Robert Pattinson: “I’d like not to be so paranoid”

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These are some new photos of Robert Pattinson on the set of Water for Elephants, and I also threw in some scans of Pattinson’s appearance on Premiere France. I chanced upon one of Sparkles’ fan sites (I didn’t really chance, I was looking for it!), and I found that robertpattinson.org is extremely well-organized – they even have a complete translation of the Premiere interview. I was reading through it, and sighing over Sparkles’ dreaminess. The full interview is here, but here are some good highlights:

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Première: The last time we talked, you were filming New Moon, the second Twilight movie. Here we are again, a year later for the opening of Eclipse. I’m having a hard time keeping up it’s going so fast …
Robert Pattinson: There were only two months between the filming of New Moon and Eclipse, during which I made Remember Me. Everything, went by so fast that I never felt like I quit twilight. But I was still sort of lost when I started Eclipse. I didn’t have the time to prepare myself so I needed a few weeks to accommodate myself.

P: What did you expect from a director like David Slade and did was he different on the set from what you imagined?
RP: I had no idea what I could expect from a director specialized in more mature films, who’s not afraid of explicit violence. Honestly, I was wondering how his universe would merge with the one of Twilight, which isn’t known for its nerve-raking violence. David had a clear idea of what he wanted to do; he had a different work method than Catherine and Chris’.

P: Like what?
RP: Eclipse introduces a lot of new characters; the atmosphere is less stuffy than in the first two movies. Twilight was centered on Edward and Bella’s romance, New Moon on Jacob and Bella’s relationship with Edward at the periphery. Eclipse allows each character to have its ‘moment’ the spectrum is wider. The movie is, also, more rhythmed by action, and less focused on everyone’s intimacy.

P: Did you have a trainer who yelled at you and ordered you to do push-ups?
RP: Constantly. And here I thought that it would be just like the other movies: Kristen, Taylor and I in a room, going through the script. I was surprised.

P: All the juicy stuff is in Breaking Dawn: The sex scene, a birthing scene in which your character performs a C-section with his teeth…
RP: I know! I’m wondering how they will be able to translate this on screen. We’ll end up with a R rated movie … Can you imagine if we decided to go all in and turn Twilight into a raw saga for adults with sex scenes and everything? Summit would appear as the most progressive studio in the world. This would be funny.

P: When you got the script for Eclipse, what were the scenes you were the most impatient to film?
RP: Until now, the majority of the scenes in Twilight were between me and Kristen. I was happy to play this role with other actors. In the first two volumes, I always felt like Edward was hidden and reserved. In Eclipse, he’s angry; he sort of flies off the handle. It looks simple said like this but he seems less taciturn in this movie, to the point where I thought I was playing someone else.

P: If I was playing someone as serious as Edward Cullen for months, I’d like to release the tension once the filming is over, probably by getting drunk all night.
RP: But I was already drinking on set. *laughs*But seriously, when I was done filming Twilight I shot another movie right away so I really didn’t have the time to stand back from all this. On the beginning of May, I went back to reshoot some scene for Eclipse just as I was done with Bel Ami, I was completely lost. I couldn’t lose my accent, I couldn’t find my marks … but once the make-up was put on my face, and I wore my contacts, everything came back to me. For the first time, I realized that I missed this character and how weird I would feel when the saga is over.

P: You know how to keep the suspense. I’d like us to go back on the topic of Remember Me which shocked me with its maturity and seriousness. Do you think this darkness played a role in the shy number it got at the box office?
RP: Remember Me wasn’t made to be a blockbuster on the scale of Twilight, it was an indie movie with a tiny budget meaning that the promotion would be minimal. In the end, it made 60 millions of dollars all over the world: not bad for a movie which cost 16. I’m happy it wasn’t a big flop but never was I worried about the box office.

P: Many people said that this movie was your test about your movie star status, it seemed a little early to me…
RP: I know! I read all the articles about Leo Dicaprio and the fact that his fans followed him after Titanic. But for me, Twilight has nothing to do with it. The fans will see the movies because they love the story. I never felt like I had a role in the success of it all. Like I’ve always said, it’s the character that people love, not me. I hope to be able to reach out to people due to the quality of the films that I make and not because people will hope to see a new Twilight as soon as my name is in the end credits.

P: You say that celebrity opens some doors and closes others. Which ones would you have liked to stay open?
RP: I’d like not to be so paranoid when I meet new people. When I walk on the street, I’m scared of meeting anyone’s eyes in case they recognize me. I have to hide constantly, it’s unsettling. So, I live a strange life, I can’t be as open as I’d like. In fact, you learn as you go. Over the years, I managed this situation better and better, I’m more at ease than before the Twilight madness. I think you reach a point after a while: you lose it, become a recluse and turn your back on the whole humanity or you learn to accept it.

P: You look more relaxed than last year…
RP: I am. I’m starting this new movie that excites me and I just finished another one that I like. I know that nothing would have gone so fats without the fans who follow me everywhere and the people who recognize me on the street, to be honest.

