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We’re up on the sixth floor of the Cannes Film Festival Palais, on a rather splendid little terrace overlooking the crystal-blue waters of the Cote d’Azur. And, guarding the room we’re about to meet in, is this diminutive silver pachyderm – the sort of mildly tasteless bling you tend to see on the French Riviera. Pattinson is evidently tickled: it’s not every day you see something quite so silly.

Then again, you suspect he’s seen a lot of bizarre things in his time since exploding on to the scene as teen vampire Edward Cullen in the mega-hit Twilight franchise. That was six years ago, during which time he’s got used to seeing gaggles of screaming girls wherever he goes. Heaven knows what they made of the recent black-and-white Dior Homme commercial he shot – a sizzling, sexy spot scored by Led Zeppelin’s Whole Lotta Love. Maybe that’s why he has that permanently dazed look.

Today, he’s looking relatively unscathed by the fame that follows him like a familiar. It might be close to 6pm, but Pattinson has a brilliant means of affecting that just-got-out-of-bed look. Dressed in beige trousers, a green-and-navy lumberjack check shirt, black Adidas trainers and a black bomber jacket, it’s a casual street feel that suggests more Urban Outfitters than Armani Couture. Factor in the stubble, sleepy green eyes and tousled hair and it’s like he’s splashed on eau de hipster.

With two new films to bang the drum for – The Rover and Maps To The Stars – it’s Pattinson’s second time in Cannes in two years, following his arrival as a limo-dwelling billionaire in David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis. That was a turning point, he says. “I’d never even been to a festival before. It makes you think differently about things. You realise what you like. Cannes means a lot to me. I’m basically aiming for everything to get into Cannes.”

At 28, this boy from Barnes, in south-west London, is craving credibility. “Rob really fights to be seen as an actor, rather than just as a movie star,” says director Anton Corbijn. “He’s really trying to prove his worth.” Corbijn has just finished working with him on Life, which casts Pattinson as photographer Dennis Stock at the time he undertook an assignment to shoot a pre-fame James Dean. Looking down the lens, rather than being deluged by flashbulbs, was doubtless intriguing. “It was interesting for him to be on the other side of the camera for once,” adds Corbijn.

Of course, it’s been difficult, given his on-off romance with Twilight co-star Kristen Stewart. Two years back, the media-crowned R-Patz and K-Stew were in Cannes together. “It’s nice to have someone who is really ambitious and has good taste,” he told me at the time. “I’ve always liked my friends and people around me to be quite good pacemakers. You don’t want to have a bunch of arse kissers around. You want it to be a competition. You want the people you respect to be good.”

Then the unthinkable happened. Stewart was snapped kissing Rupert Sanders, her (married) director on Snow White And The Huntsman. It virtually kept the gossip rags afloat for that summer, as Pattinson moved out of their LA home and went on Jon Stewart’s chat show (where the host brought out Ben & Jerry’s ice-cream to console him). After reportedly getting back together, and overlooking her “momentary indiscretion”, they finally split in January last year.

More recently, Pattinson has been linked to just about every A-list starlet going – from model Imogen Kerr to musician Katy Perry and actor Riley Keough, who happens to be Elvis’s granddaughter and a friend of Stewart. Naturally, Pattinson is coy on the subject of his singledom, but he’s still willing to talk about Stewart – at least when it comes to their work ethos. “I think both of us have had pretty similar ideas about what we want to do. I think. Well, actually I didn’t … I didn’t really know what I wanted to do until two years ago.”

Smartly, the only relationships he’s building right now are with directors, meeting and greeting even before scripts are on the table. “I got sick of just waiting for something to happen,” he says.

Strangely, despite his unfathomable levels of fame, he’s not the sort of actor the Hollywood studios have come calling for to front huge summer blockbusters. “Maybe after the first Twilight, I had offers for that kind of stuff, but I’ve never really been part of the group that gets offered that stuff. You get quite defined by Twilight in terms of big franchise stuff.”

It seems the intensity of the Twilight years has sent him searching for more soulful, adult experiences – as demonstrated by his two new movies. In The Rover he teams up with Guy Pearce for an apocalyptic Australian tale set 10 years after a global economic meltdown. Taking place in an arid landscape full of scavengers and thieves, the film begins with Pearce’s character Eric seeing his car stolen. Refusing to relinquish his possession, he gives chase – and along the way meets the slow-witted Rey, played by Pattinson.

The pair form an uneasy bond in a world of chaos. It’s a unique role for an actor usually cast as either the romantic hero (Twilight, Water For Elephants) or the arrogant alpha-male (Cosmopolis, 2012′s Guy de Maupassant adaptation Bel Ami). When writer-director David Michod met Pattinson, he hadn’t seen the Twilight films. “Still haven’t,” says the director, smiling. “I just met him while I was meeting all sorts of people in LA and I really liked him. He came in to test for The Rover and I knew almost immediately that I’d found my Rey. It was as simple as that.”

