Archive for March 12, 2010
Rating 4 out of 5
Starring: Robert Pattinson, Emilie de Ravin, Pierce Brosnan, Chris Cooper
Robert Pattinson and Emilie de Ravin become entwined in what you might call a romantic tragedy in Remember Me. It’s a New York City love story, and it evokes a feeling of familiarity: a young man who is emotionally cut off from the world and troubled by the hypocrisy of adults, madly devoted to his preternaturally talented younger sister, mourning a dead brother, rebelling against the privilege of his parents. It leads to an obvious question: Okay, Mr. Catcher in the Rye, but does Pattinson take off his shirt?
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I admit, I wasn’t expecting all that much out of Robert Pattinson. He’s become very, very famous for playing men of few words, be it prettyboy Cedric Diggory in the fourth Harry Potter, the icy and wary Edward Cullen in that vampire thing, or the brooding Tyler in Remember Me, which is by far Pattinson’s biggest role yet as a non-vampire. I was waiting for him to walk into the interview room in a cloud of smoke, hair tousled back and scowl on his face, simply daring us to ask any questions.
Saying I was pleasantly surprised is an understatement– Pattinson was a funny, generous and totally relaxed interview, willing to laugh at himself and admit when his questions veered off into nonsense, and doing his best to answer Twilight questions even when the publicists hovered in the background to make sure we didn’t get off track. The hair was totally normal too– I guess his stylist had the afternoon off. Read below for our conversation with Pattinson, about what drew him to a romance like Remember Me, how he sees his character Tyler as an extension of himself, and the perils of unexpected fame. I was really impressed with how open he was in talking about what he does and doesn’t like about the craziness that surrounds him on a daily basis. Really, I was impressed in general. Find out why below.
On Remember Me and how he relates to his character
What surprised you about being an executive producer on this film?
I wasn’t a proper producer. I only came on at the end. I always liked what Allen and Nick’s idea for the whole movie was, and at the end, I didn’t want it to be messed about with, by the studio or by whoever. Whatever I could do to help protect that.
What led you to take this project?
I read it just after Twilight, in the summer, and there was just something about it. I liked the way it didn’t fit into any formulaic structure, and it didn’t seem like a teen movie. The period in-between the second and third Twilight films was only two months, and you can’t shoot that much stuff. It seemed like the perfect movie to put in there.
Do you agree with Tyler’s worldview?
I don’t think Tyler really had a worldview. That’s kind of what I liked. He’s sort of rebelling against nothing. He doesn’t have any particular desires, no one’s taking anything from him. It’s almost the reason why he wants to rebel, because there’s nothing to rebel against. I felt relatively similar to him in a lot of ways, just being desireless. Especially when I first read it. I wasn’t doing anything when I first read it.
Are you a chain smoker like Tyler is?
I’m now chain eating Nicorette gum. I’m furiously addicted to that now, which is very annoying. On planes and things, it does not help at all. It just makes you desperately want a cigarette.
[Director] Allen [Coulter] and [screenwriter] Will [Fetters] were saying it can be hard for young people to play young characters and see beyond that age. How were you able to do that?
Maybe it’s bad, [but] I think the only way to make anything truthful is to try and relate as much of it as you can to yourself. I think I related tons of it to how I thought I felt about stuff. I was saying to people before I started shooting that it’s the closest to myself, and I’m trying to play myself in it.
How was working with Emilie and dealing with the challenge of the fans outside on the set?
Emilie was really understanding about all that stuff. She had a bunch of people come out for her too, for Lost. Once they realized we were both there it became double craziness. She was always cool about the crowds and stuff. That was the first time she’d been on a film in a while. Both of us, I don’t know if we were trying to break away from anything, but it’s kind of a relief after you’ve been doing the same thing for ages. You want to give everything to this one project, and she really did.
On filming in New York with fans coming to the set every day.
It sounds like filming in New York was stressful, but what was enjoyable about it?
It’s the fantasy idea of living in the East Village. It’s the kind of life I would have wanted to have if I was a student. It’s a very active culture– even the extras in New York, everybody’s got an opinion about everything.
How much of that did you get to experience yourself, though?
My sister used to live here, for five years, and I’ll be honest, I experienced a lot more of New York then. I was kind of stuck in a hotel room a lot of time [filming Remember Me].