P: Do you think you saw everything when it comes to the craziness of the press or do you think they are more surrealistic experiences to live?
RP: I don’t know. On the plus side, you can’t stay the object of stares forever. New actors will come and grab their attention. It only last for a while. The craziness reached its point during the shooting of Remember Me but it died down since. When I was filming Bel Ami in London, things were calmer. I could even walk around freely.

P: How would you react if everything stopped tomorrow?
RP: The end of the world, you mean? I think I could survive. *laughs* To be honest, I have no idea. I’d find something else to do. The path I’m on right now helps me a lot but I haven’t achieve yet everything I want.

P: I could see you play songs in bars in the nowheres of France.
RP: You couldn’t have said it better. When I was 19 I filmed a short movie in Brittany for two weeks. Every night, I would play music in bars, it was fantastic. One of my favorite memories.

[From Premiere France, transcribed from scans by robertpattinson.org]

I do think he’s done a lot of growing up and maturing the past few years, and he’s begun to wear his fame with a lot of grace and good humor. Instead of looking permanently hunted, he’s begun to look like he’s actually enjoying himself and trying to be a good sport about his crazy fans. And you know what? He gets it a lot worse than Kristen Stewart. Little girls like Kristen because she plays Bella, and they want her autograph. Little girls LOVE Pattinson and they want to touch him, grab him, cut off a strand of Sparkle Hair, etc. They want to swarm him and take him down. So why is it Pattinson maintains such grace and good humor while Kristen is still such a snot?

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Pattinson on June 9, 2010. Credit: Coqueran/Fame Pictures. Scans of Premiere cover and additional pic courtesy of robertpattinson.org.

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  1. E says:

    Dumb as a bag of hammers.

  2. Lou Dobbs Flour Power says:

    I know how he feels, but whenever I say the same thing to my husband, he always says “Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t out to get you”, which is quite true. So RPattz, you keep on being paranoid, it’s better than being a victim! You never EVER know what people are capable of, especially crazed fans….

  3. Eileen Yover says:

    I was surprised they chose him for Water For Elephants. I didn’t picture an overly pretty boy for Jacob.

  4. Hanna says:

    He is intelligent, well read, humble and thankful for his luck.
    He never complains just simply states the overbearing attention he gets.

    There is such a unique innocence about him. Like a young boy. So cute.

  5. abbizmal says:

    Yummy. Thanks again, Kaiser, we can always count on you.

  6. Paulina says:

    That first photo *droool*

  7. Yes, RPattz is bloody attractive, but he’s definitely not packing much down there. Poor KStew.

  8. Tea says:

    Poor Robert.
    In every article about his career he’s always linked to Bitchface Supreme.
    He needs to be saved from that studio-orchestrated farce called “relationship” in order to be taken serious and not just an entity of a media monster.

  9. denise says:

    Rob is looking damn good, I must say. Scrum-diddlee-umptious.

  10. Bonfire Beach says:

    I just don’t get his appeal. He seems really nice & down to earth – I just don’t think he’s all that attractive. But to each their own!

  11. GatsbyGal says:

    I’d be paranoid too if I had Twihards as fans.

  12. Carrie says:

    Only time will tell if he becomes a Leo DiCaprio/Johnny Depp or a Ralph Macchio/Mark Hamill, ie. if he can transcend a hugely popular, iconic role and be taken seriously as an ACTOR, or whether he will be unable to break free of Edward.

    I think he’s smart to do Bel Ami and Water for Elephants, since both films are aimed at a completely different audience than Twilight- his current fanbase is notoriously fickle (as he pointed out) and he needs for skeptical adult audiences to see him as a viable actor. Water for Elephants is going to be his big test, just wait and watch.

  13. nuttygaga says:

    “He gets it a lot worse than Kristen Stewart. Little girls like Kristen because she plays Bella, and they want her autograph. Little girls LOVE Pattinson and they want to touch him, grab him, cut off a strand of Sparkle Hair, etc. They want to swarm him and take him down. So why is it Pattinson maintains such grace and good humor while Kristen is still such a snot?”

    I think this is not true Kaiser. I have read in the internet that Kristen actually needs a bodyguard because ADULT women which comprises most of this saga’s fanbase doesn’t like Kristen and actually wants to do her harm. If you look at Rob’s fans sites or communities they actually hate Kristen and Taylor but more Kristen. I have seen some of the carnage and they verge on personal level and even death threats to her. I think Kstew knows about this that is why she is paranoid than Rob. The rape comment was blown-out of proportion but Rob’s details did not. This is because his fans defend him thoroughly but even a minor mistake from Kstew and Taylor they crucify them. Anything that gives Kristen good press is actually questioned and Rob on the other hand is deemed as fact. Visit more sites and you will get the general idea.