Shot in Australia’s Flinders Ranges in scorching temperatures, Pattinson says he revelled in the discomfort. “If you’re trying to do something where you weren’t playing someone who is filthy and disgusting all the time, then it would have been annoying – if you had someone [from the make-up department] constantly getting rid of your sweat. But when you can wallow around it, it’s nice.” Pattinson, it should be noted, once admitted to Jay Leno that he rarely washes his hair. “There’s a scene – me and Guy up against a fence. I remembered it; we’d both been out in this ridiculous heat and kind of being a bit insane, and I realised it just wasn’t make-up any more. We were both so sunburned and looked like such shit. And even the look in your eye … there wasn’t anything to eat out there either, so I was literally eating pieces of bread with barbecue sauce on, for six weeks. I was turning into a lunatic.”

Michod, for one, is aware that The Rover is not your usual R-Patz fare. “I don’t know what his fans will make of the movie,” he shrugs. It explains why Pattinson was desperate for the role. “I’ve never worked so hard for an audition. I was obsessed with it. But once I got the job, I’ve never felt more free in a part. There were no constraints to it at all. The first thing I asked David was, ‘Is Rey mentally handicapped?’ And he said, ‘I don’t know. Decide.’ It was really open.”

His second new film, Maps To The Stars, sees a reunion with Cronenberg – proving again that in showbusiness it’s not what you know. “He just offered it to me. I hadn’t even seen the script, but I was like, ‘Yeah, definitely.’ I like him and I like all his movies.”

A venomous Hollywood satire that deals with the warped and corrosive nature of fame, it’s one of the best-written pieces you’ll see all year, not least as it showcases Julianne Moore’s Cannes-winning Best Actress performance as Havana Segrand, a desperate Hollywood has-been.

When Pattinson finally did read the script, he was immediately taken. “It’s the weirdest story in the world,” he smiles. He plays the brilliantly-named Jerome Fontana, an aspiring actor who makes his crust driving a limo (presumably a sly nod to his Cosmopolis role) and befriends Mia Wasikowska’s character – a shy, disfigured girl who arrives from out of town to become a personal assistant to Havana. One of the most eye-catching scenes, however, sees Pattinson and Moore enjoying athletic sex in the back of his limo.

It’s not his first time at this particular rodeo, having enjoyed more than his fair-share of limo-bonking in Cosmopolis – notably with Juliette Binoche. “None of them were supposed to be sex scenes, and he [Cronenberg] changed them all afterwards,” he protests. “I always find sex scenes are the most random thing to see in a movie. Two actors pretending to have sex. Why? It’s so stupid.” Quite whether this means he’d like to eliminate sex scenes from movies or indulge in authentic copulation on screen is not clear.

Presumably it’s the former – given the experience he had with Moore on Maps. “That was kind of hilarious. That was the first time I’d met Julianne as well. It was so hot in Toronto [where the film was shot], and she’s one of these people … she doesn’t sweat at all. But I sweat like a crazy person. And I was trying to literally catch drops of sweat from hitting her back. It was so embarrassing. Afterwards she was like, ‘Are you OK? Are you having a panic attack?’ It was so embarrassing.”

Still, at least the scene will help stamp out those silly rumours questioning Pattinson’s sexuality after an interview he gave to the US magazine Details when he spoke with Jenny Lumet, who worked uncredited on the script of 2010′s Remember Me, a romantic drama set in the build-up to 9/11 starring Pattinson and Emilie de Ravin. In it, in reaction to the magazine’s photo shoot that put him among a cluster of naked models, he claimed he was “allergic to vagina”.

Ironically, it was as a means of meeting girls that Pattinson’s father Richard encouraged him to act. He joined an amateur group, Barnes Theatre Company, and was soon cast in a role in a production of Guys And Dolls. Both his father, who ran a business importing vintage cars, and mother Clare were immediately encouraging. “When I was not trying very hard at school, my dad was like, ‘Just leave school and get a job.’ No-one ever said, ‘You need to do your exams.’ It was more like, ‘If you’re not going to take advantage of things, don’t do it. Do so something else.’”

Pattinson’s upbringing alongside his older sisters Lizzy and Victoria sounds harmonious. His mother used to work at a model agency – and the teenage Pattinson began by getting work in this field (though he later claimed he had “the most unsuccessful modelling career”). His first acting break didn’t exactly go to plan either, as he was left on the cutting room floor of Mira Nair’s 2004 adaptation of Vanity Fair. A year later, however, he was cast in Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire, playing the handsome Quidditch star Cederic Diggory. Around the same time, he was due to appear in a Royal Court production of The Woman Before, but was fired before opening night and replaced by Tom Riley.

“Getting fired from that was probably the best thing that happened to me because I was going around saying ‘I’m such a firebrand, such a rebel. I got fired because I wanted to keep my integrity as an actor.’” He almost blushes at the recollection. “I just remember saying so much bullshit to people afterwards.”

