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After winning over critics with the complex, dark family drama “Animal Kingdom” for his directorial debut, director David Michod wanted to pare things back to tell a simpler story about survival in his next film.

“The Rover,” out in U.S. theaters on Friday, follows a lone character, Eric, who has his car stolen and embarks on a journey to recover it, handling threats and obstacles along the way.

Australian director Michod created a stark, stripped down, decaying setting in the outback of his native country and said he was inspired by his “despair” at the world today.

“I felt like I was literally making a movie that was set in a strange, dangerous and inhospitable version of the present day,” the director said.

And yet, Michod said he still wanted to feature some hope for Eric, played by Guy Pearce, who finds it in an unlikely friendship with Rey, played by Robert Pattinson. Rey, an American petty criminal left for dead, is rescued by Eric and forms a bond with the introverted man, who takes him on a journey to recover his car and reunite Rey with his brother.

Pattinson delivers a performance in “The Rover” that takes him a world away from the brooding teenage vampire that rocketed him to fame in the “Twilight” film franchise.

The British actor transformed himself to play the dim-witted young Rey by adopting a jolted southern accent accompanied by twitches, tics and blank stares.

“It was quite interesting playing someone who has basically zero faith in himself,” the actor said. “As soon as he starts opening his mouth, he’ll either start almost questioning his own sentence as it’s coming out of his mouth, and then trying to hide away from it.”

The talkative Rey poses a sharp contrast to Eric, whom Pearce described as “a wounded animal,” a product of surviving the harsh landscape of a decaying world, who spends much of the film in silence.

“I really enjoy working without necessarily relying on words and talking,” the actor said. “The story you’re to be telling is totally possible without actually having to say anything and then when you do speak, it really is more effective.”

Michod said the biggest challenges he faced on “The Rover,” made for about $12 million and distributed by A24 films, were related to the isolated, hot outback they filmed in, and in particular, a car chase sequence that he called “draining.”

Despite the dark nature of the film that Michod compares to a dark fable, he hoped the end result is more optimistic for audiences.

This movie is about how even in incredibly violent and challenging circumstances, people still have a basic need to try and find intimate connection with other human beings, so I like to think about this movie as a movie about love,” he said.

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Robert Pattinson’s interview with Reuters   1 comment

 “Breaking Dawn – Part 2,” released this week, is the fifth and final in the series, and Edward’s character shifts from brooding, tormented lover to a contented husband and father who must protect his family from an ancient vampire clan.

But Pattinson, 26, still has those rakish good looks that drew a screaming fan base and made him a tabloid fixture. While the avid fan excitement around the “Twilight” series overwhelms him, the British actor hopes his audience will follow him as he moves on.

“It’s all about control. Now, I don’t feel like I have any control whatsoever,” he told Reuters with a laugh.

“They’re a very ardent fan base, so to figure out a way to harness that vehement audience, it’s definitely an important thing.”

Pattinson became a pinup as the angst-ridden Edward, but said he wasn’t worried he might be typecast as the perpetual brooding hero. “I’m not particularly brooding in my real life,” he said.

The actor has already been laying the ground for a career beyond “Twilight.” He played a 19th century French gigolo in “Bel Ami” and a billionaire with an existential crisis in David Cronenberg’s “Cosmopolis,” although both films fared poorly at the box office earlier this year.

Next up is a drama, “Map to the Stars,” again with Cronenberg, and “The Rover,” a Western-style action movie set in the Australian desert.

“Everything I’ve signed up for now is very physical, because I feel like I’ve done quite a few things where I’m quite still. I’m trying to find people that are doing things that feel dangerous,” Pattinson said.

“I just try and avoid it,” Pattinson said when asked about the scrutiny of his personal life.

“I don’t think it’s good in terms of a career as an actor. I think being in gossip magazines – I don’t like the whole industry, I think it’s a lazy industry, and it’s a weird media consumer culture,” the actor said.

“(Success) is so much based on luck as an actor. No one knew that the audience would connect to the ‘Twilight’ series the way that they did … it’s just luck, you’ve got to do the things that interest you.”

For now, Pattinson is coming to terms with saying goodbye to the franchise.

“It sounds cheesy, but it’s been such a life-changing experience where you share a bond with people, it’s weird. I remember hearing about ‘Lord of the Rings,’ they all got tattoos … that’d be so funny, maybe we could get a little apple, a ‘tramp stamp’ with an apple,” the actor mused, laughing.

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*VIDEO* Robert Pattinson Interview with Reuters – Breaking Dawn: Part II Premiere   1 comment

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Here’s a video of Robert Pattinson’s interview with Reuters. 


Posted August 14, 2012 by justfp in Robert Pattinson

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