Robert Pattinson: ‘I get so many sparkly criticisms…people lost their minds over it’


Here are some photos of Robert Pattinson at the LA Film Festival premiere of The Rover, the film set in a post-apocalypse Australian Outback, where Sparkles looks rough and gets dominated by Guy Pearce. It looks like an interesting film and Sparkles got great reviews. He’s also been charmingly weird during the promotion for the film. First, let’s do his interview in The Daily Beast, which you can read here. It’s a great piece and it’s really long, and props to Sparkles for answering every question without ever pulling the Diva Card. My favorite quotes:

Preparing for the audition for The Rover: “I would just run it literally 10 hours a day for, like, two weeks. Completely obsessively, to the point where I was dreaming about it and stuff. I don’t know particularly what I was doing—just constantly thinking about it.”

The actors he admires: “I like what Joaquin has done. I’m always looking at his stuff—he’s been the most influential actor on me. And in a lot of ways I like Guy’s career as well. But he also does Australian stuff all the time, and I feel weird doing English things. I feel like I’m really naked.”

His thoughts on Jennifer Lawrence: “She’s amazing. She’s absolutely incredible. But also we’re different types of people. She seems like she’s super-confident—and I don’t have the kind of confidence. She glows. I think you can fit that into quite a few different areas. Whereas I’ve got a kind of sneak-through-the-cracks style.”

Whether he’ll play Indiana Jones: “No. [Laughs] But I mean, I don’t know. That would be so funny if I suddenly got offered it. I’d be like, “Oh s–t!”

Whether he’ll play Han Solo: “Oh no. I think all of these things are made up so I get tons of bad press… literally this random story comes out and I get 50 other stories saying, like, ‘THAT GUY? NOOOO! What an a–hole!’

The burden of Twilight: “There’s been a lot of hate, actually. Honestly, though, I don’t understand the backlash against Twilight. The first movie, everyone liked it. But then it was suddenly… I don’t quite get why people turned on the other ones. There are plenty of successful franchises which everyone accepts. But for some reason there were all these political arguments against. People saying, “Oh, it’s a bad example for women.” Blah, blah, blah. As if we were all a bunch of dumbasses. We’re not playing it that way! That’s purely your interpretation! We’re not trying to make a movie about subservient female characters at all”

Sparkling: “In a lot of ways, people have decided what Twilight is about before they’ve even thought about it, and then they’ve labeled us, the actors, as part of whatever that may be. Even the sparkling thing. I get so many sparkly criticisms! But I don’t actually remember a moment of in any of the movies where I sparkle. Maybe one second in the first one. It’s like, really? All these fanboys are like, “You’re sparkling!” And I’m like, “Really? You must have freeze framed that one second.” It’s just the idea of sparkling—people lost their minds over it.”

[From The Daily Beast]

He’s charming, isn’t he? He talks openly about reading the reviews, how he thought his acting got better (not worse) in the Twilight films and I love that he bitches about sparkling. He will forever be Sparkles to me.

Rob also appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night and I’ve pulled some of the videos. You can see him get SO nervous. He turns bright red and he starts sweating and talking about all of this weird stuff, like being spit on during sex (??!?!?!?) and Guy Pearce giving an old woman a backrub. It’s pretty amazing.

Photos courtesy of WENN, Fame/Flynet.

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  1. jess says:

    Hes so wierd but I think thats why i like him. Hes never boring.

    • What? says:

      Agreed. I could NOT believe that interview. I was cracking up when he made an oblique reference to how much he enjoys receiving oral sex?! (“Have you ever had anyone spit on you in an erotic way? It’s pretty great.”)
      He is hilarious and will say anything to keep interviews interesting yet avoid disclosing any real hint of who he is. A very clever interview troll he is…

    • Dee says:

      I actually genuinely like him as an actor. Not in Twilight, but no one was good in Twilight. He seems very self-deprecating and self-effacing and it’s sad that that’s what makes him seem so down to earth but in a business where everyone is just so bombastic and egotistical it’s always refreshing to see someone willing to diss themselves. Incidentally I have never, ever, found this man to be attractive. I just don’t know what women, outside of Twilight fans, find so attarctive about him.

      • Kat says:

        He’s so weird. I love him. Not in Twilight, but in other things he’s done and I like his personality. I’m a fan of self-deprecating humor (I had the hugest crush on Conan during high school). That said, I don’t find Sparkles attractive either and also don’t get it (though I do think he was a cute kid in HP.)

  2. eliza says:

    I feel bad for him having to always defend his work in Twilight. An actor does not turn down work in a possibly successful franchise when they are young. I would have done Twilight too.

    He is charming and down to earth in my opinion. I hope he will get some good roles in the future so we can really see his acting chops.

  3. Mmhmm says:

    Ha I like him. And he’ll poke fun at twilight at times too. I hope his acting really is good in this movie. I’m looking forward to it, and Kristen in that Cloud movie…I think both of them are talented, even Jristen (I liked her in the runaways and the yellow Handkercheif)

  4. Abbott says:

    When did he get so gross looking? He used to be a handsome guy.

    I don’t really remember anyone actually liking the first Twilight, but you rewrite that history Sparkles.

  5. doofus says:

    good lord he is adorable. I feel so dirty saying that because I’m 15 years older than him but…

    …DAYUM. I’d hit that.

  6. pepper says:

    Love you Rob!

    Guy , with his shirt off, giving that 80 year old a back rub! LOL Priceless!
    Never a dull moment in an interview with Rob.

  7. PunkyMomma says:

    The Daily Beast interview is terrific. He’s so nervous on JK – his anxiety is palpable. I just want to pat him on the back and tell him it’s all gonna be okay.

  8. Tig says:

    He looks so good in a suit. Both the DB interview and Jimmy K show are so funny. I hope he never loses his goofy side. Looking forward to seeing The Rover.

  9. GIRLFACE says:

    I think he’s a little bit of a stoner but it’s part of his charm almost! I love his wry humor and his disheveled, self-deprecating wit. He actually seems like he’s just naturally fun and funny to be around without trying. His quirks just make it so. I don’t think he’s a terrible actor either and I found him smoking hot in Cosmopolis.

  10. minime says:

    I understand that he lived the all Twilight experience from a different angle, but I have to strongly disagree with him. I decided to watch the first movie because a bunch of friends had read the books and said that they were great, so I was actually expecting it to be good. Needless to say, it was a huge disappointment. It’s plain silly and the only part I vividly remember is when they are in some mountain and he sparkles and takes the girl into his arms and flies around. I remember it because I was literally ROTFLOL’ing (literally being very well applied in this case). I didn’t watch any of the other movies after that. I would still give him a chance as an actor, but no, those movies were crap.

  11. Nicolette says:

    Just love him. Doesn’t seem to have a mean bone in his body. And for all the criticism of Twilight, it made a boat load of money and as a franchise was incredibly successful. As for the character of Bella, I always saw her as becoming stronger through the story and evolved from someone who was awkward, shy, clutzy and out of place. I know Twilight is not at all popular here, but the sap in me always just saw the romance, and I am a sucker for romance (no vampire pun intended).

  12. Vesta says:

    His quirky persona is refreshing.
    I actually wish he develops and becomes a decent actor in the future.

  13. peachcobblerby says:

    He used to be so good-looking but now looks very bland

  14. DrFunkenstein says:

    This guy is just plain FUG. I do not get it, never will. Frankenstein’s stepchild.