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.”
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.