David Michôd talks about The Rover, Rey and Robert Pattinson   2 comments

From IndieWire

How much is the Pattinson character derived from John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men”?

You set up a relationship like this, somewhere in the back of your mind you’re thinking it’s Steinbeck. But one thing that appealed to me was being able to make something lean and muscular and elemental. And that basic relationship between a seemingly loveless murderously embittered man and an open naive simple boy was for me the perfect prism for that elemental story.

Why was Pattinson the right casting?

One thing that was clear to me when I was testing people, and Rob already knew it, was that there were 100 different ways you could play this character, differing degrees of mental problems– just uneducated, developmentally slow.

He’s a good gunslinger.

One of the key reasons for that scene telling Guy when he was a kid on the farm and his neighbors was to make it clear that he has a rich imaginative life, he’s not an idiot, he’s looking for someone to love. Guy realizes too late that’s what he’s looking for too. Rob gave me a character who felt plausibly simple without having to push it too far into the mentally disabled world. He was totally open and engaged. That’s why I had a feeing he was going to be my favorite, when I met him. Even thinking about the bubble Pattinson is forced to live in, I was taken aback by how wonderfully open and engaged he was when I met him as a stranger.

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2 responses to “David Michôd talks about The Rover, Rey and Robert Pattinson

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  1. Wonderful analogy by Guy of Rob.

  2. Pingback: David Michôd and Guy Pearce talk about Robert Pattinson | Thinking of Rob

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