It’s moments like this that make Pattinson such an engaging and honest interviewee. He recalls the aftermath, auditioning for A Few Days In September, a Juliette Binoche movie. “I wanted it so bad,” he recalls. But, to rub salt into the gaping wound, the role went to his replacement on the play, Tom Riley. “Because Tom replaced me so close to the play going on, there was a really good review of his which [mistakenly] said it was me. So I took it to America with me, and I was like, ‘I’ve been doing theatre.’”

Thankfully, his saviour came in the shape of Edward Cullen. “If I hadn’t done Twilight, I’m not even sure if I’d be acting any more. I was doing jobs for £500 for four months.” He cites Little Ashes, in which he played Picasso. “I got Twilight afterwards, completely by fluke. I had no money, and I had to pay a tax bill.” Now it’s so different – with an estimated fortune well over £40 million. While Time magazine placed him among their 100 most influential people list, a Russian astronomer even named an asteroid he discovered as 246789 Pattinson.

In all this time, Pattinson hasn’t stopped challenging himself. You’ll next see him playing Colonel TE. Lawrence, made famous by Peter O’Toole in Lawrence Of Arabia. The film is Queen Of The Desert, which tells the story of English writer, traveller and archaeologist Gertrude Bell, played by Nicole Kidman. “Obviously it’s big shoes to fill, but it’s not like I’m playing Lawrence of Arabia,” says Pattinson. “It’s Gertrude Bell’s story, and Lawrence was just … they were just friends. They were best friends for a period.”

There’s talk too that he might team up with Robert De Niro in Idol’s Eye, the story of a gang of crooks robbing a pawn shop. While that might be a daunting prospect, there’s a relish in Pattinson’s eyes; he’s finally being accepted as an actor, not a tween heartthrob. As a result, he’s been able to banish self-consciousness. “You find it a lot in acting, especially when you feel the need to prove yourself all the time. The main enemy is getting trapped within yourself. It happens all the time.” n

The Rover (15) opens on August 15. Maps To The Stars (cert TBC) is released on September 26.

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posted by Aug 9, 2014 • Filed in: Cosmopolis, Movies, The Rover, Twilight

The best thing about Robert Pattinson is how weird he is. If he weren’t acting, he’d be the one in the office grinning with half a mouth and going out of his way to avoid the water cooler. He’s friendly, but weird — with a laugh like Butt-head if he’d gone to a nice independent school in Barnes. We met in May at the Cannes film festival, once he’d finished his cigarette under a sky barely holding its rain. To call his clothes “grunge” would be a disservice to the thought that goes into grunge. It’s just messy: lumberjack shirt, T-shirt, trainers, white jeans. “I’m so hung-over,” he moans, as I turn the tape on. “I feel absolutely disgusting.”

The room is packed with soggy hacks. They sit in clusters, for 15 minutes of R-Patz, for a quote about Twilight to spread over the internet. The vampire saga is over, but remains undead. From 2008 to 2012, those five films, based on Stephenie Meyer’s novels, made £2 billion worldwide and fostered a fan base still fervently in love with their leading man. To many, he will always be Edward, the immortal who cared and fell in love with Bella (Kristen Stewart). They added to the mystique by becoming an off-screen couple, too. Throw in his key role in Harry Potter and it’s unsurprising that the pallid hunk has spent much of his life in the headlines. It’s been an odd coming-of-age for the youngest of three, who grew up in a polite London suburb and, as I find out, doesn’t really like big films.

What he does like is his latest role, in The Rover, an indie thriller from the ­director David Michôd, who hasn’t even seen Twilight. This pleases Pattinson, who talks avidly about the film even though he went to a party last night and “forgot” he had to work. There are few more normal 28-year-old multi­millionaires. We talk about a recent interview for Dior in which he spoke, foolishly, about French girls because, “I was being asked ‘What’s your favourite part of scent?’” He shakes his head at the inanity of the question. “I also told someone I use moisturiser, and then saw it written down — I’ve spent all this time ­trying to get credibility and there’s a f****** headline about moisturiser!’”

The thing is, he’s mortified. All he wants, and needs, now is credibility. He’s loaded: five Twilights and some fashion contracts have sorted that. So, over the past few years, since David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis in 2012, he has been seeking weird, dirty roles. He’s the only actor to have had sex in a limo — on screen — twice this decade. In The Rover, he defecates in a dusty shrub. I put a quote from Catherine Hardwicke, who shot the first Twilight, to him. “Rob’s obviously ridiculously photogenic, but he’s also so talented. I see him creating stylised, odd, wild characters.” He squirms at the first part, but loves the second.

“I’m picking things so strange, they can’t be judged in normal terms,” he says. His brain is creaking; his voice, soft and tired. “If anything’s relatable in a mass way, I don’t know if I can do it. That’s just not how I relate to anything. If there are certain character beats, I’m not going to be able to achieve them. So I like making it my own game. You can invent a new set of ­emotions that don’t even really make sense to you.”