Was it hard to act with all those people around the set?
Just at the beginning. It’s strange, in New York you can’t shut down streets. It is weird, you’ve got like 40 people taking photos on the other side of the street, and there’s nothing you can do.
On his music career and his musical contributions to Twilight
What can people expect from you musically in the future? Do you see yourself doing a music movie?
Yeah. I’d really like to. I’ve been talking to people about stuff for ages, about various different things. it’s quite difficult to do. I think it’s a bit risky as well.
Has your songwriting process changed for you in recent years?
I used to write a lot by just doing gigs, and just turning up to open mics with two lines of a song, and the pressure would force you to make something up. And I can’t really do that anymore. That was my main process of writing songs, get songs that are totally uninformed by self-consciousness. When I sit down and try to write some lyrics, it just looks like rubbish. I can’t function with two things at the same time. I don’t even listen to music when I’m doing [films]. I think after doing another movie after this movie now, then I’ll try and write some music, hopefully at the end of the year.
Have they asked you to do any more songs for the Twilight movies?
No. They’ll never ask me ever again!
On his career, the downside of fame, and where he wants to go from here.
Are you enjoying your career right now?Are the acting opportunities worth the craziness and the fame?
It’s annoying not being able to meet people, thinking that someone’s going to sell something or Twitter things. You need that, just to be a person, just to be able to talk to someone in a normal way. You see all these actors holing themselves up and not doing anything ever because of that. That’s the only frustrating thing about it.
Do you see this movie as an important step to show people you’re more than Twilight?
I think it’s an important step. I don’t think it’s to show people I’m more than Twilight. I have the same mentality about [the Twilight sequels]. I try to make a Twilight film to show I’m more than Twilight, whatever that means. You try and improve, you try and take things from each job you get. I’ve just sort of fallen into it. I’m just trying to figure out how to do things.
You’ve made a lot of distinctly independent films to kind of counterbalance Twilight. Do you plan to keep seeking these out?
Not necessarily. I just liked the script of this. The next few things I’m doing, I just liked the script. I’d be way more nervous doing a big kind of blockbuster which would go into the marketplace saying, “This has to be huge.” I like doing ensemble things with established actors who are really good, and scripts that are kind of different, and hope people will be interested in them.
NEW YORK, March 12 (UPI) — British actor Robert Pattinson admits fans of his “Twilight” films caused mayhem on the New York set of his new romantic drama, “Remember Me.”
“It is really just like blanking out. 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,” the 23-year-old actor told reporters in New York recently.
“There was this moment when one of the security guys saw me getting more and more angry with these paparazzi guys and he just said, ‘OK, imagine going over and trying to hit someone and missing in front of 40 cameras.’ And that was enough to break my whole thing. It didn’t really bother me afterward,” he noted. “It’s strange. I did a film where I hardly knew anyone on the crew or anything because I couldn’t get out of my trailer when we were shooting, especially for the first month. I mean, I didn’t know any of (my co-stars.) It was really odd. But, at the same time, it’s quite a good lesson in life — discipline — because you literally have to do it. At the end of the day, you can’t just say, ‘I’m not doing it until these people go away.’ It was way more intense than (making) any of the ‘Twilight’ films even. There’s never even that many people who turn up for that. It was definitely an experience.”
Pattinson said he finds he can concentrate better on the material and his performance much better when there are fewer distractions, though.
“I’m doing a thing now where there’s no one around and I feel a million times more comfortable,” he said, referring to the film “Bel Ami.” “It’s in England for one thing, which is very different to the States. The hysteria around the ‘Twilight’ stuff, I mean, it’s growing a little bit (in England,) but it’s completely different. But (‘Bel Ami’ is) a period thing so we’re in all these stately homes in the middle of nowhere and so people just can’t find the places. Half the crew can’t find the places.”
Co-starring Pierce Brosnan, Chris Cooper and Emilie de Ravin, “Remember Me” is in theaters now.
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Happy “Remember Me” day, everybody! But before you head to the theater to see Robert Pattinson in his first post-Edward Cullen solo project, be sure to read on for part two of our MTV Radio’s interview with him for RPattz’s thoughts on the film, the scenes that he found hardest to shoot and the dumbest thing he ever did.
