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DE VOLKSKRANT The Netherlands interview with Rob at the Berlinale by Floortje Smith, February 12th 2015: EX TEEN IDOL

Actor Robert Pattinson is used to the Red Carpet, where he, thanks to the Twilight series, was often waylaid by teenage girls. Now he plays a Red Carpet photographer in Anton Corbijn’s LIFE.

One of the first things that director, Anton Corbijn, did after he had cast Robert Pattinson was to put a camera in his hands. In the role of Dennis Stock, photographer of the international photo press bureau Magnum, the camera, he thought, had to become a part of his body. He had another reason: Pattinson had to feel how it is to be behind the camera instead of being in front of it.

The role that Pattinson plays in the new movie of Anton Corbijn, that got a special Gala Screening at Berlin, feels a bit like the world is upside-down. In the movie the world star and teen idol stands in between the photographers at the Red Carpet where in real life the 28 year old actor is waylaid by photographers.

Life is about the complicated relationship between the relatively unknown David Stock and the Hollywood star James Dean. Stock did an iconic photo shoot with Dean in 1955. He is the man behind the world famous picture of James Dean on Times Square in which he walks straight at the camera huddled in a dark coat, cigarette in his mouth. Stock met Dean (played by Dane DeHaan) just before his big break. A photo shoot could help both of their careers, he reasoned.

Pattinson felt an immediate connection with Stock. ‘A tragical figure really’, he says in a hotel room in Berlin. Would it have not been more logical for Anton Corbijn to have him cast as James Dean? If someone knows how it feels to be famous from one day to another it’s him. Because of his role as Edward Cullen in the fantasy film series Twilight his life changed into a chaos of screaming teenage girls and paparazzi.

“Still it cannot be compared”, emphasizes the actor. “People look at James Dean as if he is some kind of spiritual leader: tell us how we should live. They never saw me like that.”

Life is set in the weeks before the premiere of James Dean’s debut movie ‘East of Eden’ (1955). Everybody predicted that he would become world famous. The actor realizes that ‘everything around it’ is just as important as acting and that the studio has him in its claws. It suffocates him. That is something Pattinson doesn’t recognize: “We had no idea that Twilight would become so successful. Only the week before its release we saw a growing interest on the internet.” When the craziness exploded Pattinson found it all very surrealistic. “I had no expectations of what would happen, so I didn’t get disillusioned as Dean did. I see it as a door that opened, I didn’t know what was on the other side, but I was curious and took a look. Later I realized that “oh, this is not going away”. The door closed behind me.

Now three years after the release of the last movie the craziness is diminishing. In the movies he is now, he plays small roles, like the role of T.E. Lawrence of Arabia in ‘Queen of the Desert’ by Werner Herzog or the limo driver in Cronenberg’s ‘Maps to the Stars’. According to Anton Corbijn this is where the connection with his role as Stock is. Because Pattinson became popular at such a young age, he now wants to prove himself, says Anton Corbijn. That he plays a photographer who wants to prove himself is an interesting parallel.

In his career Pattinson makes wayward choices that turn out well. If everything goes well with the financing, he will be seen in movies of cult-director Harmony Korine (Spring Breakers, Trash Humpers) and James Gray (We Own the Night, The Immigrant). Pattinson is a huge huge fan of their work. “They were the first directors I personally approached when I noticed that the scripts I wanted to do were not offered to me, so I decided to contact the directors I admire myself.”

This week the news has been released that Robert Pattinson will be in the western-thriller Brimstone by the Dutch director Martin Koolhoven. “The story is fantastic; I have an idea how I want to do it. It’s a dangerous role, but I can’t say much about it. And the cameraman is the same one as in in ‘Rundkop’ and I think that movie is fantastic.”

In the meantime Koolhoven is getting crazy of the messages he gets on Twitter from Pattinson fans worldwide. It is hard to imagine all these teenage girls watching a Harmony Korine movie. Pattinson: “I do not know very well what my fans like. I remember that I had to film a scene (????) with Don DeLillo (the 78 year old author) and he was ambushed by 15 year old girls that wanted him to sign their books. Great. If even only one of them read the book, I have the feeling I did some good.

EIGHT DAYS ON A CAMEL
During the Film Festival in Berlin Robert Pattinson can also be seen as T.E. Lawrence in Werner Herzog’s ‘Queen of the Desert’. A small, but challenging role: with the same role in ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ the actor Peter o’ Toole wrote movie history. During the press screening there were laughs when he first appeared on the screen with the famous keffiyeh on his head. “Eight days on a camel that is about the only thing I remember. If the role would have been bigger, I would not have done it. Werner Herzog made T.E. Lawrence into a funny person. Also I do not look like the real T.E. Lawrence at all.”

