Robert Pattinson: ‘I would like to have a French girlfriend with all her clichés’

I’m including a couple of newish photos of Robert Pattinson from his recent feature in InStyle Mag. The photos aren’t all that great, but the camera does love our Sparkles. Which is why his Dior campaign is so disappointing – he’s photogenic, he’s got a great face, he’s tall and he’s a delicate, sparkly heartthrob. But Dior fumbled. Anyway, lots of magazines have little featurettes on Rob’s Dior campaign, but I kind of loved this one from Le Figaro (the translation is wonky but charming):

His Dior campaign is a tribute of the New Wave cinema, broadcast for the first time on TV on Sunday night September 1st. On screen, Robert Pattinson seems he would like to devour the beautiful Franco-American Camille Rowe Pourcheresse.

“When everybody was watching the footage of the kissing scene, I was already embarrassed. Suddenly, Camille said ‘Oh la la!’ I glared at her and told her ‘Are you kidding me?’ I thought that the British would say ‘Oh la la!’ as a way to make fun of French. I didn’t think that French women would say it for real. Then I realized that I would like to have a French girlfriend with all her clichés.” said Pattinson over a coffee at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles.

This new campaign is primary for Christian Dior Parfums whose goal is the international success – that is annual sales reaching at least €300 million – of the Dior Homme perfume. “This perfume can be interpreted of multiple ways, it can have thousands of faces.” emphasized François Demachy, creator of this manly and sensual harmony, a manly iris mixed with leather, wood, amber and spices.

In this very fast black and white clip, however intimate, Pattinson, the chilled British, named several times “Sexiest man in the world”, seems to be enamoured of Pourcheresse. He is in a deteriorate house in the Bronx neighborhood, in NY, languid in a cast iron bathtub, he holds out a cigarette to Camille, who puts on a tank top on top of her underwear. They are two lovers on the run. He represents the fantasy of the sensual guy and she personifies the French beauty with a sullen charm.

From one end to another, the video spreads an an exhilarating atmosphere: the couple introduces itself in a wedding at the last story of a building, drives a convertible BMW on a vast beach…

“The first day of the shooting was tricky. I drove a BMW at 100km/h, because the sand was unstable. Eventually, I found myself in the water… with a camera inside the car,” explained Pattinson with a laugh. “the people from Dior were very understanding.”

Since then, the man did not become a big spender. Despite his three big hits at the box office, who made the studios earn $1,17 billion these last three years, he drove in Hollywood a Silverado truck that cost $1,500, bought also on the internet. “I love the second-hand truck, you can drive many people and nobody dares to come close to me. Sometimes, paparazzi chase me. With a beautiful car, they could block me. But when they see my Silverado, they know that I can bump into them!” he laughed and continued. “It may seem curious but I don’t like being photographed and being followed. So I only go where I know it won’t happen even if it comes to only five places in LA.” explained Pattinson who, at the night of the presentation of the ad, was at Chateau Marmont where twenty beautiful girls paced the place to try to capture his attention.

After some digressions, Pattinson comes back on his passions at the time: French women. “They are amazing. When you arrive in Paris, it is the first thing you see. I think Paris and New York are the two cities where the women are more beautiful than anywhere else. They are more confident of themselves, of their personalities but also of their looks. They are elegant and have a natural grace.” said Pattinson. His masculine icons are also French: “Belmondo was very important to me when I was a child and I love the way Jean-Luc Godart dress and how he wore his sunglasses.” he said before to confess that he just had torn off a picture of the Swiss movie director in a magazine to ask to a stylist to found him the same.

Pattinson had refused many big ad campaigns. If he has accepted the one for Dior Homme which could make him earn more than $10 millions, this is on condition he could choose the director, Romain Gavras famous for his controversial videos for M.I.A.

If some abroad countries see France as the last bastion of chauvinism, this video imposes itself as a brilliant display of international savoir-faire: a British movie star and a Parisian model filmed by a director born in Greece, behind the wheel of a German convertible who dive in the Atlantic ocean in Brooklyn, while British legends of rock fire away their biggest hit, all of these to put on the front the perfume of this fall, which carries the name of a French designer.

