Robert Pattinson set many young girls hearts on fire when he appeared in “Twilight” as Edward Cullen, the vampire protagonist. He also came to that series following a pivotal role in the “Harry Potter” franchise. However, now that he is older and wiser, Pattinson is working to reinvent himself as a more serious actor and next finds himself in “Cosmopolis,” a film by cult filmmaker David Cronenberg.
Robert Pattinson Movies: The Young Adult Years
Of course, the world knows Pattinson thanks to his role as Edward, the heartthrob that won over the heart of “Twilight” lead, Elizabeth. Before that, he sacrificed his life to save Harry Potter in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.” Along the way, he built a legion of fans. However, most were young girls, so it is strange to find him in the lead role of a movie by Cronenberg.
“I got the script out of the blue and was offered the role, which was a little shocking,” Pattinson said. “Usually, the movies I am offered straight-up are terrible. This script felt so original, it was almost gleaming.”
What was it in this young adult sensation that attracted Cronenberg to the actor?
“I wasn’t thinking that this was necessarily going to be an audience for this movie, but then I started to think, ‘Well, some of them, it definitely is going to be,'” Cronenberg said. “And that was exciting ’cause these are young girls who maybe had read “Twilight” and “Harry Potter,” and suddenly they’re reading Don DeLillo. That’s pretty good.”
Robert Pattinson Films: Breaking the Mold
When looking at what Pattinson can bring to this role, look no further than movies like “Remember Me” and “Water for Elephants.” In the first movie, Pattinson played a young, rebellious and angry man who has daddy issues. While this seems like the same material “Twilight” gears towards, understand that this is also a movie about the World Trade Center horrors and shares little with the “Twilight” fans.
In the second movie, Pattinson goes even further, starring in a period piece. While it is also an adaptation, much like “Twilight,” this is from a literary source, as opposed to “Twilight’s” mainstream audience. Pattinson impressed in both of these movies and proved that he is easily able to reinvent himself from the teen heartthrob handcuffs that many stars find themselves latched.
“The only thing I really know is what I think I would find interesting to watch and if I try and make that, I feel like I learn a lot out of doing it and watching it,” Pattinson explained.
Now, Pattinson will wait and see if his performance in “Cosmopolis” will help people re-access the way they look at the former vampire king.