Archive for March 11, 2010
‘Remember Me’ star Robert Pattinson won’t forget what ‘Twilight saga’ has created him
NEW YORK — Robert Pattinson is understandably a little fidgety and distracted these days. Everywhere he goes, it seems, he’s followed by lightninglike flashes and shutter-clicking hordes of paparazzi. When word gets out that he’s in town — and, somehow, it always does — screeching gaggles of young female fans gather nearby and swoon over his every move.
So it is that the hunky, 23-year-old British star of the hot teen vampire films “Twilight” and “New Moon” seems a bit preoccupied as he is ushered into a midtown hotel suite to discuss his new movie, “Remember Me,” during a recent press event hosted by Summit Entertainment.
Flanked by a team of stern, clock-watching publicists who admonish everyone around, “No pictures; no autographs,” Pattinson looks slightly sheepish as he’s handed a bottle of Fiji water and settles into a chair.
His hair tousled and his face fashionably stubbled, he’s decked out in gray shirt, gray wind-breaker jacket and rumpled dark jeans, appearing every bit the successor of moody-broody heartthrobs in the James Dean-Johnny Depp lineage.
“Remember Me,” a contemporary romantic drama about two young lovers struggling to deal with family relationships damaged by untimely deaths, was shot on location around New York City, and Pattinson admits through a series of rueful laughs that his red-hot celebrity made the production a chaotic ordeal. Everywhere they filmed, groupies and paparazzi crowded in and created turmoil.
“It’s weird,” Pattinson said. “I did this film, and I hardly knew anyone on the crew because I couldn’t get out of my trailer, especially the first month. I mean, I didn’t know anyone on the set. It was really odd.
“But at the same time, it’s really a quite nice lesson in discipline because you literally have to do it,” he said. “You can’t say, ‘I’m not performing until all these people go away.’ It was way more intense than any of the ‘Twilight’ films even.”
Director Allen Coulter said he knew going in that Pattinson’s feverish celebrity would require extra layers of security around the filming.
“I knew when Rob was going to the bathroom accompanied by about 14 guards that we had real security issues,” Coulter said. “I mean, we expected something, but not what we got. Joe Reidy, a masterful assistant director who’s been with DiCaprio working with Scorsese and others, even he was staggered by the intensity of it. It was tough.
“The first few days in particular, when we had to get our footing, Rob and the others managed to perform intimate scenes when we had 30 to 50 guys on the sidelines with cameras, that we were barely able to control, not to mention 700 to 1,000 young girls all vibrating. It was not easy for the cast to act, and it was not easy for us to do our jobs.”
Despite rigorous security efforts and lots of burly production assistants to keep crowds at bay, “you simply couldn’t defeat it,” the director said. “They (groupies) had inroads and ways of finding out where we were going to shoot. And we’d show up somewhere at 5 a.m., and there would be girls standing there waiting for us so they could see Rob walk from his trailer to the set. They’d see him for maybe 15 seconds. They’d wait all day for that.”
Still, Pattinson, who went from a supporting role in two “Harry Potter” movies to international stardom as sexy vampire Edward Cullen in the first two films of “The Twilight Saga” series, said he’s learning to deal with the daunting distractions of fame.
“It really is just about blanking it out,” he said. “I mean, at the beginning I was having loads of problems with it because it was really crazy. When we were filming around Washington Square Park, it was just complete mayhem. There was this one moment where one of the security guys saw me getting more and more and more angry with the paparazzi guys, and he said to me, ‘Imagine like going up and trying to hit one of them and missing, right there in front of 40 cameras.’ And that was enough to break my rage. It didn’t really bother me after that.”
The noisy commotion of celebrity, however, did detract from his performance, Pattinson admitted.
“It makes you a little more self-conscious. I mean … yeah. You can’t really experiment with things. You can’t really do silly things to get yourself comfortable. So it did in a way detract. But at the same time, there is a certain quality to Tyler (his character) that’s a little bit clenched, that’s about suppressing his emotions, so maybe it helped.”
Pattinson said he received a valuable lesson in handling the demands of celebrity with grace from co-star Pierce Brosnan, who plays his emotionally withholding, business tycoon father in the film.
“Pierce did one thing the first night I went out to dinner with him before we started shooting,” Pattinson said. “We were in this place, a sort of old-fashioned French restaurant, and all these sort of banker-looking guys were there. They didn’t recognize me, but they obviously recognized him, he was probably like their idol, and Pierce said he noticed these people looking over.
“And I’m sitting there getting more and more self-conscious and ready to leave. And he goes over and introduces himself to everyone at the table. And at first I thought, ‘You are completely insane.’ But it worked so well. I mean, he talked to them for about a minute. And people did not look around afterwards, and you can tell that they’re going to go home and say, ‘Yeah, he’s such a nice guy.’
“And after that there was nothing weird about us being in the restaurant,” Pattinson said. “You’re no longer a kind of freak. But, of course, he’s got enormous confidence, so he can do that. If I did that, it would probably look like I was trying to start a fight or something.”