[From Le Figaro, translation & transcript from a Sparkles fan-site]

I’ve been saying for months now that Sparkles should get a French girlfriend. Just a few weeks ago, I suggested Léa Seydoux for him and I still think she would be a great choice, although I don’t really know anything about her personal life (does she have a boyfriend?). But it sounds like Sparkles is really interested in seeing what other flavors are out there, and that he definitely wants to see what it’s like to date a French girl. I want that for him too. Give him to Vanessa Paradis, see what she can do with him.

Photos courtesy of InStyle scans.

 

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  1. CC says:

    No disrespect to anyone, but I could never date a French person, I can’t stand the language.
    I actually like Sparkles and KStew when they’re not together.

  2. aloe says:

    As if a French woman would want a doormat who doesn’t shower?

  3. Minty says:

    um… I can cuss in French, does this count???

  4. Shelley says:

    Sometimes he’s hot…sometimes he’s not….esp when I think he was doing that KStew..I get put off

  5. NM9005 says:

    Sooo he wants to date a stereotype? Hasn’t he been through this with Stewart?

  6. heidi says:

    I just don’t get the attraction. As for French, it is one of the most refined and beautiful of all the languages.

  7. MeowuiRose says:

    He is in no way shape or form attractive to me physically or personality wise. Any person man or woman who allows themselves to be walked all over like he let KStewart do have no points in my books. He seems soo needy and delicate.

  8. FreeSpiritedGirl says:

    Awww… I wish Rob & Camille were together. They look so cute together. ^_^
    Their kids would be beautiful. Half-Brit, Half French! *giggles*

  9. Annie says:

    He looked really good with this Dior model. They have chemistry. Maybe he likes her. I hope they date. Lord, the kstains would shit…

    • Olivia says:

      Camille has a boyfriend, I believe. But then again, so did Kristen and it didnt stop Rob pursuing her relentlessly. Then again, he was just a 22 yr old who thought he could do what he wanted. I think it would be best if he found someone unattached this time and hopefully of his caliber. The women he has been linked to so far don’t really seem to be. Then again, maybe he wants to be the top dog in the relationship.

  10. Maria says:

    so if he wants all the cliches, isnt it a clichè that the french love to have affairs?

    (i know i know, just saying that he needs to be a bit more careful with what he wishes)

  11. Caro says:

    How can people like this guy? All his sullen woe is me crap is annoying. Not to mention how he always dumps on the fans and Twimoms that made him millions of dollars because he’s a “serious actor” now. Go away footface.

  12. FreeSpiritedGirl says:

    I’m glad he’s thinking about having a girlfriend who is confident about her looks, elegant… Reading this, I felt like he was saying everything that KScrew never was. Confident about their personalities, elegance, natural grace… Everything that KScrew lacks.

    • Olivia says:

      Maybe a French girlfriend can help him with his confidence! I think it is weird that he said something to the effect of “worrying about no one liking him”. As Colin Powell said “getting everyone to like you is a sign of mediocrity”. I am hoping after this Dior roll out is finally done, Rob will focus on being an actor.

      • mb says:

        come on people. he is playing you. poor rob doesn;’t think anyone likes him. how often are you people going to fall for his bullshit. he laughs everytime he does another interview because people believe his shit.

      • Olivia says:

        @mb I do think it is strange tha the Dior ad is supposed to show a confident, mature man but his interviews are so riddled with insecurities and unhappiness. “People hate me, i am lonely, my past jobs suck, people don’t call me back”. Add to that his actions as of late, ESP the disturbing altercation with the paps/security., I think he is in a depressed phase. His interviews should be full of optimism. Twilight is over, Kristen is out of the picture. I know he said he is writing stuff but he has been saying that for years. At one time I thought he was composing a soundtrack but nothing came of it. I think he throws a lot of stuff out there which allows his devoted fans to pick and chose what they want to believe. I sure hope this Cronenberg film solidifies him more as an actor or at least makes more money than cosmopolis.

      • pippa says:

        @olivia – at least Rob can finish his sentences. Can never say that about your idol Kstew. Ugh. She with her torn tshirt exposing her tacky black bra shouldn’t be endorsing any product. Especially perfume as she looks like she never showers.

  13. CaribbeanLaura says:

    I’m totally uncultured, what are some of these cliched behaviours that french women display?

  14. Chrissy says:

    I actually would like to see him with Vanessa Paradis. She’d make a man out of him.

