Robert Pattinson talks Kristen Stewart, elephants & ‘Cops’ to Vanity Fair

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Robert Pattinson is the cover boy for the April issue of Vanity Fair, all to promote his role in Water for Elephants. The cover line is “Robert Pattinson wrestles his way out of the Twilight zone.” Eh. I’ve been reading the scans of the full VF piece (here, at one of Sparkles’ fansites). Sparkles is a funny guy – in interviews, he tends to come across as intelligent and sweet, self-deprecating and interesting. But there’s some bitching and moaning too – here are some highlights that I transcribed:

Sparkles on the craziness of the past years: “I don’t know what’s wrong with me… my brain doesn’t work anymore. I haven’t any memory. I can’t write. All I can do is sign my name. I tried to write the other day – it looked like I was writing in Braille.”

On not being a good interview subject: “I’m just so boring… I’m just so dried up… I’ve just kind of stopped doing everything. I never change the channel in my trailer. I just watch reruns of House of Payne and Two and a Half Men. I love Cops – I think it’s my favorite TV show. God… I sound like such a loser.”

Sparkles on Kristen Stewart: “Kristen is very focused on being an actress,” Pattinson says of Kristen Stewart. “I mean, that’s what she is… she’s an actress, whereas I just don’t really know.”

When the reporter asks Sparkles is his on-screen love mirrors his relationship in real life, Pattinson “literally starts squirming.” He says: “Yes. Um. No, not really. It’s pretty hard to… It’s just very traumatic.”

Reporter: “I mean, are you very intense about each other?”

Sparkles: “Oh, I don’t know. She’s cool. Even befor I knew her, I thought she was a really good actress. Like, I saw Into the Wild, and I thought she was really good in that. I still think there are very few girls in her class that are as good as she is. It’s funny that she’s the one doing this huge thing.”

On the possibility of doing Shakespeare: “If I did that now, I’d get assassinated. Everyone would be like, What the f-ck?”

On people forgetting Twilight: “I’ve always said to my agents and stuff, like, it’s going to be 10 years… and that’s totally understandable. Normally people keep working until their big break. You just keep twying to make the best of your decisions. Like I try to think how I used to think before all the Twilight movies.”

He fell in love with the elephant in Water for Elephants: “She was the best actor I ever worked with in my life. I cried when the elephant was wrapped. I never cried when anyone else was wrapped [completed shooting].”

[Transcribed from Vanity Fair scans]

At the end of the interview, Sparkles talks more about how his life has changed, and he says that “it’s funny now, like, trying to socialize with people. There’s this cautiousness about people which I just find really weird. Or I’ll be walking down the street.. And peoples’ be like, ‘F-ck you!’ And I get a lot of people wanting to beat me up. Men in bars and stuff. I just leave. But you’re not really allowed to complain about any of this. You’re just supposed to be grateful. And obviously, I get it. You’re lucky and you should appreciate your luck.” He goes for a moment more, and then says, “Every time you read about someone famous talking about being famous, you’re like, ‘Shut the f-ck up.’” Well… at least Sparkles is self-aware. I’ll give him that much.

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Scans from VF, courtesy of Pattinson’s fansite.

 

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  1. KJ says:

    The interviews, for me, are his only redeeming qualities. I don’t find him attractive (actually greasy and borderline gross) and I’m definitely not a Twihard, but he seems like a decent guy who’s got a good head on his shoulders so I hope he continues to make good career moves and cope with all the fandemonium.

  2. mln76 says:

    I can’t help loving me some Sparkles.

  3. Cheyenne says:

    He’s not much of an actor but he’s drop-dead gorgeous.

  4. Kaye says:

    Is it just me, or do his hands seem feminine and overly manicured?

  5. Terry says:

    Wah, wah, wah, my life is so difficult. I get paid 40 Mil dollars but I’m suffering for my art.

    He should take his own advice and shut up about having a difficult life.

  6. Rita says:

    He should grow a heavy black beard and quit smoking. The Amish don’t like that.

  7. jinni says:

    What’s with the Amish boy in the Bayou theme of this shoot?

  8. Beth says:

    I like him. I can’t wait to see this movie.

  9. lane says:

    Terry you basically proved his point.

    I guess actors can’t even talk about not complain.

    It’s kind of sad that people think money means every thing.

  10. Ell says:

    Not sure why I’m defending him but I don’t think he was complaining, he was asked questions and tried to answer them honestly but at the same time he was worried it would sound like he was complaining…hope that makes sense.

    He seems like an okay guy, I do like him and Kirsten together…not that I’ve ever watched them on film.

    Is that croc, a real, live, living, breathing one?

  11. Terry says:

    lane: he like the rest of HW don’t know what real life problems are. I’d like to see him being unemployed, with no health inssurence and ask him then what he would prefer.

    Let’s throw a pity party for Hollywood actors like him or Charlie Sheen who have everything.

  12. Jane says:

    LOL that cover picture is TERRIBLE.

