Jetset (France) talks with Robert Pattinson about World Cup, Breaking Dawn, music, and his current film projects.
I must confess. I didn’t like Robert Pattinson. And today I wish I had stood back. When Twilight was released and we saw that 10,000 people were camping in front of the movie theater of Los Angeles where the premiere was taking place, our first reaction as journalist was: “But why are they enjoying this saga?”
When Pattinson had arrived a few hours later, he was so overwhelmed that he quickly disappeared. Just a few words to the media. We had thus concluded that this guy was big headed. It was a huge mistake. In fact, Pattinson is a real shy guy . Moreover, he is English, so he is a phlegmatic shy person. And when we chatted with him, for the release of Eclipse, I realized that he didn’t expect such a phenomenon that night at the Twilight premiere. Robert Pattinson is only 24 and nowadays, he is the most desired bachelor of the world. And trust me, he still can’t cope with his fame . So he stays at home, never goes out at night and when he’s not playing this 107 years old virgin vampire, he chooses interesting roles in interesting films. But let’s focus today on Eclipse because it’s been released all around the world. I hope you will forgive me for this easy play on words. Here is “Interview with a vampire”
R.M. : Since you’re English, you must have followed the FIFA world cup. Why do you think this event is so important in the world?
R.P. : The English team is always a good one. We always have the best players and no one is supposed to play better than us. But everytime, it’s not enough to win. I don’t know why football is so important and why it gathers so many people. Maybe because it’s easy to understand this sport. The more a sport attracts people, the more popular it’ll be. That’s why I never understood why football isn’t so popular in the USA . It’s incredible to see such a huge and rich country unable to have a good football team. I must say they improve and they have a great football team now.
R.M. : You’re only 24 and you’re in the spotlight. Is it difficult not to make mistakes?
R.P. : Yes, it’s always frustrating and people always expect me to do some mistakes to pounce on me. But I like being imperfect. We can’t always look perfect and sell such an image. It’s impossible. Anyway, I never tried to do so. It’d be dangerous. And I’ve always made a million mistakes (laughs…)
R.M. : And if you did a film which happens to be a failure?
R.P. : As long as I’m making a film for good reasons and not money, it’ll be OK. If I decide to do a film just for money, there’ll be problems. Nothing can be good if you do it for money or for fame. If we choose to do a film because we think it’s a good story, then even if it’s a failure, I don’t mind. I’ve never been attracted by money or fame. My desires are quite limited, so I guess it’ll be OK!
R.M. : Your upcoming film is Bel Ami, an adaption of Maupassant’s novel. You also played Salvador Dali and then you did Twilight.These aren’t classical choices.
R.P. : I never thought about what I wanted to do . And when you’re not famous, we can do independent films, more artistic films. And you have to be lucky to do it! Then when I did Twilight, I didn’t expect that success. First because it was directed by Catherine Hardwicke who comes from the independent cinema industry. And then because Kristen Stewart was cast. She had only done independent films. I thought it’d be a simple love story with vampires and that maybe it’d become a strange remembered film. Obviously, it became this huge phenomenon and no one had predicted it. Once you’re in it, you have to surf on the success wave! I won’t complain to be in a successful film!
R.M. : You told us you don’t do films for money, but due to the success of Twilight, did you take part to the negotiations?
R.P. : In a way, I did . But it’s my manager and my agent who deal with it. My only wish is to go on working. The other aspects bother me. And I don’t think about money when I do films one after the other. It’s what I enjoy. Before Twilight, I did a tiny film “Little Ashes”. There was no budget and above all no money for me but it allowed me to live 4 months in Barcelona, just for this film. It was awesome! Except that my life is the same. I always do the same things. So there aren’t so many difference between the past and the present.
R.M. : You play the guitar and you had a group. Is music important for you?
R.P. : It’s very important and I think being an actor helped me for my music. In the past, I wasn’t interested in music . My sister who is a singer introduced me to this world. This industry is much more difficult than the film industry. You’re not really respected when you’re an actor, but when you shoot a film, in the end you’re paid. In the music industry, you’re constantly asked to improve yourself. You work again on your music and once it’s done, you’re not paid! The only reason I started doing music and trying to record albums, it’s because I’m a bit famous, and it’d perhaps help me playing with famous artists. Once you’re famous as an actor, doors are open for music. So I hope I could record some songs, but just for me. If it’s for money, it’s useless. And I consider that if you earn money no one can listen to you until it’s over, nobody can judge you either.
R.M. : What can you tell us about Breaking Dawn?
R.P. :Bill Condon is going to direct it, but I haven’t read the script yet. It’ll be 2 different films. I confess I’m a bit afraid that this franchise is going to end. It’s a safety net which enables us to make some mistakes in these films beause we know there’ll always be another one. But once it’s over, it’s over! I’m glad we shoot the films one after the other. I used to try to shoot a film in between Twilight films. For Eclipse, I had to embody Edward again in one week and it was hard. One week preparation. It wasn’t easy and I was stressed at the beginning. So for the next installements, I could be Edward during the shooting of both films.
R.M. : Speaking about Edward, he’s a 107 years old virgin vampire?
R.P. : (Laughs ) How old is he? I think he’s 109 or 110…
R.M. : And he never had sexual relationship before?
R.P. : I think he had an adventure with another vampire, in Alaska, but it’s not mentioned! (laughs) In the first book, it’s briefly alluded to but I don’t remember it well. I don’t think it’s clearly explained. Fans enjoy thinking he’s still a virgin!