Deutschlandfunk - Spring 2015
Robert Pattinson's Interview with Deutschlandfunk
Q: Is there also a photo of you which you would call ďyour Time Square photo?Ē
Rob: It is weird, because I have so many pictures taken, at premieres and stuff. There are singular photos which people want to have
signed, and those are always the same. I canít understand it, because itís not my taste. I think, why this picture? I donít know if
there is THE ONE pictureÖ I think Iím the wrong person to judgeÖ And the James Dean picture was like a campaign, the pictures were
staged in a certain way. They tried to show the lost soulĖshould he go back to the family farm or not? They wanted to show the inner
conflict of the young farm boy and artist. Pictures of me are like covering every base possibleÖ itís like heís a fourteen year old
(laughs) or somethingÖ itís kind of diluted a bit.
Q: Isnít it annoying to be photographed all the time?
Rob: Iím a lot more comfortable now than before. I donít really know why. I guess when people have seen you a million times in a
certain pose then they look through you. Either you stand there like a Madam Tussaud figure or you look just frightened, all the
time. I try to avoid taking photos now.
Q: But sure now you know how to look to get a good photo?
Rob: When I was younger I suddenly caught myself posing. Then I told myself to stop, itís embarrassing.
Q: What did you know about James Dean?
Rob: Like pretty much any actor goes through a period, I was a bit obsessed with him, when I was 16 or 17. Everyone in this age
studies his body language, and then in a casting they all do James Dean, that is quite embarrassing. I didnít read his biography or
anything, but I watched a lot of his stuff.
Q: But then Anton Corbijn didnít ask you to play JD, but Dane deHaan. Were you disappointed then?
Rob: I mean, he is a very interesting person, itís an interesting part, but Dennis stuck out to me anyway. The way the James Dean
role was written he is very self confident. He knows that he will break through. But I never was one who thinks success is inevitable.
When there are problems, I immediately think: Ďyou wonít make it.í Dennis Stock was full of fear, I can relate to that much more
than a kind of free-spirited artist.
Q: We donít know as much about Stock as we know about JD. We see Dennis Stock in a very unsatisfied situation, also in private life.
What was the point you wanted to show?
Rob: He is a quite negative character. He is an asshole. thatís what I loved about it. This is deceptive. Many people who want to be
an artist are afraid, and fear holds them back from becoming the artist they want to be. And then they blame their wife and kid, and
the city, because they are afraid they arenít as good an artist as they think. That was Dennisí personality, and I can relate to this.
And then there is James Dean, and Dennis is so jealous. Heís living the life the way he wants to live it and he is fulfilling his
potential as an artist. Dennis is like: ĎI donít understand.í
Q: How do you cope with pressure and expectations for yourself?
Rob: I go back and forth. People always say: Ďdonít listen to anyone.í But obviously you have to listen to people. Itís a difficult
balance. On the one hand, you are supposed to entertain people, and on the other hand, it can hurt you so much when the audience
doesnít like you. At the same time, you canít do anything interesting without the fear. Itís a difficult balance.
One day you say, fuck it. The next: please love me! And without this pressure it would be boring. I donít have a solution. Every
time I take a new job I go crazy, everything in me breaks down, I get depressed and think Iím the worst actor ever. My dad says
then, ĎI like you this way, it means you will be doing a good jobí. But I canít find the idea romantic that you have to pay with pain. I donít understand it, itís so weird. Because once you are working itís fine, itís fun. But the weeks before are awful.
Q: Maybe you donít see it in your hotel room, but the fans are standing early in the morning at the red carpet to see you in the
evening. I see similarities to James Dean, the hype, the screaming since Twilight- can you compare it?
Rob: I see a difference. Twilight was one of the first movies where the distribution company saw the potential of the internet
fanbase. They let them create the hype.
With James Dean it was that people wanted him to be their leader. That is the difference. In Twilight, the audience wanted to find
themselves. Fans felt like a part of it. The James Dean fame - and thatís why the pressure was so much higher for him - people were
looking at him for answers: ĎWhere are you taking us, tell us how to live!í Well, no one has asked me how to live at all!
Q: When did you realize what had happened to you? Twilight was just a movie but has caused such a hysteriaÖ.
Rob: I feel I was in sort of shock for four years. In the last two years I started to realize things slowed down a little bit. And I
understood who I am and what I want. When I had signed for the Twilight sequels I knew it would take ten years until the next
chapter of my life could start. And it feels exactly like that. Itís seven years now, things calmed down. I can go to the supermarket
now. Itís amazing, the glorious experiences like going to McDonalds! (laughing)
Q: Maybe one day youíll go to the supermarket and no one recognize you. Would you miss it?
Rob: No. I never really found that muchÖ I mean, itís nice when people come to premieres, and if suddenly no one came, Iíd wonder.
I like my job and want people to see the movies. but the hysteria doesnít fulfill me, on the contrary, it makes me nervous, I donít
need it. The only scary thing is when you get to a point where people still recognize you, but they just donít care. (laughs)
Thatís the worst.
Q: Do you photograph yourself? I donít mean selfies, I mean real photos.
Rob: I donít have a selfie face. There are some people who can take selfies, and they look really good, and then there are people
with asymmetric faces, and depending on the side the picture is taken, they look like an idiot. Thatís what I have. If not for this,
maybe Iíd be on Instagram and Twitter and stuff with my photos all the time. But because I donít have a selfie face, itís just, itís
not Ė I canít be a part of it. (laughs)
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