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New Robert Pattinson interview with LA Times + The Rover Cast & Crew talk about him   Leave a comment

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The only similarity between Robert Pattinson’s work in “Twilight” and his new film “The Rover”? The screaming fans who still appeared as he walked the red carpet in Los Angeles on Thursday at the U.S. premiere of the Australian indie movie.

“It’s always distracting when that happens,” “Rover” director David Michôd said in a rare lull of silence outside the Regency Bruin Theatre.

Before casting Pattinson in “The Rover” – the director’s second film (the first was 2010’s “Animal Kingdom”) — Michôd said he wasn’t versed in Pattinson’s vampire period.

“I was pretty much totally unfamiliar with his work, but I had had a meeting with him before I even know I was going to make “The Rover” and really liked him,” Michôd said. “I found his physical energy really kind of beguiling and he was really sort of emotionally available, so I really wanted to sort of see what he could do. And, he just knocked my little socks off to the extent that me and my casting director turned to each other once he left the room and went, ‘Well, OK, that’s done, right?’”

That meeting eventually led to Michôd casting Pattinson in his new movie, which features the star and Guy Pearce as an unlikely duo who embark on a quest across a post-apocalyptic landscape. Pattinson trades glittering skin and perfectly coiffed hair for open wounds and a shoddy buzz cut.

“It’s just so kind of stark, and it was just so different,” Pattinson said of the material. “Something just spoke to me in it, and I really don’t know quite what it was.”

He added, “If these scripts came along once every six months, I would do them every single time. But they just don’t.”

Pearce noted that he “saw a transformation before Day 1, really,” and Liz Watts, one of the film’s producers, said she believed the team ethos helped Pattinson hone the character.

The actor, she said, “came to the outback and put up with flies and heat and dust and all the rest.” (Pattinson has praised the isolated location of the film for helping him focus on the role.)

There was a different vibe in Westwood on Thursday night, the screaming fans a reminder of Pattinson’s more typical moviemaking experience.

Clutching a three-foot rendering of Pattinson’s scruffy face, Nancy Cambino, 47, said she traveled from her native Long Island, N.Y., to see Pattinson at “The Rover” premiere. She became a fan during his “Twilight” days, and has met him multiple times. But it’s not “Twilight” that keeps her holding her Pattinson cutout.

“I actually don’t like ‘Twilight.’ I never did,” Cambino said. “I’m a Rob fan, not a ‘Twilight’ fan. I saw ‘Twilight’ and I went, ‘Oh, I like this guy,’ and I went to watch all his other movies and I like them much better.”

Cambino said she already had her ticket to see “The Rover” that night at a public screening, eagerly pointing to the words on her Pattinson poster below the movie’s title.

“A career-defining role. That’s what it’s all about,” she said.

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New Robert Pattinson interview with LA Times and great quotes about Rob from The Rover Cast & Crew   Leave a comment

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On the list of life’s great pleasures, walking down a grim street in a one-horse Australian town probably doesn’t rank very high.

Yet if you’re one of the world most recognized — and harangued — faces, it can have a remarkable effect on your psyche and work.

So it went, at least, for former “Twilight” star Robert Pattinson. The actor made the new post-apocalyptic Western “The Rover” in the otherworldly solitude of remotest Australia — veritable ghost towns with names such as Leigh Creek and Quorn — allowing him to escape the maddening swarms and focus on his acting as never before.

“It was great, just being able to be out there with no one around,” the British heartthrob recalled of making David Michod’s Aussie indie, which opens Friday, before giving his trademark laugh: a nervous chuckle that can seem to go on a half-beat too long and is decidedly at odds with the suave sullenness of the vampire role that made him famous.

Added Michod: “I don’t think I ever saw an actor so happy as when I saw Rob coming down the street toward me all by himself. He was practically bouncing.”