In The Rover he plays Rey, a bloodied drifter in a future Australia, ravaged ­lawless by some unspecified crash. He may be a ­soldier and, as Pattinson puts it, is “handicapped”. The actor is excellent, bringing the baggage of his better-known work to a sombre, serious film — Sad Max, if you like — that pits him against Guy Pearce’s angry Eric. The pretty one sings along to a song that goes: “Don’t hate me ’cause I’m beautiful.” Rey’s teeth are awful: ­pyramid-sharp and crooked. They remind Pattinson of “the kids at school who didn’t brush their teeth” — the “weirdos”, he smirks. “Always the ones who played too many video games.”

This is what’s fun about Pattinson — or, at least, his hung-over version. There’s no filter. Most big shots would hold back from a slur about people who play video games, as most of them watch their movies, too. But he doesn’t. I suggest that the mentally and physically crooked Rey is his Miley Cyrus moment, a public ruining of something innocent. “It’s like doing Miley Cyrus,” he repeats, grunt-giggling, but I don’t think he ever thought of ­himself as pure. He certainly doesn’t care. He doesn’t even have a publicist. I could have asked who he’s dating, but any answer about that from a globetrotting young heart-throb in May, for a piece in August, felt hopeless. On the way out to Cannes, I read up on his love life. There were rumours about the model Imogen Kerr, and Katy Perry, and Katy Perry’s stylist.

I ask what he thinks he will be rem­embered for, how Google will autofill his name in the future. Stewart — his Twilight co-star, about whom he recently said, “Shit happens” — will always be there. So will Twilight. What else? “Gay?” he laughs. But it’s not really up to you, I add. Yours is an image controlled by manic fans, ones who retweet any news about any role hundreds of times a minute. “They’re very pro­active,” he nods. “Good publicists. But I don’t like referring to them as ‘fans’. I think it’s gross when people are, like, ‘I love my fans!’ You don’t even know them.” He continues, saying he thinks that’s probably dubious as he’s “quite insecure”, before booming, theatrically: “ ‘How can you ever love me? You don’t!’ ” I have no idea how much of this conver­sation he will remember.

I grab five minutes with Pearce — who broke away from his teen-sweetheart part, Mike in Neighbours, with a series of sketchy roles in tough films — to see if he has any advice about how to escape a past. He doesn’t envy his co-star, far better known than even he was in the 1980s. “I’m glad I haven’t had to deal with it,” he says, frankly. “It’s pretty full on. Rob’s got a good sense of humour, but it gets to him, totally. He sees Twilight stuff and goes, ‘Eurgh, whatever…’ ” Pearce can’t help. It’s hard to outrun a quickly lived past. Pattinson went to the same prep school as Tom Hardy, albeit almost a decade later, and I imagine he envies his fellow alumnus’s slow-build career.

“People always ask, ‘Can you actually act?’ ” Pattinson tells me. He’s frustrated. “Well, what the hell do you think I was doing in Twilight? Good or bad, I was ­acting. It’s the same articles every single time.”

I ask if he has been turned down for roles because of what went before. “One job. It’s only ever been one job, when someone said, ‘I can’t cast you because of Twilight.’ ” And the film was? “Oh, just some film that flopped anyway.”

He has a list of 20 directors he wants to work with. There is “no career plan”, but he wants “people to have a good time with, to tell your friends about”. As yet unseen are films he has done with Werner Herzog and Anton Corbijn. He has made two Cronenbergs in two years, the second being the Hollywood satire Maps to the Stars. He’s sticking to his word.

“Your last job is your last job, and you’re potentially not ever going to get another job again,” he says. “So, you know, ‘I worked with Werner Herzog’ — that’s better than saying, ‘I’m doing Whatever 3’, when you get a bunch of money and shoot for 11 months and ­promote for eight months and then everyone says it’s shit. I think doing a movie for anyone except yourself is crazy.”

He rambles at length, as passionate ­people do, half monologue, half conver­sation. Revealing snippets come thick and fast. “I hear actors say they don’t read reviews or care about it, and I think they’re making it up. Everybody cares about it.” Or, when I ask about a YouTube video called Robert Pattinson Hates ­Twilight, he shrugs: “I’ve said so many dumb things.” He then accuses critics of giving “more leeway to mainstream ­movies made as entertainment”, and thinks the “crazy”, much derided ­Cosmopolis will find an audience on late-night TV. I hope so. It’s a smart film. “When people make difficult things, it’s hard enough for anyone to see it,” he says. “They are reliant on critics to buoy it up a little bit.” He’s annoyed they often don’t.

If The Rover — shot in a town of 50 ­people, “who live there to get away” — is the remoteness Pattinson craves, then Maps to the Stars is the celebrity he knows. On the shoot for the former, he “stopped wearing fake-dirt make-up and just looked dirty”. In the latter, he wears an awards-show suit and drives around Beverly Hills in a limo with famous actresses. It’s nebulous, with Julianne Moore as a washed-up diva, John Cusack and Olivia Williams a terrifying power couple with awful children, and Carrie Fisher as Carrie Fisher. “I thought it was hilarious,” says Pattinson. “Subversive, combative. But that’s Cronenberg.” He has seen brats like the film’s Benjie (Evan Bird), who has too much too young and loses it all, but doesn’t know why people turn out like that.