MTV: Your character Tyler has some issues with anger, being tormented and especially his parents. Do you have any kind of new insight into why teenagers rebel like this?
Robert Pattinson: I knew a lot of teens who were troubled, and then you meet their families and you’re like, “I don’t know what his problem is.” The families always seem really nice and supportive, and it’s just this unknown. You have this energy, and you don’t know where to place it. I think the reason why [Tyler] has a problem with his father and not his mother is that he knows his mother isn’t strong enough to take it. If he started attacking her, she’d just break. His father is still a fighter, so he’s always going to fight against him.
MTV: The movie seems very realistic in its depiction of NYU students — how much did shooting in New York with real locations help?
Pattinson: I always thought about the apartment. If this is just a typical NYU student’s apartment — living in the East Village in this really nice apartment — I always thought that was a bit much. It’s like a million-dollar apartment! It did help. Annoyingly, I couldn’t spend as much time as I thought I could [researching the role].
MTV: Why not?
Pattinson: Before I went to New York, I thought it’d be really easy; I could hang out there and pick up on a lot of New Yorkers’ mannerisms and things. But it ended up being more of a circus than I thought it was going to be.
MTV: Was it harder getting into character with all the craziness surrounding you during the shoot?
Pattinson: Kind of. At the beginning it was. But then, halfway through, I had an epiphany, and then I was fine. It’s just a matter of learning how to block things out. At the beginning, it was just driving me insane. Especially with a character that’s lost and supposed to be looking for [answers] all the time — and you can’t look up, because then all the [paparazzi] shutters accelerate. You can’t smile, you can’t behave normally. You just have to be more disciplined about it.
MTV: Do you think your “Little Ashes” performance as Salvador Dalí was harmed a bit because people couldn’t look at you and not think Edward Cullen?
Pattinson: I think it was. I mean, I shot it before “Twilight,” but I think people do judge things differently after the “Twilight”s. But there’s nothing you can really do about that. I do take it into account more now than I used to. But during the Dalí thing, when I was doing it, I didn’t think anyone was ever going to see it! It’s a very different place to be at when you think you’re making a movie which no one is ever going to see. I mean, you’re not afraid to experiment with things.
MTV: So knowing that you were famous and people would see “Remember Me,” do you feel like you were able to give the film your all?
Pattinson: I don’t know. I don’t really know what my all is. I think I always felt very connected to it, right from the beginning when I read the script.
MTV: A lot of the anger in the film comes from your relationship with your dad, played by Pierce Brosnan. In real life, do you have a good relationship with your father?
Pattinson: My relationship with my dad is the opposite. The part was written as much more controlling, arrogant — and Pierce seems like a nice guy, so he just read the character as not a horrible man; he’s not a monster. It completely changes the relationship Tyler has with him. You’re looking at a [father] who you know the audience is going to be thinking, “He’s all right,” which I thought was quite interesting. It’s this guy’s rebellion against nothing. You’re just attacking someone because you know they can be attacked, and he’s going to keep standing afterwards. Pierce was great.
MTV: Did you enjoy the fight scenes? Is it very different than acting with words?
Pattinson: Yes, I loved it. It’s completely different. I never do stuff like that, so it was quite cathartic.
MTV: Was it daunting doing those scenes with Oscar winner Chris Cooper?
Pattinson: Yeah. I don’t know how I’d feel if I had any fighting back to do. I just continually get beaten up by him. [Laughs.] It’s hard, especially being strangled. It’s difficult to look like what’s actually happening. You’re doing it [for the camera] as well, so it’s like you’re being strangled but nothing really happens. You’re just standing there, experimenting with myself. I don’t really know what the face is like for someone getting strangled.
MTV: Were you hurt in that particular scene? Because it’s very convincing.
Pattinson: No, not at all. But I did hurt myself in a scene they cut out, where I flipped out. [In the scene] I walked into a big confrontation and ended up getting completely destroyed by your competitor. I was doing this thing, hitting myself afterwards in a spur-of-the-moment thing, which they cut out of the movie. But I kept hitting myself so hard. I was in so much pain for the rest of the shoot. It was the most stupid thing I’ve ever done.
