More from Rob’s interview with USA Today   4 comments


Sure there have been car movies in the past. But there has never been a movie that has taken place almost entirely inside of a car. Until now.

Enter Cosmopolis, David Cronenberg’s surreal look at the world of finance — set in the back of a stretch white limousine winding it’s way through the crowded streets of New York City.

Robert Pattinson, who spends nearly every scene of the movie in the plush back seat, says even he was surprised by how much took place in the back in the limited environment.

“When I saw the script, about 70% of it was in the limo,” Pattinson tells USA TODAY. “But as we were shooting, (Cronenberg) kept adding even more scenes. I started feeling like it was (the German U-boat classic) Das Boat, like we were stuck in this weird submarine movie.”

Even Pattinson’s communication with Cronenberg was through the limousine’s intercom from inside this sealed world. Meanwhile, the back of the limo serves as the stage for some crazy stuff, street riots and the like. In one scene Pattinson’s banker character actually seduces the lovely French actress Juliet Binoche. Naturally the sex scene takes place in the tight back seat, which led to some comical moments for Pattinson.

“There’s not enough space to really do it,” he says. “So she’s banging her head on the ceiling. It ended up being kind of funny. But its supposed to be kind of erotic.”

But the most bizarre scene, and no doubt another movie first, is another seduction moment.

“There’s a scene where I am having to seduce (a woman) while being completely naked having a prostate exam in the back of the limousine,” laughs Pattinson. “They don’t really see it that very often in movies.”


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Posted June 4, 2012 by Jan in Cosmopolis, Robert Pattinson

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