Near the end, Pearce bursts through a big curtain and tries to make Pattinson leap into his photoshoot. The younger man curls up. “I hate having my picture taken. Hate it,” he protests. He’s pushed. He flat-out refuses. “I’m way too self-conscious.” He doesn’t want to be the focus of attention any more. Playing leads, he says, isn’t fun. Big movies, he says, aren’t fun. “You just don’t get interesting parts, and you also have to work out tons for a movie you might not like. It’s a big hassle.” He just wants to make weird films and his own weird music. Not that he will release the latter. “I can’t deal with criticism very well,” he sighs. “I’ve already got it from one angle. I don’t need it from anything else.”

The whole day reminds me of the sharpest thing I’ve seen Pattinson say, a joke on an American chat show that sums him up well. It was with Jimmy Fallon, two years ago, when the host said that “millions of Twilight fans” were heartbroken by the end of the saga. “Bittersweet, isn’t it?” he asks. His guest pauses, making as little eye contact then as he did with me. “Erm,” he replies, “for them.” After our interview, I hear him struggle with ­questions about superheroes, and if he could survive an apocalypse. Later, he heads for another cigarette in the rain. “I’m quite good at being by myself,” he told me earlier and, as I watch him, soaking, I believe him. Actually, somewhere in his mind, I think he’s already by himself, all the time.

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posted by Jul 14, 2014 • Filed in: Cosmopolis, Internet/Bloggers, Movies, Photos, Press, The Rover, Twilight

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Whatever perks of fame and fortune might come their way as a result — and several tied to mega franchises in “Harry Potter” and “Twilight” have had explosive head starts — this crew seems to truly care about the craft.

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Pattinson is finally gaining traction with a string of demanding roles in the offing and an impressive turn in the just-released “The Rover,” a case of a gritty turn rising above the project.

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Hit my radar as the swoony vampire in “Twilight” | Proved a keeper after playing the arrogant young billionaire in David Cronenberg’s arty “Cosmopolis”.

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posted by Jul 9, 2014 • Filed in: Internet/Bloggers, Movies, Press, The Rover, Twilight

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Robert Pattinson grew thanks to the overwhelming success of ‘Twilight’ in no time become one of the biggest stars in Hollywood, and that the British actor long had trouble. Pattinson is struggling in their own words for years with panic attacks and he knew until recently not sure how to deal with his fame: “I received as a young actor just before each audition a panic attack that was so painful that I considered to definitively repeatedly. stop acting. ”

“It’s been two years since the last ‘Twilight’ movie came out, and you’re playing a very different kind of film it. Where do you live now? And do you still occasionally go to your native England?”

Pattinson: “I’ve been in England for two months last year, I’ve never ‘been home’ for so long six years, I’m always around Christmas time back there, but I get there in time, I get so depressed… LA regard as my home. LA begins to lie to me. “becoming more and more

“You must certainly live with the success of ‘Twilight’ in a closet of a house.”

Pattinson: “I left my home in Los Feliz actually just sold I have rented houses left and right over the past six months and that was a pretty neat experience I’m suddenly starting to realize that I was not old enough for me!. with plumbing to keep busy. ” (Laughs)

“You gave last year a candid interview about your panic attacks. Did you here still bother?”

Pattinson: “I’d like to go into therapy, but the mere thought gives me a panic attack (laughs) I have a lot of people talked about in the past, but there is all you can say I find my anxiety to.. some strange reason, sometimes quite fun. I received as a young actor just before each audition a panic attack. That was so painful that I have considered to quit acting. finally repeatedly Auditions for ‘The Rover’ were very long. An audition lasted more than four hours, of which I was the first three quarters to contend with terrible neuroses. The director had fortunately understood here and I finally have to regroup me. “

“How liberating it was to film? Filming of ‘The Rover’ in the Australian Outback, I do not suppose you were constantly accosted by ‘Twilight’ fans.”

Pattinson: “Yeah, that was a wonderful feeling I have every time we were on the road enjoyed not only because there were no fans who were chasing me, but just the fact that he-le-fold was none.. . It was much easier for me to concentrate and I did not worry me to make. I did not have to be that someone would step sneaking up on me and I found immensely soothing. “bang

“Suppose you have only one day to live, what would you absolutely have to do?”

Pattinson:. “I do not know, I suppose I would want to spend all the people I love to once again one last time to do a crazy time.”

“Like what?”

Pattinson: ‘Maybe I’ll walk naked in Times Square or something. ” (Laughs)

“I recently read in The Hollywood Reporter that you sit for a while with no clothes, and that they might be stolen. How could such a thing happen?”

Pattinson: “I have no idea I do it myself nothing of it, but yeah, I wear for a while every day the same clothes I got this jacket not turned off for weeks I know this sounds crazy, but I think.!.. this has also to do a little bit with my OCD. What is less nice is that I’m photographed every day and by now everyone is starting to get me to do the same again and again. ” (Laughs)

“So you have no idea where your clothes now?”

