set to shoot in May 2015, the film will follow a heroine on the run from her past and a diabolical preacher. Robert Pattinson will play an outlaw.
“Wasikowska is a powerhouse performer,” said Embankment co-founder Tim Haslam. “Guy Peace plays a hunter who unleashes hell. Martin directs a highly emotional, gripping and unique story of a mesmerising woman who battles the vengeance of a zealot.”
'Life' (film of Anton Corbijn, with Robert Pattinson, Dane DeHaan, Joel Edgerton, Ben Kingsley) will have its world premiere at Berlinale, in the Berlinale Special Gala 2015 section of the festival.
'Queen of the Desert' will also have its world premiere at the 65th Berlin Film Festival (and its it's in competition there). The 65th Berlin International Film Festival runs Feb.5-15. We'll add more info about dates when available.
The 4-pages article explains why the movie 'Idol's Eye' has been cancelled. It is written in the first person, and it's Olivier Assayas speaking. In his own words, he said it was "a ship taking on water from all sides." Here is a summary of what interests us: why the movie was canceled.
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