After wrapping filming on “New Moon” in May 2009 and before beginning the shoot for “Eclipse” that August, Robert Pattinson headed to New York to shoot his first major post-”Twilight” role: the lead in the romantic drama “Remember Me” opposite Emilie de Ravin of “Lost.” He plays Tyler, a headstrong and slightly lost kid who falls in love with de Ravin’s Ally, a college student from a much different cultural milieu.
Anticipation is high for the film (out Friday, March 12) as fans look forward to seeing Pattinson not only as a human rather than a vampire but also as part of an onscreen couple that doesn’t include “Twilight” co-star Kristen Stewart. MTV News has been following every development of the production — from casting moves to footage from the film to interviews with the stars — and we’ve gathered it all together as part of our “Remember Me” cheat sheet. Here’s everything you need to know before hitting the theater this weekend.
The City Never Sleeps Pattinson arrived in New York just days after leaving the “New Moon” set and immediately caused a media frenzy. The craziness didn’t stop until the shoot was over. Filming on location in the city streets, Pattinson was routinely mobbed by fans. There was even the wild story — unfounded, as it turned out — that he’d been hit by a taxi while crossing the street.
“There were a lot of crazy moments where you’re filming on location and you’re waiting for people to get out of the shot,” de Ravin told MTV News. “You’re taken out of your work mentality with hundreds of people watching you when you’re just trying to figure out your scene.”
Look At Me Months later, as the hoopla surrounding the November release of “New Moon” ramped up, the first “Remember Me” trailer dropped online. This was Pattinson like we’d never seen him before: out with the golden eyes and the pale skin, in with an emotionally honest portrayal of a young New Yorker in love.
February brought yet more peeks at the film’s central couple: An exclusive clip of Pattinson and de Ravin at a fair and one of the two of them having dinner together, plus exclusive photos of the couple in bed and soaking wet in the shower. Of that shower scene, Pattinson laughed to MTV, “It’s pretty forward for a second date!”
Never Forget As the film’s release rapidly approached, Pattinson and de Ravin returned to New York, giving MTV a chance for multiple chats with the pair. In an extensive sit-down interview, Rob and Emilie spoke about their loves scenes, being self-conscious about their acting, their similarities to their characters and much more.
Finally, the entire cast hit the frenetic red carpet for the film’s gala premiere, where the paparazzi were going mad and Pattinson was doing his best to play it cool. As de Ravin explained, though, her co-star has no problem doing that both on- and off-camera.
“He’s amazing,” she said. “He’s fascinating to watch because he’s so naturally subtle and interesting.”
Check out everything we’ve got on “Remember Me.”
MTV via RobPattzNews
With two yet-to-be released Twilight films, you’d think Robert Pattinson would still be fending off obsessive female fans. But the 23-year-old star of the new romantic drama Remember Me (out in theaters Friday) claims his admirers have started to calm down.
“I don’t get the crazy stuff anymore — it’s so annoying,” he tells iVillage, only half-seriously. “In the original Twilight press tours almost all of them would be nuts. But it’s been a while.”
Compared to his tween-friendly vampire films, Remember Me doesn’t just feature PG-rated kisses. But when it came to filming the steamy sex scenes with costar Emilie de Ravin, Pattinson was a total pro. “The only thing that makes it uncomfortable is if the other person feels uncomfortable,” he says.
Watch our exclusive video interview to see Pattinson admit that coming up with pick-up lines isn’t exactly his forte — and reveal the advice his dad taught him.
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Source: IVillage via RobPattzNews
I know that the Twilighters among you are all excited for “Eclipse” now that the first trailer trailer has arrived, but there’s still more than three months before the actual movie arrives in theaters. Let’s take a moment to focus on something that’s happening a little sooner: the release of “New Moon” on DVD and Blu-ray.
It hits shelves next week, on Friday night at midnight. It’ll still be available on Saturday and beyond though, so no need to cancel plans if you have some other fun activity going on. To get you psyched, we prepared this little 10-second clip from the DVD’s six-part behind-the-scenes documentary. And hey– maybe it’s just me, but doesn’t that wolf cutout in the clip look an awful lot like an elephant?
Source: MTV Via RobPattzNews
Patrick Stoner talks with Robert Pattinson and Emilie de Ravin about “Remember Me.” I can’t embed it so click here to watch it.