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New Robert Pattinson and David Michôd interview with USA Today   Leave a comment

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When the franchise that made you famous has made over $1.3 billion at the box office, you’d probably never lower yourself to audition for a role again, right?

Not Robert Pattinson.

To win over Animal Kingdom writer/director David Michôd, RPatz threw any Twilight swagger out the window. “I didn’t know anything about him,” Michôd told us Thursday night at The Rover‘s L.A. premiere. (He said this with a straight face.) “I hadn’t seen any of the Twilight films.”

But Michôd remembered meeting Pattinson and his “really wonderfully awkward physical energy,” which the director thought would be perfect for The Rover, a post-apocalyptic drama, which leaves RPatz caked in dirt and blood as the dim younger brother of a car thief.

Despite the fact that few in Pattinson’s position would continue to test for roles, said Michôd, Pattinson was cool about it:

There were no airs, there was no arrogance, there was no sense of entitlement. Even in terms of testing for me. He knew that he needed to work hard to have the kind of career that he wants.

How did Pattinson, dressed in a natty teal suit, feeling about bringing his Cannes hit to the U.S.? “A bit scary,” said the actor, looking around at the college crowd at Westwood’s Regency Bruin theater waving signs and posters. (Even Zac Efron was there.)

“But we had a really young audience in Australia a few days ago and it was such a bafflingly different reaction. Everybody was like, howling with laughter. And in Cannes you could hear a pin drop the entire time. Crazy. So I have no idea what the reaction’s going to be.”

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Robert Pattinson Interview with USA Today   2 comments

Robert Pattinson interview with USA Today.

CANNES, France — Robert Pattinson has terrible, rotted teeth and is caked in dirt for his leading role in The Rover. The star could not be happier with the transformation after years of being a heart throb in the Twilight films.

“I am trying to eliminate any bit of vanity,” says Pattinson of his grimed up role. “I want to avoid any opportunity to pose (for the camera). Or whatever. Because if you get that opportunity to pose, you will probably take it.”

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More from Rob’s interview with USA Today   4 comments

 

Sure there have been car movies in the past. But there has never been a movie that has taken place almost entirely inside of a car. Until now.

Enter Cosmopolis, David Cronenberg’s surreal look at the world of finance — set in the back of a stretch white limousine winding it’s way through the crowded streets of New York City.

Robert Pattinson, who spends nearly every scene of the movie in the plush back seat, says even he was surprised by how much took place in the back in the limited environment.

“When I saw the script, about 70% of it was in the limo,” Pattinson tells USA TODAY. “But as we were shooting, (Cronenberg) kept adding even more scenes. I started feeling like it was (the German U-boat classic) Das Boat, like we were stuck in this weird submarine movie.”

Even Pattinson’s communication with Cronenberg was through the limousine’s intercom from inside this sealed world. Meanwhile, the back of the limo serves as the stage for some crazy stuff, street riots and the like. In one scene Pattinson’s banker character actually seduces the lovely French actress Juliet Binoche. Naturally the sex scene takes place in the tight back seat, which led to some comical moments for Pattinson.

“There’s not enough space to really do it,” he says. “So she’s banging her head on the ceiling. It ended up being kind of funny. But its supposed to be kind of erotic.”

But the most bizarre scene, and no doubt another movie first, is another seduction moment.

“There’s a scene where I am having to seduce (a woman) while being completely naked having a prostate exam in the back of the limousine,” laughs Pattinson. “They don’t really see it that very often in movies.”

 

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Rob Talks Future Projects with USA Today   1 comment

On Nov. 18, he’ll reprise his role as vampire/new father Edward Cullen opposite Kristen Stewart in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn— Part 2, the final installment in Stephenie Meyer’s behemoth series.

But before that, he’ll appear in a surreal role as a Wall Street banker in David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis (due in August), which earned a standing ovation for its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival.

“I used to think it was a good thing to have a safety net,” says Pattinson, 26, of his starmaking Twilight role. “To know you’re always safe is not real. It’s got to matter.”

So after Breaking Dawn, Pattinson will launch into a busy slate of projects that are starting to take shape.

“I have five things going — actually six,” he says. “I’m pretty sure I know which one is going to be first.”

That would be Mission: Blacklist (2013), based on the true story of the interrogator credited with locating Saddam Hussein after the fall of his regime. After that, Pattinson will head to Australia with Guy Pearce to shoot The Rover, a thriller set in the post-apocalyptic future. It will be directed by David Michod (who wrote and directed 2010’s critically acclaimed Aussie film Animal Kingdom).

Like his role in Cosmopolis, this movie doesn’t quite fit into a box.

“It’s really complicated to explain,” Pattinson says, laughing. “I seem to like choosing movies lately that are difficult to promote.”

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NEW Robert Pattinson interview with USA Today   1 comment

Some rumors are so good, that they even get the movie stars involved believing. Even if it’s only for a few minutes.

Robert Pattinson woke up Saturday morning at the Cannes Film Festival, the morning after his triumphant premiere in Cosmopolis, and saw internet reports that he was being considered for Catching Fire, the sequel to the The Hunger Games.

“I woke up this morning and saw all these things about me being cast in The Hunger Games,” Pattinson tells USA TODAY. “I was kind of curious for a second. So I called my agent.”

The response?

“My agent was like, ‘No,’ ” Pattinson reports.

“(My agent) was like no one’s going to offer you that part,” Pattinson says, breaking into a laugh. “I was like, thanks for the reassurance.”

But Pattinson was riding a high after his new film Cosmopolis (due out in the U.S. in August) received a standing ovation in Cannes with girlfriend Kristen Stewart in attendance.

