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Interview from Cannes

Robert talks about The Rover, Maps To The Stars, Cronenberg, his career, music and more.


Itís late afternoon in Cannes, and heartthrob, Robert Pattinson, 28, appears to be having a good time at the worldís most glamorous film festival promoting the Rover, starring alongside Guy Pearce, 46. He will also star opposite Julianne Moore, 53, in Maps to the Stars, both slated for release this summer.

His hair is short, he has a little facial stubble and heís wearing a turquoise jacket, black shirt and dark jeans and sneakers.

Pattinson is of course best known for his role as Edward, a vampire who falls in love with a human, Bella, played by on again off again girlfriend, Kristen Stewart, 24, in The Twilight Saga.

Since then, Pattinson has taken on more serious roles such as Remember Me (2010) and Water for Elephants (2011) in which he starred alongside Reese Witherspoon.

Famous for his good looks, Pattinson is often seen topping the Ďhottestí lists in many publications such as People (2008 and 2009) and Glamour UK, yet he remains humble. He is also the face of Dior Homme, which he took on after Jude Law.

Q: Are you a fan of the Mad Max films?

PATTINSON: I have actually never seen them. I have been asked so many times this morning and I have never seen it. (laughter) I guess I have got to see it now.

Q: This whole genre, is it familiar to you?

PATTINSON: Yeah, but I think this one is kind of different. I mean, itís not like everyone has gone crazy, and they are cannibals. There feels something more real about it, and also I think the world where the movie is set, itís not that the entire world is like that, they are just in the middle of nowhere. The country has just become very unstable and anything could collapse at any second. Itís sort of like the new society is trying to be born again.

Q: Is the collapse of society a familiar fear to you that you can relate to?

PATTINSON: Not really. I think the world is quite resilient, but I donít know I think it would be a bit of fun. But I am a bit of a nihilist. (laughter)

Q: Was it fun on the set with Guy Pearce? Was he intimidating?

PATTINSON: No, and heís also really strong as well. So when you are being thrown around, it actually hurts quite a lot. (laughter) And he was really in it the whole time because heís really not like that.

Q: So heís a good actor like you. Is this something thatís really important to you when you work?

PATTINSON: Yeah, one hundred percent. I mean, I think, I always hear some actors saying they didnít read reviews or care about it, and I just think they are making it up. (laughs) Everybody cares about it; whether people think itís good.

Q: What was the most difficult thing for you to create this character, to make him special in a way?

PATTINSON: I mean a lot of it was just there in the script at the beginning and I just really connected to it. I mean the most difficult thing was getting the job. But I think once I was doing it, it was quite fun. It was an exciting part to play and David Cronenberg [David MichŰd - the interviewer probably got the wrong David when he transcripted the interview] kind of let me sort of run with any idea as well.

Q: And the accent thing, was that your idea?

PATTINSON: He was supposed to be from the South, but literally only said he was from somewhere in the South, so I donít know, that was the kind of voice I heard in my head when I was reading the script.

Q: And you said it was more difficult to get the job.

PATTINSON: I mean, I just hate auditioning and I am really, really bad at it. I get so nervous and mess it up for myself and so I have basically tried to avoid doing auditions at all costs. I read the script and I was like, I really, really, really have got to get this part. Itís weird though, preparing for a part that you are already cast and just actually doing it for real and just kind of hoping that your anxiety doesnít get the better of you in the room.

Q: And you got a phone call? What happened?

PATTINSON: I got a second audition afterwards and then they told me at the end of it, and it was a kind of amazing feeling.

Q: And so was it the first time you went to Australia shooting?

PATTINSON: I have been to Sydney just a couple of times to work, but yeah, in that area definitely.

Q: Are you done with the blockbuster thing or are you possibly returning to that at some point in your career?

PATTINSON: Yeah, itís waiting for the right director. Nothing has come up and I mean, thatís not saying I donít want to do it, but blockbusters, big movies just take a really long time to shoot as well. So I think you have to really, really, really want to do it. Thereís a lot of pressure and you just donít get that many interesting parts in big movies, especially for young guys. Itís just the same thing every time.

Q: Lots of comic book adaptations. Is there some character that you would say, yeah, I would do it?

PATTINSON: Yeah maybe, I was never really that into comic books when I was a kid and stuff so I donít really have that connection. You also have to work out like tons, (laughter) in potentially a movie you might not like. Itís just a big hassle. (laughs)

Q: Maps to the Stars was excellent. So when you first read the script, what did you make of it?

PATTINSON: I thought it was hilarious and I liked some of the lines (laughter) I am excited about seeing it with an audience. But thatís Cronenberg; heís quite into being subversive and quite combative and stuff. Itís kind of amazing that heís still doing that, heís 72.

