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*AUDIO* David Cronenberg talks about casting Robert Pattinson with Francine Stock & France Inter   3 comments

David Cronenberg talks to Francine Stock from ‘The Film Programme’ about ‘Cosmopolis’,  casting Rob & his fans at 3:50.

ETA another audio interview added  – David talks about Rob in Cosmopolis with France Inter at 11:20 and 28:58. Listen to it HERE

11:12 to 12:55: Is it true, David Cronenberg, that during the shooting of Cosmopolis, you were saying to Robert Pattinson – who’s the lead: “If you understand anything to what we’re doing, we’re lost.”

David: I did say that, I said, because he said: ‘I have no idea what I’m doing with this movie and what this character is.’ And I said: “But you are doing everything perfectly correct.” And therefore, it would be boring and it would lack spontaneity , it would lack inventiveness, if you knew before you made the film everything you need to do in the film. Also, I’ve said many times that you make the film to understand why you wanted to make the film. You don’t even know why you wanna do this film. And I was explaining to him, because he’s a young actor and he did not have the experience, that they are many ways to understand something. It’s not always a sort of logical intellectual way of understanding. It’s more intuitive, it’s visceral. And he has wonderful intiution and mainly when I said that, I was really saying to him: “Trust your intuition, you really have wonderful acting intuitions, you must trust them.”

at 28:24 to 28:58 David: Both DeLillo and Burroughs have wonderful, very funny, very strange, very bizarre dilaogue, and wonderful to hear actors speak. So I’m sure I have absorbed Burroughs from a very early age. The rythym of their speech is very american, I’m Canadian and so when I hear american speech from DeLillo, from Burroughs it’s foreign to me, it’s foreign dialogue. Canadians don’t speak that way. So just as Robert Pattinson, who is English, has to do an American accent when he is in the movie, I too as a writer and a director, I am actually doing an american accent.

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Robert Pattinson in ‘The Scotsman’ – “Pattinson takes back seat”   4 comments

THANKS to his role as ‘vegetarian’ vampire Edward Cullen in the Twilight saga, Robert Pattinson is now one of the biggest stars on the planet. But for that very reason he nearly turned down his latest role in David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis.

“It was a little nerve-racking and it scared me because I was shooting the last Twilight movie when I got offered it,” he says. “I was really self-conscious, thinking ‘Ugh, I’m just so over-saturated everywhere’,” says the 26-year-old, taking a cocktail stick out of his mouth – he recently gave up smoking.

“I really wanted to do ensemble things and then this comes along, which is so in your face – I’m speaking all the time. But there was something about it which I thought was amazing and it was David as well, so I couldn’t really say no to it.”

In the movie, Pattinson plays 28-year-old billionaire Eric Packer, who is determined to be chauffeured across New York City in his extravagant limousine to get a haircut, even though the city is in turmoil compounded by a visit from the President of the United States.

As the day goes by, wild activity erupts on the streets while Packer watches helplessly as his empire collapses. His growing paranoia leads him to piece together clues to a most terrifying secret: his imminent assassination.

It’s a visceral trip for cinema-goers. Dialogue is almost poetic and the majority of scenes take place in Packer’s limousine.

Cocooned within, he conducts business meetings, meets lovers, eats, drinks, urinates and even has his daily check-up by a doctor.

But it wasn’t the sex or violence or even a certain probing scene that fazed Pattinson. “The toughest part was just the first day,” he says.

“The only thing I didn’t really know how to do, even when we started shooting, was say the first line, which is ‘I want a haircut’.”

Laughing nervously, he says, “I still think it’s the worst delivery in the whole movie.”

Far from feeling embarrassed by the scene in which he undergoes a prostate examination – while seducing his financial advisor – Pattinson says he was excited about it.

“I mean it’s doing a scene that you know has never been done before and is never going to be done again,” he laughs

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Robert Pattinson and Breaking Dawn – Part 1 nominated for even more Teen Choice Awards   1 comment

Robert Pattinson and Breaking Dawn are nominated for even more Teen Choice Awards. 

Choice Movie: Romance – “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1″

Choice Movie Actor: Romance“Robert Pattinson, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1″

Choice Movie Liplock – “Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1″

First Nominations

Choice Movie: Sci-Fi/Fantasy– “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1”

Choice Movie Actor: Sci-Fi/Fantasy– Robert Pattinson, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1”

Choice Male Hottie – Robert Pattinson

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The Teen Choice Awards airs on Sunday, July 22 8:00 PM ET. Fans between the ages of 13-19 can vote once each day per category HERE

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More Great Cosmopolis Reviews   Leave a comment

Here are even more great Cosmopolis reviews

From DIY 

Following his interesting but relatively conventional thrillers A History Of Violence and Eastern Promises, and the intelligent but alarmingly strait-laced Freud/Jung drama A Dangerous Method, comes a refreshingly bold David Cronenberg film.