Finally, Pattinson said he is trying to maintain a calm sanity about his dizzying fame and to be aware that it could go away as quickly as it came.
“I think it’s all really simple,” he said thoughtfully as handlers swooped in to wrap up the questioning. “I mean, you look at how people are judged in the public arena, and I think the majority of people kind of get beaten by it, the people who are seen all the time. I mean, the less you’re seen then you’ll be all right. As long as you keep attempting to make quality films, then eventually your name stands for something other than meaningless celebrity. It’s a kind of difficult battle, but you have to make the work mean more than your celebrity. I think Johnny Depp has done that, and that’s what I’d like to do.”
This is a great article about Remember Me written by NewsWeek. So real and true. It includes major spoilers including the ending.
From the ads on TV, Remember Me looks like your everyday college dramedy. (Spoiler alert: Surprise plot points discussed ahead!) It stars Robert Pattinson making goo-goo eyes at his college girlfriend (Emilie de Ravin). The film’s poster shows the sweethearts clutched in a passionate embrace with the cryptic tagline: “Live in the moments.”
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Here’s an interview Robert Pattinson did with MTV
By Larry Carroll
By now, you’ve probably watched the “Eclipse” trailer a half-million times, eager to catch every last glimpse of Robert Pattinson. But don’t forget that this weekend brings the chance to see the trailer on the big screen when it plays before showings of RPattz’s new drama “Remember Me.”
Still not enough Rob for you? Well, before you go see the movie this weekend, read on for an interview RPattz did with our friends at MTV Radio. In it, he spills the beans on playing a “Remember Me” rebel without a cause, his reasons for being brooding and wounded in real life, and why people like hitting him.
MTV: How do you like not biting someone?
Robert Pattinson: I bit people in this! [Laughs.] No, I didn’t. It’s different. I feel like I’m missing out on something, but it’s a relief not having all that makeup on.
MTV: What attracted you to this role?
Pattinson: I read it after the first “Twilight” film, and I always liked it. It was always in the back of my mind. And then the opportunity came up between the second and third ones, which was a small period of time, so you can only do a certain type of movie. I was trying to remember all the little things I’d read, and this was perfect, and it didn’t need any real prep time or anything. There was something different about it. It didn’t fit into a typical teen movie, and it seemed quite realistic.
MTV: People say you remind them of James Dean. Do you count him as an influence?
Pattinson: I think James Dean was one of the most influential people on young guys — especially actors — definitely in the last 50 years. I’m not ashamed to say I am very much influenced by him.
MTV: This character bears many similar traits to Edward Cullen. Are you worried about being typecast at all?
Pattinson: Maybe I am brooding and wounded, and I’m just realizing it. [Laughs.] No, I’m not. You take little steps [as you go from role to role]. I’m always quite aware of how people are going to view things, and you have to go halfway. If I did something playing a 400-pound woman, people are going to judge it a bit more harshly than other people who’ve been doing character parts for 20 years. All the projects I’m doing, I’m not doing in a calculated way, but they seem like little baby steps towards other things. What I’m doing now is intensity — I like that. It’s what I like in characters.
MTV: This film deals with some violent, random acts. Is there something you were able to bring from your past to this role?
Pattinson: It was more about the reactions after, about how [my character] dealt with random events. … He has a blasé attitude, even when it’s him who is harmed. I always related to that; looking back in the past and having grudges and things, I don’t really do that. But the violence and things, the way his violence comes out, it’s illogical and it’s not against legitimate targets. I related to that — when you have a spasm of rage, it goes almost every time through the wrong target and causes more problems. It’s better to keep it chained up.
MTV: There’s a scene where you go pretty crazy in a schoolroom, opposite a young actress.
Pattinson: There was one take of that they had to cut out, because it looked like I’d not only be in jail for vandalism, but for child abuse as well! I spun the desk around and the desk fell over, and she literally ran away out of the classroom! I was supposed to continue on with the scene, but I was like, “Oh my God, I’m actually going to get arrested!” She looked absolutely terrified afterwards.
MTV: You’ve said that you have been beaten up a few times. Who beat you up?
Pattinson: A lot of people, when I was younger. I was a bit of an idiot, always unprovoked — in my eyes, anyways.
MTV: Was it a school-bully thing?
Pattinson: No, it was after school, generally. Like, after I first started acting and I liked to behave like an actor — or what I thought was an actor — it generally provoked a lot of people into hitting me.
Source: MTV thanks RobPattzNews
Robert Pattinson and Emilie de Ravin shine in a film with a profound message.
As I look through the six pages of hurriedly scribbled notes I took while watching Remember Me, I’m struck by the overall ambition and courage of the film. Massive themes are considered here: love and loss, the role parents should play, sibling support, fledgling relationships in college, the role of blunt trauma in the building of character. True, that’s a lot of emotional weight, and the key for enjoyment here is to buy into the overarching sincerity of the film. By taking a risk, and actually being about something, Remember Mebecomes vulnerable to those who would lash out against perceived melodrama in movies. But we’ve got to take back the streets on this one; we need writers and directors out there taking chances, we’ve got to get away from the paint-by-numbers industry that has become modern cinema.
