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Death and Taxes Magazine About Robert Pattinson’s New Role As Eric Parker in Cosmopolis   2 comments

Here’s a great article about why Cronenberg chose Robert Pattinson for his new movie and a great analysis on Pattinson’s character Eric Parker:

From Death and Taxes:

David Cronenberg has tapped the “Twilight” star to play Eric Packer in the adaptation of Don DeLillo’s 2003 novel.

Don DeLillo’s “Cosmopolis” is a vintage, icy satire. It might share the NYC setting and financial playground staked out by Oliver Stone in “Wall Street,” but whereas Charlie Sheen stands at his balcony and asks, “Who am I,” Eric Packer looks at his skyscraper penthouse from the street below and remembers, “I want a haircut.”

And so begins Packer’s Ulyssian odyssey through Manhattan as a 28 year old billionaire hedge fund manager, who’s made his money in tech stocks, and has an almost abstract-nihilistic approach to life and business.

Packer is, for all intents and purposes, an example of the Cartesian cogito ergo sum made flesh. The reader of “Cosmopolis” gets the impression that Packer might have sincerely tried to infuse meaning into existence, and simply discarded the notion when intellectual or financial excellence revealed no greater truths.

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