Even that was stressful. The ovation came after director David Cronenberg warned him that the Cannes audience can be harsh.

“David tells me the night before, ‘I’m fully expecting some boos,’ ” says Pattinson. “I was literally like, ‘Why are you telling me this?’ ”

“I literally didn’t watch one second of the movie, I was waiting for people to walk out,” says Pattinson. “I was expecting a fight.”

It was only hours afterwards that Pattinson was able to wind down at the film’s afterparty.

“It took a full three hours of continued panic,” says Pattinson. “Full adrenaline. It was just too weird.”

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USA Today Interviews on the ‘Making of Breaking Dawn’   Leave a comment

New Interviews about Breaking Dawn Part 1 and more, with Robert Pattinson, Bill Condon and Melissa Rosenberg

Breaking down the making of ‘Breaking Dawn’

LOS ANGELES – A teenage wedding and honeymoon, a half-vampire pregnancy, a violent birth — and that’s only the first part of the tale.

Director Bill Condon knew that bringing Stephenie Meyer’s young-adult novel Breaking Dawn to the big screen meant wading through some seriously intense themes not traditionally seen in a PG-13 film.

As he worked his way through the book to prep for shooting The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1, which opened at midnight Thursday, he was struck by the sheer number of plot points he refers to as “delicate issues.”

“I was reading it going, ‘Wow, so much happens in this story,’ ” says Condon. “It certainly doesn’t play safe. It was daunting.”

Thankfully, the Oscar winner (for Gods and Monsters‘ screenplay) found words of inspiration for his first foray into the world of teen fiction.

“There was one very consistent idea that kept coming through,” he says. “Don’t water it down. There’s something crazy and intense about this book, and you just have to embrace it.”

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USA Today ‘Breaking Dawn – Part 1’ Premiere Report   Leave a comment

Where: Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live in Los Angeles

When: Monday night

Guest list: A cavalcade of cast members including Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Nikki Reed, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser and Kellan Lutz. Plus guests Heather Locklear, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ashley Tisdale and Rob Lowe.

“An experience to treasure”: The fourth installment of the blockbuster film franchise, in theaters Friday, chronicles the lavish forest wedding, island honeymoon and impending parenthood of mortal teenager Bella Swan (Stewart) and her brooding vampire crush, Edward Cullen, played by Stewart’s real-life squeeze, Pattinson. While shooting the nuptials, Pattinson said he was made painfully aware “just how irrelevant the groom is in a wedding. You just kind of stand there.” But for Stewart, the shoot could not have been more touching. “It was just what I was hoping for,” said a J-Mendel clad Stewart. “I wanted to remember it as an experience to treasure without any neurotic actory weirdness.”

Deja vu moment: Reed, who wed 2010 American Idol contender Paul McDonald just last month, confessed a deja vu moment during her first screening of Dawn – Part 1: “Right before Bella walks down the aisle, she says to her father, ‘Please don’t let me fall, Dad,’ which is exactly what I said to my father.” Filmed over two days in Squamish, British Columbia, the ceremony “felt like a real wedding,” recalled Facinelli, “though it did rain a lot. I remember the girls standing in mud.”

In labor: During the packed premiere screening, the fans’ thunderous applause for the “I do” exchange was eclipsed only by the deafening cheers for the long-awaited consummation scene. Director Bill Condon recalled Kristen being “as nervous as Bella would be, but Rob had her back the whole time. They’re so protective of each other.” One warning: the climactic (and truly gruesome!) birthing scene is not for the faint of heart. “It’s difficult to get more surreal than chewing through a placenta,” cautioned Pattinson, while Stewart is still uneasy about “looking down and seeing my head sticking out of a fake pregnant body.”

Part 2 (Spoiler alert!): Be sure to stay in your seats after the closing credits begin to roll for a glimpse of the treachery ahead when Twilight’s concluding chapter hits theaters in November 2012. Mackenzie Foy, 11, appears for only a glimpse at the end of Part 1 as Bella and Edward’s daughter, Renesmee, but says, “I do a lot more in the next one.” Such as? Taking a ride on the back of Jacob (Lautner) in werewolf form. Reaser’s favorite scene finds her and movie husband Facinelli heading to Egypt “to recruit vampires in this Egyptian palace.” Lutz, meanwhile, can’t wait for fans to see his arm-wrestling scene with Bella, a newly christened vampire. “It’s kind of ridiculous that she beats me,” said Lutz, “but she does!” And according to Lautner, Bella also gets rough with his Jacob. “There’s a scene in Part 2 where Bella finds out I imprinted (summoning a protective spell) on her daughter, and she throws me around the backyard. It was so funny for me to see Kristen doing that.”

Famous fans: “It’s a super hot ticket,” said Big Bang Theory’s Mayim Bialik, who confessed to not having seen any of the previous films. But Love Hewitt, a true Twi-hard, “asked for tickets ages ago. The books make me feel like a mushy teenager again, and this movie is when it really gets good. They get married and have S-E-X for the first time!” Also among the eager: racing champ Danica Patrick, having heard “it’s one of the biggest movie weddings ever filmed.”

Not so famous fans: Devotees flew in from all over the world for a chance to camp out as early as last Wednesday for the best spots along the black carpet. Many were rewarded with autographs and photos with their favorites. Megan Lambert, 14, from Colton, Calif., flashed a sign reading: “Taylor Abduct Me”, and reunited with two friends she met at last year’s Twilight: Eclipse premiere. And Adam Velasco, 23, one of the few guys in the crowd, flew in from Chicago and spent the last few days “brushing my teeth in the parking garage.” Condon, who paid the crowd a surprise visit on Saturday, noted, “This has to be the most interactive relationship ever between a movie and its fan-dom.”

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