  15. Jennifer12 says:

    I have to say, I just really like the guy. Sweet, intelligent and good looking.

  16. mytbean says:

    I don’t know why but every time I see him I think of Jon Gosslin… I think it’s the eyes.

    He just doesn’t do it for me. Maybe if I’d watched Twilight then his character would make me feel different… but otherwise he’s just meh.

  17. Dee says:

    Meh, we french girls dont want him. He is a bad actor and not that attractive. Vanessa had Depp in his prime, so hot and wonderful actor at that point. Pattison is just this generations Orlando Bloom.

  18. Cynthia says:

    As a French Girl I think I’m the total opposite of these cliches I’m not slim I’m not very elegant I’m short I don’t say oh la la unless it’s for joking I’m not very confident I don’t have a big ego I’m not a beauty I’m not a slut I don’t have affairs I’ve never smoked in my life.
    I guess the only stereotypes I stick to are that I do speak french and if I’m honest I’ll say I think it’s a beautiful language but it doesn’t affect me unless it’s spoken with an american accent, I also love french perfumes like dior chanel lancome givenchy but I can’t really afford those.
    RPattinson should know most french girls are like me unless they want to play the I’m french sleep with me card so he’ll fall for someone who plays her cards well and hides the truth doing other guys behind his back like KStewart did.
    Hollywood isn’t the only place filled with gold diggers and celebrity chasers.

    • CaribbeanLaura says:

      Lol, that’s what I figured. It’s just like when people say they want a ‘caribbean girl’ I guess they imagine that we spend all day on the beach sipping cocnuts and braiding hibiscus into our hair. WRONG. we get up to go work in our shitty bank jobs. That’s what. We do have awesome accents tho :P

    • NG says:

      +100 by fellow French girl.

      I laughed so hard reading about poor Rob who has probably watched too many French perfume ads. Full disclaimer : I’ll admit the laugh was probably more of the snort variety (which will be the only cliché I will be guilty of).

      BTW a UK friend of mine who apparently knew Pattinson from school or something (we he was around 19) told me he saw him drunk sharing / tasting his feces (yes, feces) with his girlfriend in a night bus in London. True or not, I can assure you this will be associated with him forever in my mind. That and the questionable hygiene of his former GF (KStew). So, non merci.

    • melior says:

      Nice to meet a fellow French on this site.

  19. magpie says:

    He should give Clémence Poésy (Fleur Delacour) a call. Both Harry Potter alums.

  20. Mayda says:

    if vanessa paradis cougared him, my head would explode (in a good way)

  21. Anname says:

    This sounds like a typical off-the-cuff Rob comment, said with a smile/laugh. I highly doubt he is now on a mission to find a French-stereotype girlfriend, lol.

    • mimi says:

      You hit the nail on the head, Anname. It completely baffles me that some fans of Robert still hang onto every word that comes out of his mouth as absolute truth. Not accusing him of being a liar by any means. It’s no secret he’s always been playful in interviews going as far as making up stories to amuse himself (witnessing circus clown death, sisters dressing him up as a girl when he was young and calling him Claudia) and saying provocative things like “only the tip” and blaming Kristen for the R-rated thrusting in their sex scene in BD1…all said with a sly smile and engaging laugh. He likes to joke around when replying to a question. That’s why his video taped interviews are the best. You can tell straightaway when he’s joking or exaggerating by his facial expressions and cute smiles and giggling.

    • Another Ann says:

      This. He spews whatever random thought comes to mind when he’s in the midst of an interview. It’s hilarious that people take it all so seriously.

      • mimi says:

        I remember once he was being interviewed and admitted his random answer was random by saying “I have no idea why I just said that” when answering a question. He followed it with one of his famous laughs and funny bewildered facial expressions. He is a fun interview, that’s for sure!

      • Nicole says:

        Unfortunately many people are so gullible that they actually believe what the media print as if it were gospel truth. Pattinson is always trolling in interviews. He talks absolute garbage and is constantly taking the pi$$ out of the interviewer and anybody dim enough to take his deliberate nonsense seriously. He is like a male version of Jennifer Lawrence, only worse. However, as far as I can see, whatever you think of his looks, he seems to be basically a decent guy who attracts an entirely undeserved amount of dislike primarily because he has pi$$ed off some factions of the obsessive-compulsive Twilight fandom and, for some reason, these people just will not let go.