The man who brought us The Fly and Videodrome tackles Don DeLillo’s complex novel, not exactly one of the admired author’s most acclaimed works. However, Cronenberg seems to have found himself a new muse in the form of Robert Pattinson.

The British actor is a revelation as 28-year-old billionaire Eric Packer, who goes on an unusual odyssey through a rioting Manhattan, conducting his business in the back of his high-tech limousine. There’s an oddly unsettling futuristic and dystopian feel to Cosmopolis, although its themes are scarily current. As Packer is chauffered across the the city to get a haircut, he keeps an anxious eye on Wall Street, fascinated by his empire’s ruin as the Chinese yuan rises.

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It’s hard to imagine another actor making such a remarkable impact as Pattinson. In every single wordy scene, he is incredible, from his subtly twitchy opening frame to the warped sexual tension displayed during his medical exam and how masterfully he utters every challenging line, imbuing them with world-weariness and logic. It’s a breakthrough performance for the Twilight star, who has consistently chosen interesting projects despite his heart-throb status, and Cronenberg’s brave casting has paid off. Pattinson is riveting throughout – there is a maelstrom of fierce intelligence in his financial wunderkind, bubbling under a controlled stoniness. It’s a layered performance, one of the best of the year, that makes the often pretentious and unrelatable theories believable and compelling. Pattinson holds this stagey yet visually memorable film together, even when it unravels unsatisfyingly – he makes the film worth your while. You won’t see another film starring an A-list idol this brave for a long time.

8/10

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David Cronenberg talks about Robert Pattinson with BBC News & Dazed Digital   Leave a comment

From BBC News

 By way of preparation, Cronenberg showed his crew the 2009 film Lebanon,   which takes place inside an Israeli tank, and 1981 war epic Das Boot, which takes place inside a German submarine.
“I said: ‘Let’s not be intimidated by this, this could be quite exhilarating if we do it right.’ We built a limo that comes apart like a Lego car in about 24 pieces. I don’t think of it as a challenge, but as a lot of fun.”

Robert Pattinson’s performance as the billionaire banker has been largely well received since the film’s Cannes debut.

“At its heart is a sensational central performance from Robert Pattinson,” said Tthe Telegraph’s Robbie Collin. “Pattinson plays him like a human caldera; stony on the surface, with volcanic chambers of nervous energy and self-loathing churning deep below.”

Empire’s Damon Wise observed: “Lean and spiky – with his clean white shirt he resembles a groomed Sid Vicious – Pattinson nails a difficult part almost perfectly, recalling those great words of advice from West Side Story: You wanna live in this crazy world? Play it cool.”

What made Cronenberg choose Pattinson as his leading man? “This character is in every scene in the movie which is quite unusual for a movie with a big star,” he says.

That means he must have charisma, and that he is constantly revealing different tones and shades – and Rob has that.

Finally, he has to be good with dialogue because this is wall-to-wall dialogue, some of it quite technical, which can be very intimidating for an actor. Once I convinced him he was the guy, he had no problem with it.

Cronenberg is closely associated with the “body horror” genre through his 1970s and 80s films such as Rabid, Scanners, Videodrome and The Fly.

Cronenberg has written a screenplay for a new Fly movie, but says plans to make it appear to have been squashed.

“I was interested in not doing exactly a sequel or a remake,” Cronenberg explains.
“It was suggested to me by the people at Fox who have the rights to the original [1950s] movie and my movie, but there was what we should call ‘creative differences’.

“What I was interested in doing and what they wanted were two different things, so it’s no longer in my control. It’s in their court to play.”

Cronenberg laughs when it’s pointed out that Robert Pattinson was born in 1986 – the same year that he made The Fly. 
“There comes a time as a director when you are no longer the youngest guy on the set – I used to be and now I’m the oldest!

Cosmopolis opens in the UK on 15 June.

ETA: David talks about Rob with Dazed Digital

DD: What struck you about Robert Pattinson to make you think he’d fit the part of Eric Packer?
David Cronenberg:
 He’s intensely charismatic and watchable and this is a role in which the lead character is in every single scene, and that’s really unusual, even for a movies with big stars. And that means you have to have somebody who people will watch and want to watch and want to listen to. I’d seen some of his movies that were not Twilight and I thought this guy’s got an interesting range and he seems to be a serious actor, he’s really interested in chances and is willing to take chances.

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