Q: Have you seen people who actually almost act like that?

PATTINSON: A lot of the young kids in it, I have seen a lot of them. I think they are the most honest. And Havana, there are lots of actresses who kind of go a little bit crazy. But the kids, thatís like quite a mainstream thing, this kind of hatred. Thereís a lot of negative energy, I donít know why, itís just really odd.

Q: You played music on Twilight Ė will you release a record one day?

PATTINSON: I want to make one, I just donít really know about releasing one. (laughs) I donít know, I canít really deal with criticism very well and I have already got criticism coming from one angle (laughs) and I donít feel the need to get it from somewhere else.

Q: What would it sound like? What music would you make?

PATTINSON: I donít know yet. I mean I always used to record kind of singer-songwriters stuff and I donít really want to do that. I was trying to figure out something else, but yeah, I donít know yet. Trying to figure out my new sound.

Q: Back in The Rover, you were singing, Donít hate me because I am beautiful, and do you think itís biographical in this?

PATTINSON: No. I thought it was really funny that Rey would know the lyrics of that song. (laughter)

Q: For Cronenberg you donít have to do auditions anymore. Are you and he a good team? What is it like?

PATTINSON: Yeah, I didnít audition for Cosmopolis either. I donít know how that happened. But I mean, yeah, I would do anything with him. I said yes before I read the script, and I would do anything.

Q: Can you tell us anything about the new project with Olivier Assayas? I read somewhere that you were in it.

PATTINSON: Itís a gangster movie. Itís a true story about a bunch of thieves who rob a porn shop [pawn shop - probably another small mistake when the interviewer transcripted the interview] in Chicago without realising that itís a front for the mafia. I mean itís quite a simple story but itís so densely written and it follows the real story incredibly well and thatís thing that Assayas can do really well. Itís late 70s, he gets the environment. Itís incredibly realistic and a real ensemble thing, like twelve amazing parts in it. Itís really cool, itís really, really cool. (laughter)

Q: Are you hoping with that to be back here in Cannes? You come here every year, is it a goal for you?

PATTINSON: (laughs) Yeah hopefully. It kind of seems like a bit of a Cannes movie, but itís cool though. Itís really brutal, but it feels like a totally un-clichť gangster movie, which is totally difficult to do.

Q: Do you also like the pressure that you feel in Cannes?

PATTINSON: Yeah definitely. Definitely at a screening, itís definitely a different energy and not like a normal premiere where itís just like friends of the studio or whatever. Itís kind of like thereís a very real chance people are going to be vocal about if they like it or not. Itís exciting. But I think people are more interested, and people talk about the movies afterwards and they are not just going to the screening so they can go to the party afterwards, they actually want to see it. (laughs)

Q: Can you watch yourself objectively on the screen?

PATTINSON: Yeah, I am quite good at doing that. I used to not be, and I only really watch anything I do once or twice, but itís not like I hate everything, and I learn stuff afterwards. Like, I watch playback when I am doing a movie. I think itís quite good, the technical things.

Q: For The Rover, your character learns shooting and defending himself, so what are your feelings about weapons? Is it something you were familiar with?

PATTINSON: Not really, I am not that big of a fan. (laughs) I donít know, I grew up in England and I just think itís weird, people having guns, itís kind of silly. (laughs)

Q: But itís an American thing too. They think they need guns?

PATTINSON: I mean, I think people should just get rid of them all together. (laughs)

Q: What are the personality traits that you have that would work in that world?

PATTINSON: I am quite good at being by myself, I would probably just go hide in the woods and stay there forever. (laughs)

Q: What about violence? Do you ever read the script and wonder that there might be too much violence or it might be too gory?

PATTINSON: Yeah, I have never really liked films that have kind of revelled in violence. I just think itís kind of gross. I donít know; I am just like, look how he cut his head off and things like the Saw movies and stuff like that. I thought the first one was pretty good, but sometimes I feel that you watch and itís like, why are people liking this? I donít want to see somebody being tortured. But itís f**king weird. I donít know, I guess you want to be scared or whatever. Maybe I am just a bit of a p*ssy. (laughs)

Q: Did you like the Australian landscape?

PATTINSON: Yeah, I loved it. Itís so strange and thereís nothing for miles and miles and itís peaceful.

Q: Do you like loneliness and open spaces?

PATTINSON: Yeah, I like open spaces. And also incredible stars as well.

Q: Do you get to be alone as much as you want these days?

PATTINSON: Yeah. Well, yeah, but not like that, where itís you are really alone. (laughter) Like, thereís no one.

Q: Thank you.


Thanks to Robert Pattinson Life !