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67th Cannes Film Festival - The Rover Premiere

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 [Surely, they meant Salvador Dali]. “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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Here is the article saying Rob was at the Hyde Lounge and then at 1 Oak LA.

Johnny “Football” Manziel stayed true to his party-boy reputation and mingled with stars including Leo DiCaprio, Bradley Cooper and Robert Pattinson in LA on Thursday night.

The Cleveland Browns quarterback was introduced to the actors at Hyde Lounge, before they all went onto 1 Oak LA, where boxer Lennox Lewis was hanging with Ryan Phillippe.

A witness said Pattinson and Cooper sat with Emile Hirsch while Manziel “jumped from table to table, and hung out in the DJ booth.”

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posted by • July 18th, 2014 • Comments Off

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Note: The content in this master is a compilation of promotional media for “The Rover” that is NOT included in the Cannes 2014 Master, the Sydney Film Festival Master, or the USA Premiere and Promo posts.

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AP US PREMIERE OF "THE ROVER" - ARRIVALS A ENT USA CA

When the franchise that made you famous has made over $1.3 billion at the box office, you’d probably never lower yourself to audition for a role again, right?

Not Robert Pattinson.

To win over Animal Kingdom writer/director David Michôd, RPatz threw any Twilight swagger out the window. “I didn’t know anything about him,” Michôd told us Thursday night at The Rover‘s L.A. premiere. (He said this with a straight face.) “I hadn’t seen any of the Twilight films.”

But Michôd remembered meeting Pattinson and his “really wonderfully awkward physical energy,” which the director thought would be perfect for The Rover, a post-apocalyptic drama, which leaves RPatz caked in dirt and blood as the dim younger brother of a car thief.

Despite the fact that few in Pattinson’s position would continue to test for roles, said Michôd, Pattinson was cool about it:

“There were no airs, there was no arrogance, there was no sense of entitlement. Even in terms of testing for me. He knew that he needed to work hard to have the kind of career that he wants.”

How did Pattinson, dressed in a natty teal suit, feeling about bringing his Cannes hit to the U.S.? “A bit scary,” said the actor, looking around at the college crowd at Westwood’s Regency Bruin theater waving signs and posters. (Even Zac Efron was there.)

“But we had a really young audience in Australia a few days ago and it was such a bafflingly different reaction. Everybody was like, howling with laughter. And in Cannes you could hear a pin drop the entire time. Crazy. So I have no idea what the reaction’s going to be.”

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posted by • June 29th, 2014 • Comments Off

“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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Rob: “I remember questioning loads of stuff at the beginning, trying to figure out how Ray and his brother got to Australia and what they were doing before. I think the more I sort of thought about it, the more I realized I didn’t really need to know. And then that kind of fed into the character, the realization that you don’t actually need to know who you are, in a funny sort of way.”

Guy: “It was important for me to try and understand a number of things – particularly in relation to the character that I was playing. He’s obviously almost a skeleton of the man he used to be by the time we meet him at the start of the film. So I needed to go back with David, first to sort of work through he might have been beforehand. So yeah, there’s definitely things you’ve got to be able to sink your teeth into. Otherwise you’d be completely lost.”

posted by • June 25th, 2014 • Comments Off

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His name is Rey and he does not look, talk or act like anybody’s idea of a teen heartthrob.

His teeth are crooked and foul. His hair is a bad bowl-buzzcut. He’s dirty from head to toe, and when he manages to speak, he mumbles disjointed sentences, often repeating them for no good reason.

He certainly bears little resemblance to the world’s most handsome vampire, the perfectly coiffed, sparkly skinned Edward Cullen, hero of the “Twilight” franchise. And yet Rey, the train-wreck at the center of the post-apocalyptic manhunt “The Rover,” is indeed played by the usually dashing Robert Pattinson.

“I generally don’t get picked for these parts,” Pattinson admits on the phone from L.A. “There’s about five actors who seem to have a lock on the weirdos. I’ve never really been perceived to be one of them — up until now maybe.”

How badly did Pattinson want the part? He auditioned for it. Twice.

Understand, this is a guy whose last movie, “Breaking Dawn — Part 2,” earned $829 million worldwide.

But he understood the need for an audition.

“Well, it’s very different from who I am, personally. There’s no way of really proving that I could have done it by just talking about it,” he says. “It would have been a giant leap of faith.”

Pattinson, 28, saw the jittery, perpetually insecure Rey as a literal underdog.

“In a pack of dogs there’s always one who will completely accept the beta position,” he says.

To help him find the right mindset, director David Michod had Pattinson watch the documentary “Bully,” which follows the lives of kids who are constantly picked on. The actor understood right away.

“People have been accusing you of having something wrong with you for so long that you believe it,” he says. “No one’s expecting anything from you, you stop thinking, you’re a dependent. You don’t have any choice. Really, the only thing he feels is fear of everything.”

It helped that co-star Guy Pearce happens to be a fairly imposing presence.

“Guy’s just got this constant pressure on you in a scene. And he’s got such a singular focus that you kind of end up just falling to pieces,” Pattinson says. “It’s like you’ve got a laser beam on you.”

Pattinson certainly has experience with bright lights. Born and raised in London, he started working in amateur theater at age 15. An agent spotted him there and by 2005 he had landed a small part in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.”

By 2008 he’d been chosen to play Edward Cullen in the “Twilight” series. Five movies and countless magazine and tabloid covers later, the franchise concluded last year with “Breaking Dawn — Part 2,” having earned more than $3.3 billion.

Pattinson has learned to adapt to the spotlight over the years, and he even ventures out into public on occasion these days.

“You sort of weigh up what you want your day to be. If you say my friends are going to a movie or whatever and if you go you’re probably going to get a bunch of photographs taken of you,” he says. “Sometimes you’re cool with it, other times I don’t want to be bothered to deal with the stress of it. But I’ve definitely figured out a more balanced way to live than four years ago.”

Along with celebrity, “Twilight” brought Pattinson high visibility within the film world, and he’s been working with some of the most respected people around. He did “Cosmopolis” with director David Cronenberg in 2012 and stars in Cronenberg’s upcoming “Maps to the Stars.” He’s playing T.E. Lawrence in director Werner Herzog’s “Queen of the Desert,” alongside Nicole Kidman and James Franco, and has “Idol’s Eye,” with Robert De Niro and Rachel Weisz, coming up.

Pattinson says “Twilight” probably gave him a boost with his peers, but he’s not sure how much of one. “Within the industry, lots of people I work with, none of them have seen ‘Twilight’ — but then Werner Herzog loves ‘Twilight’!” he says. “I think it’s helped me out in a lot of ways. You have to kind of figure out how to ride the wave afterward.”

And he wants to keep riding that wave, chasing the acting high.

“I guess I was a relatively shy person when I was younger. I still am kind of. It’s nice to challenge yourself, especially in big emotional scenes with a part you’re not capable of doing. To be able to challenge yourself in that way, it’s quite exhilarating,” Pattinson says.

“Especially when it goes right,” he adds. “It could be the worst thing ever.”

Robert Pattinson

■Born May 13, 1986, London, England

■Father imported vintage cars, mother worked for a modeling agency

■He plays guitar and piano and had two songs on the first “Twilight” soundtrack

■Began modeling at age 12

■Reported salary for “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2”: $12.5 million + 7.5 percent of the gross

Coming up: “Maps to the Stars” with Julianne Moore, John Cusack and Mia Wasikowska; “Queen of the Desert” with Nicole Kidman and James Franco

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