  13. devilgirl says:

    Awww, I liked his elephant comment.

  14. mia girl says:

    @ Kaiser “Sparkles is a funny guy – in interviews, he tends to come across as intelligent and sweet, self-deprecating and interesting.”

    Thank you for explaining to me why I like this guy so much… that and the fact that he’s gorgeous. Have you seen how he looks in the trailer for Water For Elephants?!

  15. Relli says:

    Totally off subject. But the other night my fiance made me watch Dune and i could not get over how much a young Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peak, Charlotte’s husband) looks like Sparkles. Seriously, they need to play father and son.

  16. mln76 says:

    he like the rest of HW don’t know what real life problems are

    Everyone on Planet Earth has problems. It’s unfair to blame him for being rich and famous. Sure he isn’t starving or living in famine in a third world country but neither is anyone who is commenting on this blog. We are all lucky in when compared to the people who are homeless, living in famine, or under a repressive government.

  17. Riley says:

    Kristin Stewart, now she’s a bad actress. Terrible actress, really. I saw Into the Wild as well, and all I can remember her doing is standing around in cutoffs in the dust. But I know she is his lady love and he has to stick up for her. But man, he sounds like Tom Cruise talking about Katie Holmes’s acting.

  18. Roxanne75 says:

    *insert heart here*….me likey

  19. mia girl says:

    Thinking about the part in the interview where Pattinson said “And I get a lot of people wanting to beat me up. Men in bars and stuff.” That seems so weird and sad.

    Do you think these guys want to beat Pattinson up bc they are jealous that their girlfriends cream over him, or because they are “Team Jacob”?

  20. hay says:

    I just don’t see it… I don’t find this guy attractive at all.

  21. Dingles says:

    This is probably totally sexist of me, because if this was a young actress instead of a drop-dead gorgeous (in my opinion) young actor saying these things, I’d want to crucify him for whining. But this is Sparkles, and I’d lick his feet then thank him for the opportunity if given the chance, so instead I feel for the guy. He seems like a genuinely nice person who feels out of place and bewildered by his level of fame and isn’t sure what he wants. It doesn’t sound like he has much of a passion for acting, although to be fair he’s not the best actor to begin with.

    If he was my friend I’d tell him, “Dude, you’re thinking way too much about this. Just relax and enjoy the ride while it lasts.”

  22. jess says:

    I see he and that studio he works for are still playing these games “are they, aren’t they”.

    If he really dated that emo girl he would have confirmed it not saying it’s traumatic to talk about it.
    They are dragging this till the last film comes out.

  23. hairball says:

    “I don’t think he was complaining, he was asked questions and tried to answer them honestly but at the same time he was worried it would sound like he was complaining”

    “Everyone on Planet Earth has problems. It’s unfair to blame him for being rich and famous. Sure he isn’t starving or living in famine in a third world country but neither is anyone who is commenting on this blog. We are all lucky in when compared to the people who are homeless, living in famine, or under a repressive government.”

    “I guess actors can’t even talk about not complain.

    It’s kind of sad that people think money means every thing.”

    “I feel for the guy. He seems like a genuinely nice person who feels out of place and bewildered by his level of fame and isn’t sure what he wants.”

    Totally agree.

    With that said, the Amish hat….I just can’t. This is one of the worst magazines cover shoots I have ever seen. WTF?? I’m not a photographer, but I wouldn’t have thrown a nice looking man in a marsh with a dumb *ss reptile that looks dead or brain dead and be like ‘all this needs to complete is an ill fitting Amish hat’. ??????

  24. Lois says:

    Yeah, I love him. That’s all.

  25. Cherry Rose says:

    It has to suck to be Kristen Stewart. Both of her costars, Taylor and Rob have it much worse than her concerning the psycho Twihards and the crazy women, yet are extremely nice and gracious for the most part, especially to their fans.

    Meanwhile, all she does is scowl and roll her eyes and bitch and complain about her fame.

  26. almond says:

    That cover is so unfortunate. I couldn’t stop laughing when I saw it.

    And while Pattinson is a so-so actor, he’s at least a lot more gracious about the whole Twilight craze.

  27. Lisa says:

    Awww, see this is why I like R-Pats. He seems down to earth and laid back. Someone you can definitely have a good drunken convo with

  28. TXCinderella says:

    If Kristen didn’t have such a chip on her shoulder, Twihards would be more accepting of her. She gives them all the fuel they need to hate her for being with Rob. If she would seem even a little bit gracious, most people would think “Awwww, that is sweet that they are together in real life”.

  29. sharylmj says:

    He seems so sweet and shy and still trying to figure out how to live with all of this fame. I bet he is a great boyfriend, kind and considerate.

  30. SHump says:

    I like Sparkles. He seems like a nice enough kid.

  31. TXCinderella says:

    Boy has Kristen got him snowed into thinking she is a good actress! She is a horrible actress! So dry and no personality. It seems like she is playing the same character in every movie she is in. Rob on the other hand, could be a terrific actor given more experience. I saw him in Remember Me and thought that he had alot of potential outside of the Twilight series.

