Cronenberg says “Cosmopolis” will silence doubts about Rob   12 comments

To those critics who see Cosmopolis as a “last-chance-saloon” opportunity for Robert Pattinson to prove himself, acclaimed director David Cronenberg recently gave them some choice soundbites to chew on.
With acutely polarized reviews of Bel Ami still arriving online daily, and likely to continue until after June 8, (the U.S release date recently announced by Magnolia Pictures for the Maupassant adapted period drama), many critics have taken a slash-and-burn approach to their assessment of the Brit actor. However, on a recent visit to Ontario’s famed Queens University, director Cronenberg added his formidable opinion to the ongoing debate about his latest leading man’s abilities.

The veteran director—creator of such provocative cinematic gems as ScannersThe FlyA History of ViolenceDead Ringers, and more recently, A Dangerous Method—directed Pattinson in the forthcoming Cosmopolis. Based on Don Delillo’s dark novel about a young billionaire’s eventful limo journey into the underbelly of Manhattan, the film showcases the actor in nearly every scene. Co-stars Paul Giamatti and Mathieu Almaric say Pattinson is good in the film. Actually, make that great. And they’re not alone. Cronenberg—unsurprisingly, since he personally cast Pattinson—agrees.

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Describing his newest protegé as a cinephile with a talent that stretched far beyond what was revealed in The Twilight Saga movies, Cronenberg also said, “He is a very serious actor. He wants to be great and takes the trouble to try and be great.” Then, throwing the gauntlet back to those who would say otherwise, the director directly addressed the critical rush to write Pattinson off, with this unequivocal statement. “What he does in [Cosmopolis] will lay that question to rest, which a lot of people who are skeptical of Twilight are asking.”

The long list of skeptics includes The Hollywood Reporter‘s David Rooney, who called Pattinson’s performance in Bel Ami “charisma free,” Variety’s Justin Chang who said pretty much the same, as did Movieline critic Stephanie Zacharek, and Filmoria’s Ria Tesia. Similar criticisms, varying in venom, scope, and degree, also came from Indiewire, the UK’s The IndependentDaily MailThe MirrorThe GuardianThe Irish Times, The Telegraph, and the Metro, among others.

Voices of approval for Pattinson, though considerably fewer, came from the UK’s Financial Times, Digital SpyEye for Film, the Radio TimesYahoo!CineuropaMovieblog, WhatsOnStage and, to an extent, Sight and Sound. So will those critics now prematurely circling Pattinson change their minds when ‘Mopolis drops? Only time will tell.

But one thing is clear: Cronenberg, a near legend in his own right, and a man with over 30 years experience at spotting, enduring acting talent (Jeremy Irons and Viggo Mortensen to name only two) is no amateur. If he says Pattinson is great, it would serve movie-goers better if the critics who are paid to inform them, held their fire. And not just until ‘Mopolis hits theaters – but also after that.

While the emotionally poignant appeal of The Twilight Saga evidently isn’t for everyone, Pattinson’s revelatory turn in 2010’s underratedRemember Me should afford him some grace time while he determinedly grows and matures into the actor Cronenberg already believes he is. Idealistic? Definitely. But it’s nevertheless true that battering someone with relentless criticism is a peculiarly cold-blooded practice. Encouragement may not be the job of critics, but neither is crushing a young actor’s spirit.

With a strongly indicated French release date of May 23, an official Portuguese one on May 31, and hopes for a Cannes showing of ‘Mopolis buzzing, stakes are high. But Cronenberg, for one, isn’t worried. “In Hollywood, the Oscar is like a religious icon—it’s like the Holy Grail. The Weinstein’s are famous for spending millions of dollars to get that Oscar … but that isn’t the game I’m playing.”

Famous last words?

source | via @PageMackinley | via Twilightish

Posted March 21, 2012 by Sim in Cosmopolis, Robert Pattinson

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12 responses to “Cronenberg says “Cosmopolis” will silence doubts about Rob

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  2. I didn’t need Cronenberg to confirm that this movie will silence critics…I was already convinced!!!

  3. Let’s see I’m a fan so maybe that makes me slightly lean in the favorable position. However, I liked Twilight and I loved Remember Me, his performance that is and the movie. Water For Elephants was beautiful by all the actors. It seems to me that Bel Ami was made before WFE and BD and Cosmopolis, so early on he tackled this role, can’t wait to see it. Remember he’s 25 and these critics must want to mold him to fit on their plate, guess they’ll just have to eat their own word sandwich as he appears to have ambition, drive and talent.
    They should realize that he, in my opinion, made Twilight soar.

    • i seen him in remember me and he was great i also seen him in harry potter goblet of fire and i cried when his character died i haven’t seen water for elephant’s yet and i love his twilight movie’s as a person he’s the total package he can act and play music and sing these magaizne’s need to becareful of what they say about him they will loose their subscribers

  4. David Cronenberg is a great director. Doesn’t have to prove anything to anyone. That’s why his opinion is of so much importance. Furthermore, Rob is the cameleon of his generation, alas, doomed to be crusified by the critics, as many talented goodlooking actors before him i.e. Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Andy Garcia and lately awarded Jeff Bridges, only to mention a few of them.
    Critics, unfortunately, are of the opinion that a good film is the one you hardly understand what it’s about and the actors are not talking at all, or almost, in order to put themselves above the rest of us, as hyper-intellectuals, which only proves how ignorant they are, always to my humble opinion.
    There have been great films, simple films that made the difference and great actors who showed their best and audiences knew best, by far.
    So, no sweat for Rob. He doesn’t have to take too much notice, only do what he knows best. And if critics and other people of the film industry decide to grant him with an Oscar, at 80 or so, we know that it’s only and clearly based on their inferiority complex.
    SHINE ON YOU CRAZY DIAMOND!!!

  5. P.S. One who can’t do, critizes! So, so pathetic….

  6. Robert Pattinson is BRILLIANT. Period. 🙂

    Kellie Robsessed
  7. it’s so easy to criticize and so hard to create.
    I trust Cronenberg’s judgment. We, the audience, will have the final word, and not paid critics thinking they’re smarter than us. We are smart enough to judge by ourselves if an actor and a movie are good or not. We don’t need anyone to think and decide for us.

  8. Go Rob, Goo! You’re working hard to be better and better!! I think you are amazing already!! ❤ The critics are the ones responsible for people's fears and many times for their falls. I condemn them for I've seen how they can break a humble spirit.

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