    • Sloane Wyatt says:

      @Anname, Another Ann, Nicole, and mimi:

      I really wonder if Rob is just a babbling drunk and his sloshy non sequiturs are passed off as wit.

  22. Annie says:

    What a dumb comment from him.

  23. EscapedConvent says:

    “Robert the chilled British”?

    That is absolutely wonderful.

    I would like to read much more of this awkward, stilted, silly phrasing & bad translation.

  24. A says:

    Umm why would she dump the beautiful and handsome Andrew Vanwyngarden for this ugly troll? (Sorry sparkles fans but he ain’t good looking).

  25. Claudia says:

    Nah, Vanessa Paradis needs a real man. Not some pretty boy with too-wide hips, and not some man going through the cliched mid-life crisis.

  26. Lauren says:

    Um, Lea Seydoux can do SO much better. For one thing, she actually has talent, so I can’t see her being interested.

  27. Emily C. says:

    Oh my god why won’t he just shut up already. He IS a cliché. A poor little woobie cliché. With a head full of helium.

  28. Diane says:

    Funny how everytime I read a Pattinson post on here he’s being matched with an older woman that could “make a man out of him”, like Dita von Tease, Vanessa Paradis, etc. lol!

  29. CJW says:

    Sorry to all but true Irish dialect particularly Gaelic is the most beautiful sound in the world.

  30. Chrissy says:

    I’ve never heard Russian in person before but Chinese (when not spluttered out loudly by tourists and accented in English) is an underrated language in its beauty.

  31. Dalovelee says:

    I’ve dated British guys, Italian guys and was married to a German. The one thing I’ve learned is no matter what language that starts out sounding sexy after a long term relationship their accents don’t even register. If their personality sucks an accent won’t matter anymore

  32. Kelly says:

    I’m not French but if you gave him to me I’m sure I would be good for him omg his so hot but being just a girl next door only in my dreams would I ever get close to him x

  33. Starbuck says:

    The full ad is out and it’s gorgeous and he looks gorgeous in it as does the model. They have smokin chemistry too. Who knows who he will date next but almost anyone would be an upgrade. I’ve been reading his interviews regarding this campaign and he definitely seems to be in transition. He seems pretty intelligent but he wears his insecurity on his sleeve. Pretty much all actors are insecure and I find it interesting that he is upfront about it. I don’t know if I see ths guy being a actor long term but I think the ad does show him in a different light, which he definitely needs. I don’t get the impression that he wants to settle down with anyone but that could be intentional on his part. I like him. We shall see what his future brings.

  34. Jennifer says:

    I wonder if Rob is really single. We haven’t seen him out to dinner or anything romantic with anyone except for Kristen. I wonder if he and Kristen really did date or were they just friends and fooled us into believing they were together. His Dior ad is amazing. I really enjoy watching it. I wish Rob could influence other directors to work with him. I look forward to his future projects.

    Oh, I did see Dior Homme in JCPenney but there wasn’t anything promoting it. It was on a shelf with other men’s cologne. No Rob pics.

    • Starbuck says:

      Nah, I think they were actually together and helped each other through a lot of craziness. They seemed to really get along and their mutual influence on each other became quite obvious. It’s hard for two actors to date long term. Their ego, insecurities and endless available romantic options will almost always undermine their commitment. As much as I think he probably cared about her, looking back on it his commitment to her maybe wasn’t as deep as people thought based on his Edward persona. I’ll use Andrew Garfield/Emma Stone as an example. I actually liked Stewart quite a bit up until beginning on last year. Her interviews just started becoming very eye-roll inducing. Who knows what really went on. They seem to have both moved on but could be back together tomorrow for all we know. There seems to be a lot of growing up to do for both of them. I like this new direction he seems to be heading in. I just hope the Hollywood thing doesn’t change him but the it seems like it might based on the crowd he’s associating with. We shall see. But this commercial is fantastic. Very well done.

  35. Sarah says:

    I honestly don’t get the point of him being considered attractive. I just don’t get it. I personally think attraction comes not only from objective beauty, but from personality. And I honestly can’t find any with him. He is so flat out uncharming to me, I am amazed what struck the rest of the world, especially when he talks crap like that. Geez.

    Go, sue me now.