  32. Praise St. Angie! says:

    I know I’ve posted this before, but how can anyone watch this and NOT see him as self-deprecating and sweet, with a great sense of humor?…and clearly, he doesn’t take himself too seriously.

    http://www.hulu.com/watch/131346/late-night-with-jimmy-fallon-robert-pattinson-is-double-bothered

    I love this guy!

  33. My Darling Pinkett says:

    First off, I’m not a Rob fan. It’s not that I dislike him, I’m just indifferent for the most part. I don’t find him all that attractive, and I don’t think he’s that good an actor. But he does seem like a genuinely nice, funny guy. You have to give him that. I don’t really think he was complaining, I mean it comes with the job, and he knows that. He knows how lucky he is compared to a lot of people when it comes to money and such. I know it must suck to have your privacy invaded, but there comes a point when you have to suck it up and get over it. Now if anyone complains, it’s Kristen Stewart…

    Speaking of her, “It’s just very traumatic.” Lol. And really? Maybe she does take her job seriously, but she is not a very good actress. She might think she is, Roger Ebert may love her (have no idea why), but she’s not.

    Personally, I don’t think they’re dating. I see no love there, or even attraction. I think it’s just hype that the Twihards drool over. And I’ll say it: Kristen is probably a lesbian. There’s nothing wrong with that, but come on. And Rob…well he pings the gaydar a bit, too. They both have gay rumors dogging them. Maybe they are, maybe they aren’t, but I would be seriously shocked if they were really dating and in love. The whole thing looks fake, and the fact that neither have confirmed it or show that kind of affection in public means that they’re probably not. If they were, you’d see real, undeniable photos. All you get are “sources close to the couple” and claims that they were kissing or were together when they really weren’t. Even their so-called “dates” include friends.

  34. Mia says:

    Still don’t see the hot or attractiveness. Each his own. That cover is ridiculous, though.

  35. erika.rain says:

    @Relli – nooooo, don’t say that! I love me some Dune/Blue Velvet-era-Kyle MacLachan. Don’t tell me he looks like Pattinson, I’ll cry.

    …seriously, though, I see what you mean.

  36. hairball says:

    There have been several photos of them ‘together’ and doing things / traveling outside of Twilight filming. I’m not talking about at restaurants in LA where people think it’s staged.

    I have to say I wondered too and thought (still sort of do) they were dating. But I actually don’t even care anymore. It’s just so ridiculous at this point. That’s fine if you don’t want to talk about your private life, just say so simply and move on. But Kristen seemingly obviously ignoring Robert in public or hanging on Taylor etc, who knows or cares why she does that. Each acting so weird about it in interviews. It’s just stupid at this point. Many celebs just simply state I don’t discuss it and next question is asked. Not all this ridiculousness.

    IF they are dating and he has to act all weird and tolerate her stupid behavior, then I think the guy deserves better.

    I’ve said it before, but I have never come across nor understood these people whose lives would literally shatter if anyone suggests the two are not dating. I wonder about the quality of these people’s own lives. The fact that I even have wondered about it makes me uncomfortable. ! I think mainly for the fact that it’s just been handled so poorly by everyone.

  37. Vee says:

    I love this guy, his humor, his charm, his humbleness. And, I think his acting is getting better and better. The cover is goofy and cool at the same time.

  38. Cheyenne says:

    @Relli: I don’t see any resemblance between Pattinson and McLachlan at all.

  39. jemshoes says:

    RP always gives good interviews, especially the early ones he was doing to promote the first Twilight movie. Since the explosion of the franchise, he’s been sounding more exhausted, world-weary, wary and guarded (although his sound-bites are still a lot more mature and gracious than Kristen Stewart’s).

    It’s like being caught between a rock and a hard place: you get asked what it’s like to be a celebrity, and if you’re RP you try to answer the question honestly – so of course you’re going to have to talk about the downsides of fame because when you’re as famous as him, your private / personal life ends up being overshadowed by your professional life. How do you talk about this without sounding ungrateful, entitled and also like you’re not reading from a script? RP’s not a great actor, yet I’d rather read an interview of his than most other celebrities’.

  40. Micki says:

    I’m sooo fed up with their overexposed non-romance…finish this Twilight and disappear please!

  41. LT says:

    I’ve never really seen the appeal in Sparkles, but this interview made me like him. Especially talking about just watching reruns on tv and saying he sounds like a loser. :)

  42. That headline puts shame to the actual Twilight Zone. Tsk tsk. One of my favorite series ever.

  43. ingrid says:

    hi new at this robert so hotman
    peace

  44. Layzo says:

    I had a baby crush on him when he was in that Harry Potter movie. He sort of reminded me of my ex from London [in look and accent]. Anyways lost the crush when he became Sparkles but oh my.. he sure does look good on that cover. Definitely crush worthy.