What is the film all about? At its core, relationships, and the popular misconception around them — that is, that they are all “happily ever after” in their most fulfilled state. We often think of love and relationships in the “dancing around with joy” sense, but the other side of the coin, a side that’s just as true and realistic, are the relationships forged by two hurt people in mutual pain. We turn to our loved ones for happiness, yes, but we also turn to them for support, for comfort, for the shared sense of anger and injustice at the world. Not all of love is happiness, and much of it is compromise and a real loss of self.
Of course, I’ve told you nothing about Remember Me in that paragraph, and I’m going to keep that going as much as possible. Knowing less about this film will definitely help you enjoy it more.
There are no less than four tremendous performances in the film.Robert Pattinson is excellent as the brooding and wounded Tyler Hawkins. At his worst Mr. Pattinson is a James Dean caricature, but as the film progresses he gets more comfortable, and we’re left with a realistic guy we can pull for as the culmination sweeps in. Tate Ellington hits all the right notes as Tyler’s quirky but sincere roommate. He’s not a bad guy, he’s not a good guy, he’s just a normal guy you meet all the time in your own life. Emilie de Ravin is perfect as the potential love interest for Pattinson. She mixes a softness with a scorched world-weariness to create a compelling woman. Finally, Ruby Jerins is dynamic as Pattinson’s little sister. Really tremendous dialogue helps each of these young actors, but they deserve a lion’s share of the credit.
I have two smallish complaints about the film, neither of which is a deal breaker. My first issue comes near the middle of the film, when there’s a contrivance that seems out of place for such a cleverly paced film. The second issue is that the film, in going for iconic characters, probably relies on visuals too often near the front end of the movie. For instance, there’s a bit of an overly stylistic sex scene. But none of this is a huge issue, just tiny annoyances, sand in your shoes.
As I’ve previously mentioned, the themes considered here are both broad and complex. Controlling fathers, selfish fathers, the emotional wreckage that lies within each and every family. But modern love is considered too, that fantastic and scary initial connection, the rare treat of lusting after someone you find immediately captivating.
Why see Remember Me? Because you know when you’re watching a drama, you know when you’ve purchased a ticket to a romantic comedy, you’re completely aware of what a date night film is. Movies have been segmented out to every demo, and you never have to see anything even remotely surprising or challenging. The marketing is your warm blanket, soothing you into a life of complacency. Remember Me isn’t any of that noise. The film, while maintaining a sense of the dramatic, also has many well-placed and wry laughs. It pulls at your heartstrings, but it also makes you ponder your own life and actions. Remember Me is challenging in all the right ways, a prime example of the courage directors, writers, and actors should bring into the arena.
There’s a scene in the film where Robert Pattinson attempts to blow out some birthday candles. He’s an avid smoker, but we can’t know if he blows out half the candles with one breath to be a jerk or because that’s simply all the breath he has. We’re asked to consider the motivations of each person, and where we land probably holds a mirror up to our own temperaments. Little moments like that are prevalent in Remember Me, moments when we’re slightly off balance, moments infused with a deeper meaning the audience needs to stretch for, moments of true artistry in filmmaking. We get many pretenders, but Remember Me earns every scene. The point of the film? To care about the ones you love. It’s a profound message, but it often gets lost in the noise of “real life.”
Source via RobPattzNews
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Great Remember Me wallpaper made by @halvir09
Twilight is part of this movie even if you didn’t intend it, in the way it brings attention to the movie and just the fact that Summit is releasing it. How has that worked for you?
When we cast him Twilight wasn’t out, and I didn’t know who he was. That was an advantage, because I cast him just because I liked him. We hope people will go to this movie who might not have pursued it otherwise. If he wasn’t this phenom, you wouldn’t automatically assume that tens of thousands of teenage girls would show up the first day. We hope that is the case. But this is a movie I made for adults.
When did you realize you had the biggest star in the world in your movie?
Certainly the first day, when we had the thousands of girls standing outside from dawn until dusk. We realized what we were in for. It was not easy, believe me.
We understand there was one day where you snapped at the paparazzi?
We found ourselves in a situation with the movie that we never expected to be in. No one had an idea that basically we had unleashed Elvis. It was tough from the very beginning. All of us were a little gobsmacked by this. We just struggled the best we could. That was just a day that I felt the sense of entitlement the paparazzi had, that they had the right to demand certain kinds of shots. We were just trying to make the day, the sun was falling, the last shot that we did, that was it. They were angry they couldn’t get a shot of him. They felt it was their right, that we should accommodate them. I lost it, and they deserved it. They deserve worse. That was the one time I couldn’t hold back.
What inspired you to cast Rob to begin with?
We needed someone who could embody a certain kind of angst that one feels at 21, and the complications and complex relationships that grow from the confusions of being 21. And Rob seemed in our initial meeting to understand that and grasp that, but have enough distance on it to be able to act that.
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