  14. Leanne says:

    Krisbians aka Kristen’s closeted and in denial lesbian fanbase is the most vile obsessed and crazy fandom that stalks, harrasses and threatens people who don’t worship their idol.

    They have invaded every Pattinson fansite and call everyone who isn’t a fan of Stewart a hater.
    They are the ones who posted death threats on the Vanity Fair site when he’s interview came out in which he denied dating his co-star just as they were the ones calling his mother nasty names when rumours were circulating his mother doesn’t like her. So they said that he is happy finally to have found a woman who is so opposite of his bitch mother.
    Oh and they wished for his plane to crash over the Pacific but of course such comments are ignored and brushed off as unimportant as opposed to calling Stewart rude, vulgar and mean spirited.

    She is according to her fans an endangered species that doesn’t need to follow the rules that apply for everyone else but she has the right to insult and offened as she pleases.
    She is never wrong.

    Those are also the same people who think it is unfortunate that she let her PR team force her to issue that joke-appology because Stewart is never wrong. It’s always them not her.

  15. buckley says:

    Beautiful but he cannot act.

  16. Jen says:

    He can act. Watch Remember Me or Little Ashes, completely different characters.

  17. buckley says:

    In Twilight, that’s how I felt so now I really have no interest in him. But Little Ashes I may watch.

  18. palomino says:

    So by now you can tell that there’s serious drama between Kristen S fans and Robert P fans. Right? It’s exhausting.

    You’re so right when you say that Rob P is handling Twilight mania better than Kristen. Based on what I seen and heard of them in the media, I think that it’s because she is more introverted than Rob is. She’s not as friendly as he is. She’s a little arrogant. She doesn’t want to be bothered with crazed fans and media types and I read once that she doesn’t like crowds. Homegirl just wants to work and be done with it, and I don’t blame her(I like to be by myself as much as possible and can be damned arrogant). Twilight fans are needy as hell! I do think she’s got to get better at faking it. Lets not forget the gender issue here either. People expect girls to be friendly and smiley and humble and social superstars. When you are none of these things, you get shit for it. Trust.

    But besides the personality and gender differences, consider this: The Twilight fan base is dominated by women and girls and all of them love Robert Pattinson (most of the MEN in the film are universally loved by fans. The exception is Taylor Lautner, who plays a character that directly competes with Rob for screen time and media attention.) At any Twilight-related event, Rob can feel confident that the crowds of females love him and are rooting for him. He can do no wrong. Kristen can’t say the same. In fact, it’s pretty much guaranteed that a good chunk of these same fans (the Robert Pattinson fans to be specific) HATE Kristen’s skinny ass. If I were her and knew that maybe half of the chicks in the audience wanted to shank me, I might be a little standoffish myself.

    I like Kristen. I get why other folks don’t. I have to say that the more she’s criticized, the more I like her.

  19. chris says:

    I wish these weirdo fans wouldn’t show up everywhere. Anyway, I love Rob. One of the most intelligent, witty and insightful celebs out there. He’s a very classy guy.

  20. Jillian says:

    I hate Twilight and I don’t think he’s as mind-blowingly attractive as the Twihards make him out to be, but he’s a fairly nice-looking guy and he seems really cool and down to earth. I hope he gets to actually act in Water for Elephants.

  21. archiepelago says:

    I like Kristen too. She’s not out there flashing her panties or her SCRAM bracelet. Seems like she’s just doing the work and trying to avoid paparazzi.

  22. Maggie says:

    She shits on everyone and everything.
    I honestly can’t see how a sourpuss attitude is endearing to anyone but obsessed Twi-hards who live vicariously through her and not even her really but her character.
    You know a plain emo girl with no interests and friends who gets the hot guy.

    The entire showmance of him and Stewart is built on Twilight’s storyline and it fullfils the phantasies of girls and women who have little to no social contacts.
    That’s why they defend someone as unpleasent and mean-spirited as Stewart since they imagine being her.

  23. D. says:

    I still can’t tell if this guy can act, and I’ve seen both twilight films and the harry potter film. Okay, he’s a nice, pretty boy and he can glower with the best of him. But I’ve never really seen him act.

    Like Water for Elephants is an AMAZING book, and I’m sad that he might ruin it.

  24. Anj says:

    He is GAY.

  25. Belle says:

    Yes, Robert Pattinson can act – watch Remember Me, The Haunted Airman and Little Ashes. He also plays the character of Edward brilliantly – watch his interviews – Rob is shy, a little goofy and very funny whereas the character of Edward is serious, somewhat sad and very confident. I feel the critics and some of the general public condemn him just because he is popular and playing an iconic character in a blockbuster franchise. Take a look at Johnny Depp who is considered a brilliant actor and is now in his 40′s – he was nowhere near as good when he was in his early 20′s when he was in 21 Jump Street. Everyone improves at their jobs, sports and hobbies the more they do them, actors are no different. The more movies Rob makes the better he is going to get – we have only just begun to see what he is capable of.