Pattinson: “They will probably in some moving box lie, but I can not find them until now I was recently looking for my Teen Choice Awards, I wanted my prices in my hall exhibiting so I put my guests along.. could intimidate, but which are to this day all trace. “

“Do you have any plans to ever make your own music album”

Pattinson: “Yes, I’m still trying to find a way to bring an album but it’s very difficult, I would like to do it for my thirtieth because after that age is the most pathetic if you still need something. release. ” (Laughs)

“How do you react when you see appear? Another lie about yourself in a book”

Pattinson: “It’s always the same crap keeps coming back I’ve been with every girl with me in the picture is supposed to be a relationship that begins in time or to be a bit old who wants to read such things now anyway it…? All is not nothing, you know. “

“You grew due to the success of ‘Twilight’ in a very short time to become a famous movie star. How do you look back?”

Pattinson: ‘Fame is simply part of the job I’ve led a very different life in recent years, there were a lot of things that I suddenly could not do, and that I have struggled with that a long time I did two years… ago finally able to accept that this is now my life and now I can not even remember what my life (for ‘Twilight’) looked. I can now much easier for them than a few years ago. “

“There may also be a lot of benefits attached to your reputation.”

Pattinson: “Yes, the fact that I met a lot of people, which is sometimes really hallucinatory David Beckham recently said hello to me when I met him on the street in London, and it felt very weird I sometimes feel real.. a small child. It is really crazy. “

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“I have literally not taken off this jacket in weeks,” the 28-year-old Robert Pattinson told us when we interviewed him for his latest movie, “The Rover.”

Wearing a simple blue jacket, shirt and pants, the “Twilight” superstar explained that somebody stole his clothes. “It doesn’t make any sense to me,” he said. “Did you ever see that episode of ‘South Park’ about these underpants gnomes that steal your underpants? I think I got it. So I just started wearing the same thing pretty much every day, like a uniform.”

He admitted that he has no idea where his clothes are. “I’m sure they’re in some kind of random storage box somewhere… I know that is totally ridiculous but I couldn’t find any of them.”

Since he has been making movies in diverse locations since “Twilight,” the British actor revealed that he calls LA home – at least, for now.

Curiously, however, Robert informed us that he sold his house in LA “I suddenly realized I am not quite old enough to be dealing with the plumbing and stuff.”

We asked him if he’s homeless and he said, “I am not quite. I spend about six months borrowing other people’s houses, which were nice.”

It’s been two years after all the insanity and craziness of “Twilight” and Robert shared, “It feels like it’s longer, to be honest… it’s all just been a gradual progression. I think, as you get older, like every movie you do you get a little bit more confident…”

He added, “I’m curious how people receive the new stuff I’m doing because it’s kind of, you know, I do quite abstract films. So I am curious how people who like ‘Twilight’ will come to see things like ‘The Rover.’ Hopefully, they’ll enjoy it.”

Asked whether it became a nice escape for him to be filming “Rover” in Australia without “Twilight” fans wandering around, Robert replied, “It was definitely a really nice escape… I loved it because not only were there no people trying to find you, there’s no one at all. So it’s just much easier to concentrate. So I found it incredibly peaceful and relaxing.”
Guy Pearce, The Rover

Robert is also appearing in “Maps To The Stars.” He explained his role in the said movie, “My role (in it) is a kind of cipher for Bruce Wagner who wrote it and because he used to be a limo driver in LA. He wrote a lot of stuff and got many of his ideas from that so he is the one vaguely normal person in ‘Maps to the Stars’ but he’s kind of a little bit opportunistic. He is a wannabe actor and writer but probably not that talented. He’s like a hustler in LA.”

On choosing roles, Robert said, “50 percent is about being able to work with directors I admire. I think about that a lot but I find it more comfortable to do small roles if I am choosing something for its director. But if you are doing a lead, I try to do something, which I think will precipitate into my normal life.

“I want to do something which I feel (is) totally impossible for me to do. I think it will make me a bigger person in my real life afterwards. I kind of try to do that.”

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I’m at a bar drinking with Robert Pattinson. You know, he’s famous – he was Edward the vampire in Twilight. After a few hours together we’re practically good mates – except something has come between us. It’s a large body of mass called Dean.

Dean is Rob’s bodyguard and where Rob goes, so does Dean. Seriously, it’s like President Obama is turning up. Dean comes in first, checks the exits, liaises with the bar’s security and then finally gives the OK for Rob to enter. And Dean doesn’t sit down. He’s an ex-marine and he’s always standing, scoping and assessing the risk factors of the situation. And it seems I’m the number one suspect. Maybe he thinks I’m a werewolf, ’cause if you know anything about Twilight you know the vampires and the werewolves don’t really get along.

And sure, I possibly don’t belong at this party. It’s full of Australia’s acting elite. There’s Guy Pearce chatting to Anthony Hayes, there’s Dan Wyllie having beers with Bryan Brown and then there’s me. More than one person asks me, “You look familiar – what did you do on this movie?” “Ahhh, silent partner in the catering” was all I could come up with. After a few drinks I did add that I was in the movie The Nugget.