SPECIAL NOTE revealed by @RobsPromotion

IMPORTANT NOTE: When in a personal mail Floortje Smith (reporter) is asked about some details, she replies: “He is very cute and nice. Good in Life as well. I’m very curious of what he is going to do next.”
She listened to the interview tape again and said: “He said that you never know with small movies you can only be sure when you are on set, but he really really wants to do these movies.” About the Korine project: “That is apparently happening too, but I mean… people… different cast and the budget suddenly changes and all that stuff. But I love the movie. It is great and my part that is completely insane as well.”

Source, thank you @RobsPromotion for sharing and translating this great interview!

Posted by Laura on 14 Feb 2015 and filed under : Brimstone, Cosmopolis, Fan Submission, Internet/Bloggers, Life, Maps to the Stars, Movies, Newspaper, Press, Queen of the Desert, Reviews
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PARIS PREMIERE

Posted by Brittany on 22 Jan 2015 and filed under : Cosmopolis, Internet/Bloggers, Movies, Press, Public Appearances, Red Carpet/Press Conference, Videos
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MOVIE NEWS

MEDIA

FAN ENCOUNTERS

FAN FUN & SUBMISSIONS

MISCELLANEOUS

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Thanks @fearlessmore for the tip!

Posted by Laura on 14 Jan 2015 and filed under : Cosmopolis, Fan Submission, Internet/Bloggers, Maps to the Stars, Movies
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Get your tickets HERE

Thanks @lifeloveartfilm for the tip!

Posted by Laura on 12 Jan 2015 and filed under : Cosmopolis, Fan Submission, Internet/Bloggers, Maps to the Stars, Movies
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MOVIE NEWS:

MEDIA:

FAN ENCOUNTERS:

MISCELLANEOUS AND FUN:

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Did i blog this already? Can’t remember.

Me and Robert Pattinson in Berlin, Germany at “Cosmopolis” Premiere.

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Thanks @Roboshayka for the tip!

Posted by Laura on 06 Jan 2015 and filed under : Cosmopolis, Fan Encounters, Fan Submission, Internet/Bloggers, Movies, Photos, Press, Public Appearances, Red Carpet/Press Conference
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Thanks @Roboshayka for the tip!

Posted by Laura on 21 Dec 2014 and filed under : Cosmopolis, Fan Encounters, Fan Submission, Internet/Bloggers, Movies, Photos, Public Appearances, Red Carpet/Press Conference
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Robert Pattinson
Actor
Following David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis, R-Patz continues to hedge his bets. In Cannes, he combined auteur film Maps to the Stars (Cronenberg again) with action thriller The Rover. The role that could make or break the boy from Barnes (who is now dating singer FKA twigs) as a serious actor — Werner Herzog’s Queen of the Desert, in which he plays TE Lawrence to Nicole Kidman’s Gertrude Bell — is still in post.

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Posted by Kristin on 14 Dec 2014 and filed under : Cosmopolis, Maps to the Stars, Movies, Queen of the Desert, The Rover
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“This is a steely, chillingly topical adaptation of Don DeLillo’s satirical novel about Eric Parker, a young billionaire fund manager who spends a day being ferried across midtown New York to visit his hairdresser. At the same time, he watches his personal and business fortunes go up in smoke due to the unexpected rise of the yuan; a crucial irregularity that Packer failed to spot.

“As Packer’s journey slowly progresses he meets friends, business associates and his young wife Elise (Sarah Gadon). A doctor gives Packer his daily check-up in the back of the car, which involves a rather intimate personal examination. “You have an asymmetrical prostate,” he says, and Packer looks perplexed.

“This goads Packer into a kind of nihilistic audit of his own psyche, and later his body, testing himself as he would a financial market; finding its limits, looking for patterns, guarding against irregularities. Much of the action takes place in the limousine itself, which Cronenberg styles the car as a kind of airtight cocoon that glides silently through the city and is run from a bank of blue-glowing, Star Trek panels.

“Inside, Packer can access everything he needs: market data, food, alcohol, sex, a toilet. No exterior noise makes its way in, even when at one point he is caught up in an anticapitalist protest, and a giant, Chinese dragon-like rat puppet starts buffeting the limo. The mob hammers silently on the windows, and Packer sips another vodka. It’s a smart inversion of Cronenberg’s 1999 film eXistenZ: rather than being umbilically connected to a virtual world, Packer is hermetically sealed off from the real one. ” – The Daily Telegraph
R, 109 Minutes
Canada/France/Portugal/Italy, 2012

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Posted by Laura on 12 Dec 2014 and filed under : Cosmopolis, Internet/Bloggers, Movies
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