*AUDIO* David Cronenberg talks Robert Pattinson and Cosmopolis with CBC   2 comments


Some quotes (from Cosmopolisfilm)

  • Host: What were you thinking when you cast Rob? David: You’re looking for a great actor. It’s a very difficult role with a lot of dialogue, Quite funny too. You need an actor that gets all of that.
  • Host: Did you know he could do it? David: I had seen him in Little Ashes where he plays a young Salvidor Dali, an extreme, difficult Spanish movie. This is a guy who’s not afraid to do something really challenging and difficult. He’s not afraid to play an unsympathetic role. Until you do the movie, you don’t know the breadth of it and I think he gives a fantastically subtle and beautifully modulated performance.

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  • The host brings up Rob saying in Cannes he doesn’t know what the film is about and asks David about this. David: We don’t know what the movie is about. If you send an email, you know what the email is about. Art is not an email. Old Hollywood joke, if I wanted to send a message, I’d use Western Union. What you’re delivering is an organic universe. What does your life mean? What does my life mean? A movie is a life and it doesn’t have a meaning in a normal sense.
  • Host debates David about that comment. Asked if it’s true of any movie and David said yes. The host asked, “We don’t know what Bad News Bears is about?” Then he begins to describe it and David tells him he’s getting into plot descriptions and then gives the “about a billionaire who goes to get a haircut” description of Cosmopolis. On that level we all know what it’s about.
  • David: What Rob is talking about is there’s a feeling that you have to analyze. Psychoanalyze a character to get under the skin. When you think about how people really interact, that’s not how you approach your own life and not how you approach a character. I was telling Rob you don’t need to analyze this character.
  • The host (who didn’t want Rob there initially LOL) quotes Rob saying that David wanted him intentionally dazed.
  • David: It wasn’t that I wanted him like that. I could see that was the way he was working. When he didn’t think too much. It’s a question of an actor who has not yet learned to trust his intuition, his instinct. His lack of confidence which Rob admitted to.
  • David talks about how athletes also do this – over think and outsmarting themselves and they should just throw the ball.
  • The host brings up Rob again and his character not being likable.
  • David: Rob found a review on the internet that said the film was aggressively unlovableand I loved that and thought that was great. “Yes! That’s what we are!” The desire to be loved is death when it comes to art. You can’t say anything true and cutting and profound if all you’re after is love. (David is referring to art not life).
  • Host mentions that seems true for the creators but for characters, isn’t it orthodox to want to see something redeemable in the characters.
  • David: This is not coupons in the grocery store. What is interesting is provocativeness, intrigue. If you are intrigued by the characters, if you find them fascinating, what they do is illuminating. If it provokes you. That’s great. None of that equals likable or lovable. There could be that too but the chances are slim that they all go together so I say you can’t take your eyes off Rob in this movie. So it makes you question what is art. What is entertainment. What do you look for in a movie. Some audiences only look for something light and fluffy and feel good. This is not the movie for them. If you’re looking for something more, immediately you’re not talking about something likable.

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  1. Pingback: AUDIO: Robert Pattinson and David Cronenberg’s CBC Radio Interview // Robert Pattinson UK

  2. Pingback: Master Post: Links & Info For All ‘Cosmopolis’ Promo + the World Premiere at Cannes 2012 « Thinking of Rob

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