In a way I feel sorry Rob, or RPatz as his fans know him. He’s probably never seen The Nugget. No, he’s a genuine teen idol, the likes of whom we haven’t seen since Johnny Depp or Leonardo DiCaprio. How did he know this small movie about a vampire who falls in love with a mere mortal would be such a phenomenon? He captured the hearts of millions of teenage girls and their mothers. And because of his real-life romance with Kristen Stewart, the actress who played the romantic interest, the press went into overdrive. It was the perfect storm: a cult book that turned into a massive film with two young stars who were in love with each other on screen and off. It also marked the start of the social media frenzy, with Twitter just starting to have an impact. Sightings of RPatz and KStew were tweeted and the fans turned up alongside the paparazzi. I expect this is when Dean entered the picture. When going to the shops becomes a problem, you need a big bloke to step in. He’d probably be handy carrying the shopping too. Who knows, maybe he’s a bit like Alfred the butler from Batman – an all-round handy guy. Do they learn how to cook in the marines?

So, five movies later, Rob is trying to shake that Twilight tag, and part of that process is appearing in David Michod’s new film The Rover. And Rob, my good mate, is very good in it. He does a great double act with Guy Pearce and plays a convincing simple boy from America’s deep south. I tell Rob this and let him know that he should do a comedy. “I reckon every movie I do is a comedy,” he replies. Touché. So, he did watch the last Twilight installment.

I sense Dean, head of RPatz security, has sensed me, so I try and talk to him. After all my dad was a marine. OK, he was a mechanic in the air force, but it’s a similar uniform. Dean gives me nothing. Would you like a drink? No answer. I ask him if it’s fun travelling around the world? No answer. Well, I suppose this beats telling kids to stop throwing pickles on the ceiling at McDonalds on a Saturday night? No laugh, no smile, just a slight twitch of the face. I mean, I understand Dean has seen some bad things in his time – middle-aged German women stalking Rob around the globe, paparazzi relentlessly pursuing this guy for a photo of his latest romance and as a marine, maybe some worse stuff in the Gulf war.

And then Rob lights a cigarette inside the bar. Yeah, this is old-school Hollywood style, something Jack Nicholson would do. Who cares about the rules? Dean swings into action, whisking his young movie star from the bar. It’s a precise military action; it was like he was never there. I started to wonder why this happened, then I realised. Rob was giving Dean a sign. It was the “Get me out of here” signal. I realise this because it was just after I pulled out my Twilight board game and asked Rob to sign it. It wasn’t for me of course, it was for my little friend called eBay. Oh well, if anyone wants an unsigned Twilight board game, I’ve got one. And go and see The Rover, it’s very good, mainly ’cause my mate’s in it.

You can follow Dave O’Neil on Twitter @itsdaveoneil. RPatz is not on Twitter but Dave will pass all messages on.

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He has millions of female fans, he lives in Los Angeles and paparazzi dog his footsteps wherever he goes; yet it would be difficult to find a young man less interested in embracing his stardom than Robert Pattinson. The 28-year-old actor refuses to go the Hollywood route of big houses, wardrobes full of designer clothes and roles that utilise his boyish good looks.

He has even rejected the idea of taking the near-obligatory therapy route followed by nearly every self-absorbed star in Hollywood, although he jokes: “I would love to go into therapy but it makes me too anxious.”

Then, more seriously, he adds: “I’ve been talking to a lot of people about it and I don’t know. I kind of like my anxiety in a funny sort of way and I like my peaks and troughs. Luckily depression never lasts long with me.”

We are talking in a Beverly Hills hotel suite about his new filmThe Rover, set in a post-apocalyptic Australian wasteland, in which he is totally unrecognisable as Ray, a twitchy, dirt-caked, slow-witted lost soul with rotting teeth. He joins forces with Eric (Guy Pearce), a man of few words who is on the trail of a gang of thieves who stole his only possession, his car. Ray is a role as far removed from the handsome Edward Cullen in the Twilight movies as Pattinson could get – which suits him fine.

For three years, Pattinson lived virtually non-stop with the adventures of the brooding vampire and his romance with the mortal schoolgirl Bella, played by Kristen Stewart. It was the role that, whether he likes it or not, made him one of the hottest and most in-demand young actors in the world. He caused an army of female fans to leave their families and homes to follow him to wherever he was filming.

“I had a bit of a struggle at first because my life really contracted and I couldn’t do a lot of the stuff I used to be able to do,” he admits. “But once I got through that a year or two ago I just accepted my life is something else and now I can’t really remember what it was like before, So it’s much easier to deal with.

“It seems much longer ago than two years since the last Twilight came out and I think as you get older you get a bit more confident with every movie you do, so it’s been a gradual graduation to this.”

