In fact, Almaric — best-known to American audiences through his roles in “Munich, “Le Scaphandre et le Papillion” (“The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”), and “Quantum of Solace,” has been a director longer than he’s been an actor. As a teenager, he took a job as a trainee AD on Louis Malle’s “Au Revoir les Enfants” and he won Best Director at Cannes in 2010 for “Tournee.” He has also worked with some of France’s best directors, of course — among them Arnaud Desplechin and Alain Resnais – and he’ll next be seen in David Cronenberg’s forthcoming “Cosmopolis,” playing a “pastry assassin” who creams Robert Pattinson in the face as part of his mission to sabotage power and wealth worldwide. Almaric sat down with The Playlist to talk about his philosophies on- and off-screen, and why he feels an actor is “nothing.”
As the pastry assassin, you get to throw a pie in Robert Pattinson’s face and then give a six-page monologue.
Cronenberg is very close to the book. And Rob is a great guy. Yeah, yeah — it’s a tough scene. I had to speak in English, and Cronenberg shot it in one sequence, where you do the whole scene in one shot. It was very physical, and I spoke so much. And you’re afraid, because it’s Cronenberg! [Laughs] But you manage to learn your lines, and I’m always surprised when I manage to be able to say the words in complete order, you know? I don’t know how it’s possible. But I think it’s going to be an amazing film, especially because he shot it in order, exactly as it happens in the book, about a man who gets broken.
Archive for March 9, 2012
From Belga Films
Out on March 16
From OK Magazine:
Robert Pattinson’s Twilight fame would be too much for The Vampire Diaries hunk Joseph Morgan though.
The British actor, who plays the evil Klaus on hit TV series The Vampire Diaries, says he would be frightened by the level of adoration the Breaking Dawn actor has.
He exclusively told OK.co.uk: “Rob Pattinson’s fame would absolutely freak me out.
“There’s no question that The Vampire Diaries has changed my life and I do get recognised now.
“I can still go to the supermarket though and I can imagine he can’t.
“That sort of walking down the street and people screaming, not people able to go anywhere without people noticing you…it would [freak me out].”
Here’s a scan of Rob and Bel Ami in French magazine ‘Dream Up’ (March/April Issue)
More videos from his on-set interview posted here
Robert Pattinson may have found fame playing the sweet and sensitive Edward Cullen in ‘Twilight’, but omg! can reveal the real-life Rob has a penchant for bad-boy behaviour. Oooh! The gorgeous actor told us exclusively exactly what he got up while filming upcoming movie ‘Bel Ami’ and we were pretty shocked with his response!
Robert said “I liked fighting and drinking in Budapest [laughs].”
We think he meant while in character filming scenes in the Hungarian capital, but maybe this is what he got up to after hours. Rob in a fight? We can only hope this was over us!
Talk turned to what drew him to his latest on-screen venture and how it differed to ‘Twilight’.
“It was exhausting trying to fit so much in [to the film],” Robert said.
“‘Bel Ami’ is something different, every actor who has come on set is so baffled by the fact my character Georges doesn’t get his comeuppance.”
But what we’re really concerned about is which women are locking lips with our one true love in the film? Uma Thurman, Christina Ricci and Kristin Scott Thomas each get up close and personal with Robert in the movie and wow are we jealous.
And the actor only had good things to say about his co-stars too: “They are all very strong and had long careers so they know exactly how they want to do things.”
New ‘Bel Ami’ scene at 3:00 (parts of the scene were posted before). Christina Ricci’s on set interview is new. She talks about her character and Rob’s at 1:05.
Christina Ricci talks about Robert Pattinson
MSN France – at 0.25 and 0.50
The Telegraph - Starts at 0:50
“He is one of the most bankable, handsome film stars in the world, and a household name having starred most famously as hunky Edward Cullen in the box office-storming Twilight series, and as Cedric Diggory in the Harry Potter films.
Yet Christina Ricci knew almost nothing about Robert Pattinson, and had seen none of his movies, when they met on the set of the new erotic drama Bel Ami.
However, they still hit it off like old friends and turned a sometimes difficult film shoot into a fun-filled frolic.
“We would just goof off and laugh while we were working,” says Christina, 32.
“He’s a sweet guy and super funny… and a really good kisser.”
It was therefore easy for her to understand why Rob’s girlfriend, Twilight co-star Kristen Stewart, paid so many visits to the set.
“He’s so charming and smart,” Christina continues. “He’s so organised and in charge of his career. He was actually giving me advice,” adds Californian Ricci, who has been acting since she was nine years old.
Bel Ami, based on the 1885 French novel by Guy de Maupassant, has a stellar cast which also includes Kristin Scott Thomas and Uma Thurman, and is executive produced by the Beckhams’ manager Simon Fuller.
Christina plays the married but naive Clotilde de Marelle, a Parisian society lady who is seduced by Pattinson’s manipulative and immoral Georges Duroy.
Her favourite parts of filming, she says, were “the costumes, the makeup and Rob”.
Here are some more Bel Ami reviews
From Little White Lies
Guy de Maupassant’s novel, ‘Bel Ami’, about a French ex-soldier who comes to Paris to seduce his way into the upper echelons of society, has been adapted for the screen and stage on numerous occasions since its publication in 1885.
Georges Duroy, played here by Robert Pattinson in a role that trades on the real-life devotion to his boyish charms, first appears in a Dickensian hovel through which a lone cockroach crawls and quickly disappears.