Maybe big stars should shoot in a down-under desert more often. In the waning years of his “Twilight” period and in the two years since, Pattinson, now 28, tried to redefine himself several times. He made a romantic melodrama, a period circus piece and a tale of the French nobility adapted from a Guy de Maupassant novel.

Yet though there have been shards of promise — his oddly introspective Wall Street tycoon in David Cronenberg’s “Cosmopolis” in 2012 — Pattinson has never shown the range he does here.

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Picture of Robert Pattinson and David Cronenberg in LA Times   2 comments

Robert Pattinson and David Cronenberg appear on the front page of the Los Angeles Times Calendar section!

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Robert Pattinson talks about Hollywood’s reaction to ‘Maps To The Stars’ with LA Times   2 comments

The LA Times talked to the ‘Maps To The Stars’ cast & crew about Hollywood’s reaction to the movie. Rob was surprised at some reactions.

In the end of the article, the LA Times mentions that ‘Maps To The Stars’ will screen at another festival, likely TIFF. Here are Rob’s comments:

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The Los Angeles-based trades Variety and the Hollywood Reporter, meanwhile, have given it tepid reviews, in part citing it as being “severely negative,” while the foreign press has been more kind. The film’s producer, Bruce Katz, says this is not a coincidence, wondering if it hit a little too close to home for Hollywood-oriented publications.

Pattinson, who after the “Twilight” series has been on his share of big Hollywood sets, said he was surprised at some of the naysayers.

“Are people saying it’s mean?” he asked when told of some early reactions, adding, “The child actor part felt very real. Almost every set I’ve been on has had someone like that.”

Asked about his experiences with some of the more narcissistic portrayals, he said, “Well, Hollywood attracts crazy people, and then you add a lot of money, so…” his voice trailing off.

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“Maps” will screen again at a festival, likely in Toronto, before opening in the U.S. in the fall via the Canadian-based independent distributor eOne.

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Great article by LA Times on ‘The Rover’ + David Michôd talks about the movie and Robert Pattinson   2 comments

Here’s a really great article by LA Times – ‘The Rover,’ shot in the scorching outback, chills the heart and soul

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Film directors fretting on the set is nothing new, but David Michod, whose “The Rover” will debut at the Festival du Cannes on Saturday, had a concern that was considerably out of the ordinary: “I worried,” he says, “that the actors would die.”

Michod’s first feature since 2010’s knockout “Animal Kingdom,” “The Rover” stars Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson and was filmed in the South Australian outback, where temperatures in the hottest time of the year are literally inhumane.

“We had a technical scout the week before we started shooting and it felt dangerous, the temperature was 50 degrees Celsius, which is 122 degrees Fahrenheit,” the director recalled while in the cool interior of a posh hotel bar.

“You couldn’t work in that kind of heat, if you stood outside for more than 20 minutes you could start to die. … The producers [and I] had a short conversation about that, it was short because we didn’t want to contemplate that possibility. Fortunately, the temperature during shooting went down to 40 to 45 degrees Celsius [104-113 Fahrenheit.] That sits within the spectrum suitable for human life.”

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Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart’s Interview With the LA Times – Breaking Dawn: Part II Premiere   Leave a comment

From The LA Times

It may seem like “Twilight” is coming to a close — what with thousands of fans descending upon Los Angeles Monday night for the premiere of the final film.

But the journey isn’t yet over for the stars of “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2,” who will jet to Europe this evening after attending the film’s Hollywood premiere.

“Knowing we have to go to London tonight and then to Madrid is so annoying,” said Robert Pattinson, decked out in a green Gucci suit.

Kristen Stewart seemed more taken with the present moment. Asked how it felt to know the vampire franchise was finally coming to a close, she could only muster the word “surreal.”

“I know the most go-to answer for everyone on these carpets is ‘Oh my gosh, this is so surreal,'” she said, affecting a valley girl voice. “But to be honest with you, this time is so completely surreal. I’m trying to absorb it. I’m trying to be here.”

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