Pattinson’s “graduation” has included a romantic melodrama (Remember Me), a period circus piece (Water for Elephants), a tale of the French nobility (Bel Ami) and playing an introspective Wall Street tycoon (Cosmopolis). He will soon be seen as T.E. Lawrence in the yet-to-be-released Nicole Kidman film Queen of the Desert and he is a wannabe actor and writer in David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars which, like The Rover, was well-received at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

“I’m curious to know whether people who liked the Twilight movies will come and see things like The Rover,” he says. “Hopefully they’ll enjoy it. I try to do ambitious projects but I don’t know if people are going to like them. You just try and do things which are challenging and hopefully people will appreciate that.”

Although his name is regularly linked with big studio projects such as Star Wars and superhero movies (recent rumours had him cast as a young Han Solo in a Star Wars spin-off), he denies he has ever been offered them and is wary about becoming involved in another franchise. “They don’t come into my orbit and I don’t really see myself in a lot of mainstream parts,” he says. “I’ve never been part of the group that gets these roles.”

He particularly enjoyed working on the low-budget apocalyptic thriller The Rover because it was filmed entirely on location in the scorching heat of the Australian outback, where he existed on a diet of “white bread and barbecue sauce”, and where there were no fans or photographers to pester him. “I just loved it because not only was there no one trying to find you, there’s no one there at all. I wasn’t worrying about anyone trying to sneak up on me or anything so I found it incredibly peaceful and relaxing.”

To land the role he had to go through an arduous four-hour audition for writer-director David Michod, whose previous film was the well-reviewed Animal Kingdom. “For the first 45 minutes I had to deal with my own neuroses before I’d do any kind of acting and I think David recognised this and when I let myself calm down I was fine.”

Michod recalls: “We would do a take and Robert would go, ‘Oh I was so terrible.’ But he wasn’t terrible, he’s just very English and very self-deprecating. I knew within five minutes of our four hour audition I’d found the actor to play Ray.”

Pattinson’s global travels keep him away from his home in London, which he isn’t too sorry about. “I spent two months in England last year which is the longest I’ve spent there in six years, which was nice, but I always go back to England at Christmas time and get so depressed that I’m glad to get back to Los Angeles,” he says. “I’ve really grown to like L.A and I guess it’s my home at the moment.”

His current home is other people’s houses. “I had this great house which I bought four or five years ago,” he says. “It was incredible, absolutely completely crazy. It was like Versailles, with an incredible garden, but I just stayed in one room. I sold it because I suddenly realised I’m not quite old enough to be dealing with plumbing and stuff. So I spent about six months borrowing peoples’ houses, which was nice. Now I’m renting a place which is much smaller.”

Pattinson laughs easily and often and is much more relaxed and at ease than in the early days when he resembled a startled deer caught in the headlights. Despite the massive changes in his life in a relatively short time, he has kept his feet firmly on the ground. Although he appears in advertisements for Christian Dior, he is certainly no fashion plate; he lost nearly all his clothes following a recent house move and hasn’t bothered to replace them. “I’ve started wearing the same thing pretty much every day like a uniform,” he says. “I haven’t taken this jacket off for weeks,” indicating the black, slightly moth-eaten jacket he is wearing that nevertheless looks good on him.

“It’s ridiculous. I don’t understand how I don’t have any clothes. I’ve basically stolen every item of clothing that anyone’s ever given me for a premiere but in my closet there are literally about three things. I’m sure there’s some kind of random storage box full of them somewhere.”

Working for Dior, he says with a chuckle, is “the most ridiculous job in the world. I have to do barely anything and I just occasionally have to go to some Dior parties, which is great.”

Pattinson was born in Barnes, West London, and joined the local theatre club as a teenager. He was spotted by a casting agent and made his screen debut in 2004 in a German television production; he was then bizarrely cast as Reese Witherspoon’s son in Vanity Fair, although his scenes ended up on the cutting room floor.

He achieved some recognition for his role as the brave but doomed Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and he had a brief flashback cameo in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. He had been torn between an acting career and going to university but the Harry Potter roles convinced him to stick with acting. He played a shell-shocked Second World War airman in a BBC Four production, The Haunted Airman, but then spent the best part of the next two years unemployed. His agent persuaded him to try his luck in Los Angeles so, armed with little but an English accent and a sense of humour, he did.

He was not sure whether he wanted the Twilight role when he was first offered it after auditioning by performing a love scene with the already-cast Kristen Stewart; she persuaded the director, Catherine Hardwicke, that he was the actor to play the troubled vampire Edward Cullen. “I’d read the book and couldn’t really picture myself in the role of this handsome, perfect guy,” he says. “I didn’t know how big it was going to be.”

He was romantically involved with his co-star Stewart for three years but the romance ended when she reportedly had an affair with her Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders. He is currently dating model Imogen Kerr although he politely declines to talk about his romantic life.

Reviewing how he arrived at where he is in life he uses a word which features frequently in his vocabulary – “ridiculous”.

“I’m extremely lucky which always makes me a little nervous,” he says. “I don’t quite know why I got so lucky but yeah, it’s just ridiculous and I’m pretty happy. Yeah, definitely pretty happy.”

The Rover is released on August 15.

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