A lot has been said about your unconventional choice of Robert Pattinson for the lead role.
The thing I liked about Rob Pattinson as an actor is that he’s a serious actor. And you could lose sight of that, because he’s had this big popular success with the Twilight movies, but he is not afraid to play a character who is difficult to like, you know, because some actors are afraid to do that, because they feel it is too personal, that they themselves will not be liked by their audience, and so on. But a real actor is not afraid to play an unsympathetic character, and Rob is a real actor.
Also, I think to be an actor, you need intelligence, first of all. For example, Rob immediately realised that the script was quite funny, and most people don’t get that. Then you want sensitivity to the subtleties of the movie, in terms of what is going on in the movie, the dialogue and so on. And Rob, personally, is very knowledgeable about cinema.
(chuckles) I don’t think his Twilight fans realise this about him, but he’s really an aficionado about art cinema. I mean, on the set I’d find him talking to Juliette Binoche about obscure French cinema, (chuckles) so you know, he brings a real depth of understanding of the history and art of cinema and all of those things mean that you have a lot of power and a lot of responsiveness from your actor as a director. It’s like driving the Ferrari instead of driving, you know, a Volkwagen Beetle. And you get that with Rob. I must also add, he’s very down to earth and very easy to work with. He’s not diva at all, you know. He’s really a sweetheart.
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Did the entire cast, including the newcomers ever get together to hang out?
TH: Oh yeah. Angela (Sarafyan) and Rami Malek, who are part of the Egyptian coven, hosted dinners at night because we were all together on set. We had everyone from Rob and Kristen to come all the way to me and Judi. We just talked and had a good time. We were laughing and joking and got to know each other. No one is estranged as people think they are and everyone is a kind hearted person. Kristen Stewart is a very sweet girl and she treated with nothing but respect. I remember when I was doing the 50 Cent, ‘All Things Fall Apart,’ and I had to fly out to the Miami Film Festival, and flew back, Kristen said, “You’re doing the film with Mario Van Peebles.” I said, “Yeah, he’s the director.” That just shows human interest and that’s important.
[...] So if Marsh plans on filming this mini series, with no official title yet, next summer, where does this leave Hold on to Me, his project with Rob Pattinson and Carey Mulligan?
“It’s going well.” Marsh reassure us. “I think about starting the shoot at the beginning of 2013 if our funds are secure.”Often compared to ‘To Die For’ by Gus Van Sant because of its pitch (a beauty queen kidnaps and buries alive a man formoney), Marsh points out that he finds the comparison appropriate even though “Boogie Nights will also be a model to Hold on to Me, ton wise. It’s one of my favorite movies cause it goes from dark to humorous in a second. Hold on to Me will be a dark comedy. My documentaries had humour – at least i hope – whereas my fictional works were heavier. This one will be more high-spirited.” An opus that might change Marsh’s carreer since it stars Robert Pattinson. “Robert is interesting. He knows where he wants to go and he wants to work on projects that might help him shape himself, like Cosmopolis. He uses his fame and his energy to help people, like me, make interesting movies. He has a lot of potential. When we met I loved his attitude towards the cinema genre. He liked the script and talked to me about it in an intelligent way. He’s going to be a great asset for Hold on to Me and I hope that with him on board, it’ll round up tons of teenage girls in the movies theaters to corrupt them. *laughs*”
Finally, Marsh revealed to us the name of the actor he covets to complete the casting: “I would like to hire an actor from the show Girls, Adam Driver. He’s an amazing actor, not very well-known. It would end up forming such a great triangle with Robert and Carey.”
Do Taylor and you learn to love each other in this movie?
Sure! I give him my daughter! That’s love. You could even say this entire thing is a love story between Edward and Jacob.
What’s your favorite memory of this experience?
One time Peter stole a bike, it was hilarious! Or when we filmed in Brazil, it was like saying “We’ve done this for years and now we’re in Brazil,” Kristen and I were wearing bathing suits in front of 6,000 Brazilians with water guns and cameras.
What was happening?
We were filming in the jungle, we had to make out and pretend we were in a waterfall.
How do you deal with the paparazzi and the madness that follows you everywhere?
You learn to live with it. If you look at the cameras, the flashes blind you. You can’t even smile around these people.
This success came over too fast, did it make you grow up faster than people your age?
When you’re making movies like these, and there’s people waiting for you outside your hotels, you’re living a very unusual life. You’re actually scared of not being a normal person because you don’t get to meet new people very often. I don’t know if I’m growing faster than people my age. I don’t feel different than my friends. I’m just myself.
Do you believe in the power of love, a love that lasts a lifetime like in the movies?
Definitely, yes. It sounds cheesy, but I see it with my parents. My dad met my mom when she was 17 and they’re still happily together.
That’s not cheesy.
No, it’s rather cute, especially when most of the kids at my school had parents going through divorces. So it was great seeing my parents sticking together.
Do you ever get privacy anymore?
I can manage in London, actually. It’s so different. In America it’s much harder.
What’s been your biggest lesson so far? Has something happened that made you change the way you see things forever?
I believe in keeping your family and friends close, because they’ll treat you the same no matter what. Real relationships are not affected by whatever happens in life. Knowing that you’ll always keep something special no matter what happens is something that has made an impact in my life. That’s one of the biggest lessons I’ve received in life.
*VIDEO* Bill Condon talks about Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner with HitFix – LA Press Junket
Despite the fact that Kristen Stewart’s character in Twilight is supposed to be totally clumsy with two left feet, Breaking Dawn Part 1 & 2 choreographer Paul Becker says that’s far from the truth.
At first it was actually Rob [Pattinson] that was stepping on Kristen’s toes and not the other way around”
“In the movie she’s supposed to be a bad dancer, but Kristen took charge and let Rob know who is boss…they were quick learners”